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Vagabond Backpackers
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Not the best service and full of cats.”
Reviewed 14 November 2011

We stayed at this backpacker's in Sept 2011 and didn't receive the best service; the person who checked us in talked and talked and TALKED for ages before showing us to our room, clearly not noticing (or not caring) for the fact that we'd just travelled for over 20 hours and all we wanted was a shower and some sleep. Also, they allow cats inside which meant we couldn't use any of the common areas, since Steve is allergic to cats. Overall, we wouldn't recommend to stay there.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2010

Homey feeling backpackers hostel just outside the main core of Christchurch's downtown in a residential neighbourhood but still close by (it's not a big town, so it's about a 10 min walk to the centre of town).

While not modern or anything, is quite clean and bathrooms are newer and kept clean. Owners are lovely and helpful.
Kitchen and common area feels like a home.

Beds (not bunks) aren't new but surprisingly comfortable. Slightly close to one another, and there's no lockers in the rooms to lock things in but it's fine for the price paid. Great value considering everything.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled solo
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Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2006

Like all the BBH backpackers we stayed with, Vagabond was a great place - clean, reasonably priced, conveniently located, with friendly and helpful staff, and with a sociable atmosphere and nice common rooms. Also, a stay at Vagabond includes home-made morning bread, though be there when it's served, as it goes quickly. I also enjoyed my very interesting conversations with the friendly manager, or owner-operator, Graham, particularly hearing about his travels and lessons learned from them. Incidentally, while in Christchurch, don't miss your chance to splurge on a dessert at Strawberry Fare - I have never had any as divine, before or since!
All in all, Vagabond was one of the very best hostels of our trip, and is thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Vagabond Backpackers

Property: Vagabond Backpackers
Address: 232 Worcester Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 105 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Vagabond Backpackers With only 30 beds; we are just the right size to offer our friendly service in a peaceful environment. With our quiet garden area and good facilities - we are a great place to stay while enjoying Christchurch & it's surrounds Or maybe you just want to relax and meet other like minded guests, buy or sell a car, plan your travels - then we are happy to make your stay great. We are situated close to Cathedral Square & the Bus station. We have Free Off-Street parking. Email for Winter Specials FREE INTERNET in Winter. ... more   less 
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Vagabond Backpackers Hotel Christchurch

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