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Archies Bunker Backpackers
Ranked #25 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Napier
New York City
1 review
“Best Backpacker's I ever stayed in”
Reviewed 23 February 2008

I have never beem to a better backpackers! a bathroom and flat panel TV in the room? Yes, that's right! Also very clean. And the owners were very helpful recommending things to do. Great location right in the heart of Napier and close to wineries.

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2007

Built in the International Style in primarily Art Deco Napier, Archie's Bunker is technically a hostel, but isn't just for backpackers. It's quiet, extraordinarily safe, and just chill.

There are a few singles, many doubles and triples, and a large shared dormitory room. Some of the rooms are small, windowless internal rooms (with air vents) that are great for sleeping, and some have gigantic windows that let in a lot of air and light and some street noise. I got one of the internal rooms and had the best night's sleep on my entire trip. There are also backpacker rooms (no sheets) and budget rooms that have sheets. If you email Doug Batt (the owner), he will tell you which rooms are which. I emailed him a bit before I booked, and he responded to email promptly.

Doug and his wife live in the hostel and run it themselves. Unlike transitional staff common in other hostels, they know a lot about Napier and it's environs. There were no security lockers as far as I could tell (either for packs in the dorm room, or for valuables), but they will store luggage in the office if you ask, and it's kept religiously locked when neither of them are in there. Entry to the reception area is open during the day, but entry to the hostel proper is by a security key fob at all times (the key fob also lets you in after dark). In addition, you get a key to your room (of course).

There are two kitchens, two lounges (with a TV each), coin-op laundry, and a coin-op pool table. They have like 200 DVDs in the office that you can borrow for free -- some rooms have their own TV/DVD units! There are (I think) four bathrooms, and 2 sets of showers -- all unisex.

The Kiwi Experience bus stops off at Archie's but it's one of the last stops, so the party people are pooped -- or at the bars and clubs that are 1-2 blocks away. On a quiet side street, Archie's is across the street from the Napier Museum, 1/2 block from Marine Parade and the bay, 2 blocks from the iSite (visitor's center), and 2 blocks from a semi-pedestrianized area with shops and places to eat.

I would definitely stay here again. There are so many people who backpack in NZ, and the hosteling industry is an old one there (noisy hostels, lots of people coming through, transitional or working staff who are overworked, etc), so Archie's is a refreshing change.

  • Liked — Location, staff, and quiet
  • Disliked — Showers were a little moldy.
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled solo
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Property: Archies Bunker Backpackers
Address: 14 Herschell Street, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
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Ranked #25 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Napier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Napier's finest Backpackers Accommodation facility. We are situated opposite the Napier museum, in a quiet tree-lined street within sight of the Napier information centre and only metres away from shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. We provide low cost, clean, comfortable accommodation. Our facility sleeps over 50 people in spacious surroundings. We have two large lounges; both with Sky TV, DVD players and an extensive DVD library which is free to guests. One lounge is a peaceful retreat, while the other provides a pool table, large screen TV, board games etc. Off the main lounge we have a deck and large BBQ, ideal for relaxing and enjoying the traditional kiwi way of life. ... more   less 
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