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Southern Laughter Backpackers
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Amazing staff, especially Kayleigh and Cole! Everyone was very accommodating and flexible, which was a HUGE help considering the hostel was very busy during my time there, and my travel plans were very up in the air. They always found a way to help fit me in to a room somewhere even when I had no reservations and was looking to extend my stay. Great for short or long term stays. Cozy and comfortable common areas, a great environment, plenty of room, free soup, wifi and awesome people. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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C0le_SL, Front Office Staff at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

Thanks for the awesome review! We were glad to have you stay with us. Thanks for adding a great vibe to the place :)

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The staff were friendlu and a definite positive yo our stay. Our room was just a bed and small tv in the corner which was all we were after (not the tv). There is so much going on in Qtwn I've never wanted to hang out in my bedroom. Facilities were sweet although one shower was crap but in all honestly I could have just used the one next to it. Loved it and would def stay again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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C0le_SL, Front Office Staff at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

Thanks for the review. We are glad to hear you found your room comfortable and our facilities satisfactory. Hope you enjoy the rest of your time here in New Zealand!

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Great stay, in a private double room. Bed was a bit average but definitely sleepable and fine for the price. Spa looked great but didn't get a chance to enjoy it. Very friendly and fun staff :) Good location, nice and close to town so could walk everywhere

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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C0le_SL, Front Office Staff at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2014

Thanks for the great review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us here at Southern Laughter and hope you continue to enjoy your time in New Zealand!

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Basic hostel but decent value for money, easily the cheapest we stayed in during our time in Queenstown. Wifi was very poor and the cleaning is done by residents which wasn't great - they did a basic clean and took your alcohol if it wasn't clearly labelled. Very lively social place to stay and an excellent location.

Room Tip: Wifi was terrible - couldn't connect at all in our room which was no. 23 (a few doors down from...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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C0le_SL, Front Office Staff at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Sorry Southern Laughter did not fully live up to your expectations. Our free and unlimited wifi is available all around the hostel but definitely works best in the lounges. During peak hours the wifi can be a little slow as it would be at any hostel. There are notices saying that any food and beverage stored in the communal fridges must be labeled. Other than that, I'm glad you enjoyed the environment.

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

We stayed for 2 nights,and the room is near spa area.traveller make lot of noise when using the facility.the twin room r small compare to others we have stayed during our trip.but the staff r friendly and helpful and with wifi at our room.if can just look for others backpacker hostel

Room Tip: Try not to stay at the room near spa area
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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C0le_SL, Front Office Staff at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2014

Sorry Southern Laughter did not fully live up to your expectations. In regards to your concerns about noise coming from the spa, we lock it up every night at 9pm so the noise shouldn't have been a problem after then. I'm glad you enjoyed some of the amenities we offer such as the free unlimited wifi. Hope you have a great trip for the remainder of your time in NZ!

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Really liked this hostel. Staff were friendly, bed was comfy, free wifi and v close to the city centre. The showers was really powerful which is always a bonus! Loved the outdoor balcony outside my bedroom - would highly recommend staying here :-)

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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C0le_SL, Front Office Staff at Southern Laughter Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2014

Thanks for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Aotearoa

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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 reviewResponded 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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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 #35 of 92 Speciality Lodging in Queenstown
Price Range: £16 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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