Lovely very old building that perhaps needs abit of decor updating inside without loosing it's character. Front garden is kept lovely. Owners clearly have a love of cats and it smells so when you first enter. Had a double room with shared bathroom. Room ok size and clean - as were bathrooms. Didn't feel welcomed here however - loads of do and don't signage that seemed extreme. For example there was apparently CCTV in the kitchen to watch if you did your washing up - and if you didn't you were going to be thrown out. I always do my washing up - but I felt uncomfortable by this. Also it was stated several times in the hostel and in rooms that check out was at 10am and you must be off the premises by 10.30. As if you would want to stick around. And one last example - there were a few guests inc myself and my boyfriend that were in the living room in the evening watching one of the rugby semi finals. When the game finished most of the guests went out or to bed and we were just sat watching some of the game aftermath about to go to bed ourselves (only around 10pm), when the owner comes in in her pjs and turns off all the lights! So we could either leave or sit there in the dark. Very strange! I have stayed in many hostels and understand that standards of cleanliness and noise must be kept - but Westport is hardly party central and even if we are 22 we are hardly causing a raucous quietly watching rugby interviews! We felt like unwanted pests in her house - not paying guests!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Backpackers accommodation, Located in Westport on the wild west coast ,We cater for all travellers. Base yourself in our beautiful 150 year old colonial hostel and explore Karamea and the limestone arches, Heaphy track, or take a ride into history with the Denniston under ground coalmine tour,the old ghost road, or a 4 wheel drive with out west tours to the modern open pit mine on the Stockton Plateau with its stunning views of the northern Buller. To the south, Punakaiki and the pancake rocks or the historical gold fields of Charleston, home of underworld rafting, all a short drive away. Buller adventure tours with jet boating and horse riding, seal colony and surfing at Tauranga bay all a short ride away on our free bicycles. Book your next hostel with our free wifi. Games room and covered BBQ, free movies, tea and coffee, for those that just want to relax in our beautiful garden. ... more less
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