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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Six birth room looked ok, but both my husband and my 10 year old son got bed bug bites. I see now that same problem reported on reviews 2 years ago so not much has changed. Also kitchen a health hazard - very grimy and smelly. Spa looked nice but the numbers off beer bottles lined up by the occupants too off putting for us to try it. Dont go here.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Margot F, Manager at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

Hello,

We are really sorry to hear that you might have encountered bed bugs at our hostel and would like to let you know that we took all the dispositions to get rid of them.

The check of the room didn't reveal anything but we decided to completely spray the room just to be sure, in addition to the regular spraying of the beds.

It is important that you understand that bedbugs is a well-known plague in the hotel and hostel sphere and that it doesn't imply that the place lacks of hygiene ; bedbugs are brought in by travelers, often unaware that they are carrying them. This is why it is so important that whenever this happens, you let the hostel management know as soon as possible so that we can stop them before they get bigger in number. We thank you for that.

Once more, I apologize in the name of the entire Dusky Team.

Margot Fontenay, manager

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Beautiful out doors, great staff, the pool and spa was fantastic especially after a swim with the dolphins, accommodation is so much better then some of the places I have stayed at. We had a beautiful feed cooked by the owner, it was sooooo good. I recommend this place to others.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
Thank Jennifer K
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Management response:Responded July 31, 2017

Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

The Dusky team.

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

**REVIEW NOTES**
I travel a lot on business by myself and being self-employed very keen on price and keeping expenses low.

And so the following factors about where I stay in my reviews are the most important to me. I these mark out of 5: 0 = very poor / absent, to 5 = could not be better, n/a means not assessed.

I hope theses niche ratings will help other travellers with similar needs.
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**RATINGS**

Enough space in room to easily use as temporary office and sleeping space: 5

Desk or similar other surface to work at laptop: 5

Value for money at price paid: 5

Helpfulness of staff: 5

Car parking value for money: 5 (free)

Access by public transport: buses pass outside

Somewhere to go for a relaxing walk after work nearby: Lots - beach just over the road - short drive to the Kaikoura Peninsula for great trails, views and peace

**Other notes**
Laundry facilities and pool very welcome
Supermarkets and takeaways walking distance away

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Management response:Responded July 31, 2017

Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

The Dusky team.

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Close to town centre, only 5 minutes walk to supermarket, 10 to bus stop. We had a double room complete with TV. Bathrooms were big as was kitchen, however could do with a fix-up. Most of the pans had no handle, one set of the hobs didn't work, the fridge was rusted inside, toaster didn't work. Had a large dining/lounge area, however, and was quite clean and quiet.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank lolcas
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Management response:Responded July 31, 2017

Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

The Dusky team.

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Dusky lodge is on the main street and is more of a hostel than a lodge / motel. The hostel is clean and good. have library to use (We didn't use during our stay) They have two kitchen so enough space for you to cook with few basic spices to use incase you forget to bring yours. Few board games also also available to spend your time in the evening. This place is good to stay for upto 2 days in general.
*** The heater in the room are time driven, they work only in certain time of the day. so make sure the switch is on. We had to spend a night in cold as we didn't leave the switch on*****

They have internet / Pool which is paid.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank sidti
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Management response:Responded July 31, 2017

Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

The Dusky team.

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Reviewed December 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed at Dusky Lodge as our first "backpacker" in New Zealand. The room was small but adequate. The toilet and kitchens were only a few metres away and we didn't have to go outside. The kitchens were both well equipped. The heated swimming pool and even hotter plunge pool were very relaxing. There was offstreet parking but the Lodge was easy to find on Beach Road. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. The views from the deck were very nice.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Management response:Responded July 31, 2017

Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

The Dusky team.

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Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

The place was great and the fact that our room was upgraded was just amazing! The room was really clean and nice and the staff was helpful and kind to us. The kitchens were nice, especially the one that was upstairs looked pretty clean, but I have to say that the one open 24h was a bit dirty. No matter the number of signs saying to wash and dry your dishes, we always found dirty stuff around, however that's not the staff's fault. 
There were also swimming pool that unfortunately we didn't use because it was too cold for us..
I would definately go back there as it's a very good place to stay and not far from the centre.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded July 31, 2017

Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

The Dusky team.

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Additional Information about Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

Address: 67 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free Parking Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Kaikoura
Price Range: $32 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dusky Lodge & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is situated on Beach road, Kaikoura. We are the largest hostel in Kaikoura catering for groups and budget travellers. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, ensuite rooms and heating in all rooms. All bed linen and pillows are provided. There are 3 large kitchen's fully equipped as well as BBQ's on the decks free to use. We have a large heated salt water pool, spa and sauna to enjoy while staying with us. Guest computers are available and the wifi can be used throughout the building. The hostel is only 5 minute walk to the town centre, and across the road from Whale Watchers. The best bakery in town is situated right beside us and grocery stores only minutes away. The intercity bus can drop you off outside the hostel, ask the driver when you start your journey. We have plenty of parking space and it's free to use. Luggage storage short term is available, if needed ask at reception. Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is a great place to relax, unwind and take in the great views and spectacular sunsets from our extensive decks. Our friendly team can help book tours or give you advice on what to do while you are with us. We hope to see you soon. ... more   less 
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