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Tamara Riverside Lodge
Reviewed March 18, 2011

The best thing about Tamara Lodge was the fact that they had beds available for 5 when we rocked up at 9pm on a Friday night on our way through.
I certainly wouldnt want to stay here any longer than one night though if sharing a dorm room.
The beds were crammed into the rooms, with no shelving to unpack into - you had to unpack to under your bed in the room I was in. The bed was also very short, and had a solid footboard - not so much fun when you are nearly 6ft tall! Even with the window open the room felt stuffy.

There are also only three toilets in the entire lodge, two of which share rooms with showers. Not so cool if you need to go urgently!

I gather it has some off-street parking available, but there was a good amount of on-street available too.
In general, I would go back, but only in the same sort of situation - passing through for a single night.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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TamaraLodge, Owner at Tamara Riverside Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2011

I regret that this customers expectations were not met but I was simply reponding to the request made. I was asked for a room for 5 people which we don't really have but can be done through the full utilisation of a double bed in our 4 bed room. This enables 5 people to sleep in what I regard as fairly cramped conditions. It is not ideal because it is not presenting our product in the most positive light but I try to compensate by offering it at our cheapest price and invariably our customers leave happy. This customer would have been offered the option of much more spacious rooms (at a slightly increased price) but obviously chose the 5 in a room option so that the group was not seperated. These comments are disappointing because one of our features that we offer is "space"

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Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: March 2017, traveled solo
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Stayed: April 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2016
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  • Stayed: March 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2016
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Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2016, traveled as a couple
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Address: 24 Somme Parade, Whanganui 4500, New Zealand (Formerly Tamara Backpackers Lodge)
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Location: New Zealand > North Island > Manawatu-Wanganui Region > Whanganui
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Whanganui
Price Range: $40 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Tamara Riverside Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome for the weary world traveller is only the start as you enjoy our spacious Edwardian Lodge overlooking the majestic Whanganui River. Views of Mt Ruapehu and just 5 mins walk to the city. Relaxation is easy here; the large garden is enticing and the hammocks welcoming. Piano and guitar available. Lots of information on activities. HEATED rooms! (Some en-suites) INTERNET, BBQ, TV, FREE WIFI, FREE BIKES. Hosts: Rory and Barbara ... more   less 
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