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“Friendly staff, clean hostel, good service & reasonable rate”
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Kiwi House
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Penang, Malaysia
1 review
“Friendly staff, clean hostel, good service & reasonable rate”
Reviewed 20 February 2013

I stayed there for about 6 times in year of 2012 and 2013.

The main reason that I choose Kiwi House is because of the friendly staff. The receptionist are really helpful and the staffs always have a very good and polite attitude.I met some friends here, not only from Japan, but Europeans and other Asians too. I have a very nice talk with the long stayed staffs.

The location is great, just walk 20 to 30mins to the heart of centre and easily to reach bus exchange station, central library and market. It is a very clean hostel, especially they change the duvet cover once the guest checked out. Unlike the other hostel, only bed sheet and linen sheet are changed.

I stayed in 8 mixed dorm, room 81 /82 it was quite annoying when other guests walk and talk out loud at the corridor, especially Friday and Saturday night. However, Room rate is reasonable and affordable.

Keep on going on pick up and drop off service.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 12 January 2013

It was a good place, I had a single room for about a month or so and it was nice a cozy. It had every thing you wanted in it and the staff were fun to talk to, and every one got a long well :) there were other long term stayers, so I often went drinking or shopping with them. So in general It is a place to stay in Chch, So I will probably return in some time for my next trip in the south :D

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 16 November 2012

I stayed mixed dorm. It was comfortable. Staff is very friendly. Kitchen has personal food locker. they lent many books and DVD. Pick up and drop off service was really good. and I made a lot of friends here. I recommend kiwi house!!

Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Thank AY26
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

I stayed in a single room for a week while I was travelling in the south island. The room was not large but it was big enough and had everything I needed for my short stay (single bed, drawers and small desk & chair). Kitchen was spacious, clean and tidy. It was a perfect place to share my trip experiences and exchange information with other customers. Staff were friendly and helpful. I recommend this hostel if you go to Christchurch:)

Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 June 2012

Very Unfriendly. Bad roams and dog is running around. that was My worst hostel iv ever been in new zealand. dont go here !!!!!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 9 June 2012 via mobile

Of all the hostels I've stayed in nz, this would be my least favorite. The room is super tiny (we stayed at a 6 bedded mixed dorm) paid nz24 but the room is so small we can barely walk. Altho there were cabinets in the room but it made the room even smaller cos it took out almost 1/3 of the room. And it doesn't make sense cos the compartment is too small for our luggage :( the kitchen was too crowded as well :( altho the appliances were good but dirty. (there are cleaner cleaning up the kitchen every night tho) the shower room is small as well :( Location wise Itz pretty out of no where. Far from cbd/eateries/museum. However Christchurch is quite damaged now nothing much to see (restart mall is quite a worth visit tho but far from kiwi house)
However the service wise is good. Naked bus broke down and we were stranded somewhere for 3 hours. As the check in time for kiwi house was strictly before 7pm we called kiwi house and they actually came to pick us up at around 830pm at naked bus drop off point! Really appreciated that!
Due to the earthquake a lot of hostels were damaged :( not much choice tho. But YMCA would be quite a good option for a better location n value

  • Stayed May 2012
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

Kiwi house sleeping facilities are on par with other hostels. Lounge needs some couches and the kitchen is not bad but the dining room require some additional tables and chairs. Due to the earthquake the hostel has a lot of long-term residents. Which makes for some festive weekends. Very strict management. For long term stays not a bad option but short term stays there are better options.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Kiwi House
Address: 373 Gloucester Street, Christchurch 8062, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Christchurch
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 103 Speciality Lodging in Christchurch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Kiwi House 2*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We provide unique accommodation for travelers in New Zealand.You can stay for one night, a few weeks or even a few months. Our rates are more like those when flatting (weekly rates are available). If you are new to Christchurch/looking for a job in Christchurch/studying in Christchurch, then Kiwi House will be an ideal place to stay. Easy to move in, easy to move out ... more   less 
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