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YHA Auckland City
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Ok but bunk room very musty smelling due to average ventilation. Dining and kitchen are very good. Well located. Staff friendly, obliging and knowledgable. I would stay again but pay more to be in single or twin room.

Room Tip: Go for room on your own or fewer numbers due to condensation ventilation issues in 6 bed bunk room...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

$18/night for a private, two bed room – you can’t beat that in NZ! This place is clean, quiet, the location’s good, there’s hot water and the staff are great!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We recently stayed at this YHA as part of a large group. The rooms were clean, staff were friendly and helpful and the kitchen was excellent. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Unfortunately a downside was that the heaters in the rooms didn't always work.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

There are some great pros and some horrendous cons to this place.

Pros: The kitchen is first rate, everything's new and clean. The facilities in general are pretty good. The rooms are at the very least, clean - if you're the only person there. The staff are friendly, but - unfortunately...
Cons: They're hopeless. I was moved about five times in seven days to various rooms. In their defence, they did always move me to a better room, but so much buggering about just made it a huge hassle, having to check out at 10am and then put my bags in storage then take them out again at 2pm - what a hassle. Even that isn't an issue, though - my main problem with the place was that there's a massive divide in the type of people staying there. There seems to be three types of people staying here. Normal, twenty to thirty something travellers/workers who are generally thoroughly reasonable people.... School groups who are extremely loud and don't know any better.... and utterly foul, rude, older or foreign types. Let me give a few examples: two gentlemen of far eastern descent who had somehow made a room smell so pungent that I could not stay in there so had to change rooms, at 11pm. An old man who smelt so bad that people literally evacuated the common area to avoid his stink, and there have been several highly hostile, obnoxious Germans who really seem to take offense to everyone. Generally, aside from a small group of really lovely people, the types staying in this particular hostel made it a fairly awful experience, which is a shame, because it would be a great hostel if these people were removed.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Stayed at the YHA Auckland City backpackers for a couple of nights. The hostel is very average. Heard that a couple of people who stayed there got robbed because someone who checked in went from room to room looking for money and then checked out. The hostel rooms are a way too cold in the winter time, no heating in the rooms and the hostel charges a ridiculous amount of money for the wifi. A very average stay, I'm sure there are better hostels in Auckland!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

I was very impressed with this hostel for numerous reasons with barely any negatives. This place appears to be an old university style accomodation building which as a result means they have a lot of two bed dorms. Due to this style of building and its previous use it has other facilites which make the hostel very impressive.

The first of being the kitchen facilities which without doubt are the best I've come accross. They had at least 10 seperate cookers all with 4 hobs which was more than enough to accommodate this place. Other positives were the location which was about a 5-10 minute walk from all the shops and about 20 minutes from the viaduct. The staff were very polite and friendly and they have a decent lounge and skydeck area to relax.

The only negatives about this place was the rooms felt pretty damp, bathrooms were also limited to one shower per floor except for an extra shower every other floor. One final bad point was that they don't appear to wash the duvets. All linen appears to be washed but duvets are passed from guest to guest which ultimately feels pretty horrible.

All in all this hostel was pretty impressive.

Room Tip: The lower the floor the better the water pressure for the showers. They are pretty weak the higher u...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

The hostel itself is comfortable and by and large up to the usual YHA standard. But beware if you are travelling by car. There is no parking facility and it's difficult to find anywhere on the surrounding streets. True you can park for free on the streets after 6.00pm if you can find a space that is... But during the day it's virtually impossible.

There is a Wilson car park almost opposite but when we went to park until we could get on the street it was over $30 for three hours! They must be the robber barons of Auckland!

The staff were friendly and helpful when we decided to move to the International YHA.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about YHA Auckland City

Address: cnr City Rd and Liverpool St, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Auckland Central
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 131 Specialty Lodging in Auckland Central
Price Range: $24 - $71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — YHA Auckland City 4.5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Auckland City is the ideal backpacker hostel to start or finish your New Zealand adventure. The hostel combines the excitement of the city with a safe and secure environment. Located at the top of Auckland’s Queen Street, this former hotel has backpacker accommodation comprising mainly twin and double rooms with some multi-share rooms and some of our rooms have views over Auckland city. There is a sun deck on the 3rd floor with a BBQ. ... more   less 
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