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Verandahs Backpackers Lodge
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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59 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Overall: Really good!!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

- Good location in Ponsonby
- 12 minutes walk from main street: Queen str
- Friendly staff!
- Clean!
- Medium/big size hostel
- No free wifi
- Enough space and equipment in the kitchen
- Good beds, no bunks!
- New building
- Stayed 2 nights and went back 3 times
- I will be here again.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This is the place I would recommend to my friends when staying in Auckland.

We were there for three separate nights and we always felt a kind of relief and comfort when arriving to Verandahs from other hostels in Auckland area.

Pros and cons:

+ nice Victorian building facing the park, including outside area and balconies.
+ close to the city center, next to the Ponsonby road (good eating and shopping)
+ quiet stylish corridors with thick noise-insulating carpet
+ nicely decorated clean rooms, the twin room we stayed in with enough space, the double really spatious
+ well maintained
+ clean showers, big and clean kitchen
+ great lounge in the main building

- some light coming from the corridor to the room through the above-door window, even with drapes on. Just a small issue for light-sleepers like me ;-)

Would stay there again anytime.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Evanston, Illinois
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

plus: nice location near restaurants (enjoyed thai house in particular).
plus: very well stocked kitchen for a backpackers.
minus: not enough bathrooms/showers. three rooms which contained sink, shower and toilet, so if three people are brushing their teeth thenno one else can shower or use the toilet. for a place this size it creates unreasonable waits.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

I needed a one-night stay at the last minute for myself and my pre-teenager, near Auckland Zoo. Saw this highly recommended in Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor, and it worked out great. Campbell was very helpful on phone, and his Mom helped settle us in on arrival. Twin room rate was great, Ponsonby location cannot be beat, and staff were super helpful and kept everything very clean. They made us feel truly welcome and appreciated as guests. What a great way to show my son how "budget" accomodation can let us enjoy more daytime activities, as well as opportunities to meet local and international travellers. Enjoyed the pleasant library and left a great Canadian writer's short-story collection, to "pay it forward".

Room Tip: Being away from the washroom doors and front door will provide a quieter sleep, if you are a light s...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Victoria British Colombia
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

What a great hostel. Verandahs is right off trendy Ponsonby road, just far enough up the hill to be out of the downtown touristy area but a quick and enjoyable walk to both. The harbour and the Art Gallery and the Museum and even Queen St. The hostel backs on to a beautiful park. If you step out on to the back Verandahs you can see downtown and the Skytower which is lit up like a rainbow at night.
Each room(I've stayed in four so far) has a non working but atmospheric fireplace and there are no bunks. Plenty of toilet/shower combo rooms. The kitchen sitting areas are the best I've seen in any hostel. Hot water on demand for coffee and tea and a filtered cold water tap. The back lawn is quiet and green with lots of trees. Very well decorated.
I'm a happy hosteller

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2014

This is probably the best backpackers I've stayed in while travelling. Really clean, airy and friendly atmosphere. Great views of Auckland from the balconies and great location just out of the centre, but near the action on Karangahape and Ponsonby Roads. About 20-25 mins to walk to the waterfront area too.

The owners really care about the hostel and make sure everyone's stay is comfortable. Campbell was very helpful on a couple of occasions. A generally great place for relaxing and meeting people.

It could possibly benefit from a few more social activities, like a BBQ or roast night, maybe a table football tourney evening. Something in-house and chilled.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Oxford
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94 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2014

This is a really high-class backpackers. It's clean - spotless in fact - has large airy rooms, a comfy seating area and a really well-stocked kitchen.

It's a large hostel so attracts a varied crowd: great if you're travelling alone and want to meet some new people/travelling companions.

Campbell the owner is really helpful.

Room Tip: Some of the clubs along the Ponsonby Road can be noisy at weekends - front rooms may be quieter.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Verandahs Backpackers Lodge

Property: Verandahs Backpackers Lodge
Address: 6 Hopetoun Street | Auckland Central, Auckland 1011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 108 Speciality Lodging in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Verandahs Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Verandahs Backpackers comprises of 2 beautiful Victorian Villa's built in late 1800's and early 1900's, renovated to surpass their original grandeur. Unfortunately our hostel is not suitable for children under the age of 14. ... more   less 
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