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The Cats Pyjamas
London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Cheap and central”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Very central and the manager was really helpful, but the other guests ruined our stay.

Whilst the guests aren't the fault of the owner, more could be done to keep things in order. A couple were shouting at each other in the room next to ours until midnight, we repeatedly asked them to keep it down. People were still noisily chatting in the corridors until 1pm. Vomit was all over the bathroom at 7am. The kitchen was left in a mess from late evening until early the next morning. The people running this place need to stick their faces into the hostel a bit more often, whilst it's nice they let the guests keep to themselves - a lot of the guests don;t respect that freedom.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kanchanaburi, Thailand
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

This place reminded me of when I was younger going to see my grandparents. It has a very rustic feel to it. The owners were very nice and always willing to help you out with anything. Close to the beach and close to everything down town. My only issues were the pressure of the water when taking a shower and the kitchen was relatively small. Everybody I meet here were very excited to be on the road so the people made the stay that much more relaxing.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney
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68 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2012

Casual, youthful, homey, timeless. Very convenient to town and beach, great value for the price.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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95 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 22, 2012

I have a mild allergy to cats. I'm usually fine, unless there is nearby cat urine or a heard of longhairs. Within 30 minutes of being here I was sneezing, red eyed and popping antihistamines left and right. This completely ruined my stay but wasn't the only issue. Staff is hard to find, dorm facilities are rickety, the decoration is hilariously tacky and you generally get the feeling the owner is trying to get as many guests through the place as possible without having to make any improvements. In four months of travelling through Asia and Oceania, this was probably my worst accommodation. I would definitely not stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Great place! I do not usually stay in backpackers but this one is great. We found it to be very clean, friendly host and good kitchen facilities. Very cozy inside and nice outside area. Perfect location, close to everything - beach, pubs, takeaways.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Hamilton, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed April 25, 2011

Anne was friendly and very helpful although we found that despite this and the cheap price we would not stay here again.

The hostel is rather dirty. Someone had thrown up all over the dorm room and bathroom the night before we stayed. We mentioned this to Anne who promptly went to wipe down the part of the wall that had been missed. However a really strong disinfectant was needed as there was still a strong smell of vomit. Due to this we tried to avoid the bathroom as much as possible and used the one inside the house only to find this was just as crusty and smelly as the other one.

The bedroom walls were full of squashed mosquitos and overall the hostel was a bit manky. If you don't mind basic and dirty then this won't be a problem!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2011

We stayed in the double room without ensuite. The owners were very friendly and helpful, and the room was small and basic but clean. The kitchen and dining space were OK; it was difficult to find any room in the fridge, but the pantry storage was spacious. Only three showers/toilets meant sometimes there was a wait. There were a couple of cockroaches around (I saw a dismembered one in the lounge, and a very live one in the bathroom.) The communal and outdoor areas were well laid out. There is no laundry or drying room, but a laundromat around the corner. The location was excellent with shops and the beach almost on the doorstep.
For the price we felt it was quite adequate.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Cats Pyjamas
Address: 12 Albert Street, Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Whitianga
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Whitianga
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Home away from home, The most centrally located backpackers hostel in Whitianga. We are 2 minutes walk from beach,shops, cafes,bars,restaurants and the tourist information I-Site. Take the ferry to Cook's Beach and you can also reach Hotwater Beach and Cathedral Cove by bicycle,Shuttle during the Summer or hitch-hike. As there is so much to see and do, we suggest to plan to stay for more than one night, so you can experience all the area has to offer. Includes fully-equipped kitchen (tea/coffee, herbs & spices), Outdoor Courtyard, Satellite TV, WIFI, BBQ's. Bus stop out front and off street parking available. A warm welcome awaits you from the Manager Wendy, however, the cat no longer lives here!!! ... more   less 

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