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Archies Bunker Backpackers
Ranked #24 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Napier
Reviewed November 6, 2008

I've been staying at Archies now for the last week and am absolutely loving it! It is incredibly clean and run by the friendliest people; always willing to help.

Not sure what 'Jitzy' is talking about - the building is an art deco one, so it would be expected that things are not brand new, despite this, the bathrooms are in good condition and are always exceptionally clean.

The 2 kitchens are also kept clean and tidy, as are the lounges which both have huge brand new TV's and free pool :)

I'm loving this beautiful city and all it has to offer and the hosts here have been extraordinarily helpful with making my stay the best it can be. Definitely one of the greatest hostels i've stayed in!

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with friends
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2009

Hey Jimmeybee - thanks for your awesome feedback, we really appreciate you taking the time to put comments about our hostel. All the best for your future travels.

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Reviewed October 24, 2008

Stayed at this hostel at the beginning of October 08 based on the reviews on this site. Sounded like a nice place from the reviews but I was disappointed with the facilities. We had a double room (no ensuite) which was an ok size for an overnight stay with a small tv and dvd player.

The bathrooms were shared and mixed sex and were a bit 'dated' and could have done with a good bleaching session! I personally am not a fan of mixed sex bathrooms especially when I was in the shower and could hear a man from a stag party throwing up the next morning in the toilet next to me!!!!!!!

It did have 2 lounges with TV's and 2 kitchens which could also have done with a good cleaning too!

I have stayed at a lot of hostels in my time and this doesn't rate as a particularly good one. I would not recommend it and would not stay there again.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled with family
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2009

Its a shame that this person feels she has had a bad experience that influenced adverse comments against us but despite her negativity we have rigid cleaning programmes in place and guests can be assured that other than normal day to day guest activity, our hostel is exceptionally clean and in fact 99% of our feedback is positive and often mentions the high standard of cleanliness. If this person required private bathroom facilities as indicated then why not book one of our ensuite rooms? Your derisive comment about the TV is really surprising - all other guests are amazed that there are TV/DVD's in the rooms and we have little control over guests partying at a private function then coming back to sleep and using our bathroom facilities. Perhaps Jitzy would be better suited to our next door neighbour - The County Hotel offers private bathrooms, larger TV's and (hopefully) no noisy guests for a mere $350 per night. :-)

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Reviewed September 22, 2008

What a lovely place!!!!!! Excellent service from Doug ( owner) who had great local knowledge and who took the time to point out great places to go and how to get there! Hostel was VERY clean and tidy. rooms were a good price.

We had a great time in Napier and were very happy with our accomodation!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2008

Thank you so much for your awesome review James and Holly, it was a pleasure having you to stay.

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Reviewed September 21, 2008

This was the nicest place i stayed in 7 months of travelling! Doug and Julie (the owners) are lovely and really helpful! They even gave me a job for a couple of weeks. Napier is a gorgeous city, well worth a visit. expecialy if you stay in Archies!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled solo
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2009

Hey Sparklyfrog, thanks for your awesome feedback - we really appreciate you taking the time to put comments on this site. Safe travels.

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Reviewed April 22, 2008

Great hostel, we had a lovely ensuite room which was $66 not the $140 as quoted on this website!!! The best thing is the flat screen TV and DVD player in the room and the 250 DVDs that you can choose from..all free of charge! The owners really make this place with their friendly, helpful knowledge. Good location, definitely a good choice for Napier.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2008

I have never beem to a better backpackers! a bathroom and flat panel TV in the room? Yes, that's right! Also very clean. And the owners were very helpful recommending things to do. Great location right in the heart of Napier and close to wineries.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2007

Built in the International Style in primarily Art Deco Napier, Archie's Bunker is technically a hostel, but isn't just for backpackers. It's quiet, extraordinarily safe, and just chill.

There are a few singles, many doubles and triples, and a large shared dormitory room. Some of the rooms are small, windowless internal rooms (with air vents) that are great for sleeping, and some have gigantic windows that let in a lot of air and light and some street noise. I got one of the internal rooms and had the best night's sleep on my entire trip. There are also backpacker rooms (no sheets) and budget rooms that have sheets. If you email Doug Batt (the owner), he will tell you which rooms are which. I emailed him a bit before I booked, and he responded to email promptly.

Doug and his wife live in the hostel and run it themselves. Unlike transitional staff common in other hostels, they know a lot about Napier and it's environs. There were no security lockers as far as I could tell (either for packs in the dorm room, or for valuables), but they will store luggage in the office if you ask, and it's kept religiously locked when neither of them are in there. Entry to the reception area is open during the day, but entry to the hostel proper is by a security key fob at all times (the key fob also lets you in after dark). In addition, you get a key to your room (of course).

There are two kitchens, two lounges (with a TV each), coin-op laundry, and a coin-op pool table. They have like 200 DVDs in the office that you can borrow for free -- some rooms have their own TV/DVD units! There are (I think) four bathrooms, and 2 sets of showers -- all unisex.

The Kiwi Experience bus stops off at Archie's but it's one of the last stops, so the party people are pooped -- or at the bars and clubs that are 1-2 blocks away. On a quiet side street, Archie's is across the street from the Napier Museum, 1/2 block from Marine Parade and the bay, 2 blocks from the iSite (visitor's center), and 2 blocks from a semi-pedestrianized area with shops and places to eat.

I would definitely stay here again. There are so many people who backpack in NZ, and the hosteling industry is an old one there (noisy hostels, lots of people coming through, transitional or working staff who are overworked, etc), so Archie's is a refreshing change.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Archies Bunker Backpackers

Address: 14 Herschell Street, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
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Ranked #24 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Napier
Price Range: $36 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Archies Bunker Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Napier's finest Backpackers Accommodation facility. We are situated opposite the Napier museum, in a quiet tree-lined street within sight of the Napier information centre and only metres away from shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. We provide low cost, clean, comfortable accommodation. Our facility sleeps over 50 people in spacious surroundings. We have two large lounges; both with Sky TV, DVD players and an extensive DVD library which is free to guests. One lounge is a peaceful retreat, while the other provides a pool table, large screen TV, board games etc. Off the main lounge we have a deck and large BBQ, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the traditional kiwi way of life. ... more   less 
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