Overall, my family and I were very impressed by our one night stay at Tailor-Made-Tekapo.
Unlike many other backpackers, you can be over 30 and not feel out of place. We were a group of four, the oldest in her 50's and the youngest, a four year old, and the accommodation was well suited for all of us.
We had a double ensuite and a twin ensuite which were located next to each other and both opened up onto a lovely outdoor area with picnic tables and a sandpit for kids.
The kitchen was well-resourced, the living space had magazines and children's toys which kept us all entertained, and the outdoor areas were well kept.
lt was located on a nice, quiet street, use of the laundry was cheap, and service was friendly and helpful.
Best of all, however, is that I think these backpackers provided great value for money. At less than $80 for an ensuite room, you get as much comfort as you would expect in mid-range accommodation that costs $40-$50 more per night.
On the downside, the beds were okay, but a little bit softer than what I like, and there were quite a few mosquitoes in the area. We didn't shut up our room properly at dusk, and when we came back from cooking tea, quite a few mozzies had flown in the bathroom window. A few smacks with a rolled up magazine killed them all, but the spots on the ceiling and walls suggested that a lot of guests had to do the same thing. I think had the backpackers supplied a can of fly/bug spray in each room so you could give a quick spray around before bed, I would have given the place 5 stars.
In saying all this, I would definitely stay at this backpackers again if I was in the area.
Tip: Tailor-Made-Backpackers uses IAC internet just like many other backpackers and holiday parks in the South Island. Before travelling, check out the IAC website to see how many of your other accommodation options use IAC also. Buying a wifi package for your whole trip could work out quite a bit cheaper than paying for it day by day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a quiet corner of the village and set in a beautiful garden, we are only 300 metres from the bus-stop and the Village shops. Lake Tekapo is half-way between Christchurch and Queenstown/Wanaka (all less than 3 hours away) and we are only just over one hour from Aoraki / Mt Cook. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tailor-Made-Tekapo Backpackers Hotel Lake Tekapo