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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed both in the backpackers and then a stay of 10 days in a very spacious and comfortable studio apartment. The whole place is beautifully run by the most welcoming hosts ever. Rooms are fitted out with style, fittings are stylish and high quality, rooms are serviced daily with clean towels and great cleaning service. Backpackers had lots of...

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Karratha, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

My husband and I loved our two night stay in New Plymouth. The cottage was clean, well maintained and very homely to stay in. We loved the Kitchenette, sky tv and green gardens. The hotel is well located and a short walk to parks and the centre of town. Thanks Brett and your family for a great stay.

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Our pleasure Conor C. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time here and thanks for the review.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service and accommodating host. We had a cottage plus two beds in a 3-share room. Very clean and comfortable. The cottage worked really well for a 70+ couple, especially with it's own facilities. The share room was comfortable, however it's not ideal to have carpet on a hostel floor as people will walk with shoes on and bring in...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

It was great to have you and the folks Kira - and thanks for sending in the review. The place would be too noisy and cold without carper on the floor in the door rooms although we do take your point. We have bed lamps in most of the rooms and have addressed the issue in the room you were...

Calgary
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently stayed several days at this BBH. It is located 3 blocks from Devon Street which is the main street in downtown New Plymouth. It also also within walking distance to Papakura Park where we enjoyed The Festival of Lights. The hostel seemed full of young people from Europe, mainly Germany. It is always great to meet people from...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback travelguy1969. We appreciate it. The table can get sticky after it's been used - especially when we are busy. That said we've mentioned it to our housekeeping team and will try and ensure it is kept sticky free! We have ultra fast fibre broadband and have had some trouble with it that we are working through...

Perth, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well run with a magic mix of homely atmosphere and international travellers. Shared amenities are excellent with a haphazard friendly feel, while it all works perfectly. My private room was very comfortable and well serviced.

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

"A haphazard friendly feel..." Love it! We have never had the place described this way but it works for us. Thanks for taking the time to send in the review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great hostel vibe - welcoming and friendly, with plenty of space. The bed was comfortable, the shower hot, fresh towels and clean bathrooms. A suggestion would be to put in more handbasins downstairs, if someone was in the bathroom, you couldn't wash your hands after using the toilet.

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to send in a review Josephine W. We appreciate the feedback around the hand basins. The laundry has a sink in which people that use the toilets can wash their hands if someone else is in the bathroom. We agree that this is not entirely obvious to our guests and as a result of your...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at Ducks and Drakes for 2 nights over new years in the boutique cottage accommodation. It was perfect for what we needed. Very clean, comfortable and quiet. Plenty of space for the four of us. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and we loved the two border collies who appreciated our pats from time to time. The...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Lisa C. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to seeing you and your crew next time.

KL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Room number 1 on 20 Dec 2016. Firstly, it took ages for the water to get warm. Secondly, the water was from the shower was dripping. How can we get a good bath. When we called the host about 10pm about the water, he was not pleased at all. We slept without taking our bath. Lesson learnt....

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Well edwinKL. You are totally correct about your host not being pleased about being dragged out of bed at 10pm on a Tuesday night because you couldn't use a shower water mixer. The reason the shower "took ages to get warm" was that you had it turned to cold! So it was cold water that you got. Funny that.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brett&his team at Ducks&Drakes are the best. This is a hostel where you feel at home. The grounds are well maintained, there's heaps of sunlight and little outside tables to enjoy it on, there's a clothes line to dry your stuff in the fresh air and plenty of space in the common areas. The bathrooms are always really clean as...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Cheers SarahJ. We appreciate the review and thanks for posting. It seems you got the best out of your time here in this lovely city. The park you refer to is Pukekura Park and you are right - it is magnificent. Enjoy the rest of your travels.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best hostels I've ever stayed at. Well located, beautiful old building, lovely gray areas and the owners went out of their way to make the stay most excellent. They gave great advice, have plenty of kitchen space, bathrooms and showers, all kept meticulously clean. They were willing to let me lock my bicycle in their garage (I'm...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay so much and thanks for taking the time to send in a review. We cycle too so fully understand the preference to have the bike behind closed doors. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your travels.

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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Gracious 1920's hotel with adjacent Cottage rooms - Ducks and Drakes offers affordable, friendly, fun accommodation in a fantastic New Plymouth location. A great base to explore Mt Taranaki; wander through our many parks and walkways; experience the country's best surfing beaches along Coast highway 45; take in one our many festivals or concerts or simply sit back and relax in our homely environment - it's a great place to stay! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ducks & Drakes Hotel

Address: 48 Lemon Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
Price Range: £40 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ducks & Drakes Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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“Best studio I think is facing the carpark as it has a nice window seat and open views.”
 of 5 bubbles CaroB157, 18 Jan 2017 | Read review
“There are private type rooms and the backpacker part. The backpacker experience is superb ;-)”
 of 5 bubbles bwanakukutu, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Please check the water pressure and condition before you agree to the room”
 of 5 bubbles edwinKL, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“You have a choice between hostel or hotel.”
 of 5 bubbles jnggra, 9 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I had a sweet single room, slept well. Just ask for your preference - but rest assured all rooms looked great to me.”
 of 5 bubbles 343janz, 3 Dec 2016 | Read review
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