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Review of Lyell Creek Lodge

Lyell Creek Lodge
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Lyell Creek Lodge
Reviewed 15 September 2009

Lyell Creek Lodge is a short drive from town and the whale watching tour. We only stayed one night so spent limited time at the hostel but I found it to be clean and comfortable. We were offered a cheaper rate due to some renovations being done which meant we did not get ensuite rooms as requested. This was no problem as the shared bathrooms were very clean and there were no long waits.

The double bedroom was spacious with a built-in wardrobe, bedside table, lamps, heater, and small TV. The bed was comfy and warm. And the view - wow!

The kitchen/lounge area has a nice fire and full facilities. Everything is very clean.

I would recommend this to backpackers and anyone wishing to save money on accommodation.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 January 2009

My wife and stayed at Lyell Creek Lodge for 2 nights during our visit to Kaikoura and loved it. The rooms and facilities were spotless and appreciated the extra little touches, such as the Minties (sweets) on the pillows. Jonny the manger was very friendly and accommodating and did everything he could to help throughout our stay. There was a kitchen area downstairs and another kitchen and living area upstairs, that had a fire and plenty of DVDs to watch when we had done enough sightseeing for the day (like being at home). Coffee, tea, milk etc was all provided and there were also laundry and internet facilities, everything was there you needed for a pleasant stay. In between looking after us at Lyell Creek, Jonny also ran ‘Fish Kaikoura’ and we were lucky enough to spend a morning out in his boat fishing and pulled up a few crayfish pots, which we had for dinner that night, beautiful. We would not hesitate to recommend Lyell Creek Lodge and Fish Kaikoura to anyone visiting Kaikoura.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2007

On the upside, the staff were really nice and friendly and it seemed safe enough. And the kitchen facilities were also good.
These aside, this place was one of the worst I have stayed in and I have travelled a lot. My husband and I stayed here to reduce travel costs, but I guess you get what you pay for! It was extremely loud all night and you could hear everything: toilets flushing, taps dripping, everything! The place was poorly designed with the communal lounge on the top floor, which was directly above our room, and we hardly got a wink of sleep.
The bedding in the room was clean yet very old and worn
and the carpets had stains on them. It's a shame that the nice staff and great views couldnt make up for all of these things. This hostel could definitely use a revamp.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2004

My boyfriend and I just left Kaikoura after staying at Lyell Creek Lodge for 2 nights in a beautiful double room with views of the amazing snow capped mountains out of a great picture window and views of the sea out of the other window! There doesn't seem to be many reviews on the internet about the hostel so we thought we'd let you know just how great it is! We had a really friendly welcome from Sarah and she gave us loads of useful information and tips - she told us all about the best ways to get to the beautiful walks in the area. The hostel itself was lovely - really clean and tidy and well maintained in fact we thought it was more like serviced apartments thanyour traditional backpackers. There are 2 great kitchens and a lovely lounge upstairs with a log fire. It has a cute garden at the back with a little stream with the occasional duck! And beyond that is just views of farmland with horses and mountains. This place is a little Gem! There are no dorm rooms here, just double rooms and twin rooms but that kind of adds to the quiet and nice feel to the place. If you are in Kaikoura (which in itself is a place not to be missed) give this place a try! Enjoy your travels!

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Reviewed 27 December 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Lyell Creek Lodge

Address: 193 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kaikoura
Price Range: £30 - £35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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