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Base Rotorua
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“dirty”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2013

white stains on curtains, red/brown marks up walls, cobwebs everywhere. No atmosphere.
Careful of Lava bar next door... short changed after buying a round of drinks. When we politely asked for the rest of the change owed to us we got asked to leave. Therefore lost all the money we paid with no drinks either... scam. Beware!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 3 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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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank k m
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013

Very good location. That's the only positive. We knew it was a backpackers' hostel but expected clean sheets (the sheet on the mattresses were dirty with hairs!). We also knew there was a bar and were prepared with earplugs. There were useless as the music and noise were just sooo loud until the wee hours of early morning. It was impossible to sleep!!! Also, there was only 1 shower in a room for 8 people. I do not recommend this place to anyone. Stay in the YHA hostel next door.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

As we pulled into town our bus driver pointed out the nice park that turns into a druggie gang-zone during the night.

Hot Rock Base is directly across the street.

The bathroom in our 8-bed dorm was dirty.
No soap dispensers in the bathroom.
The bar across the path leaked noise into the rooms all night long. My particular room was on the farthest end so it wasn't so bad, but all my friends in other rooms had no sleep.

Good news: The night watchman was very kind and efficient in removing the drunken (and still drinking) creepy man from our room.

Room Tip: Sleep somewhere else.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Vleuten, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2013

We knew it upfront of course, loud music and lots of people celebrating.

We arrived late and by calling they could still let us in the room.
I had some hours sleep :) A couple tried to have sex , the music was loud and the morning was early. But the hostel was clean, people were friendly and it was VERY cheap :)

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kevertje
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012 via mobile

Big hostel, on centre of town, just across from small thermal park. Friendly and helpful staff, comfy beds, nice rooms, heated pool, big kitchen. I've really enjoyed this place and would stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

This is a very average hostel, looks wise its not the best. They had one member of staff on to check in a bus load of people which is never good, our 10 bed dorm had one toilet and shower and the screen door to the "balcony" didnt close properly which was great on a cold night. The bar started the night well with an acoustic musician, however this was soon overridden by bar games which was a bit of a shame. The place really just needs a good clean and a lick of paint!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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Thank Karl W
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Queenstown, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

Great hostel that accomodates for all your needs! Staff were really friendly, rooms and all communal areas were clean with great facilities. Laundry, internet, hair straightners, hair dryers, not to mention activities every night and awesome drink and food deals. I'd definetly come back!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caroline P
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Additional Information about Base Rotorua

Property: Base Rotorua
Address: 1286 Arawa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Hot Rock Backpackers)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Base Rotorua 2*
Number of rooms: 140
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Hot Rock Backpackers Hotel Rotorua

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