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Barnacles Seaside Inn Backpackers
Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful Location and Awesome Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2011

The Inn is located right by a beautiful beach with lots of nice restaurants on a strip a stones throw from the beach. Restaurants in the area are well priced. We were 4 adults that shared a family room - definitely a little tight. Would be excellent for parents with kids. Big, clean kitchen. You can easily take the train here (runs every hour most of the day and night) from Wellington. Nice place to go to get away from the city. The train ride is also really pretty.

Room Tip: The double rooms are quite spacious and are really nice for a couple - especially for a hostel!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2011

Very nice and cozy place. Nice backyard and owners / staff are super nice...

Perfect place to chillout more than few days

  • Stayed January 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2011

From the moment I arrived to the moment left I was treated with true kiwi hospitality. Nothing was too much. The rooms are good, the photos on the wall wonderful and its an historic building. No beyer place to stay if you want to go to Kapiti island or want to chill out by the beach close to wellington.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2011

Wonderful experience for me, a 50 year old woman!
Stayed a bit more than 1 month at Barnacles.
The hosts are perfect for their jobs:
Helpful, good with people, flexible, friendly and knowledgeable...
The place was always clean and organized but still homely
Right at a great beach!
Joint short term golf and (very friendly) tennis club (within walking distance)
I loved my time here.
Georgia Thorburn - from Vancouver.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Sucre, Bolivia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

seaside views, lovely location, very cosy, log fire, good kitchen, friendly staff and long-term residents (but not in a cliquey way).

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2010

Barnacles Seaside Inn is so much more than a hostel. When we arrived in front of this YHA associate, we could not believe our eyes: close to the beach, wonderful sea views, a well-maintained old boutique hotel meets English seaside holiday accommodation, and all that a YHA?

With its comfy living room, abundant tasteful decoration and photographs of decades past, it radiates a calm coziness and makes you feel right at home from the moment you walk through the entrance. Pictures and tales of the owners in the early 20th century, put up in the quaint little hallways, beckon guests to discover its history, leaving them ponder the mysteries described therein. The Seaside Inn has so much character, making it almost impossible not to like it.

Management was very kind, friendly and welcoming, reflecting the atmosphere of this boutique hostel. Our double room was nicely furnished, inviting and just the right size. It featured an older, but comfortable double bed, a sink and mirror, a beautiful wardrobe and a cabinet. We were provided with an electrical blanket and a radiator in case it got colder. The bathroom was just down the corridor and was very clean.

Unfortunately we only stayed one night, transiting from Wellington to Taupo. I would recommend the Seaside Inn for longer stays, too, as the location provides easy enough access to Wellington for those who want to stay outside the hustle and bustle of the city, and Paraparaumu itself has a few things to do and see and certainly makes for a great place to relax.

In short, what to expect:
a warm welcome by friendly staff in a place full of history and character
cosy living and dining room with well-equipped kitchen
independent travelers of all ages and nationalities
simple but thoughtfully decorated, charming private rooms with lovely views
plenty of free parking
great value for money

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

Just have to love this place. Found out about it from friends and it certainly lived up to expectations. Everyone was friendly and you really were made to feel like you were at home. It was like going to an English seaside inn. Had everything you would need and close enough to get to Wellington if you need to go there. The shopping mall in Paraparaumu has everything anyone would need. The beach shopping centre near by was also great and had lots of places to eat if you don't feel like cooking.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Barnacles Seaside Inn Backpackers

Property: Barnacles Seaside Inn Backpackers
Address: 3 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu 5032, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Kapiti Coast > Paraparaumu
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Paraparaumu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Barnacles Seaside Inn Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated right on the beach at Paraparaumu with stunning views of Kapiti Island, this charming backpackers hostel began life as a hotel in 1923 and has been lovingly restored to its former glory with lovely oak furniture in the rooms and historic photos of the Kapiti area. BBH Paraparaumu Barnacles Seaside Inn offers a variety of accommodation, many rooms have sea views which you can request when booking. ... more   less 
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