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Base Rotorua
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Liked the place! Very reasonable and great location relative to the park and downtown. FRIENDLY HELPFUL STAFF. Great to lie there in the hot tub and soak in the evenings.
Yes it's a hostel and yes there are lots of kids sometimes and yes some of the people in another van were too loud to late. But get over it! LOL Thought breakfast was a bit expensive so went to the Fat Dog, mistake, should have eaten at Base!

Room Tip: Sorry. I was in a campervan.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Thank ctuna
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Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed in their car park in our camper van for $9pp. We got to use the kitchen, pool, laundry, tv room, wifi etc. It was well worth it as we'd normally stay at DOC sites for $6pp and for that you usually just get a long drop toilet (we couldn't freedom camp as we weren't self contained ie didn't have our own toilet and had received an official warning from the police). So we got to keep our food cold in the fridge and freeze some water bottles for our cool box. Chilling out in the pool was great and being able to do our laundry. Also booking activities such as the luge through Base is good as they seam to offer the best deals.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank ohyoubetter
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Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed here during my basejumping throughout new zealand.Clean, good facilities and close to everything. Would recommend anyone staying in rotorua to stay here. Bar next door has some good deals on food and drinks. Friendly service.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Thank bolandandy
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

So this is meant to be a no alcohol hostel (as all the base's that we stayed in are) but on one of the day's there was a members of the members of staff's friend's birthday and there were a large number of people in the swimming pool area and they were all very drunk... Now I'm well up for a drink - but one rule for guests, and another for staff doesn't seem right...

Apart from that it was aright - clean(ish) room - not bad for the money. Some of the hobs didn't work and for a large hostel there wasn't much space in the kitchen to cook. Paper thin walls between rooms means that its hard to sleep if your neighbours are having a party...

Very helpful and friendly staff though and on the whole not a terrible place.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tom F
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

I stayed here a couple of nights ago. My first impression wasn't the greatest as I was asked for I.D. when checking in. I had not bought it with me and wasn't informed at any point during the booking through Naked Sleep that it would be required, however the receptionist told me not to worry about it. The room was down a rabbit warren, which we didn't mind with nice bathrooms next to our rooms, they weren't the cleanest but weren't bad. Our room was really basic with only a bed, towel rail, painting and one power point. Good thing we bought a multi-box. The added toiletries and towels were a bonus, however it seemed that it was needed as the bathrooms had neither soap or towels supplied which got to be very irritating. The bed was okay, not the most comfy but very clean.
The biggest detractors for me were the oppressive heat and noise. We were on the other side of the building to the bar but this meant that we got A LOT of traffic noise throughout the night and the sound of drunks, possibly on the balconies below us. The heat was unbearable, it was a reasonably warm day but not that bad and it was so ridiculously hot on the top floor, it hit you as soon as you walked off the stairs. This would be okay in winter but it would be terrible in summer. They seriously need to invest in some air conditioning.
The hot pool was a nice feature especially after travel, part of me wished that it was cold which would have been far more refreshing.
Next time I am going to book somewhere else so that I get more than 3 hours of sleep.

Room Tip: Get a room far away from the bar and on a lower floor so it isn't so hot. Be aware that by having a room on the road side you get a lot of traffic noise.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hilary A
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