We've stayed in a number of backpacker hostels over the last 3 months, so we have a reasonably good benchmark for quality by now.
The check-in was fine and the staff were warm and friendly. My girlfriend and I were assigned the room called "the Glade" - all very picturesque sounding. The Glade was actually a stand-alone prefab - possibly a converted shed or garage. Actually, not bad inside, but the main problem was that the nearest toilet and shower was a good 30-45 second walk away across a garden and, depending on the route, through the TV lounge. Not ideal at all, especially at night in the rain. The room would also be absolutely freezing on a cold night, as it seemed to have limited insulation and only a small plug-in electric fire (not a particularly environmentally friendly heating option either).
The lounges were comfortable, the showers and toilets ok'ish (not by any means the best we've seen) but the communal kitchen really let the place down - we were staying on a busy night, which didn't help, but the kitchen and eating area was way too small for the number of users, and it is only cleaned once, in mid-morning, which meant that by evening meal time it was pretty rank. (And by breakfast, obviously, even worse...)
On balance, if we went back to Te Anau we'd look hard for alternative budget accomodation before rebooking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is the only backpackers located on the lakefront, a stones throw from Lake Te Anau. Located just 300 metres walk from the Glowworm Caves and the top of the Te Anau town Centre.At Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers you will find a well maintained, clean and warm backpackers accommodation lodge to base yourself whilst you explore the Fiords, Tracks, Caves, Lakes and Scenery of Fiordland National Park.We provide ensuites, double, single, twin, quad and share rooms all with fresh linen and duvets on the beds. Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers is only a few minutes walk to the Te Anau village centre where you will find a good selection of supermarkets, cafes, bars, Restaurants and shops. ... more less
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