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“Girls Dorms - Perfect! If you wanna party, place to be! If you want quiet, maybe not!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Base Queenstown

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“Girls Dorms - Perfect! If you wanna party, place to be! If you want quiet, maybe not!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2010

We stayed in Girls Sanctuary Dorm for 3 nights. PERFECT for us... girls rooms have LARGE vanity mirror with lots of lights for make-up and straightening your hiar (ha ha) before hitting the Queenstown night life! We rolled into bed at 5-6am after Fergburger all 3 nights, so we appologize if we woke up the others!

Staff - they are there to work, get their paycheck and move on to the next town :)

BUT we did have one helpful guy! Anyway.... I am more concerned about the cleanliness and bathrooms which were great! Only ever deal with staff for 2 seconds when you check in, sono big deal.

Have to pay $3 for towel service, and, internet is cheaper accross the street. $20 cash key deposit too.

Queenstown was our favourite hostel in our 2 week trip!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2009

I had a good stay here! the staff on reception where cool, friendly and helped me out with advice when i lost my credit card. They have an awsome bar which is just next door! They said it was a quite season but there was still a good amount of people in there! Queenstown is amazing!!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2009

location is very central however the rooms are dirty. The first room we were given smells of sick therefore we upgated to the girls only dorm with was slightly nicer but in on of the lockers there was a empty wine bottles and cans that looked liked they been there for weeks.
The showers are cold and only last a few seconds.
The cleaning staff do not knock which is very off putting when it is a males.
Staying in the girls only dorms means you are entiled to a free towel however i asked for a clean after 5 days and was refused.
The reception staff are very rude- backpackers on a power trip.
Very nosie
They room rate increased half way though our stay

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2009

I have never had such a bad night sleep. This place has a terrible design. Noise seems to just be amplified right through the building and you hear every slamming door and conversation in the corridoor. Reception staff appear to have no interest and it's a slow process t get your key. There are nightclubs and under our room (104) was the outdoor smoking area for the bar and the noise & smoke drifted up to us, regardless of the fact all windows were shut. Just hideous! For 80-100$ a night for a private room go find a hotel. Worst hotel experience ever and I have stayed in about 500+ rooms!!!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2009

If you do not care about noise, this is the place to be. It is bascially the party people hostel and very very busy. No matter which room you are in, you hear the booming music from the bar below, and once it stops about 2 AM, everyone comes back to their rooms and causes a ruckus. If you are with a whole bunch of friends and like to have a good time, you may be ok with this. If not you should consider one of the smaller backpacking hostels, like the Black Sheep. The staff is friendly though, and if you go away on a side trip, they store your surplus luggage for you.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2008

I did a survey for a company regarding staying at Discovery Lodge/Disco Lodge/Base as it is affectionately known here in Queenstown.

I stayed one nite and surfice to say... it is now our shoulder season and a lot quieter than usual so there wasn't a whole lot of people, it wasn't crowed and the bar was not noisey.

The accommodation was fine in a woman's own room with 7 other females. My only concern is if u are tall and larger than a size 18 UK/AUST/NZ sizes...i.e. is u are not a small size then the beds would be a bit uncomfortable on the top bunk as u would hit yr head and getting up there for a larger person not that easy. The beds were firm & the sheets clean... pillows could be a bit bigger.

Staff were very pleasant and willing to answer any questions & helpful. Kitchen clean & workable, laundry large with enough washers & dryers... if eveyone didn't do their wash on the same day, that is!! Common TV room very hard to get into unless it is very early in the morning... so if u wanted to watch yr fav. TV show.. forget it.. there were people also in there watching DVDs and the room was stuffy.

Overall I think it is a great place to stay for the younger generation up to say 30yrs... over that share with friends or take a room with no BUCKS. Toilets & showers are small so if u are a larger person there could be issues with the bathroom facilities unless u have yr own ensuite. One shower& Toilet for 6-8 people wanting to shower at the same time can be a bit of a problem... in a case like this u just go and find another shower down the hall etc...

CHeers & I hope this has helped u decided about staying at any of Base Hostels.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2008

We were looking for the best value backpackers in Queenstown...and this was it. I t was a great value party place...exactly what we were looking for.

DO NOT stay here if you are looking for a quiet, romantic time in Queenstown. This place is a top of the range backpackers.

We had a great time and stay.

  • Liked — Great value party place
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with friends
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Property: Base Queenstown
Address: 47 - 49 Shotover Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand (Formerly Discovery Lodge)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #80 of 90 Specialty Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Queenstown 2*
Number of rooms: 420
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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