After finding Kaikoura fully booked we reluctantly booked into Dusky Lodge. Having spent a few years travelling I thought I had seen it all, but this dump takes the rosette for 'end of the season who gives one' award.
We opted for the double room with ensuite, sounds nice ay? Well you'd be sadly disappointed. It seems some not so bright spark wrongly wired up the bathroom fans meaning if one is in use, they are all on. Which is ok during the day but a tad wearing when it kicks in randomly throughout the night. As for the room? Well picture a cell with a sliding door and a tiny bed with a sheet and... well, thats it. Who needs working lights, carpet that covers the floor, or stainfree bedding? Unfortunately, and call me old fashioned - most of the traveling population does.
It's clearly coming to the end of the season, and I'm sure the place will receive a well earned face lift, but I won't be returning in this lifetime.
On a positive note, there is a great bakery next door.
See, I managed to say something nice!
- 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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