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The Prince Albert Backpackers
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Favourite hostel in NZ”
Reviewed 24 March 2013

Pros:
- Really enthusiastic and friendly greeting after a long drive. Fully shown around and everything explained.
- Free Internet. Only backpackers I went to with free internet. No annoying codes to buy and use.
- Free toast and waffles breakfast with instant coffee, tea, sugar and milk available. Waffles were fun (syrup as opposed to jam would make more sense to me though - but free, so no real complaints!). I think having a breakfast for everyone also creates a nice atmosphere where people can get to know each other.
- pub on-site with meal offers and discount for guests. Experienced no noise issues from pub.
- group activities for people to join in and suggested activities for the day.
- shower good and powerful
- nice outside communal area with hammocks and tables with umbrellas and inside communal area.
- lots of car parking space

Cons:
- about a 10 minute walk into the town
- bunk bed I had was a bit rickety (though not uncomfortable)
- not many easily accessible power points in the room.
- kitchen area quite small

  • Stayed March 2013
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

Really helpful & friendly staff - especially when we arrived after the whole place had closed for the night thanks to our delayed flight! Comfortable, good sized & clean rooms (stayed in an ensuite double), no bother from the pub in terms of late night noise disturbing sleep, even on St Paddy's day which was well celebrated, and tasty breakfast every morning. Cheers guys!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2013

Superb little hostel in a quiet but convenient location in Nelson. Nice touch with the free breakfast waffles and $10 meals at the bar. Communal areas are spacious and inviting and ample kitchen facilities for all to enjoy. Free internet also. The young couple who run Prince Albert obviously have a passion for the place and it shows. Rooms are a bit basic but overall a fabulous find and I wouldn't hesitate to return

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Arrived in Nelson sick of backpacking around and booked into the Prince Albert. It happened to be St Patrick's day! What a fantastic backpackers! Great people going above and beyond to offer an outstanding service to their customers. Rooms were spacious, modern and clean, staff SO friendly and nothing was too much to ask even when run off their feet. Loved the St Pats celebrations, clocks in the staircase and to have a breakfast of fresh made waffles was above and beyond but much appreciated!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Frankfurt, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
111 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2013

Maybe the best hostel I've been to. Not so many rooms, but lots of space to relax and hangout, a garden, hammocks, big TV room, a computer with free internet use, free wifi, free breakfast... And the best is the owner guy, super friendly and eager to help organize activities without being pushy. The only downside was the room itself: directly above the restaurant garden and the window did not shut properly, so quite loud. Overall, great for a hostel.

Room Tip: the room above the restaurant is noisy.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 20 February 2013

The place was very clean and the free breakfast with free waffles was so good!!!
Really well situated close to the central city.
We enjoyed a long walk beside the river which it's 5 min walking from the backpackers.
The next day we used the free bike ( beautiful ones, actually!) to explore the beach!
The new owners are just great, we can feel they are in love with the place.
It's impossible not to love the place to!
Thank you: we are coming back ASAP!!!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2013

Couldn't really fault this place. Staff were all so friendly. Free breakfast and wifi drink and meal deals in the pub for guests. $10 meals were the good meals from the menu not a cheaper alternative used for the deals from we had. Free breakfast including waffles dishes washed for guests. Pub downstairs was lovely, clean and new looking and not at all unwelcoming. We stayed in a double ensuite so lovely and clean. Big enough with a powerful shower. Wished we could have stayed more than a night. Such a great sleep and comfy double bed. Thank you for having us and we highly recommend you guys!

Room Tip: Get a double ensuite great value
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Prince Albert Backpackers
Address: 113 Nile Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Prince Albert Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Prince Albert Backpackers & Bar is centrally located in Nelson City. Our Heritage class building is located only minutes away from everything Nelson has to offer including mountain biking, hiking, natural swimming pools, arts and crafts and the famous Saturday Markets. The Prince Albert Backpackers and hostel provides today's travellers with the very best in modern facilities and accommodation including free unlimited WiFi and a free daily breakfast, while the locals bar and restaurant allows friendly interaction between the Nelsonites and the backpacker traveller.We have a range of rooms from 6 bed dorms, 4 bed share rooms, twins, and doubles. All of our rooms have en-suite facilities along with laundered and pressed linens and duvets. The backpackers uses a secure electronic keycard access system. Our guests also enjoy the exclusive use of a private sunny courtyard, private lounge, private kitchen and laundry facilities.Other facilities that you will find here at The Prince Albert Backpackers include a games room with Fussball, Darts, Ping Pong & Air Hockey, cruiser style bikes free of charge to explore Nelson and for the more adventurous individual we have quality mountain bikes for hire at the cheapest rate in town. With our free luggage storage you can also make The Prince Albert Backpackers your base-camp hostel to explore the 3 national parks within 1 1/2 hours from Nelson including the beautiful Abel Tasman and the alpine National Lakes.Factor in the discounts you will receive around town with our branded Prince Albert Backpackers wristband and we truly believe that once you have stayed with us you will seriously consider staying just that little bit longer... ... more   less 
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