We spent a couple of days at the Redwood Lodge with friends and were impressed with the friendly atmosphere of the establishment. This, however, did not compensate for what was very expensive/ poor value accommodation. We stayed in the room beneath the stairs which meant that every step taken by a guest sounded like a heard of rhino's stampeding up and down at whatever time suited others. Needless to say that we had very early, unintended, grumpy starts on both mornings.
The room itself was hostel-esque and furnished with a random assortment of odds and ends thrown together. The bedroom had 1 double bed (small double) and 2 bunk beds. In addition there was a tiny bedside table with one lamp. At the bottom end of the bed was a clothes closet with a small flat screen tv with surprisingly good, crisp reception. Mattress comfort was average.
The shower was adequate but toilet was not. Every time you flushed the loo it sprayed all of its contents into the air and on to the toilet seat which wasn't great. The hand basin's hot water tap came off as the wee, oddly fitting, screw kept coming out (not the end of the world, just another oversight). In addition, the toilet roll mounting was filthy with dust collecting around it.
WiFi is not free but is available. Location - excellent and close to town centre and local amenities. Hosts are keen to help and will point you in the right direction of whatever it is you may require.
Overall: the $180 for 2 nights for what was on offer = poor value. I felt ripped off. It wasn't the amount of money as much as what it bought us. The hosts were good natured and we enjoyed their conversation. I appreciate that the accommodation is advertised as hostel style digs but for the money we were expecting a little more. I travel extensively around New Zealand for work and have regularly had far better accommodation experiences for similar money.
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