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Southern Comfort Backpackers
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Southern Comfort Backpackers
Windsor, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Nice...if you like that sort of thing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2006

We were driving the southern scenic highway and finished our trip in Christchurch the other day. We stayed at Southern Comfort for one night and had an ok stay. The hostel is not your usual backpackers, especially if you're used to the hustle and bustle of places in Queenstown for example or the more commercialised chain hostels in New Zealand e.g. Base Backpackers or the company that runs ACB, Discovery Lodge and Hot Rocks in Rotorua.
SC does feel quite homely, and certainly looks homely - it is a house after all! We stayed in the fireplace 4 bed dorm on the ground floor - lots and lots of space and decent wooden bunk beds. The bathrooms were beautifully decorated for a backpackers and were very very clean and tidy - same goes for the kitchen, it was very well equipped and clean. There is no tv but a radio playing constantly in the living room and one computer for free emailing but nothing else. The living room is rather like an old people home with its dated furniture and decor, but with a large supply of old magazines, its not something you cant handle for one or two evenings. The place is pretty cheap to stay, clean and you are able to organise trips to Stewart Island from there. Nice place, but if you want a little more action probably not your cup of tea. Infact if you want busy, why are you in Invercargill!!!

  • Liked — Large dorm room, comfortable, clean kitchens and bathroom.
  • Disliked — Maybe a bit quiet but the whole town is quiet so maybe not such a good 'con'.
  • Tips/Secrets — Check out the YHA in town first, its apparantly a bit depressing but might but livlier than SC. I doubt that it would be cleaner, warmer or more homely though.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2006

I wasn't sure where I should stay when I went to Invercargill. I checked reviews and found a nice review on Southern Comfort backpackers. It was possibly the nicest backpackers I've ever stayed in the entire world!!! It's a beautiful character villa that has been converted into a backpackers. There were only 5 beds in my room (this is the cheapest style room), and we had an ensuite!!!
There were three other bathrooms available in the house. The bathrooms had beautiful colored lead light windows, spacious and clean. The kitchen was really clean, and even had a dishwasher. The outdoor gardens were the best, and a lovely place to hang out and meet other people. There was a quiet courtyard in the back that I went to when I wanted to read. Compared to the below average place I stayed at when visiting Stewart Island, this place was a 5 five hotel! I couldn't wait to return from the island!

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Property: Southern Comfort Backpackers
Address: 30 Thomson Street, Invercargill 9810, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Invercargill
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Ranked #3 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Invercargill
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A restored and cosy Victorian Villa with large verandah overlooking well tended gardens. Close to town centre, Queens Park Southland Museum and I-Site. Offering excellent location with secure homely comfort and friendly assistance. ... more   less 
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