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“Cute house, quiet town”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of YHA Napier

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YHA Napier
London, United Kingdom
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“Cute house, quiet town”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2010

You know what to expect of a YHA. This one was a bit different, as it was located in a cute wooden house. This also meant a lot of creaking floors and such. Also, there was maybe too few bathrooms. However, the service was good, albeit their insistence on tour bookings not being necessary was a bit annoying. Even if and when they are correct, it would have given us a peace of mind to know that our itinerary is official. Nevertheless, I handled the bookings myself, so all went well. Napier was very quiet at the time, but we managed to fill 2 days just fine.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2010

Stayed here for 2 nights a year ago!
Good place with clean rooms, very clean toilets and fully-equiped kitchen .
We stayed in a twin room just above the reception area, had a lovely view of the beach. Small room but had space to place your luggage and hooks to hang your coats.
(One minus: had soft mattresses, we prefer firm ones)
Lots of travel brochures in the reception area.
Bob (the hostel manager) is a very helpful and informative person. He is kind to lend me a charger for my camera. A million thanks Bob!
Yes, we would stay here again :)

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2010

Great spot to stay for a few days - cool old building just over the road from the seaside 7 a short walk back into the centre of town.
Has a relaxed homely feel to it. Great staff, friendly & helpful. I had to change some bus tickets on intercity & as they are an agent it was done with no hassle.
No lockers in rooms but there are $2 lockers in the hall

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Thank timthetraveller_com
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NSW
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29 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2010

We are a middle aged couple who have returned from 3 weeks travel on the north island of New Zealand. We stayed in a number of YHAs, and also other accommodation, and our reviews of YHAs will be based on TWIN ROOM accommodation.

YHA Napier is situated in a rambling old building on one of the busiest streets in Napier. Overlooking the water, it has a quirky charm but is not cheap. Be advised to request a room NOT overlooking the water, but at the back of the building, as traffic noise is very loud from very early to very late, including large trucks.

We were allocated an 'ocean view' twin with shared facilities. On both mornings we had to stand in a queue in order to use the toilets and the showers. Unfortunately the toilets and showers, of which there are not enough, are in the room together; a pain if you only want to use the loo but someone is in the room, having a shower.

There is very little outside space, some chairs and tables, and a number of potplants and a small garden patch; and nowhere unfortunately that we could see to hang out clothes; only dryers were on offer.

The upstairs lounge, TV and internet room is large and welcoming.

Bear in mind if travelling by private car that there is no free parking on site; a rather convoluted system of routinely moving your car will be explained once you check in. Once you get the hang of it is not so bad!

The kitchen is rather small for the number of people that can be accommodated and the utensils could do with a clear out and some less stained frypans, saucepans and cooking implements would make the kitchen more appealing.

We arrived on a Tuesday night and stayed for 2 nights and the price was in the high $NZ80s; rather too high overall for the standard of the facilities we thought.

We noted that during our stay that in the fridge was an uncovered plate of BBQ meat which had a note on it that it was from Sunday's BBQ - this was still there when we left on Friday morning.

The staff on the front desk were friendly and helpful.

The place overall is ok but it does need to address kitchen issues and bathroom issues.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2010

Good location near supermarkets, aquarium, sea front, rugby stadium etc. Friendly staff, the guy even made the whole hostel free soup which was a lovely gesture (i get the feeling this is a regular thing in winter at least!). Clean spacious facilities.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cuckfield, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2010

Good location. My single room was clean yet incredible small. Very friendly staff.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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Glasgow, Scotland.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2010

Stayed here for one night on our way south through NZ in June 09. Booked through hostelbookers and got a good rate but turned out there was actually a walk up rate at the hostel because it was quiet lo season so phone ahead if you're in NZ already. Really oldy worldy feel that was very "cute". Quite rustic but someone makes soup every night for free that you can help yourself to, very nice touch! Rooms simple but freeeezing in winter no matter how long we kept the heater on for(which was on a timer so we had to keep getting up to turn it back on). So in the summer im sure it would be perfect! Little chinese a block away that did *amaxing* apple fritters, try them :)

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: YHA Napier
Address: 277 Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Napier 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the beachfront close to Napier city centre, the YHA Napier hostel has character, fantastic sea views (all the way to South America!), spacious rooms, cheerful staff and a convivial atmosphere. Originally a waterfront hotel this rambling survivor of the 1931 Napier earthquake is now a top rated backpacker hostel by Hostelworld.com customers. Backpacker accommodation at YHA Napier includes comfortable twin, double, shared and single rooms. ... more   less 
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