I had to stay at the Pacific Coast Lodge on the labour weekend 2013 as I stupidly didn't book any accomodation in advance and this was the only place with two free beds on the Sunday to Monday night.
When I learnt that they charge you extra for duvet, I was quite stunned - in a negative way as I've never heard of that before. We had to stay in a 4-bed share room, which have an average non-BBH price of $31, but together with $2 duvets it's already expensive. When we asked for free WiFi, we found out that this is ridicolously expensive as well.
The overall atmosphere wasn't great either, there were only 18 to 20 years old Germans staying while I was there, which stayed in their group and didn't socialise much with non-Germans there, at least that was my impression. Yes, that's nothing I can bill to the hostel itself, but it's the whole experience that matters.
Rooms and facilities were quite okay, however the kitchen was a bit messy and the room I've stayed in had a really small window, so it became incredibly hot inside. I've noticed Brooke's (the hostel manager) sheets (English and German) on the wall saying she was angry about the cleaning behaviour and she's going to speak out penalties or something if the behaviour was going on like this. Also not really her fault but it says something about the usual residents of this place as I haven't encountered something like this before my stay there or afterwards.
I didn't use the community room etc., but it seemed spacy, which is good in general. One really good thing about the Pacific Coast Lodge is its location near the sea, you just walk about 10 minutes and enjoy the Mount's awesome beach. For the junk food lovers there's also a McDonald's close by. I can second that the staff acts very rushed, but keeps it friendly.
All in all not the worst place, but also far away from being a hostel you want to keep in mind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of the 2014 TNT Golden Backpacker for 'Best Accommodation NZ' and finalists for 2105! No place you'd rather be - We've got it all: The beach, the surf, and the sun! Look no further! We offer FREE onsite car parking, FREE WIFI, FREE surfboards and FREE bikes! Welcome to Pacific Coast Lodge, your 4-star flashpackers, where everyone knows your name! We are owner operated and Matt will go out of his way to make your stay a memorable one. We are magnificently located within walking distance to the beautiful shores of Mount Maunganui Beach, offering affordable accommodation for one night stays or weekly boarders looking for work.Groups are our specialty - having successfully hosted birthday celebrations, stag/hens nights, entire schools, and sports tournaments. We go out of our way to customise your requirements and can organise breakfasts, day tours or team building activities so it's one less thing to worry about! The friendly team at Pacific Coast Lodge are able to give genuine advice and offer great deals on the range of activities and adventures, to help you make the most of your stay in Mount Maunganui, ensuring that you experience the best that the Bay of Plenty has to offer - anything from swimming with Dolphins, amazing walks & hot pools, to deep sea fishing, kayaking & surfing.We are the only hostel in Mount Maunganui that actively assists you in finding work! Anything from fruit picking and orchard work, to factory and labouring jobs - we have people calling us daily for workers!The hostel is well established and provides loads of the comforts you crave from a Backpackers. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com and Priceline so you can book your Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.