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Verandahs Backpackers Lodge
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UK
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35 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Clean comfortable rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in the double ensuite for two nights. Very clean room if slightly on the small side but comfortable. Despite being near the road it was quite quiet. Communal kitchen good, well equipped. Lounge nice and plenty of seating inside and outside on the verandahs. Location was a 20 minute or so walk into the city centre. Not massively central but ok. Couple minutes walk from ponsonby road which had good bars/restaurants. Area hostel was located in didn't feel entirely safe to walk around at night, especially if your on your own. Friendly staff.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

Hostels often find it difficult to find the balance between being lively, sociable and welcoming and not being branded as loud, brash and a party hostel. Verandahs was none of the above which is not a bad thing. People kept themselves to themselves. The receptionist was not very knowledgeable about Auckland or the hostel itself. The Internet was very dodgy/non existent - which was frustrating considering you had to pay extra for it - absolute rip off. It wasn't very central although it was a decent walk into the centre. This all sounds a bit negative but what made the hostel 'very good' was the large, spacious and incredibly clean accommodation, and the huge amazingly equipped kitchen and facilities. Everything was spotlessly clean. I suppose all things considered the word sterile could sum up the whole place in terms of character and cleanliness. If you want sterile this place is for you...

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank S1m0nT
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Nelson, New Zealand
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65 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Awesome backpackers in every way. Couldn't imagine a better location. Away from city centre chaos but easily walkable to there. Views of park and sky tower/city - breathtaking. Park surroundings are gorgeous for inner city accommodation. Beautiful big old2 min walk to Ponsonby road which is gorgeous. Highly recommend Freeman & Grey restaurant on Ponsonby road for a relaxed and very well priced dinner. Backpackers very clean & cosy. Bathrooms & Kitchen clean & tidy also.
Owner and staff very friendly & welcoming. Can't recommend highly enough :-)

Room Tip: We stayed in Rm 4 which was fantastic.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dee20202
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Stayed at Verandahs for the first few night in NZ. It was a great place to start my journey in NZ. Always clean, spacious, amazing views and fantastic location. Walking to Queen Street in the city centre was no problem at all. Unless you want to travel far, Verandahs is within walking distance of everything you need. Located just beside Western Park which offers a great place for a walk or some exercise. Many cafes and shops in the Ponsonby area. Spacious kitchen and dining area, verandahs with nice views of Auckland where you can enjoy some reading or getting some sun.
A plus: No bunk beds!

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms near reception can be noisy if someone is using the provided land line phone.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Judith C
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UK
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68 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013

Gorgoues building, beautifully rennovated with huge rooms and a really lovely and very helpful owner. Loved the location, views over Auckland are particularly special. good sized kitchen and nice, clean bathrooms. Place totally deserves its top class rating in all the guide books, dont hesitate to book.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MiddleM
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Thames, New Zealand
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Lovely place! We stayed in an ensuite double that was spacious, charming and spotless. Lots of character in this old building, but it was also freshly updated, well-insulated (not something to take for granted) and warm. The kitchen is spacious and the views of the city from the shared balconies are wonderful. Located in a great neighborhood next to a beautiful park. It was a short, safe walk (on sidewalks or through parks) to the CBD. Also: great selection of books in the lounge!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tara6326
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

I loved alot about this place: the view over the park, its vicinity to the park and to the city, the large rooms, the neighbourhood, the verandahs and the common and kitchen area. It accomodates alot of people but still has a nice small feel and a pleasant atmosphere. Ive stayed here twice, both times in Auckland, and would stay here again.

Room Tip: ask for a room facing the park
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Emm L
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Property: Verandahs Backpackers Lodge
Address: 6 Hopetoun Street | Auckland Central, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Verandahs Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Verandahs Backpackers comprises of 2 beautiful Victorian Villa's built in late 1800's and early 1900's, renovated to surpass their original grandeur. ... more   less 
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