We stayed at Bungi's for three nights while looking for somewhere to live in Queenstown and I left with mixed feelings about the place.
The front desk service was thorough and very helpful but I couldn't help but feel that all of the staff were jaded, fed up and weary. Still, they showed us where everything is and it's been amazing to me just how few backpackers have staff that bother to!
There was a large kitchen with loads of stuff to use and food storage space, hammocks and tables in a sprawling garden and a free spa, which we didn't use. There was free soup at 6pm every day but, to be honest, it was pretty gross and consisted of a salt and pepper flavoured strong stock and a few overcooked pieces of onion, carrot and potato. But, hey, if you're travelling on a budget then it's better than a poke in the eye. The cartoons in the rooms and toilets/showers were appealing to a point but I'd rather attention had been paid to the awful showers themselves instead - burning hot or freezing cold, your choice!
But even that wasn't too bad for the $53 per night we'd paid. The problem, really, was not the hostel or the contents of the room itself - we had a comfy and spacious double bed and a dresser with mirror - but the walls, door and curtains. The room was obviously a partitioned off bigger room and the plaster board in the middle hadn't even been fitted properly - light streamed in around the radiator. The door was 2 inches too short and the curtains 3 or 4 inches too short and so light came in in abundance there too. We had to use a towel on the window sill to keep the room darkish.
But light wasn't the only problem. Maybe we were unlucky to be staying at the same time as some incredibly arrogant, selfish and loud girls (they were noisy at other times of the day too) but if our room had been adequately built, we wouldn't have had to listen to screaming, singing, talking and shouting at various times of the evening, night and early morning at quite the same volume. It was as if they were *in* the room. (Remember - we weren't in a dorm but a private room.) One evening, not late on, we were able to hear the whole 20 or so minutes of the couple next door having sex (even though I'm sure they were trying to keep the noise down!) because of the gap in the wall adjoining their room.
I'd stay there again and I'd recommend that others stayed because the price of the double room was the best in town by far for a hostel... but I'd make people as aware as possible of the noise problems. I still can't really understand why they didn't just buy longer curtains and fill the gap properly between the two rooms... *sigh*
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