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Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Great Hostel”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Five minute walk to the shops in town, RDB is a excellent central location while staying in Rotorua. The staff are friendly and helpful and will book trips for the many activities Rotorua has to offer. The facilities are kept clean and tidy, rooms are spacious and well maintained and good value for your money.

Overall, if you are just passing through Rotorua or if you want somewhere to bunker down for a while, Rotorua Downtown backpackers is a great spot to spend your time.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Rotorua Downtown Backpackers ("RDB") is a first rate backpackers/hostel style accommodation located smack in the middle of everything Rotorua has to offer, with special consideration given to the charming lake front area just a 2 or 3 minute walk away. We stayed in a private room and found it extremely comfortable and clean -- and free Wi fi is a huge bonus! Also unlimited tea and coffee and a cozy little back patio area. We enjoyed it so much we postponed our road trip to stay a second night.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Great bubbly and helpful staff! Cosy rooms - amazing value for money. Right next to the bus station & information centre too ! Loads of offers & trips available on the board . I travelled alone & didn't feel worried at all. I would for sure stay here again . X

  • Stayed March 2014
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

Good location. it is just beside the bus station. Blanket, pillows and bed sheets are very clean that made me to sleep soundly. And it is inexpensive! I like the Friday night barbecue party. You get to meet different and interesting people at the party and learn a lot from them.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

The location of this hostel is good because it's close to the center of town and it's right next to the bus stop. I liked the free wifi and I thought that the staff were friendly.
However, the bathrooms could have been cleaner. There was one stall that was dirty for a few days in a row and none of the staff bothered to clean it.

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

Had a great time staying here, lovely helpful bubbly staff on reception who help with anything from ordering food to booking a trip out for the day... and the hostel wouldn't be as clean as it is withough the fantastic cleaners. The location was perfect, close to all the shops, government gardens and bars. This hostel had a range of ages staying so perfect for everyone. Also, the free barbeque on friday evenings was a great laugh. I'm sad we have to leave but in the words of big old Arnie Schwarzenegger... "I'll be baaack!!' x

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We happened by this hostel on our last stay in Rotorua and ended up staying 2 nights with them. Great prices, FREE WIFI (which you cannot beat), free BBQ on Thursday nights, clean rooms and friendly staff. We had no issues with staying here and would gladly stay again on our next passing through Rotorua. As far as hostels go, A+.

Room Tip: Very clean bathrooms, we stayed in a double private room.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rotorua Downtown Backpackers

Property: Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
Address: 1193 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Ranked #13 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Rotorua Downtown Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Amazing central city location, 30 Metres from the i-Site and Bus Stations, extremely well appointed, refurbished 2015. 24 Hour Check-in. Amazing Travel Deals from our Friendly knowledgeable staff! Unlimited Free WiFi & Extensive Movie Library. Free Pasta, Rice, Tea & Coffee! Funky Courtyard with BBQ. Rotorua Downtown, Your home away from home. ... more   less 
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