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“Favourite hostel out of all the countries I've visited” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rotorua Central Backpackers

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Rotorua Central Backpackers
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Favourite hostel out of all the countries I've visited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

Having spent 4 weeks here I feel suitably qualified to review this place! And straight off this hostel is fantastic. Perfect location in walking distance to everything In town. Catherine and Neil who run the hostel are so friendly and helpful with loads of helpful advice about the area and bookings. There's tonnes of super comfortable communal space, especially a tv lounge with a large DVD library great for a chilled evening in. The kitchen is one of the best I've ever seen, lots of hobs and fridge space and a dining area with plenty of seating. One of the big highlights is the spa pool which is large enough for a big group of people. The bedrooms are all spacious and really reasonably priced with comfy beds (NO BUNKS YAY!!). The wifi does cost extra but spending lots of time in rotorua it seems to be a common theme and pretty standard, thankfully it's pretty cheap here!! So overall if I ever come back to Rotorua I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank CharlotteM789
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bicester, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Spacious double room, shared bathroom facilities.
Kitchen well equiped and very friendly helpfull manager.
Well situated, an easy walk to the lake and close to town centre for bars and restaurants.
Close to Redwoods Forest MTB area.
Excellent value for money. Wifi is extra but reasonable price.
Stayed for 2 nights.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alan B
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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140 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

A brilliant hostel hidden in the middle of the city(town?), proper beds instead of bunk beds, plenty of parking even in the middle of the city and the owners were very friendly.

The social areas are comfortable enough, it was nice to be able to sit around and relax watching proper TV. The kitchen was well equipped and not too busy.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

It's a good hostel. It has a clean kitchen. Friendly and helpful staff. Spacious rooms. Well located in the center of the town. Free wifi is missing. We can recommend this hostel.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank focus1focus1
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melbourne, victoria
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

Stayed for only one night, but a great impression was made. The owner/manager at reception was very friendly and drew us a great map of town and an showed us an intro walk around Rotorua. Clean, comfy bed. Nice kitchen and lounge. Very central location - close to the Polynesian spa, museum, shops and restaurants.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sophinarose
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

Stayed 2 nights. The hostel is in a good location, walking distance from CBD. The staff were very helpful and willing to help out wherever they can. Dorm rooms are spacious. Internet is cheap. Kitchen was large and clean.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Gus S
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Wellington, New Zealand
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57 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

The staff were friendly, helpful and welcoming. The kitchen was well equipped. Cheap internet was available. The spa pool was lovely, a tiled pool at just the right temperature. The rooms were comfortable and quiet for a good night's sleep. All you need for an excellent stay in Rotovegas!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Rotorua Central Backpackers

Property: Rotorua Central Backpackers
Address: 1076 Pukuatua St, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1930's character building situated close to the CBD of Rotorua. We offer a range of room configurations. No ensuite facilities, cheap wifi, large shared kithen, spa pool, thermal central heating in all rooms, choice of shower or bath, bed linen included. A great place to take a break! Office hours 8am to 7pm NZT. Please only phone during office hours ... more   less 
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