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“Great place to stay before doing the Queen Charlotte Trek”

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The Villa Backpackers Lodge
Ranked #8 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Picton
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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“Great place to stay before doing the Queen Charlotte Trek”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

I selected the Villa Backpackers because they were centrally located in Picton and were so helpful in arranging our Queen Charlotte Trek. I connected with Katherine at Villa BP and she was able to arrange everything from the ferry from Wellington to the entire Queen Charlotte Trek and back. This was an amazing service.

The Lodge offers a number of different types of accommodations. We stayed in a room with private bath. It wasn't fancy but very adequate. The kitchen facilities were OK. There is a difference between the two different buildings. We did happen to loose a piece of cheese in the refrigerator. Not really sure how that happened but as it turned out I guess we didn't need it on the Trek.

There are on site laundry facilities which was great. We were also able to leave an extra couple of bags while we were doing the hike.

The Villas is centrally located in town. It was easy to walk to everything as well as a number of great hikes out of town. It was a nice place to stay and we would stay there again. The great service that Katherine offered makes all the difference.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rostock, Germany
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

The villa is located very close to the ferry terminal, no worries though, they do ferry pickups.
The rooms are clean but not very big. It is quite cheap for $24 a night (6bed dorm). They offer free breakfast and free (very delicious) apple crumble every day. There is a free hot tub in the charming garden and a cozy fire place to keep you warm outside even in winter.
The staff is really nice and helpful!
We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Zepernick, Germany
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

I stayed here at the end of the summer on my way to the North Island and absolutely loved it. The layout of the hostel is great and it is so easy to meet people, some of us were sitting around the fireplace at night and had a lot of fun. They also have a spa pool but I didn't use it.. The people in it seemed to enjoy it though.
Great was also the unlimited wifi, good chance to catch up with everybody at home. I stayed in a double room in the main building and while I could hear some noise from the living room in the evening they were quiet at night. I think the staff walked around after 10.30pm and made sure everybody kept the noise down. The bed was really comfortable and I had a great nights sleep.
Shame I only stayed for 1 night in Picton - Would have loved to chill out at this hostel for a while.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Bern, Switzerland
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

The staff of the centrally located hostel is very nice, as is the owner who gave us great advice on all activities, including queen charlotte track. The garden is very beautiful and features a hot tub, an oven and plenty of opportunities for a sunny breakfast. The kitchen is well equipped and clean, and the rooms are nice and not too small. We stayed in two different rooms, but both seemed a bit too pricey if compared to what you get for your money elsewhere, especially on the North Island.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

Room was situated with the communal shower/toilet right next to side of bed.Very hard to sleep with people taking showers and toileting,even though there was a panel heater it was a very cold room with a lot of condensation on the windows.I woke scratching,thinking maybe it was what the sheets had been washed in but then my husband woke scratching too.We didn't stay in bed and went and sat in the car which was itch free and warmer.We were not told there was a $20 key deposit,which was no big deal but really should be noted to future stayers.We have both returned home still itchy and would not stay there again.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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VillaPicton, Owner at The Villa Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
It is always disappointing to get a bad review.
I had our staff look at the review to work out which room was the issue, as the Double close to inside facilities doesn't have a heating panel.
The Villa is well over a hundred years old. This adds some charm but also presents comfort challenges in very cold weather which we try and combat with thermal curtains, heating panels, plug in heaters and spare blankets. Not to mention quality sheets, duvets and we are continually upgrading beds. This week we have put in a new multifuel burner and ducted the system throughout all double rooms.

We have staff quarters just off the Reception and they will respond if the doorbell is pushed or the door knocked on. My phone number is on the Reception door to deal with after hours issues. We always appreciate guests raising concerns or otherwise so we can try and improve. Sometimes with sheer weight of numbers over the busy season it can be interesting...but at the end of the day, you get what is paid for, The Villa is budget accommodation.
Picton is blessed with sandflies at times, certainly we have had nothing biting in the rooms or beds as we have a strict cleaning regime and after more than 20 years, we know to look for and don't take any half measures. We use standard washing powder and have never had an itching complaint.
A key deposit is normal in the Backpackers world, it is just a memory aid so we get our expensive security keys back.
I would look forward to a return visit and a better personal chat
Rob Burn
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Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful place. Highly recommended. Friendly staff. Loads of facilities and activities. Free apple crumble at 20.00h. Hot tub. Nice warm showers. A cosy kitchen and living room with open fire place and hammocks outside.

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

- Good hostel!
- Clean
- Friendly staff
- Pickup at the ferry (you can walk it as well)
- Free wifi
- Good beds
- Enough equipement in the kitchen
- Good after service!
- Medium size
- Old building
- Stayed 2 nights
- I will be here again

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Property: The Villa Backpackers Lodge
Address: 34 Auckland Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #8 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Picton
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Villa Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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