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YHA Rotorua
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

I got a nice room and the bathrooms were ok, but the place was quite boring and have to pay for the internet access and lockers. There are other hostels around Rotorua that give you a much better experience. A good thing is that the hostel is close to Lava Bar were people can go to take a drink a play pool.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Pierre S
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

I booked the YHA looking at decent online reviews and as the higher rated places were sold out. The location is decently close to the bus stop if you are a budget traveller like me, but the room we got (ensuite for a couple next to the main entrance) was super tiny, the bathroom was musty smelling, and our's was the first window next to the main gate so everybody walking by could hear us. The room is so tight fit and there are no closets. The receptionist we met was also nit that great as we were asking for sight seeing tips and she wasn't particularly helpful especially when we were asking if one place is better than another. Her only job was to point at the pamphlet rack and say where to find the info.

Room Tip: If you are a backpacker, ask for a room which is well aired out..
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Mridu_globetrotter
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

I stayed for one night at this hostel. It is a quite big hostel with lot of rooms and a large kitchen. For me it was a good place (clean and enough facilities).

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Only negative part is maybe it is a big hostel so it gets busy by all the people, but for me it was ok.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We came with high hopes because of the 5 star qualimark. The building looks lovely from the outside, new and shiny. The staff who greeted us, as well as the staff through out our visit, was friendly and helpful, and one even went out of his way to find us a night light (we were travelling with two little girls), and change our room to one without bunks. But it quickly went downhill from there. The room was very small, and contained 4 beds pushed close together, and nothing else. The bathrooms were rarely clean. The kitchen, though large, lacks basic necessities (pot covers, knives, teaspoons). The main area is in separate building than the sleeping quarters, and because it rained during our visit, every time we went for a meal or even just to sit, we had to run through the rain.
The YHAs we'd been to up till now have been wonderful, so this was especially disappointing.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank weinyael
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Reviewed 9 April 2013 via mobile

Got a 4 bed share. The room is nice and clean. The location is not so great, really far from the centre.
One strange thing happened there, took a shower around midnight. All of the sudden, the lights went off then hair dryer was turned on. When I came out to turn the lights back on, no one was there. Really wondering what had happened.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Staff was friendly when we checked in late night, room was clean, but rooms are too small for the convenience, clean kitchen was a welcome surprise...has got ample parking for cars...all in all a satisfying deal...

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

We flew in from the south island to Rotorua and spent a night here before moving on. Location was pretty central in town and there was a lot of parking nearby.

The girl working the front desk-not sure if she was a manager or what but she was pretty unfriendly. We had two rooms that were (very unfortunately) both facing the main courtyard. In the middle of the night, there were people chatting right outside our windows for hours and then there was some loud argument that broke out where the front desk girl had to kick some visitors out that were not guests at the hotel. Yikes. Needless to say, we didn't sleep much that night.

I guess my biggest tip would be to bypass Rotorua and go straight to Taupo (app 1 hour drive) where it seemed a bit more thriving.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank islandervne
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Address: 1278 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly YHA Treks Backpackers)
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 58 Speciality Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range: £28 - £47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — YHA Rotorua 5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to YHA Rotorua, a purpose built backpacker hostel in the central city for your complete Rotorua experience. YHA Rotorua offers budget backpacker accommodation right beside Kuirau Park, Rotorua’s free geothermal attraction, and only two minutes walk from shops, cafes, restaurants and beautiful Lake Rotorua. There is a wide range of backpacker accommodation to choose from: 4 bed share rooms, 6 bed bunk rooms, triple room, standard double rooms, twin/double ensuite rooms. Popular features: 2GB free WiFi per day, newly refurbished well-equipped kitchen, TV room, pool table, outdoor patio and BBQ area, communal laundry, free travel and activity booking service, breakfast packs for sale on site. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Yha Treks Backpackers Rotorua
Yha Treks Backpackers Hotel Rotorua

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