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The Pickled Parrot Backpackers
Ranked #16 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Paihia
Zurich, Switzerland
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30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Didn't like it”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

I didn't like the atmosphere in the hostel. The rooms are tiny and I didn't like the bathrooms. The staff was never around, you have to wait quite long. Also, it is very disorganized. The only good things about the hostel: free wifi and free breakfast.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014

Located a short walk away from the town centre, it features an extremely relaxing atmosphere while being close to all essentials . Comfortable beds , clean and well equipped kitchen , lovely common area and a beautiful garden are some of the facilities I enjoyed while staying here. The free breakfast is an added benefit. Rose , the owner is very helpful and she is a bundle of joy along with her two gorgeous dogs who hang about the hostel . Free wifi is provided , a little slow and irregular but it works most of the time . Bathrooms are spacious , immaculate and the showers are new which is always a plus!
It is also a great place to meet fellow travelers and make loads of friends !
If you're In paihia, then this is where you should be staying . Loved my stay here and I'm sure to return !!

Room Tip: Go for the second dorm on the right as you walk in , it has only four beds
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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22 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

Well hidden on the edge of Paihia lies the Pickled Parrot, a nice little hostel on the Bay of Islands. The whole interior is superb, the community room is big and connected to the kitchen. We didn't use the latter except for making some sandwiches but it all looked nice and tidy as well as fully equipped. Free WiFi and free breakfasts are additional positive things, furthermore, the bathrooms/showers are big and very clean!

Me and my friend only stayed one night in one of the double bedrooms, which was small but nice. This is only a small review since I can't remember all the details from back then, but one thing is for sure: Awesome place!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank FromEtoA
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Munich, Germany
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

I stayed a little longer than a week in the Pickled Parrot Backpackers and really enjoyed my time there. It is a very clean hostel with new bathrooms. They also have free Breakfast, free unlimited Wifi and free Bikes (very good ones, not like the other dangerous i saw in other hostels). The kitchen is really good equipped. The Backpackers is located 3 Minutes from the beach and a few bars. The owner Rose is very kind and always takes care about her guest. I felt at home in the first minutes i arrived there! Definitley the best hostel I've seen so far in Paihia!! (I stayed in two others)

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

We booked the parrot under the assumption that there would be breakfast provided and a clean room included. We arrived late, the room and the bathrooms were full of spiders and the high ceilings had not been dusted in who knows how long. The double bed was extremely uncomfortable and sagged to the middle and the curtains did not block any light and there were lights directly outside so the room was bright the entire night. We woke up to find a note in the kitchen stating that breakfast was cancelled because people were loud so she didnt give anyone breakfast and we had payed for it. She also did not arrive in the office until 930 even though the office hours began at 830 so we had to wait to check out.

False advertising for the breakfast, entitled staff, uncomfortable room. Go somewhere else.

Room Tip: Dont stay at this backpackers
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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61 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2014

This is a good base in Paihia, good facilities, clean and found that a twin room was excellent value for money. It's not a big hostel so be prepared to share communal space/wait for shower in the morning. We were a bit frustrated that breakfast isn't put out if the kitchen is left in a mess (we had just arrived late the night before and so had to go out for breakfast). A bit frustrating when it has nothing to do with you but i can kind of see why they do it. It's a 5/10 min walk from the centre of Paihia.

Room Tip: get a twin/double as it's not much more expensive than a dorm bed
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Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have been travelling for ten months and I was overwhelmed by the warmth and kindness showed to us by Rose and her family, who happened to be staying over the new year break. The Pickled Parrot is a lovely, friendly place to stay and we have stayed in a lot of hostels! A lovely quiet spot near the beach which is very well equipped with brand new bathrooms, which is always a bonus! Thank you Rose for a fantastic stay. We cannot recommend the Pickled Parrot highly enough.

Stayed January 2014
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Thank GalSal1
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Property: The Pickled Parrot Backpackers
Address: 9 Greys Lane, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Paihia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and relax at the Pickled Parrot. Enjoy free breakfast in this small personal hostel set in a sub tropical garden paradise. Friendly welcoming hosts, very clean accommodation, excellent kitchen facilities, all linen provided. Close to beach, restaurants and shops. ... more   less 
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