I stayed there for 3 nights. The rooms are large and bright, but could be cleaner. There aren't enough bathrooms/showers. There's supposed to be a shower area for women only but anyone who wanted to seemed to be using it; probably a consequence of there not being enough in the other area. The man who runs it is nice and friendly, and the location is very central, less than 5 minutes walk from the bus depot where the buses stop. The biggest annoyance is the noise - there seemed to be people living there on a long term basis and one such person had a television (or was watching from a PC as rooms do not come with TV), which was very loud and listened to it throughout the whole day and night. Another noise issue is that some rooms are by a veranda/balcony where guests gather, smoking, talking and making noise until all hours. As the windows look out onto the balcony, you do not want to open your window. I would stay elswhere if I were back in Nelson.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our Backpackers/Hostel in sunny Nelson, newly renovated formally known as the "Retreat" and "Central" backpackers. We have 14 rooms available in our central city location. Wi-Fi is available in every room at discounted rates and we have a well equipped communal kitchen, TV room and book swap. The complimentary cereal breakfast is a must for any wary traveller to set you up for the days adventures. ... more less
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