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“Crowded Hostel but Good Location”

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Base Backpackers Paihia hostel
Ranked #15 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Paihia
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Very popular with young travelers. Bar onsite so its quite busy. Description was a "4 bed dorm with en suite", well turned out to be 8 beds split into two rooms with one toilet and shower. The key I was given did not work in the lock, but I was able to exchange it for a proper key the next morning. The bunk beds are old and squeaked anytime someone moved. Limited parking.
Reception staff is very friendly.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Melodie S
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pipipatch, General Manager at Base Backpackers Paihia hostel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Hi Melodie S,

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel and for bringing the key issue/squeaky bunks to our attention. As of yesterday we carried out a key audit so that we know 100% that all keys fit the intended lock. As we normally get keys cut locally we have decided to scrap that and get a professional lock smith in to service locks and recut keys. As for the bunks, we are in the process of replacing washers/screws to combat the noise problem as we speak.
I am not too sure who you booked the '4 bed dorm room' with as this is not how we sell the room - on all our online sites it is referred to as an 8 bed deluxe room (8 bed dorm split into 2x rooms) and the staff on the reception desk also sell it as an 8 bed deluxe. I am sorry that you were told (and sold) otherwise as it is not a part of our room configurations. If you could let me know who you booked with I will endeavour to rectify the confusion on this room type with that person/company - you can email to pipi@stayatbase.com if this suits you best.
Again, thank you for reviewing Base bay of Islands and we hope to see you again in the future.
Jess Ivess
General manager

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Reviewed 10 February 2014

A really nice hostel, I stayed here for 2 nights in an 8 bed dorm. The first night we had the dorm to ourselves which was really nice :). It is a good location, only a short walk to the beach and main streets. Good facilities and nice staff.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Amy B
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Only stayed a couple of nights.
Was in an 8 bed dorm. No security in rooms!! And it's all lock and key, valuable items very vulnerable.
Bbq was amazing!! Great value for money!
Very clean, however cleaning staff have little consideration for resting guests.
Not 24hr reception.
Bar was great fun, good kitchen, great tv lounge, great location!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
Thank LadyV92
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Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

This was our 2nd time at base so we knew what to expect, we booked because we wanted a fun new year.
It was a very lively new year, rooms nice and clean, staff very friendly, everything great if you don't mind a bit of noisy fun.
Great for the price and you couldn't get a better spot.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank BridgetG916
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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

The rooms were clean, staff were friendly, met some great people, the bar was nice, good night out! kitchen was clean and ok to use. We stayed in 8 bed dorm. The BBQ food was very nice! Good value for money. All in all a good hostel :)

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Lindsey P
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

The staff are good fun.

location is near the town

Travel companies use this hostel so it is very busy.

rooms normally sleep 8 mixed (one girls room) they all have there own shower and toilet.

Pool is very small, but if you want to swim the sea is a 2 minute walk.

Outdoor Hot is very nice

BBQ at extra cost but is good.

Bar is very lively

Great for single travelers to meet people - not for people wanting a quiet stay.

There are lots of other hotels cheaper on the same road.

Enjoyed my time there.

Room Tip: try and get the rooms towards the back. Instead of 8 in one room these have 2 rooms of 4 people.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Lee T
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Good location, 1 minute to the sea, 5 minutes to town center. With cafe and bars around

Staff is nice, if you check in at late night, you need to find staff in the bar.

Share space is limited, always have people lying on the sofa. The kitchen is not too big, sometimes dirty.

The bar have some activities every night, quite noisy until mid night. And it's near to another bar as well. You can expect the situation.

The bed is so noisy with just a little movement, the first night with 8 people in the room, be prepared to be waked up by the bed....

Anyway, i won't reckon base backpackers to someone who need a quite place to relax and sleep.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank cherry626
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Additional Information about Base Backpackers Paihia hostel

Address: 18 Kings Road | Pipi Patch, Paihia 0200, New Zealand (Formerly Sunseekers Motel)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Northland Region > Bay of Islands > Paihia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #15 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Paihia
Price Range: £26 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Backpackers Paihia hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 140
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