Found this place through Hostelworld but booked through the CP website. Was a little unsure of the place before I got there as i recieved no email confirmation of my booking and the girl on the phone, whilst trying to be helpful, didn't know how to access the accounts information. However Chris (owner) assured me that everything was in order and I should turn up as planned for my room.
Well, I have to say I am extremely fortunate to have stumbled across the place. Somehow it achieves a perfect balance between relaxed vibe, backpackers and some kind of bohemian hotel.
Having read a previous review on trip advisor about cleanliness being poor, I am happy to say that this is clearly no longer the case at CP. The entire kitchen and social areas were spotless by 10am every day, the floor was washed, and clean towels and bathmats in each shower and toilet every day. The dorm floor (room 2) was dust-free and had no problem keeping all of my stuff on the floor or sitting on it. In addition, not an ant in sight.
Chris is linked to all the local activities in the community and got me a discounted price, as well as booking me for White water rafting and Maeori village experience, both of which were extremely enjoyable and I would recommend to all. All this was done within about five minutes of me entering the hostel! Chris was also extremely helpful with directions and other advice about the local area. He also employs backpackers to work in the hostel which gives the place a family feel. Sometimes they appeared a little out of their depth when dealing with enquiries but they were extremely nice and made up for it by being personable.
There is free parking 24hours a day, free rice, pasta and herbs, free tea and coffee, free hot-tub usage, free barbeque fridays, free dvd catalogue, 1 dollar pool table and lots of sofas. There's an option for breakfast cereal/milk for $2 a day. There are loads of showers and toilets. If I had two minor gripes it would be the price of Global Gossip internet, and the price of the vending machine ($2.40 for a snickers and poor selection), however these are relatively minor things which I'm writing so that you know I don't work for Crash!
Overall massively positive experience, made loads of new friends here that I'll stay in contact with, nice family atmosphere to the hostel but still reasonable about having fun(we stayed up til 3am one night in the social area chatting and nobody complained). Have already recommended the place to a couple of people coming to Rotorua. Can't see how you'd find a better place to stay for a few nights in Rotorua with the qualities of Crash Palace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crash Palace provides the cheapest Quality accommodation for backpackers, Groups and budget travelers. The 1930,s character building has deep funky colors throughout. New Zealand art fills almost every space and fresh New Zealand music sets the atmosphere for an enjoyable stay. Crash is conveniently located opposite the Millennium Hotel and within 5 mins walking distance of the Main Street, I site (bus stop), Government gardens, Blue baths, Polynesian spa, and Pac N save supermarket. With high-speed Wi-Fi Internet, Lockers, 2 Kitchens and dining areas, BBQ, Outdoor Courtyard, Spa Pool, Thermal heating, and friendly service. It's the perfect place to chill and unwind a little from your travels. We offer a range of free services, Pasta and rice tea & coffee a selection of herbs and spices. Also a Free Spaghetti bolignaise on Fridays in summer and pancakes for breakfast Sunday. The hostel is located within walking distance of Pac N save supermarket, Government Gardens, Blue Baths, Museum, Polynesian Spa Pools, Kuirau Thermal Park. You are right in the city close to Rotorua's pubs, bars and markets.Look foward to seeing you soon. ... more less
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