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“Great hostel, nice and quiet- just a little bit tucked away.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lyell Creek Lodge

Lyell Creek Lodge
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Lyell Creek Lodge
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48 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great hostel, nice and quiet- just a little bit tucked away.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013 via mobile

Newly renovated place, very clean and so comfortable. Set out like a house this small hostel hasn't got many rooms, when we stayed we were the only ones upstairs and so pretty much had our own floor and bathroom! Really would have loved to stay longer if the schedule had permitted, this place was just so comfy and relaxed. Very quiet though so wouldnt recommenx to single traveller unless they wanted to be alone...

We were a couple travelling with a car so it suited us just fine. Not the best location if you don't have a car.

Staff are friendly but didn't see much of them, we didnt really need anything though so that wasn't an issue for us!

VERY COMFY BEDS!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ziqim, Israel
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37 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

The lodge is very nice, clean, and comfortable. We arrived later than we thought (around 9:30 pm), and the staff made a special effort to come and show us around. Thanks!

The most important thing about it is the distance from Kaikoura center. It is quiet, far from the tourist center fuss, but you definitely need a car to get there and away.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2012

We didn't want to stay at the busy city center, so we choose Lyell Creek lodge. This was a well maintained, clean and cosy accomodation. It has 2 kitchens (one small downstairs, and one bigger with a lounge upstairs), both were very well equipped. The owner Aaron was very friendly and welcoming, however the 2-3 girls (cleaning the rooms, etc.) were a bit rude.

We were unfortunate, because we got the room next to the main door and as a big french group stayed there at that time, our sleep was ruined by the continous door slamming, and loud voices all night long. The house itself stays next to a main road heading north, so the traffic is relatively heavy which may disturb your sleeping as well.

Off street parking available.

Well worth money anyway, we'd chose Lyell Creek Lodge again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TomDiv
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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

The Lyell Creek Lodge in Kaikoura is my all-time favourite hostel in all of New Zealand. Even though it's a bit of a walk from the town of Kaikoura itself (15 mins), but for me, it's the best one I've stayed in and I've stayed there 3 times now. The guy that runs the hostel, Aaron, has always been very helpful, it's very clean, has two kitchen areas,(upstairs and downstairs), a log fire for the cold nights and a lovely garden area at the back of the hostel, by a little stream. I love the feel of the place - it's cosy, warm and just has a very homely feel to it. Even though the hostels in town are more central, they can be noisy but Lyell Creek is lovely and quiet. I would highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Even though it's about 15 mins walk from town, it has the benefit of being in a quiet location.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Martina M
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

so impressed this the place so nice out the back with the bbq and the river feeding the eels and trout the inside is awesome and nice and clean got on well with the stuff thanks for that aaron will be back up sometime
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Shane and Dayna

Room Tip: room 8 has a really nice view
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shane O
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2011

Good place to stay - the owner and the host were both welcoming.
The kitchen could be better equipped, but they do have a suggestion box, so are open to improving.
A fair walk out of town, but right next to a great fish and chip shop which the host recommended.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide
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69 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2011

Don't be seduced by the website video of ducks swimming in a bubbling brook. The idyllic-looking grassed area out back is uninviting and the creek disappointing. The location is not ideal. It's a fair walk into town and this hostel is right on the road. Traffic noise easily penetrates the thin walls. In fact the thin walls are a real issue. The people sleeping downstairs (who were travelling with us) could hear us putting down our coffee cups in the upstairs lounge room.
The hostel has been renovated so is fairly well-presented but the kitchen was only clean on the surface (I wiped grease from cupboard doors). The cookware is of poor quality and the only large saucepan is a pitted aluminium one.
Positives? The lounge room is spacious and cosy and we enjoyed the slow combustion heater. We were also offered discount prices. Laundry facilities are free and so is wireless internet which I found reliable.
Overall, this place is okay if you're not a light sleeper. The other backpacker hostels in town didn't seem any better but some are off the main road.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Lyell Creek Lodge
Address: 193 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quality Backpackers for the independent & mobile traveler. Small, clean, quiet & homely. Mountain views and a peaceful garden & creek area. Eight private rooms, three with en-suite bathrooms. Two fully equipped kitchens. Log fire in lounge, off-street parking. TV & heaters in all rooms. Wireless & internet access. Guests laundry facilities. Free use of mountain bikes & BBQ cooker. Winter specials / discounts. All linen provided including towels & soap. Complimentary hot drinks. Relax & unwind in beautiful Kaikoura. ... more   less 

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