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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers
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77 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

Our room on the top floor was clean and quiet. The reception staff were helpful when I had to ask for the sauna to be turned on. I did not really fancy the small swimming pool. The communal kitchen was messy.
The price was reasonable for our needs ($80 per room per night) and we knew it was a good walk or short drive out of the main town. The worst thing had nothing to do with Dusky Lodge, but with a neighbouring property, where a morning sight would usually be some young girl vomiting over the balcony !!
We were an "older" couple, and I would not have liked to be there on my own, mainly because of its neighbours .

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2012

stayed here for 3 nights and was worst 3 nights of our 5 week trip. Ensuite room was good size and clean but it was cold. the heating was controlled by the hostel so you couldn't turn it on. also, an extractor fan in another bathroom was on all night and was hard to sleep. there is a tv in the room but it's in a crap position.kitchens were dirty.one fridge had mould growing and the smell would knock you out.i told the manager and he said it would be cleaned in 30 mins. 3 days later it was still in the same state. only plus is this place is near the super market if you are walking, but that's not enough.....i wouldn't stay here again that's for sure.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2012

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!

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Wellington
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

I was surprised to pay just as much as usually for this backpacker's but have a free pool, spa and a sauna! I spent a wonderful evening swimming, relaxing in the spa and going to the sauna which was open until 8 or 9 pm. The bedrooms and kitchens were okay, unfortunately something that I had put in the fridge and marked was stolen but that can happen at any backpackers...

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Skjetten, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2012

The Dusky Lodge is about a ten minute walk from "downtown" Kaikoura. My girlfriend and I sayed in a dorm with four others. The room was clean but there where no individual lights by the beds, and only two wallsockets as well. The bathrooms where clean and the showers even produced hot water! We didn't use the kitchens (two of them) but they seemed all right. Lots of space in the fridge for your stuff. There are several places to sit down and chill out here too, so its a great place to meet other travelers, or you can find yourself a quiet corner and watch som tv. The best thing with this place may be the view from the terrace on the back of the building, simply magnificent. Our busdriver said this was the best hostel in NZ, and we belive him.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2012 via mobile

I'm not really accustomed to backpackers accommodation, but in an attempt to keep costs down, decided to try this place out.

The room was pretty clean, well equipped (tv, kettle, en suite shower). The staff were helpful. I didn't use some of the other facilities so couldn't comment on these.

It was a bit noisy, and the location isn't exactly great but hey, you get what you pay for!

Stayed March 2012
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Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

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25 reviews
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

Kitchen was filthy, the decking outside the kitchen had 4 rusty obsolete fridges on it and had not been cleaned for months, old wood, sisters webs etc.
En-suite room shared the same fan in the bathroom as 6 others, so if any room used the bathroom light, the fans went on everywhere. Extremely noisy all night. Underneath a walkway and kitchen also very noisy from people walking around there all night.
My advise, find a differrent backpackers

  • Stayed February 2012
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Thank you for your review. Dusky has new Management since 2015 and lots of great changes have been made. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Property: Dusky Lodge & Backpackers
Address: 67 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free Parking Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Dusky Lodge & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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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