Id like to give it 3.5 stars really, 3 is too little but 4 maybe too much...
First things first, internet in NZ is utter sh1t. Get used to it!!!! 99% of the time you have to pay for it, there is a massive 24 hour net cafe on Queen Street near the cinema and near a very nicely priced chinese cafe! This for me was probably the thing I didnt like so much about the hostel, Parnell is a lovely location but shuts down at 9pm and the nearest supermarket is a good hike or bus ride away. And its not the cheaper of supermarkets either. Its also quite a pricey neighbourhood too. Queen Street was a good 25-30 minute walk, steep up hill in one part. Will get you fit! Auckland is very safe at night, we walked back late at night often.
The hostel I believe is new for the owners, but from my experience they really went the extra mile for their guests. Raj drove us into town one night when it was raining and our taxi failed to show. They gave us free net and gave us the discount rate as we stayed about a week. I really cannot fault these guys, they were so friendly and helpful.
The hostel does need a bit of work, I guess if you dont complain to the owner they may not be aware of something. The showers for me were an issue, either freezing cold or scaulding hot. The place was kept very clean, cleaning done twice a day. The kitchen can be a bit crammed with 4 people in there, I never found it a big issue really. The fridge was full often but Raj seemed to be getting on top of that when I was there and it was not so bad after. The kitchen is supposed to be shut at 10pm but never was when I was there. I never found the common areas to be full either. One of the few gripes I had was there is only 1 power socket near the tables in the common room, I prefer using my laptop on a table, there is a big multi plug by the sofas in the other room so not an issue there. Lots of books to swap too.
Our room was ok, was not too shabby but nothing amazing, bed had an issue with a spring which we told Raj about and we just flipped the materess and it was fine. Our room was upstairs in the middle so we had 3 walls that people walked past so we could not sleep past 07.30am. Not an issue for us but if you are a light sleeper avoid this room. The room was clean though.
The atmosphere here was pretty good. I dont typically comment on this as we travel as a couple but we chatted to some nice people here and there was always groups of people getting together for drinks or games or something. Seemed there was quite a few solo travellers about.
For the price, I would recomend this hostel. Its not the best hostel I have stayed in, but NZ is not cheap and this is a very competitively priced hostel in a reasonable location, and for us we could not fault the service we were given. Parking is a nightmare though, yes there is drive space but it is very limited. You can park in the street but you may end up 100s of meters away.
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