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“Bit tatty but peaceful and clean”

Pentlands Backpackers Hostel
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Pentlands Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #1 of 1 Mount Eden B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 13, 2010

First, be aware that Pentlands is a backpacker hostel, not a hotel - it's one of the BBH hostels. Not a problem, but don't expect B and B standards, or breakfast! We stayed at Pentlands at the end of a six-month stint in New Zealand. We've been to Auckland before and the Mount Eden hostels are the only ones I would stay in apart from City Garden. It's about a 30 minute walk into the city, there's a big supermarket 5 minutes away (although it's a good hill back up) and there are frequent buses in and back so the location is good. Also plenty of parking - we had a car to sell so needed this.

Pentlands is not as smart as the reception area appears; the big lounge has tatty smelly chairs and is very dark, but kitchen and showers are newly refurbished, although sadly the showers don't all have fans and the decoration may not last too long. The place is cleaned thoroughly in the morning and the kitchen and showers are done again last thing at night which is excellent. Kitchen storage and equipment are ok but as always could be better, and while the fridges are cleared often they do need to be a bit more ruthless with this.

We had double room 1 on the front and it was very quiet - there are many long-termers in the hostel and after some trouble there is no tolerance for late night noise, and we had uninterrrupted sleep for all the 10 nights of our stay. Anyone who has stayed in NZ's thin-walled buildings with youngsters will know how good this is! It was also noticeable that the other guests got friendlier the longer we stayed;

It was coming into winter but still occasionally nice enough to sit outside - trouble was that the decking area is also the smoking area and as all the travellers smoke like chimneys it was unusable for anyone who likes to breathe. Could do with a smoke-free area or at least having the smoking area away from the house as I was forever closing the door to keep the stink out. After a chilly first night we asked for and got a heater; it's an old building and leaks heat like a sieve, although as ever in NZ investment in thick curtains would pay dividends, no-one ever seems to do this!

The washing machines are expensive $4 and the outside drying area doesn't get much sun. Internet access is ok at $2 for half an hour, for longer stints you either need a laptop or to go into the city or to the library about 20 minutes away.

Owner and manager were very pleasant and helpful and ran a tight ship. Not the most characterful or comfortable of places, but could do a lot worse.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

I found this hostel looking for an accommodation in Auckland. I have to recognize that the hostel seems to be a very nice place, clean and rounded by a huge natural garden.

The problem started after asking for the price of services such as Internet. Suddenly, after change some mails, the accommodation manager, told me that they were not able to make my reservation, advising me to try a booking with another hostel. We should take in consideration that they had already my credit card details and the ironic way to say that I'm probably looking for a cheaper place with free services.

I just can't understand why they suddenly changed into this rude way to treat a customer, specially after have confirmed the booking and have my card details.

Definetly, strange!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Pentlands Backpackers for two nights in a double room. The place has a pleasantly homey feel to it and, while it’s clearly a hostel, we felt comfortable to hang around in the spacious kitchen, on the deck or in the lounge room. The room itself was comfortable though it was a bit humid without air-conditioning. The bathrooms (which were shared) were all spotless and plentiful, we rarely had to wait for a shower. The only downside would be that it’s not in Auckland itself so, if you are going there for something that requires you to be close to the city, staying at Pentlands does require a short walk/busride to the CBD. For our purposes, however, we enjoyed Mt Eden as it’s a nice little neighborhood not too far from the city.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: April 2015, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 1, 2014
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 29, 2013
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Pentlands Backpackers Hostel

Address: 22 Pentland Ave., Mount Eden, Auckland 1003, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Mount Eden
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Mount Eden
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family owned and operated hostel offering you clean, comfortable, affordable accommodation with a home away from home feel.This colonial homestead is set in spacious park-like grounds giving you a sense of peace within the hustle and bustle of the central city. Enjoy our hostel with it's friendly, relaxed atmosphere and close proximity to the bars, cafes and shops of vibrant Mt Eden Village. Pentlands Backpackers has recently enjoyed a fresh new look with extensive renovations completed in August 2012. ... more   less 

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