Have stayed in many hostel's throughout New Zealand and Australia. Dusky lodge is split over 2 floors and we experienced nights in both. Big difference between the two. Downstairs (dorms and doubles with shared bathrooms) were small, not particularly clean and had a dirty kitchen. The upstairs by comparison was completely different. Large ensuite rooms, tv, new linen and towls provided. Had access to separate kitchen reserved for upstairs guests which is larger, cleaner and modern in comparison. Our recommendation would be to definitely pay that extra $10 or so for ensuite!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is situated on Beach road, Kaikoura. We are the largest hostel in Kaikoura catering for groups and budget travellers. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, ensuite rooms and heating in all rooms. All bed linen and pillows are provided. There are 3 large kitchen's fully equipped as well as BBQ's on the decks free to use. We have a large heated salt water pool, spa and sauna to enjoy while staying with us. Guest computers are available and the wifi can be used throughout the building. The hostel is only 5 minute walk to the town centre, and across the road from Whale Watchers. The best bakery in town is situated right beside us and grocery stores only minutes away. The intercity bus can drop you off outside the hostel, ask the driver when you start your journey. We have plenty of parking space and it's free to use. Luggage storage short term is available, if needed ask at reception. Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is a great place to relax, unwind and take in the great views and spectacular sunsets from our extensive decks. Our friendly team can help book tours or give you advice on what to do while you are with us. We hope to see you soon. ... more less
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