Hippo lodge has a great view over Queenstown but as other reviews have mentioned this means a bit of a steep climb up from the bottom and then a number of stairs to the dorms.
The hostel itself was okay nothing fantastic to rave about and it appears that there are quite a few long term residents in the hostel.
We stayed in the top section of the hostel but the dorm we had was at the bottom which meant it was rather noisy at night with people walking, talking and thumping on the floor which was our roof.
Guy at check in was friendly but he did seem to try and push selling of attractions through him to get free internet.
Showers and toilets were okay but there wasn't very many of them and for the amount of people I thought there would have been a few more.
The kitchen area was not that big and so at times it was rather busy with everyone preparing meals.
We picked the Hippo as it was one of the more reasonably priced and there was also parking availabe.
For what we paid it was ok but I would maybe check out some other places next time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hippo Lodge Backpackers Hotel Queenstown