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Archies Bunker Backpackers
Ranked #25 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Napier
Northern Ireland
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33 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice Place”
Reviewed 20 January 2009

Archies bunker is situated just off the front promenade and adjacent to the main shopping precint. They offer a pick up and drop off service from the intercity caches and this is very much appreciated. The hostel itself is extremely clean with very helpful owners who offer a wide variety of DVDs for those lonely nights. The rooms were a decent size and overall i would reccomend this hostel.

  • Stayed January 2009
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Thank Newry82
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this review, 7 March 2009
Hey Newry82 - thanks for taking the time to write a positive comment about our place - we really appreciate hearing feedback and, of course, love it when people are happy. All the best for your travels.
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 November 2008

I've been staying at Archies now for the last week and am absolutely loving it! It is incredibly clean and run by the friendliest people; always willing to help.

Not sure what 'Jitzy' is talking about - the building is an art deco one, so it would be expected that things are not brand new, despite this, the bathrooms are in good condition and are always exceptionally clean.

The 2 kitchens are also kept clean and tidy, as are the lounges which both have huge brand new TV's and free pool :)

I'm loving this beautiful city and all it has to offer and the hosts here have been extraordinarily helpful with making my stay the best it can be. Definitely one of the greatest hostels i've stayed in!

  • Liked — Ideal location and cleanliness
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with friends
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1 Thank jimmeybee
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this review, 7 March 2009
Hey Jimmeybee - thanks for your awesome feedback, we really appreciate you taking the time to put comments about our hostel. All the best for your future travels.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2008

Stayed at this hostel at the beginning of October 08 based on the reviews on this site. Sounded like a nice place from the reviews but I was disappointed with the facilities. We had a double room (no ensuite) which was an ok size for an overnight stay with a small tv and dvd player.

The bathrooms were shared and mixed sex and were a bit 'dated' and could have done with a good bleaching session! I personally am not a fan of mixed sex bathrooms especially when I was in the shower and could hear a man from a stag party throwing up the next morning in the toilet next to me!!!!!!!

It did have 2 lounges with TV's and 2 kitchens which could also have done with a good cleaning too!

I have stayed at a lot of hostels in my time and this doesn't rate as a particularly good one. I would not recommend it and would not stay there again.

  • Liked — Location to city centre
  • Disliked — Facilties - bathrooms!
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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2 Thank Jitzy
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this review, 7 March 2009
Its a shame that this person feels she has had a bad experience that influenced adverse comments against us but despite her negativity we have rigid cleaning programmes in place and guests can be assured that other than normal day to day guest activity, our hostel is exceptionally clean and in fact 99% of our feedback is positive and often mentions the high standard of cleanliness. If this person required private bathroom facilities as indicated then why not book one of our ensuite rooms? Your derisive comment about the TV is really surprising - all other guests are amazed that there are TV/DVD's in the rooms and we have little control over guests partying at a private function then coming back to sleep and using our bathroom facilities. Perhaps Jitzy would be better suited to our next door neighbour - The County Hotel offers private bathrooms, larger TV's and (hopefully) no noisy guests for a mere $350 per night. :-)
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 September 2008

What a lovely place!!!!!! Excellent service from Doug ( owner) who had great local knowledge and who took the time to point out great places to go and how to get there! Hostel was VERY clean and tidy. rooms were a good price.

We had a great time in Napier and were very happy with our accomodation!

  • Liked — SERVICE
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank HollyandJames
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this review, 12 November 2008
Thank you so much for your awesome review James and Holly, it was a pleasure having you to stay.
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Ireland
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Reviewed 21 September 2008

This was the nicest place i stayed in 7 months of travelling! Doug and Julie (the owners) are lovely and really helpful! They even gave me a job for a couple of weeks. Napier is a gorgeous city, well worth a visit. expecialy if you stay in Archies!

  • Liked — owners
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled solo
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Thank sparklyfrogs
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this review, 7 March 2009
Hey Sparklyfrog, thanks for your awesome feedback - we really appreciate you taking the time to put comments on this site. Safe travels.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2008

Great hostel, we had a lovely ensuite room which was $66 not the $140 as quoted on this website!!! The best thing is the flat screen TV and DVD player in the room and the 250 DVDs that you can choose from..all free of charge! The owners really make this place with their friendly, helpful knowledge. Good location, definitely a good choice for Napier.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank willow58
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New York City
1 review
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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Thank Martha212
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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
Hotel Style:
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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