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Hippo Lodge Backpackers
Hanoi, Vietnam
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“Such a great atmosphere! great value for money & lovely staff.”
Reviewed April 22, 2011

Perfect! just five minutes walk away from the centre, with the best view of Queenstown! The staff are lovely & the people staying there are really friendly.
The only downside is the mount everest of a hill you have to climb before you get there, with a backpack its not an enjoyable walk! but coming back down is picture perfect :)
Well done Hippo!
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

I was entirely pleased with the solo room I stayed in at hippo, especially considering the communal kitchen area and the large lounge with a nice view.

This hostel is very quite and clean, much more so than the centrally-located hostels much be. The only drawback of this place is that it is a good 15 minute walk into town, perched on a STEEP hillside. It's fine if you have a car (and there seems to be plenty of street parking) but if I were to go to Queenstown again without a car, I'd stay at the Novotel right on the water. Yeah, it's more expensive, but the most convenient joint in town.

If you aren't going to Queenstown to do all of the activities and are more than 20 years old and a big partier, you might prefer Wanaka.

Generally speaking, I would advise to be very careful where you stay in New Zealand if you travel around without a car -- you might find yourself in a difficult situation, especially if you have a heavy bag/suitcase!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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São Paulo
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Reviewed January 20, 2010

I was expecting a very hard walk from downtown to hippo lodge due to what people had written here but.. it is not that hard and yes: the view is very beautiful! The room was not so good but i wanted a prvate room with private bathroom so.. it was ok for the situation.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Kensington, California
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Reviewed January 13, 2010

We traveled in NZ for five weeks, and the Hippo Lodge was our favorite place to stay--even with the steep walk up from town (worth it)! We were awestruck by the views. We were in the lower "White House," but even it had spectacular views over the town and lake to the mountains beyond. We were fascinated to just sit in the large living room and watch the weather and clouds develop from afar. The upper building has even more extensive views.

The living room, kitchen, bedroom arrangement was most pleasant, giving us the right mixture of privacy and community. We shared the areas with only two other rooms. Our room had an en suite (private) bath. The room, bathroom, kitchen, and large living room were all well-cared for and immaculately clean. We are very sensitive to noise, and the Hippo gave us nothing to complain about. Quiet neighborhood, quiet guests.

We were able to grocery shop at a large supermarket less than a 10-minute walk away (not down the steep part). We could also shop in a market in the main business area on the way up to the Hippo.

The staff did so many nice things for us while we were there--offering advice, loaning us maps, getting ice for our bruises, making sure we were warm enough at night, helping arrange activities and transportation (even ones involving no payments), arranging cash-credit payment so that we could use up all our bills and coins on the last day in NZ, booking (at a discount) the airport shuttle and reconfirming, etc., etc. Thank you, Shana!

Compared to the prices at other NZ establishments (even other hostels), the Hippo Lodge is a very smart bargain in this era of the weak US dollar. It's not your average backpacker hostel.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed October 15, 2009

This is an older style hostel - 3 converted houses all with character so there are not a lot of people together. I liked it because it was in a quiet street but I was still only 5 minutes from the centre of town. It was very clean and kept clean every day which is important to me and they provided access to fast wireless which I needed at the time. The manager was very helpful in organising my time there and even arranged a shuttle to the airport. At reception you could pick up pancake mix to make your own pancakes by just adding water. They were delicious. I fell in love with Queenstown - what an amazing place and Hippo Lodge was the perfect place for me to be. I would go back.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Nowhere illinois
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

We stayed 6 nights at this lodge and it only cost us $199 US dollars!!!! The staff was great, they helped us book tours. I would suggest requesting to stay in the White House portion of the lodge-that is where we stayed and got the great views over the town. We had a double room. It had the large bed shown in the pictures and a bunk bed in our room. We had a living room area, balcony, and kitchen/dining room with everything you need to cook-that we only had to share with one other room!! And we had 1.5 bathrooms. So there was only one shower between the 2 rooms was the only downside to this lodge. They also have campsites so you can camp for dirt cheap and traditional hostels rooms with bunk beds. Places like this were the only way we could afford to buy the plane tickets and pay for all the activities we did.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2009

Hippo lodge is great.
A steep hill to walk up yes, but the view is worth it. If you cant be bothered with the walk a taxi will cost you $6 from town. Book your airport shuttles through Hippo and that will save you a few dollars too.
I stayed in a 5 bed dorm, no ladders to the top bunk so its climb up and jump off. The rooms got very warm at night with the central heating, so even during winter the sheet & duvet will be enough to keep you warm.
The shared bathroom was large and never over crowded, but the showers were only warm.
There other people staying there helped make the place great. Very friendly & all watching movies at night. Beware, if you stay up till the early hours & dont clean up your mess, you will get a warning.
Bathroom, lounge & kitchen are cleaned daily.
Riley, who works there, was very helpful and did all he could to answer questions or helpout in anyway.
Hostel seems to attract people in there 20's and itsn not hard to find someone to go to town with at night.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Property: Hippo Lodge Backpackers
Address: 4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Free Parking
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Ranked #48 of 90 Specialty Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden away on Queenstown hill our elevated site offers stunning lake and mountain views over Queenstown- and just minutes away from town, bars and food! Our backpacker hostel caters for travellers looking for a relaxing experience. We are the warmest, cosiest and friendliest hostel around. Comfy beds are made up with fresh linen in centrally heated rooms to keep you toasty. Facilities include an outside barbeque area, 24hr internet, cheap wireless (FREE wifi voucher upon checkin), dvds, and coin-op laundry. Tramping? Use our secure storage area for your excess stuff. Winter sports? Use our locked drying room for your gear and our centrally heated rooms to warm your toes after a day off piste! Enjoy making new friends over a hot cup of free tea or coffee. We are family friendly! We are Queenstown's best kept secret! ... more   less 
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