Our dates shifted slightly so we ended up here last minute due to other places being fully booked, never again!! The booking process was tricky and somewhat misleading as it wasnt until the confirmation for our three person room came through that it stated it was in the back packers - we were expecting the motel lodge.
The quality of back packers across NZ is generally exceptional this place is not and is a nod to back packers of old, I'd struggle to find a redeeming feature.
The rooms are tiny, once you pop three people and three bags in there is no where to move. They are also freezing cold with tiny, thin questionably clean blankets upon thin worn mattresses - mattress may be pushing it, think small piece of foam.
The hostel is alsonot secure so those with valuable skis, possessions etc think carefully before booking the front and back doors are always open and never locked. It also attracts a rather yobbish crowd which wouldnt be an issue if the walls werent made of paper. The kitchen facilities are minimal and it isnt a place youd want to cook in. Cleaning is also very sporadic with over flowing rubbish bins daily and half empty beer bottles lining the bathroom. On the plus side showers were hot, if very dirty and frigidly cold once you stepped out of them.
No thought has been given to the clientle or the fact they are likely to have been up the mountain all day. There is no where for wet coats, boots etc in the tiny cold rooms, its coats or people!! Further annoyances are the lack of plug sockets, one in a three bed dorm?! if you're expecting to have the teeny tiny heater on and charge a phone forget it.
Over all a dismal place with ambivalent staff. If there's more than two of you you'd be much better placed to rent a batch from batchcare, which was our oringinal plan. Stay here only if you must particulalry as there is a wonderful breakfast place round the corner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alpine Motel, Lodge & Sassi's Restaurant is located right in the heart of Ohakune township only a minutes stroll to bars, cafes, shops, banks, supermarket, picture theatre and the information centre....We have a wide range of accommodation to suit everyone,5 studio units / 1 one bedroomed unit / 3 chalets that sleep upto 10 persons / a four bedroomed Town house that sleeps upto 14 persons, and a backpackers lodge made up of 2, 3 and 4 berth rooms.Our units are modern, warm and comfortable with good heating, electric blankets, Sky satellite TV, telephone, Wireless internet, and most have kitchen facilities. ... more less
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