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“Well-located but noisy”
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YHA Auckland City
Ranked #21 of 114 Speciality Lodging in Auckland
Singapore, Singapore
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“Well-located but noisy”
Reviewed 6 January 2013

For some reason, I was awoken after 1am by the sound of glass shards scrunching across the tarmac. "Could people be cleaning the remnants of broken glass bottles at this time?" I thought to myself. Laughter from some very loud people in a drunken stupor followed. More cleaning and glass scrunching was heard in the wee hours of daybreak. This was one of the less favourable YHAs I've stayed in NZ. No towels were provided. The twin room we stayed in was tiny and quite old. The beds sagged though they seemed clean. The toilets are near the lift (a plus- the lift) but are small one-person cubicles so it's not very convenient when shared among a couple of rooms. The hostel is located at the top of a slope and it took about 20 minutes to walk to the Skytower. Though it's not badly located, it isn't the best.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 December 2012 via mobile

We actually started off staying at the yha international just down the road, but need some slightly cheaper accommodation (Splashed out first couple of nights) and it was suggested we try this hostel which was cheaper and just a little further.
There were a couple of downsides, the first being there was the beast of a hill that you had to navigate everyday to reach it. It was a killer. Also only having one toilet and two showers per floor (although I have to say in a full weeks stay I only had to wait for a shower once....tip.....go for one early).
However, apart from that, in general I actually preferred this hostel to the yha international, contrary to what is expected from reviews for both.
The kitchen was huge with plenty of space to cook, the dining area was better laid out.
There was a lovely sun deck to sit out on and the staff moved between the two sites so you could have a chat with them and they were really helpful. Personally I'd recommend this over the yha international. Just prepare yourself for the hill climb :-)

  • Stayed November 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

Looked, felt, and smelled like my freshman dorm. The room was musty and cramped, and I could hear the not-so-savoury conversations going on outside at 2 in the morning. The front desk staff were absent a lot of the time and slow to help when they were there. One of two toilets in the male bathroom on the 2nd floor didn't work. You're better off at the International YHA down the street or any of numerous other hostels in Auckland.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Ok but bunk room very musty smelling due to average ventilation. Dining and kitchen are very good. Well located. Staff friendly, obliging and knowledgable. I would stay again but pay more to be in single or twin room.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

$18/night for a private, two bed room – you can’t beat that in NZ! This place is clean, quiet, the location’s good, there’s hot water and the staff are great!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

We recently stayed at this YHA as part of a large group. The rooms were clean, staff were friendly and helpful and the kitchen was excellent. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. Unfortunately a downside was that the heaters in the rooms didn't always work.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

There are some great pros and some horrendous cons to this place.

Pros: The kitchen is first rate, everything's new and clean. The facilities in general are pretty good. The rooms are at the very least, clean - if you're the only person there. The staff are friendly, but - unfortunately...
Cons: They're hopeless. I was moved about five times in seven days to various rooms. In their defence, they did always move me to a better room, but so much buggering about just made it a huge hassle, having to check out at 10am and then put my bags in storage then take them out again at 2pm - what a hassle. Even that isn't an issue, though - my main problem with the place was that there's a massive divide in the type of people staying there. There seems to be three types of people staying here. Normal, twenty to thirty something travellers/workers who are generally thoroughly reasonable people.... School groups who are extremely loud and don't know any better.... and utterly foul, rude, older or foreign types. Let me give a few examples: two gentlemen of far eastern descent who had somehow made a room smell so pungent that I could not stay in there so had to change rooms, at 11pm. An old man who smelt so bad that people literally evacuated the common area to avoid his stink, and there have been several highly hostile, obnoxious Germans who really seem to take offense to everyone. Generally, aside from a small group of really lovely people, the types staying in this particular hostel made it a fairly awful experience, which is a shame, because it would be a great hostel if these people were removed.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Property: YHA Auckland City
Address: cnr City Rd and Liverpool St, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland Region > Auckland
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 114 Speciality Lodging in Auckland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — YHA Auckland City 4.5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YHA Auckland City is the ideal backpacker hostel to start or finish your New Zealand adventure. The hostel combines the excitement of the city with a safe and secure environment. Located at the top of Auckland’s Queen Street, this former hotel has backpacker accommodation comprising mainly twin and double rooms with some multi-share rooms and some of our rooms have views over Auckland city. There is a sun deck on the 3rd floor with a BBQ. ... more   less 
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