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“Excellent place to stay for "mature" backpackers” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Almond House Backpackers
Ranked #11 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Nelson
Batemans Bay, Australia
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“Excellent place to stay for "mature" backpackers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2012

We stayed 4 very comfortable nights at Almond House Backpackers. Everything about it was set up perfectly and you could not have wished for anything better. The perfect location to walk into town or to drive out of town easily. Great place to wind down after a hard days winery tours. The kitchen is well set out and great that there are two kitchen areas which means that at the busy times you are not all doing the dance around each other! The wi fi is great, the hosts are friendly but not intrusive, the rooms are very comfortable. Would recommend it to anyone, especially those like us not into the grungy backpacker scene. Thanks Fiona and Paul for a great stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oxford
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

Only stayed one night but the rooms and kitchen were clean and well furnished. Loved the pictures in our courtyard room and the whole place had a relaxed air about it. 5 minutes’ walk to the centre and ample parking made this a good place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

Used Almond House as my Nelson base before and after a trip to the Abel Tasman N P. It's a small family run backpackers that is easy walking distance from the middle of town. Really nice kitchen and lounge area as well as a garden area out the back make this a great place to choose if staying in Nelson. Very helpful with everything!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2012

This hostel was beautiful. We had just arrived from Franz Josef, where we stayed at Rainforest and had a horrid time.

The room was spotless, the beds were so comfortable that we didn't realise we were asleep until the morning. The hosts were amazing, even meeting us in front of the hostel when our bus arrived. I would recommend this hostel to everyone and with free internet, it made our top 5 hostels (believe me, we have been to a few as we have been travelling for 3 years)

The only concern we had was the amount of staff working there/long term guests that sort of made the atmosphere uncomfortable due to the click.

Room Tip: double bed room on the front of the hostel. Top of the stairs to the right.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oak Park, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2012

this place is gorgeous. felt like we were staying at a moderate hotel. my friend and i shared a private room with 2 twin beds. the rooms are clean, spacious. common areas are plentiful, clean, and offer nice balconies and view of the park across the street. bathrooms are fully equipped and very clean. lovely music playing throughout for good ambiance. very much enjoyed our two nights there!

Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2011

I spent 2 nights at the beginning of my trip and I ended up staying another 2 nights at the end of my trip on the South Island.

It is a small hostel with a warm, cosy living room, and a good kitchen. I stayed in a share room (4 beds) and the beds were comfy, there was a walk in wardrobe for all the luggage and to hang clothes, there were enough plugs for everybody (you'll be surprised how many hostels have just 1 plug for an entire dorm room ) and reading lights. And oh, there's a lovely little cat who loves attention. If you have a car, there's parking spaces on site and also lots off street.

The bathrooms and kitchen were very clean. There is free wifi (yes, you read that right), a computer and a landline you can use to make cheap calls. They also offer free coffee and tea. The location is just a 5 minute walk from the town centre, which is great.

Fiona also arranged the shuttle from the airport to the hostel and my bus to Greymouth. All was impeccable, both Fiona and Paul were awesome hosts and I can highly recommend the Almond House.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2011

Almond house is a great antidote to the countless faceless, chain-run party hostels around NZ. We stayed here about a year ago but if it is run by the same family then I doubt it will have changed. As another reviewer has stated it does feel like you are staying in somebody’s home, but I found this to be a big positive rather than negative thing! Fiona was welcoming and took the time to show up a map of the area and recommend things to do. There was a nice communal atmosphere and we enjoyed a couple of great evenings sitting in the lovely garden area and sharing food with new friends.
I would definitely recommend Almond House to anybody looking to get away from the Kiwi-Experience crowd!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AmyEllenN
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Property: Almond House Backpackers
Address: 63 Grove Street | The Wood, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As world travellers ourselves we know what makes a great stay - whatever the season. Almond House summers are all about sunny garden bbqs and hammocks while in winter our log fire gatherings are the place to be. All year round you can go exploring on our bikes or yours (we're super cyclist friendly!), plan your next adventure (we'll help!), unwind with a book, stay connected with free internet and wifi, or - simply throw down your bags and relax. ... more   less 
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