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“very decent Hostel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ponsonby Backpackers
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Bad Toelz, Germany
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35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“very decent Hostel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Hostel is situated near Ponsonby Road which has an active nightlife szene. The Rooms a Clean and in a nice condition. The Staff is helpful and will answer all your Questions. There is no WLan available and for the use of the only Computer u will be charged 2$ for 30 minutes, but actually its just 27 minutes.
Due to the nightlife it can get loud on the weekend, even if the hostel is not on the main Party Road. The Hostel is a bit outside of the City Centre but you can take the Bus or walking in 20 minutes to Queenstreet
So for a Hostel its a good place stay with clean rooms, but to get connected with the Internet which is an important source if you are travelling is just ok.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Helpful?
Thank AndiT303
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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Hi Andi,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, we appreciate your feedback. Thank you for you comments about our friendly staff and cleanliness, we pride ourselves on these things. Sorry you must not have realised that we do have wifi, you can purchase vouchers at reception at a discounted rate. The desktop computer does last for 30 minutes however you are given a signal a couple of minutes before to let you know your time is nearly up, that may be what you mistook for your time ending ;-)

We are close to Ponsonby Rd, so do get some minimal noise at weekends though we do monitor the noise levels at the hostel in the evening to ensure guests have a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Thanks again for your comments, hope to see you next time you are in Auckland.

Regards

Holly

(Manager)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Polanica Zdroj, Poland
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

Very nice place with okay rooms and good position in Auckland which really is not much of a place was glad to leave there but staying here made it little bit better all was good here except i had to stay with some very loud people in my room but thats backpackers would say yes if you want to stay here thanks heading North from here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AnikaL757
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PonsonbyBackpackers1, Manager at Ponsonby Backpackers, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
Hi Anika,

Thanks for leaving your feedback. I'm glad we were able to change your mind about Auckland a little bit. Sorry you had some noisy room mates, hostel etiquette in dorms is that everyone is respectful of their fellow room mates though not everyone is always that considerate, next time let us know ;-)

Hope to see you again!

Thanks

Holly

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Absolutely loved this hostel, the staff are so friendly and welcoming! The rooms are really spacious and the couple that run it definitely go the extra mile to make sure everyone is having a good stay. Love the little added touches and the kitchen was very well stocked!

Would highly recommend, best hostel in NZ!

Room Tip: Make sure you stay here! Can't recommend it more - loved my stay.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rach P
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Bonn, Germany
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

When I first came to NZ I booked a few nights in this hostel but I ended up staying for 3 months! Now that I have been travelling for 2 months all over NZ I can say that this is by far the best hostel I've stayed in. It is big enough so that there's always someone around that you can talk to or do something with but also small enough for it not to feel too crowded so that you don't get to know anyone. The location is great, it is very clean and all the the guests seem to be very well behaved so things don't get too crazy. The thing I enjoyed most about this place is the very friendly staff that makes you feel welcome and at home. If you are looking for a place that you can call your New Zealand home, this is it!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stephan K
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Indonesia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed here for a week in New Zealand, really very awesome place. The rooms was quite big, spacious and really gorgeous... Dormitory bed style as usual so it does get noisy. The toilets were really clean which is really important. The hostel comes with a huge kitchen which has everything so you can cook!

Room Tip: Bring ear plugs!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susi W
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013

Stayed here for a week upon our arrival in NZ and whilst searching for a campervan. Staff are welcoming, friendly and helpful. It didn’t take long to realise that the hostel runs as efficiently as it does because of the staff. The kitchen is always spotless, the common areas & garden clean & tidy. Eco Awareness is promoted with lots of recycle points & encouraging short showers. We found the location great with easy transport links into the city.

Negatives: our ‘double’ room was bunk beds – albeit the bottom was a double, I still felt like I was 12yo again! There was no lamp in the room so had to get out of bed & walk to the other side of the room to turn the light out. The showers were tiny and there was no holder to put your soap/shampoo – very awkward. Well equipped & clean as the kitchen was, come dinner time people were always tripping over one another for prep space. It could get a little noisy at times – but hey it’s a hostel!

Above mentioned negatives were all minor glitches though, this hostel is superb and I would highly recommend it for a stay in Auckland. Book well in advance though.

Room Tip: Room 14 was away from the hustle & bustle
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LulaBird
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Germany
Level Contributor
25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

Ponsonby Backpackers was the first hostel I went to in New Zealand. Right from the beginning it became obvious to me that the decision to stay there was absolutely right: The rooms are tidy and clean, all members of staff are very friendly and in the tv room you can find the most cosy couch ever! From time to time, there are activities you can join (for instance the burger night on Mondays, where you get to eat the tastiest fries) so that it is fairly easy, especially for people who are a little shy, to meet fellow travellers. I liked this place so much I ended up staying there for ages.
Now that I'm travelling through New Zealand I have seen quite a few other hostels and I have to say that none of them can keep up with Ponsonby Backpackers! If you are looking for a cosy place to stay in Auckland, you should definitely choose PB!

Room Tip: If you are looking for a double room, room 14 is the place to be! As to the dorms, room number 6 is...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 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 Anja G
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Property: Ponsonby Backpackers
Address: 2 Franklin Road | Ponsonby, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 107 Specialty Lodging in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ponsonby Backpackers is a beautiful 19th Century, character villa located right in the heart and soul of trendy Ponsonby filled with swanky boutiques and funky cafes and bars. We invite you to stay in our warm, cosy and spotlessly clean rooms, with welcoming and spacious communal areas that create the real feeling and vibe of your home away from home. Our award winning staff are the friendliest in town and are happy to give you all the information and advice you need for starting your NZ adventures! Travellers ourselves we know what backpackers want and look for in a place to call home, a true kiwi oasis. See you soon! ... more   less 
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