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“Decent budget hostel (with more character than the YHA)”

Sunflower lodge backpackers
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Sunflower lodge backpackers
Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Decent budget hostel (with more character than the YHA)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed here after checking out the YHA first, finding it a dreary one (the rooms put us off, the shared space seemed nice) when we came here, it had the same cheery shared areas but some nicer rooms (mismatched double beds rather than the metal matching YHA ones).

We'd been told this place was good for budget travellers from the tourist information (who said they hadn't seen the YHA, so couldn't compare) we could and I'm sure both are nice, but opted for the Sunflower, meeting some nice people, questionable internet (worked fine in the evening, once it was working, but nothing in the morning, but then all NZ internet is sketchy at best!)

Otherwise had a good sleep. Heaters welcomed! Friendly staff, a little parking at the front, or lots just up the ramp on the road. Nice communal area and feel.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2013

Stay here about once a month across the year while in NP for work. Welcoming, warm (even in winter) , clean, quiet and functional. A value for money haven. Particularly like the sound of birdsong you get here being near a reserve.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Sydney
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

We stayed here as a fourth option having stayed in other locations on previous visits. After the luxury we had previously (in other hostels) we were initially taken aback. It clearly was not as good value. But luckily the people were super friendly and helpful so we didn't change our mind. It was fine in the end and has everything you need and most importantly was clean. It is a little further out of town than the others but still walking distance, you can cut through the great park which makes the walk more enjoyable. Fine if you have a car.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sunflower lodge backpackers
Address: 33 Timandra Street, New Plymouth 4312, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
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Ranked #9 of 16 Speciality Lodging in New Plymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Sunflower lodge backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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