I really wouldn't recommend staying here when there are much nicer working hostels around Blenheim. To start with something positive though, the staff is very friendly and helpful and will provide you with a list of vineyard contractors when you check in.
But onto the negative. The long-term rooms are so small. I was only sharing with one other girl, but we barely had room to move. The bunk (which has a double bed on the bottom) is crammed against the wall, then there was a table, fridge, and wire shelves, and along with our luggage that left very little floor space. And the absolute worst part were the flies. The entire room was crawling with them. We tried leaving the windows and door open and at other times tried locking them in so they would die, but we had no luck. They were everywhere. Out of everything at the hostel, this was the one thing I couldn't deal with.
As far as the shared facilities, you're basically in a rocky parking lot. One of the kitchens is quite nice while the other one is small and dirty. The showers are pretty terrible. There were only three in the girl's bathroom and after work there was guaranteed to be a line. At least since they aren't nice that encourages you to be quick!
Lastly, the location isn't good either. It's a ten minute walk from the iSite but in the opposite direction of town and the shops. It'll take you at least 15 minutes to walk to the nearest grocery store although I do think they run a shuttle on the weekends.
They do have a swimming pool though, so there's that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A great selection of clean & comfortable accommodations with free unlimited wifi to suit all budgets. All rooms have a TV, jug, toaster, fridge and some with own kitchen and also rooms with bathroom and kitchen. Recently refurbished amenities, free showers, local phone, washing machines and BBQs. Rooms available short or long term for backpackers plus contacts available for seasonal work. We have also recently underwent a huge expansion adding another 30 sites! weather you want to park up in your van or pitch your tent you can do it under our large trees and wide open areas right beside the river, in the summer time we have a large pool and sun loungers to chill out after a long week at work, or you can park up in a hammock and meet people in our bbq area, We are a friendly family owned and operated Backpackers in a great location. We are well traveled and incorporate our years of experience to provide backpackers the best service while staying in the Blenheim and Marlborough area. Next door to a 24 hour service station, corner store, pub, Subway and KFC. 5 Minute walk to the town centre and Blenheim train & bus terminal. There is also a courtesy van which if you are licensed you are able to use to get out to the supermarkets instead of walking. If you arrive at the airport and would like to stay with us we will be happy to pop out and pick you up. Thank you for checking us out and we look forward to seeing you. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blenheim Backpackers & Motorcamp Marlborough, New Zealand