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“Homely Hostel, one of the best in NZ” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spa Lodge Backpackers

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Spa Lodge Backpackers
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Brisbane
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Homely Hostel, one of the best in NZ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

Stayed two nights. One of my favourite hostels in NZ. There is a spa with water from volcanic reserves underground, saves you money going to a spa. Location is in the centre of town and everything walkable. Best thing is the two asian guys who run the hostel are very friendly and eager to help. They were very helpful with suggesting what companies to do with activities with and didn't push any certain company. They can also get you discounts. My friend also left her earrings in the hostel room and they kindly posted them back. If you looking for a hostel choose this one!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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York, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

Spa lodge is a very budget hostel so don't expect too much but the staff are very friendly. Most rooms are shared bathrooms but they are kept clean. Smaller dorm rooms are available. It is in a good position for the sights of Rotorua and the common room and kitchen are always very friendly. The courtyard sitting area and hot natural spa is a bonus!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Vicky O
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Yorkshire
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34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

I loved this hostel. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the place has a very homely feel to it. The location is great in that its central but not at all noisy. The outdoor area is huge and they have a bbq. The best thing about this hostel is the natural hot pool, I loved it! Its not at all a party hostel but an easy place to meet other backpackers. Easily the best hostel in Rotorua.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rotorua, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

Very nice hostel, well-organized, helpful staff, not noisy at night, clean and tidy. We stayed in the hostel for 3 nights. Looking forward to returning real soon!! We miss MIKA the cat, so cute.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 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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wellington, new zealand
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86 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

Spa Lodge might be a bit old, but it has great character. The staff are the best I have ever come across. They are helpful and friendly but not obtrusive. I've stayed many times and it is like going home to family (family you actually like). There is not a lot of room for parking cars but the guys are tops when it comes to having a bike with you (Redwoods, he he he, some of the best MTBing in the world is a 10min ride away). Heaps of restaurant and supermarkets within short walking distance. Beds are comfortable and rooms warm. Kitchen has everything you need and lots of space. Lounge is good.

Room Tip: The rooms with double bed and shower work a treat.
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  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MortimerEG
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2011

Decent rooms, crazy decor in the communal areas, very hot pool, very helpful staff, good location, enjoyed it.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 7SunSeeker7
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New Zealand
Level Contributor
43 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2011

My son and I stayed here last night Saturday th July.. was quiet and that was a relief of course as for my son and I showering here and using the thermal spa at night.

A very lovely homely place indeed, I am relieved as for finding this spa resort available online on: hostels.com.. as for NOT finding this backpackers on wotif.com er.. but yes was everything I had escpected, the hallways and also our bedroom had wall heaters that were on as soon as we arrived - hence the quietness it was here, so we could hang our toggs in the room and also the halls whilst we slept, it was very quiet at night also just Perfect!

We could see the stars when we came back from the movies in Rotorua, transformers .. very cheap also apart from the prices of Auckland to go movies!

I would definitie;y recommend those travelling to Rotorua and want a affordable stay also close to the supermarket where you can buy food to cook in the tidy and clean family-like kitched here, the resort also comes with showers all around depending on where your room is, they are available, and has doors for your own shower, I very much enjoyed the heaters being ON day in night out very lovely and appropriate :)

Satisfied traveller with son.. only $50 a night for Private room.. sweet!

Thankyou!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Particularwhynot
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Property: Spa Lodge Backpackers
Address: 1221 Amohau Street, Rotorua, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Ranked #11 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
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Number of rooms: 14
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