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“Dated hostel, but great location and staff” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spa Lodge Backpackers

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Spa Lodge Backpackers
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58 reviews
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“Dated hostel, but great location and staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2010

The rooms are very dated, but clean enough and comfortable. The shared facilities are excellent and plentiful. Don’t be put off by the location on a main road, as the rooms are at the back so actually very quiet. Don’t bother using the internet, as its slower than dial up and fails regularly. The staff are excellent and very helpful.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Dundein & Auckland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2009

This is my third time staying here!! I come for the reason that they are nice people & I can sit in the real natural spa as often as I want. The rooms are ok, but they are clean which is more important to me. Its so close to town & I recommend Cappers Cafe fort breakfast So when I go to Rotorua this is where I stay even though I'm not a backpacker and in my 40's!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank AlanFiona
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Cesano Boscone, Italy
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1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2008

my friend and i accidentally found this place when we were driving from Auckland and flipping through the BBH handbook. the price was the first thing that captured my eyes. it was about 20 usd for a twin room/ night. as we drove by the front door, we found it unexpectedly lovely so we decided to give it a go, just park and walk right in. the wall of signatures gave us more confidence on this little place.

the lodge keeper was a very kind japanese guy. he let us check out the types of rooms when we werent even sure if we would take the place. without knowing if the weather would let us go up to Whakapapa on the next day, we told him we might stay for 1 night or 2 but nothing confirmed. he simply held the room for us for two nights while we only made deposit for one night. n he gave us some useful info for our stay in Rotorua (e.g. cheapest Zorb/ Offroad, best fish-n-chip shop) and for travelling further down (e.g. best package for bungy & sky dive on the north island)

spa lodge is right across a liquor warehouse and was about one block away from Pak n Save, very convenient place. there is a TV room and a computer to be used. that little pool of hot spring is nice treat after a day of crazy games in town, and it s all you can use until 10pm or so. we end up spent two nights there -- having a hot spring, watching dvd with others, chitchating in the common area, having a beer.......

the bad thing is you need to use the shared shower room n i dont think they hv independent washrooms. so it s more like a dorm and it was quite a chill to walk the way back to room at midnight when it s 0 degree out there. but if you are just looking for a tidy warm bed to stay a night, this is a clean tidy simple place to be recommended.

  • Liked — nice & simple
  • Disliked — a bit too simple
  • Stayed June 2006, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
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