We checked into Downtown backpackers after the I site in Nelson found it for us after selling us the ferry crossing tickets. During the crossing I found a leaflet about the place saying the royal entourage stayed their during the Queens visit in her Coronation year 1953, how bad can it be?
It looks ok from the outside and is in a very good position directly across from the Railway station.
We were served by a girl who interrupted our check in to answer the phone and subsequently start selling the place to the caller, she passed us to her colleague who when she got a little flustered passed us back as the phone call ended. Poor start, we got the card key and went to the second floor, the key wasn't working so we took it back she came up to our room and told us all the doors were a bad fit since the earthquake and that we had to jiggle the door to open it.
It was a four bed dorm with ensuite, very dated buckled metal bunk beds one of which had bent support under both top and bottom, there were individual lights for reading above each bed, but there was only a bulb in one of them and that didn't work. I presume the check in staff are voluntary and they changed regularly, maybe they were just guests trying their luck, but we were left with a bad impression.
Not a good night's sleep, we went into the canteen and saw some shrivelled food so went to Macdonalds next door. The happy hour was good and free pool was too.
If only they had some attention to detail in the rooms and staff attitude, it could of been so average.
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