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The Bug Backpackers
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We stayed two nights here in a private room. The room and ensuite bathroom were spotlessly clean. The bed was comfortable and the shared kitchen was well-stocked. We really enjoyed eating dinner at a picnic table in the backyard. Laundry facilities were good, too!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

I stayed in this hostel for a weekend whilst visiting Nelson. It has great amenities and is within walking distance to the centre of town. However, they do offer free usage of push bikes which is fantastic. The hostel itself is clean and has a fully stocked kitchen including two ovens, micorwave, pots pans etc. There is free wifi which is really useful in this day and age and the speed is actually really fast. I stayed in the Paris room, which is actually a double room with it's own bathroom, and it was super comfortable. Had a awesome heater which was perfect given it was freezing outside, alarm clock and and iPod docking station, plus, it had chocolates on the pillow on arrival! The only issues I would raise is that I always had to wait around for someone in the office, there was a phone number that you could call to get hold of them "anytime" but everytime i tried, the phone was on the hook in the office so no one answered it. Also, the people who stayed there kept to themselves a lot and there was not much interaction - the sign in the common areas says that no computers are allowed, but everyone was sitting there on their smart phones or computers and not interacting with each other.... Overall I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

The rooms and bathrooms were tidy and clean, staff was helpful and nice, and the woman who checked us in even moved her car so we could have a spot right in the lot by the building we were staying in!

We stayed in the room with it's own bathroom for a little more privacy but every room and bathroom I peeked into looked clean and well kept. We highly recommend this place for a stay.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We arrived in Nelson with 1 week left in our 4 week trip on the south island. Having spent a fair amount in accommodation already - we were looking for a reasonable place to stay and found Bug backpackers.

Quite frankly: the place is massively underrated! The rooms are clean, spacious and nicely appointed. The shared facilities are well maintained and generous. There are also shared spices if you fancy cooking up a storm. All of this combined with the friendly and nice folks running this place - we stayed on for an extra night immediately.

Stay here during your trip in Nelson.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

The place was quite central and opposite a park. Very clean and kitchen was well equipped. We were in the cottage next door to the central house. Owner served freshly baked bread at breakfast and was very helpful. Only problem we encountered was the cold show in the cottage - not a problem though as I used one of the bathrooms in the main house and had an excellent, hot shower in a very spacious, clean bathroom. Owner provided a heater for our room as it was a bit chilly.

Room Tip: Cottage was very quiet and only seconds away from the main house. Good for a couple
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

The kitchen is small though but it is just like 5 stars'. It does have completed set of baking, pan and so on tools! It is clean always! My fav on the hostel! Though the living room, dining area are small but it is cosy! The rooms and toilers are clean! For sure you wanted to stay it in future if you are going to belong again! 20min walk to town

Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Stayed here over Christmas 2013. This was the first place we stayed in New Zealand after travelling from UK. We had a double room for the first night to recover, then we stayed in a mixed dorm. Everyone was very friendly and there was a BBQ on Christmas Day, which was such a good way to spend the evening after a walk in Abel Tasman. Freshly baked bread in the morning, clean rooms and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Bug Backpackers

Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 44 Speciality Lodging in Nelson
Price Range: £13 - £46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bug Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bug Backpacker is a small, friendly hostel with a welcoming atmosphere. The hostel offers FREE wifi, bikes,lockers in large dorm bedrooms, local pick up/drop off from the bus station and on-site parking. Rooms are clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. Beds are fully made. The Bug has two large, well-equipped kitchens with fresh herbs where you can cook your meals and store your food. The hostel is spread over three houses with a large connecting garden for you to relax. It offers hammocks, foosball and a BBQ. ... more   less 
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