Seabeds is the nicest hostel we stayed in. We stayed in three hostels during our trip. I have never stayed in a hostel until vacationing in New Zealand. Since we were traveling in New Zealand for three weeks I stayed in a variety of hotels from moderate to luxury, beach camps and hostels. Seabeds is the nicest hostel and feels more like a moderate hotel but you get a nice kitchen. The only thing missing is a TV and Fridge in your room, towels, and shampoos. Not much to give up to save money in the Bay of Islands.
If you request the second floor you have a nice sea view from the balcony. There are chairs to sit outside on and sip wine. The kitchen was the nicest out of the hostels, it was modern and spacious. We met very nice people and it was the first hostel where most of the guest were older in their 30's probably and older. Our room was spacious and the bathroom was nice with a tiled shower with a pebble border. I liked the shower. Everything at Seabeds is very clean and nice. You don't have your own TV but there is a TV room which looks very nice. My husband likes watching TV sometimes before bed so that was his own complaint about staying in hostels. You also need to bring towels or pay for them something I have never been accustomed too. It happened in two hostels. I personally would prefer to pay more for the room and have nice towels included in the price. Also bring your own shampoo and conditioner.
We slept with two windows open at night and the room was uncomfortably warm. One night I woke up and opened our balcony door because I was too hot to care if we slept with our door open. I don't know if I would ever sleep with my door open in any other country but Seabeds felt very safe. The bed was the nicest out of all the hostels, a little too firm but much nicer than too soft of a bed. One thing to note if the weather is hot, you may want to find a place with air condition. It might have been something we would have paid more for. Fans in the room might be a good idea and it would have helped. In the room you have a clothing rack to hang your nice clothes which was a nice touch. You also have a desk in your room. The room is very spacious and I liked it.
I loved the location of Seabeds, you can even take a short walk to town but we drove mostly. Marie who runs the hostel is incredibly friendly, she chilled our wine for us upon arrival and she will share information about what to do while in the Bay of Islands. She wants you to enjoy your stay and she is extremely helpful. I liked her a lot.
I really enjoyed my stay at Seabeds. We stayed for two nights. I love more luxury but I liked the price of Seabeds and it is great value compared to the other places to stay. I saved money and had a great place to stay. I liked staying at the Seabeds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seabeds Backpackers is a charming, up-market hostel, providing a touch of luxury at a budget price in Paihia, Bay of Islands, Northland. The upper rooms (including the kitchen/common room) have unimpeded sea views. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Seabeds has a large modern kitchen (some say the best hostel kitchen in NZ) and boasts a separate media room, laundry facilities, free off-street parking and relaxing outdoor areas. Just a few steps to Ti Bay, Paihia's beautiful beach, and 800m to the town centre, Seabeds offers delightful, pristine accommodation in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seabeds Paihia, Bay Of Islands