I stayed at this backpackers-type hostel July 4-6 2009.
Centrally located. Convenient to the Travel Centre which is also the Intercity/Newmans bus station, near the Maori Village Headquarters, the bath spa museum, etc. Plenty of souvenir shops & restaurants nearby as well as the Pak-N-Save supermarket.
I had the single room #18 upstairs. The bed was rather old & felt/sounded like a futon. Comfortable enough though the bare mattress & pillows had scary stains (You’re asked to remove sheets & turn them in along with your towel upon checkout.) Staff friendly & helpful with directions.
Hot tub out back. Right underneath some of the rooms (mine included) so those late-night/wee-morning dippers made me find my earplugs.
The kitchenette areas on both floors had a fridge & utensils to use/borrow and wash.
Decent to prepare foods and a dining room with plenty of tables to eat & chat with others. Also a separate lounge with TV on the ground floor.
This is a backpacker’s type hostel. People wanting to spend little money and/or meet lots of other travelers stay here. You have to have a sharing/opened mind. There will always be those who talk loudly in/outside their rooms, cook all kinds of foods, walk around with lead feet, get cheery as they watch TV, use the hot tub at all hours of the night, etc.
After 3 days in Rotorua, I walked all over, did & saw everything. I’d recommend this place for a stay if you’re looking to meet & hang out with others. Just bring your earplugs for when you’re ready for serious sleep. Reliable/helpful email communication before my arrival, the price, location, friendly staff of the hostel, and the great atmosphere of mostly cool people/travelers made for a good stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Crash Palace provides the cheapest Quality accommodation for backpackers, Groups and budget travelers. The 1930,s character building has deep funky colors throughout. New Zealand art fills almost every space and fresh New Zealand music sets the atmosphere for an enjoyable stay. Crash is conveniently located opposite the Millennium Hotel and within 5 mins walking distance of the Main Street, I site (bus stop), Government gardens, Blue baths, Polynesian spa, and Pac N save supermarket. With high-speed Wi-Fi Internet, Lockers, 2 Kitchens and dining areas, BBQ, Outdoor Courtyard, Spa Pool, Thermal heating, and friendly service. It's the perfect place to chill and unwind a little from your travels. We offer a range of free services, Pasta and rice tea & coffee a selection of herbs and spices. Also a Free Spaghetti bolignaise on Fridays in summer and pancakes for breakfast Sunday. The hostel is located within walking distance of Pac N save supermarket, Government Gardens, Blue Baths, Museum, Polynesian Spa Pools, Kuirau Thermal Park. You are right in the city close to Rotorua's pubs, bars and markets.Look foward to seeing you soon. ... more less
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