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Archies Bunker Backpackers
Ranked #24 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Napier
Reviewed 12 February 2011

Stayed here for over 5 weeks. After only a few days Doug had got work for us, which continued for the entire length of the stay. Both he and Rachel did their best to ensure that the quality of everything was top notch. Good equipped kitchens, many well functioning showers. Large dorm space, even in the fewer bed dorms. Large lounge both upstairs and downstairs, with a large free DVD collection.

Loved the stay there, and would absolutely recommend all bound for Napier to consider staying there!

Keep up the good work Doug, Julie and Rachel! :D

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 November 2010

The staff are so friendly, the rooms are very breezy which is good for smelly feet!
Tv room is massive, free pool, smoking deck, your allowed to drink alcohol!
Would deffo go back

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

This was a very nice hostel to stay at. The location was great and the kitchen was clean and well stocked. The rooms and lounge were very comfortable and spacious.
The only problem was the bathroom - while showering the water goes all over the floor as there is nothing to stop it, so this makes the bathroom floor slippery and wet which is dangerous.
Also the dorm i was in was right next to the lounge and so i didnt get to sleep till quite late as people were playing on the pool table.
Overall a very nice and comfortable hostel to stay in.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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Thank jimmerg
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Reviewed 8 March 2010

3 mature girls (56, 70 & 74 years) stayed 1 week and were provided with all we required plus more. We were grateful to Doug and Julie who provided us and others with transport to and from the Mission concert all free of charge. Archies Bunker Backpackers is the next best thing to champagne at beer prices with fantastic facilities which are cleaned daily. Remember backpackers are frequented by people of all ages and cultures so be prepared to excercise "tolerance" . Thumbs up to Archies, we look forward to returning in the near future. Rock on Doug and Julie may 2010 be a very prosperous year for you both.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 January 2010

thank you for the lovely stay
it was a pleasure staying there.and have told many if ever in Napier stay there great hosts, lovely rooms all so clean and fresh,kitch was set up well ,
thanks again for the stay my daughter son/in/law and grand children loved it as well a credit to you and your staff
Family from Nelson and Golden Bay

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2010

Hi GayleGoldenBay. Thanks so much for taking the time to write such positive comments about your experience when you stayed with us. We really appreciate it when guests take the time to place feedback and, of course, we love it when people are happy.

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Reviewed 24 August 2009

I found this place on the BBH website and also here on TA. It had some good reviews but was just ok for us. The location is good and we slept well both nights. If you want advice on what to do and who to do it with while in Hawkes Bay then this may be a good option for you. We made reservations in advance for wine tasting and dinners while in town, which visibly annoyed one of the owners. (I later discovered that they get a small commission for referring guests to wine tours, restaurants etc. so this might explain their behavior.) We'll probably stay somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank TeamSeattle
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2009

Hey TeamSeattle, thanks for taking the time to review us on TA. We are very happy to hear that you found our location great and slept well - probably two of the most important things to travellers. Also pleased that we were able to give good advice on things to do while you were here. Just to put the record straight regarding commissions - we do get (very) small commissions on some activities but get NO commisssion for referring guests to restaurants or similar. What we get annoyed with is when we spend a long time discussing a guests needs and impart advice in line with the best use of their time while in Napier then they go to another booking agent who, in our experience, sells them whatever they can make the most commission out of rather than matching them with the best experience. We are not commission biased and refer guests based on our experience and our guests feedback. Pretty disappointed that despite sleeping well, our location and the time spent interacting you that you would not recommend us. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in New Zealand. Cheers, Julie and Doug.

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Reviewed 26 July 2009

I stayed at this backpackers-type hostel July 8-10 2009.
Doug picked me up at the Intercity/Newmans bus station. (The email to me said let them know when I was to arrive for a no charge pick-up & return ride to bus station.)
At first I was put in a private single room #8 though the loud boiler/heater downstairs that vibrated the floor made me quickly request to be moved. Doug was very accommodating & moved me to room #5. (And later I overheard another guest complain about the boiler.) Both rooms were small though the beds were comfortable. There was also a desk/chair, a fan and a nice flat screen TV that had a built-in DVD player. (Movies to borrow at front desk.)
There wasn’t any towel in my room though I brought my own.
The kitchen area on the main floor had a fridge & utensils to use/borrow and wash.
Decent cooking appliances also for preparing foods and a small dining room with a few tables to eat & chat with others. There’s a laundry area to wash/dry clothes. In the front part of the hostel there’s a lounge with TV and pay-per-use computers (also pay wi-fi) on the ground floor.
This is a backpacker’s type hostel. People wanting to spend little money and/or meet lots of other travelers stay here. You have to have a sharing/opened mind. There will always be those who talk loudly in/outside their rooms, cook all kinds of foods, walk around like they have lead feet, get cheery as they watch TV, etc.
The owners Doug & Julie were extremely nice & helpful with directions as well as ideas of what to do & see in Napier. (Ask Doug to map you out his long walk--lots to see with great views!) I’m very appreciative of the email communication before my arrival and even a phone call made while there to check on a funny prison tour I did. I felt like I saw and did all I planned to in this town though if I were to return, I’d definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled solo
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Archiesbunker, Owner at Archies Bunker Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2009

Hey Funnychap24 - thanks for taking the time to write such positive comments about your experience when you stayed with us. We really appreciate it when travellers place such comprehensive feedback and, of course, love it when people are happy. All the best for your travels.

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Address: 14 Herschell Street, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
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Ranked #24 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Napier
Price Range: £13 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Archies Bunker Backpackers 2*
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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