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“Hostel needs a revamp!”
Review of Lyell Creek Lodge

Lyell Creek Lodge
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Lyell Creek Lodge
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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  • 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: £31 - £37 (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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