The Albatross is a funky, unpretentious place, with lots of virtues. The local people all told us it was the best backpackers in Kaikoura, and we believed them. It was clean and friendly (staff and fellow visitors), well located and safe. Our twin room in a separate building was so small one of us had to lie down on a bed so the other could pack on the other bed, but the beds were comfortable. Having games and music, and the open, connected kitchen made for much better ambiance than fancy furniture or a TV would have done. People got together in the evening in the lounge, creating a very pleasant social atmosphere. It was a good walk from the station, but I don't think you can do better in this class in Kaikoura. People of any age would feel welcome here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hostel with Soul! Characterful historic building filled with music, art, food and good company! Run by travelers for travelers, at The Albatross you'll find a warm, inviting place in which to unwind after your time on the road. What we offer you:- Spacious lounge filled with art by world travellers, musical instruments and plenty of space to relax.- Funky well-equipped kitchen with complimentary herbs, spices, cooking oil and Fairtrade Organic tea, coffee and hot chocolate.- Warm, comfortable rooms with heaters in each and fully made beds.- An Art Corner for creating masterpieces! - Guitars, ukuleles, hand drums and songbooks.- Loads of fun board games and well-stocked book exchange.- Regular group dinners, BBQs in summer and hot puddings by the log fire in winter.- Sunny garden with a gas BBQ, lots of tables and herbs & veggies for you to pick.- Free bikes. Cyclist specials and lockable bike storage.- Lots of good local info and advice, free guide book rental, onward travel booking. Come join us for our next Curry Night, a Jam Session or an epic round of "Kaikouropoly"! Ben and Katie look forward to welcoming you to The Albatross. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albatross Backpacker Hotel Kaikoura