We arrived at the Manor House without a booking and just walked in. We got a room in the second building, an old wooden villa, where we were almost completely alone (just between Summer and Winter season).
When we entered the building it was really warm, a big air conditioner made it all nice and comfy. The room itself sadly was too big for the small heater in it, so we just left the door open. The kitchen is small in this building, bigger in the other one, but it worked out good for us.
I had a little chat with the owner while I was doing my dishes, she told me that she owns the place since a few weeks and is now trying to tidy and brush it all up. I know that the following probably sounds like advertising, but you could really see that the team is doing their best to get the place all nice and clean. While we stayed we saw various buckets with old inventory and rubbish leaving the house and I would say there is a good spirit to make it an awesome place. You may compare it with the "Around the world backpackers" in Christchurch, it's the same owner now.
I for myself can say the stay in Dunedin was really really cool, we came for two nights and stayed 5.
I'd say you can pretty much ignore the ratings given earlier than May 2014, when the owners changed. And for the guys in Manor House: Go on doing like you're doing, you're doing great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manor House rated number 1 Dunedin hostel on Tripadvisor. See for yourself why we are rated the best hostel in town. Situated just up the road from the Naked Bus depot and minutes walk to the city center, we look forward to having you to stay. Book through our website to get all the special offers. WHAT WE PROVIDE TO ALL OUR GUESTS: FREE fast WIFI UNLIMITED,available throughout the hostel, tent, vans FREE taxi from Intercity bus depot,must stay 2 nights and book direct FREE computer available 24/7 FREE tea, coffee and spices for cooking FREE herbs from the herb garden FREE use of the BBQ FREE DVDs to watch, over 100 to choose from FREE hair dryers and hair straighteners to borrow FREE alarm clocks to borrow for those early starts FREE phone for local Dunedin calls and national 0800 numbers FREE off-street parking (on a first-in, first-served basis) FREE ear plugs! FREE salt and pepper and anything else you can find on the kitchen shelves FREE sewing kit to use FREE storage FREE eco boutique (free second hand clothes and items) FREE hot chocolates every night throughout the winter We are one of the only hostels that has free parking on the road and at the hostel. Movies nights every Tuesday and Thursday 8.30Pm with popcorn, hot chocolates and marshmallows. Our staff working extremely hard to make your stay as comfortable and fulfilling while staying in Dunedin. We are here to help you plan your activities and tours, or just relax. The staff have all traveled and understand the needs of a traveler. We have bikes available to hire daily and you can book tours with us. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON. ... more less
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