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“A good hostel with a view”

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Bumbles Backpackers
Certificate of Excellence
Geelong, Australia
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A good hostel with a view”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

I and my four friends stayed in a six bed dorm at Bumbles, and were lucky enough to have an amazing view over the lake and the surrounding mountains. The kitchen facilities are seperated from the dorms and are well equiped and clean. Our dorm room had its own bathroom, which was a bonus. The shower wasn not hot and had poor pressure; but at least we had one to use all to ourselves. The German receptionist was gorgeous and was a great help in organising bungy jumping and other activities that our team had wanted to do while in Queenstown. Overall, I came home to this dorm very drunk and was welcomed by the cleaning lady in the morning, who was also very hung over. Needless to say, Queenstown is a full on place. Bumbles is a great place to stay while you stay in Queenstown.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Malaysia
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Location-excellent
value for money. ample of parking space. awsome view from the chill area to lake wakatipu. walking distance to city centre(2minutes).
Stay here and they can arrange all for you(activities, sightseeing,tour etc). clean only room doest have electric blanket but heater yes.
staff was very helpful.
bus stop just a minute walk.
skyline gondola 10minutes walk but the path a bit steep but no problem.
airport just 15m(6 nzd by connectabus)

Room Tip: Twin room facing lake view
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kurnell
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2012

I stayed here in a double room with my 8 year old after a larger hotel down the road stuffed us around. was very neat and clean and great views of the lake and town. The main tv room is awesome and lots to do at night and had my 8 year old having fun for hours. Easy going and friendly staff inc the owner. Only issue we had was the BP coimg in and out of there room being very loud , but hay i guess that all part of it.

Would be happy to stay again

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2012

Bumbles is tucked nicely a few walkaway from the citycentre and really really close to the beautiful Lake Wakatipu. You could sip your coffee at the lounge and have your fill of the lake. ..idyllic!!
The room and kitchen was clean, the tv room was cozy and lively. Good friendly atmosphere overall.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Bintulu, Malaysia
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Reviewed April 27, 2012

Rooms are clean and comfortable, so are the kitchen and the TV lounge. The lounge has a lot of DVDs and several sofas. So if you have spare time, you can enjoy yourself just relaxing. Internet is a bit slow though.
Staff is very friendly. You can apply for various activities and tours at the reception.
It's not in the middle of the town, but 5 minutes walk. Close enough but far from the town's noise. You have a beautiful view of the lake from the backpacker.
I stayed for 4 nights. It was a really nice stay there.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Queenstown, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed April 6, 2012

Great place, clever designated, very clean a well equipped, perfect location near to town centre, friendly staff, BBQ for free, excellent!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Calgary,AB
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

We stayed in a 6 bed dorm at Bumbles for longer than we had anticipated, but we enjoyed it very much. Everything was clean and the kitchen was pretty well equipped. The location was great, lake views and a little bit outside the town center so it was quiet.

Pros - Good comfortable beds, spacious dorms. We didn't feel cramped even in a 6 bed dorm.
- Kitchen seemed small, but there was plenty of room and it was well equipped.
- Front desk was helpful in booking all of our activities and we got 30 minutes of free internet per activities booked.
- Location was quiet, a decent walk to a grocery store but downtown is so loud even very late.

Cons - Fridges in the kitchen were always stuffed, we always were fighting for room. They could stand to upgrade them.
- The lounge area and kitchen are side by side, so watching a movie is often impossible if people are in the kitchen.
- Internet is expensive if you don't book any activities.

We enjoyed it here, and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Bumbles Backpackers
Address: Cnr of Lake Esplanade & Brunswick Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 90 Specialty Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for a small, relaxed & friendly place to stay in Queenstown with spectacular views, a waterfront location and free Wi-Fi, this is it! Just a 2 minute stroll to downtown, we are a small laid back place to stay where you'll some meet great people and get some sleep! "This popular hostel is colourfully decorated. Its prime lakefront location near the heart of town ensures excellent views and easy access to the best of Queenstown. It's an easy going spot, with a quieter more laid back vibe compared to other larger hostels around town." Lonely Planet ... more   less 
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