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Princeton Auckland Backpackers Hostel
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Reviewed 6 April 2005

This is a great budget hotel near the city center. It is across the street from the University of Auckland, with a bus stop at the doorstep.

It is an odd place, in some respects: There are seemingly three categories of lodging within the two high-rise buildings. 1) Budget hotel rooms, 2) youth hostel rooms, some doubles, some shared, and 3) long-term student residences. (When we checked in two Univ. of Auckland students were checking in... for five months.) The lobby is stylish but functional, without couches, etc. There are two short-order Asian restaurants in the building. Front desk is not staffed 24 hours.

The room we stayed in was technically a two-bedroom apartment -- one double, one single -- with a bath and fully equipped kitchenette. One bedroom had its own desk. Furniture is Ikea-esque, with everything in white. The room was serviced daily, with fresh towels, sheets, etc. Ours was a "hotel" unit, so hostel and student units may be stocked and treated differently. There was one television in the double bedroom and a phone with free local calls in both bedrooms. Shampoo and soap were provided. No central heat, but space heater and towel warmer. The kitchen featured instant coffee, tea, and milk, as was typical of NZ motels. We paid NZ$79 including tax per night, booked over the phone.

The rooms were very nice and quiet. With only 4 units per floor, and a tiny hallway out of the elevator, there was not much opportunity to hear people walking around outside the room. Doors slammed a bit, but with only 3 other units, this wasn't an issue. Elevator is secure -- it requires you to wave the key card past a sensor in order to activate the up buttons.

Parking is available, but not all the time. The church next door uses the parking lot on weekends, so be sure to inquire as to the duration of your parking privileges. Parking costs NZ$10 per day -- calendar day or overnight, I don't recall. Best to clarify this with the front desk. Street parking is possible (metered), but difficult.

Overall, this was an excellent budget option in Auckland.

Princeton Budget Accomodation or
Princeton Auckland Backpackers Hostel
30 Symonds St
Auckland
New Zealand

www.princeton.net.nz
www.aucklandbackpackers.co.nz

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Reviewed 13 March 2018
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Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 December 2017
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  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2017
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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