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Southern Laughter Backpackers
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Do not stay here.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

One of the issues I had was the lack of bathrooms. Fair enough, the shower on our floor was being refurbed but the toilet didn't even have a working light. The other bathroom was upstairs in the middle of the kitchen/lounge which I didn't like. I went up to the toiletin the middle of the night and there was a couple having sex in the lounge - classy.
The kitchens were horrible. Nobody cleans up after themselves and there's a lack of plates, glasses etc. Oh, and one morning I saw a mouse in the kitchen!
Our double room itself was okay but very cold and the heater wasn't much good. There was a wooden balcony right outside and people would stomp along there at all times of the night which was very noisy.
Overall, I can imagine the hostels right in the town centre are much better. If we hadn't paid in full when we arrived we'd have left early. We've stayed in a lot of hostels & don't have high expectations but this place takes the mick.
Did I mention there's vermin in the kitchen?!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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C0le_SL, Manager at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your stay with us. If you bought these issues to our attention we could of resolved most of them for you by moving you to a different section of the hostel away from the balcony and t.v lounge and nearer to the other bathrooms. A full refund for any unstayed nights is always given if a guest decides to check out early.
Bait and traps have been laid to eradicate rodents, it is a small problem that happens only this time of year as the weather turns and is being dealt with.
Our apologies again
Jim and the Southern Laughter Team.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

Worth every penny. Very helpful staff. We booked a double room with shared toilet facilties but got given a room with a private bathroom at no extra charge. Perfect location,2 minutes from the cbd,free wifi. We will definitly stay here again the next time we visit queenstown.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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C0le_SL, Manager at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Thanks for your kind review. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. and we wish you all the best on your travels.
Jim and the Southern Laughter Team
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Great hostel! Super nice staff, friendly environment, clean rooms and a nice location.
Ended up moving to Southern Laughter after staying at a less then charming hostel right when we got to queenstown but after moving to this lovely hostel we had an amazing couple of weeks :) Thanks so much for the wonderful stay! :)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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C0le_SL, Manager at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Great to hear enjoyed your stay with us and thanks for the fantastic review
Happy travels. Jim and the Southern Laughter Team
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

This hostel offers a lot more for the value of money compared to the big chains such as base and nomads.
They have two very large kitchens. A free hottub
Free wifi
Free popcorn
It's a very chilled out environment and is located perfectly. Not to close to the main but easily accessible

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed at the double ensuite room for 7 nights and the service was great, facilities were basic but functional. The bathroom was clean but wished that the tap was combined and not having the cold and hot water coming out from 2 different faucets. We felt that the heater was not providing much heat and comfort at all especially on the cold days and nights were were there. Staff were approachable and friendly. Location is just 5 minutes walk to the busy street of Shotover where all the information centers and most cool restos / bars are. Overall, the experience was ok and good value for your money considering that most things are expensive in Queenstown.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Malaysia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

We booked a twin room and was given a room at ground floor.
The room is so small, we have no space to put our luggage and have to push everything under the bed so that we have space to walk. The toilet is okay but the bathroom needs more frequent cleaning. As the kitchen is just upstairs, there were noises of people walking around, chatting even at night. There was one night there were noises upstairs until 1am as if they are having a party. The only thing we like about this hostel is the location which is very near the town and places to take our tours etc. Other than that, there is no reason to pick this hostel.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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C0le_SL, Front Office Staff at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Sorry you did not enjoy your stay at Southern Laughter. I will have a word with our night porter about keeping the kitchens quiet after hours. We also have an emergency phone number with 24 hour monitoring by one of our staff.
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

Stayed in this backpacker for four nights, good location reaching the town centre within 5 mins walk. Same as some other backpackers i love the character of the hostel with funny quotations and cosmics everywhere! staffs are helpful and cheerful! also meet some new friends here!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Southern Laughter Backpackers

Property: Southern Laughter Backpackers
Address: 4 Isle Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 90 Speciality Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Southern Laughter Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly toasty warm – backpackers located in central Queenstown within quiet surroundings. We have plenty of off street parking and just a 2 minute walk to bars, supermarkets and shops.Our rooms are configurations of cozy 3, 4, 6 or 8 beds as well as 5, 6 and 8 person self contained units with kitchens. We also provide comfortable private double and twin rooms. ... more   less 
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