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On Top Backpackers
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

I stayed at On Top for a while in May/June and had a very positive experience. The location is excellent, the building itself modern and comfortable, a nice view 'on top'. All staff members were friendly and helpful. Huuge pool bar downstairs. Free breakfast. I would recommend and stay here again.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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ontopbackpackers, Manager at On Top Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay a soaked up the atmosphere! We hope to see you again, Thank You!

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

I stayed at the Hostel back in March with my friend and we both loved it! The kitchen is spacious with lots of places to sit and there is even a roof terrace, which is nice when the sun is shining. We found the staff to be really friendly and enjoyed chatting with the cool dudes behind the bar over a Merlot or 2! Also the central location is great, just a few minutes walk to the Octagon and the library over the road has free WiFi.

We will definitely be coming back :)

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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ontopbackpackers, Manager at On Top Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2014

Thank you for all your positive comments as we pride ourselves on providing the best!
And I am sure the 'cool dudes' will continue to be cool!

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Reviewed 19 March 2014

I stayed in the hostel for a week and liked it very much. The buidling is quite modern and quite original (everything is on the top floor, above a huge bar/pool tables area).
The dorm I stayed in was clean and bright. Same with the bathrooms even though you might have to wait for a shower at busy times. The kitchen was spacious and bright and it was very easy to cook proper meals, even at busy times: lots of space and tables. The big balcony overlooking the city was a great place to eat or just hang out on sunny days and evenings, the big table outside was a good spot to meet other guests/travellers. Staff was lovely and fun. Overall it was a very clean, well thought and chilled out hostel.
Dunedin is a great little city, lots of good bars and places to eat, and it's a great base to discover the Otago peninsula.
I have been recommending this hostel ever since I stayed there.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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ontopbackpackers, Owner at On Top Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2014

Thank you very much for the great comments! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and really appreciate the feedback. Thanks Again

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

I've stayed in several backpacker hostels and know not to expect much but this one fell way below the low expectations I had. The location was good, and the check-in guy in the bar was cool, but these are my only positive comments.

The beds, linens, and pillows were disgusting. There wasn't a table, lamp, dresser or any furniture/amenities in the room, only a bunk bed.

The heater and outlets were on a timer and would turnoff after an hour or so so the room became very cold at night.

Noisy room due to being above a bar so there was the thumping of music until late night.

The showers were disgusting and water pressure offered but a trickle.

Room was expensive and I would not have felt there was any value at 1/4 of the price.

I was here 2 or 3 nights and couldn't wait to check out. This was easily one of the worst places I've ever stayed and I've stayed in some pretty lousy places in Vietnam, Philippines, India, etc. Avoid if at all possible.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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ontopbackpackers, Manager at On Top Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2014

Hi
Thank you for making the effort to comment on this Hostel I will pass on to the 'Cool dude' downstairs your appreciative comment although there are two young blokes down there they can decide which of them you are referring.
The beds have Hotel Style quality mattresses and in fact that is what the name is on the mattress.
The sheets and pillow cases are white and these are always fresh and clean.
The Heaters are on a timer so as they do not run on for too long when the backpacker is not in the room. The plugs are on a timer also this is for your safety. We have had incidents of backpackers leaving a hair straightener going on the floor and this timer has stopped it from burning anything more than a small piece of carpet.
The Showers have reasonable pressure and you will have noticed no timers in them so unlimited water which seems to please all.
We get very few comments about noise from the cafe bar down below as extensive efforts were made to limit this during construction.
Most Backpackers comment that $27 per person for a night which includes Limited WiFi plus Free Breakfast is a very good deal.
I'm sorry you did not enjoy your stay. You say you weren't sure if you stayed 2 or 3 nights, but if you had advised any one of the staff members that you were uncomfortable during your stay then we could have resolved any issues you had with our Hostel.

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Reviewed 25 January 2014

We had an ensuite room which was basic as we expected for the price but had everything we needed including tv, linen and towels. Our room was very clean and the bed was comfy with a nice soft duvet.
There was free breakfast in the kitchen with bread for toast, spreads, cornflakes, milk, etc all provided. You just had to queue for the toaster but it was much appreciated. A good stay downtown close to everything, will stay there again.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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ontopbackpackers, Manager at On Top Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2014

Thank you for your comments we really appreciate them and we look forward to seeing you again

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Reviewed 22 December 2013

I stayed for one night in an ensuite room. I liked the fact that it was very central, and it was clean and comfortable enough, but there are certainly no frills. The deluxe ensuite rooms are geared towards the backpacker end of the market, but then it is essentially a backpacker hostel. I was surprised that there seemed to be nowhere to hang any clothing.

The deluxe ensuites are at the back of the hostel, so don't get traffic noise etc, but I was able to hear people in other rooms a bit through the night.

The service etc reflects the fact that it is primarily a backpacker hostel, and my ratings are on that basis, rather than comparing with hotels or motels.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms are towards the back, so are no doubt quieter. The rooms are, however, small and basic...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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ontopbackpackers, Manager at On Top Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2014

Thank you for your comments

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Reviewed 13 December 2013

Checked in at the bar, a big thank you to the lovely staff, a young guy who was the nicest part of our experience staying here! He was very nice, helpful and we were happy when we left the reception. That's where the fun times ended. Too expensive ($28 per person during low season!!), small real dodgy rooms with no space for your stuff, the facilities were a joke: seriously, one block of showers (maybe 3 toilets and 3 shower cubicles) for how many rooms, 20? It's a joke which was not funny.
Alrightishly clean I guess, but there was no hand soap in the dispenser in the toilet, no paper towels, the shower cubicles were overflowing and no one came to clean up. Also no room in the cubicles to put your shampoo oar soap to - where are you supposed to keep it?! My shower cubicle door didnt close and i couldn't target the shower head to a new position so obviously the floor was wet. And the shower cubicles had plastic roofs....to make it extra nice and damp? Strange.
We also had very bad luck with our room mates, who were super rude: we told the old guy the next morning as we were checking out, and he held up his hands and said it's not his fault. Excuse me mister, we were NOT blaming you, just telling how it was since you did ask!!
Horrible, just overall real bad and can't suggest this to anyone, no matter how desperate you are! I wanted to sleep in the car after checking in!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about On Top Backpackers

Address: Corner Filleul Street & Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Dunedin
Price Range: £26 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — On Top Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ontop is a purpose built backpackers, 100% compliant to the new earthquake building standard and situated above a cosy cafe & bar located in the heart of Dunedin. We aim to provide the ultimate Dunedin experience for all you young and hip or just plain hip travellers! We have rooms to suit everyone, from dormitories to private rooms with or without an ensuite. You can enjoy the Dunedin sun on our spacious sun deck or come downstairs and try our range of magnificent craft beers over a friendly game of pool or even watch a classic film in our very own stylish cinema! We are only a minute's walk to the city's best bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping. Our friendly staff will share inside knowledge of tours and the bountiful treasures Dunedin has to offer. Whether its roaming the spectacular coastline of the Otago peninsula or exploring Dunedin's array of historical and heritage architecture, with its great central location and excellent facilities, Ontop is a great place to stay, relax and enjoy the Deep South! So come join us and soak up Dunedin's atmosphere! ... more   less 
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