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Review of Base Auckland Central Backpackers

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Base Auckland Central Backpackers
Ranked #62 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
Sarnia, Canada
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not bad, not great.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

You cannot beat the location of this hostel if you're interested in being right downtown. The staff are not overly helpful and the rooms are nothing great. Things are relatively clean, except for the kitchen, which is usually fairly appalling and lacking basic kitchen items (ie. peeler to peel carrots). I think they charge too much money for what you get, but if you just need one night in a downtown location, it's not the worst place to be. Some of the rooms do not have a window, so make sure to specify that you want a room with a window if that's important to you.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

This hostel was really central, close to all the main attractions in auckland. The hostel was modern and seemed to have a dedicated section for people looking for jobs, maybe on a gap year. We had a private double en suite room and were impressed with the size of the room and the standard of the en suite. The only negative we had with this hostel was the additional charge that was required for storage of baggage, even for a few hours.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Zara L
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

Stay here if your have the patience to queue for at least 30 min. I feel very upset that the receptionist always confuse with credit card payment and wifi card stuff. Please be prepared to wait for awhile for them to sort out the payment.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kellykellytay228
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

It's cheap, it's central ... and that is all to say. In case you want some rest, some comfort, or any other nice experience: I am afraid to tell you that you have to upgrade to a Hotel or B&B. Even the single rooms are not better here.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Ferrara, Italy
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43 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

Well..
Rooms: essential, there ARE beds, but sometimes you don't have the ladder to go the top one. When I asked for a room with ensuite bathroom I found myself in a room without windows. It can happen, so just prepare yourself.
Towels: 3$ each, I think it was washed, but didn't look that well, it's quite normal in NZ hostels, you'll know that! Just to let you avoid my experienced, I arrived here from Italy, which means after 1 and 1/2 day of flight, 3 planes...what's the first think you long for? A shower of course! Well, remember to bring with you your overseas towel, because I didn't, I thought it was useless, I was not going in a strange place like jungle or so! I asked at the reception for a towel, they had run out of towels for the day "sorry"! End of the story.
Bathrooms: dirty is an euphemism, no dryers and no paper to dry hands, no soap so don't expect them.
Breakfast: 8$, expensive but maybe the only good point in all the mess.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Laura Z
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Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

I was a bit concerned of letting them into my room. Not long before, I had heard a lady screaming at someone in the corridor and as I peeked out, it happened to be the manager of the place SCOLDING really bad one of the janitors in front of everyone.

As I let the cleaners, along with the manager (a thin, scary lady with a rough voice) come into our bedroom to clean, I could clearly see that she (the manager) was SUPER angry and doing a really hurried job, screaming at the cleaners.

The previous night, I had noticed that my PILLOW CASE contained BLOOD STAINS, which I found disgusting, so having the manager right there, I let her know. Her amazing reply was "yeah, it's got blood because someone probably used it before you" to which I, surprised beyond my imagination, replied that I generally preferred my pillow cases without blood.

The place has SO much potential. The staff is conformed by great people.. but.. you know how customer service makes the difference between a yes and a no? this is a great example of that.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PLACE?

Only for thick-skinned travelers. The infrastructure is actually quite good, but you can clearly see that spaces that need constant maintenance and cleaning don't get it as a result of POOR management, the type that comes from a GENERAL MANAGER telling you that yes, your pillow has bloodstains because people have used it before.

ONLY good point of the hostel: Security (you need a card to access the rooms area)

Room Tip: Most rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ChemaG
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United States
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights and overall the stay was just ok. We had intially taken up the room with ensuite bathroom. The room was on the lower floor with the window facing the corridor. Thus no view at all. The room was very small and it looked like we are living in a box.The toilet was extremely dirty and filled with waste. We complained at the reception and they said someone would look into it and we waited and waited but no one turned up. To top it all the toilet flush wasnt working, they mentioned that this can be only fixed the next day.We asked them to change the room but they said they had no ensuite rooms available. We finally downgraded to double room with shared bathroom, the room was on the 3rd floor and this one was much better. Window was facing the street.The shared bathrooms are on each floor and they are moderately clean. We were refunded the difference amount but honestly after 14hrs of flight journey this was a major turn off.The best thing is the location, the bus from airport stops right in front of the backpackers. Also it is situated in the CBD area so u have loads of options to shop,eat. Mc donalds is right outside and has free wifi.

Room Tip: Avoid taking rooms on the lower floors....
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ChunkyTraveller
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Additional Information about Base Auckland Central Backpackers

Property: Base Auckland Central Backpackers
Address: 229 Queen St | Cnr Queen St. & Darby, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Base Auckland Central Backpackers 3.5*
Number of rooms: 460
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Award-winning Base Backpacker Auckland is located in the heart of Auckland city, less than 5 minutes walk to everywhere. We have fun working here so we know you'll have fun staying in our hostel. Former ACB, Base Auckland hostel is located in the heart of the city - central to shops, cafes, museums, Sky tower and only a few minutes walk to train, bus and ferry terminals and Vector Arena. The airport bus (Airbus) stops right outside our door! ... more   less 
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