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Chez la Mer Backpackers
Ranked #12 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
New York City, New York
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“What more can a person ask for”
Reviewed 26 January 2012

The place is just perfect. The rooms are clean, the kitchen is well equipped, and the garden is charming. All in all a wonderful stay in a wonderful place.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

We stayed for two nights in a double ensuite room which had a double and a single bed. The bed was comfortable and the room quiet as it’s away from the main seating areas. There are two kitchens that can get busy with a nice patio garden to eat in.

There’s free tea, coffee and WiFi. Its on the main street (you can’t miss it its bright pink!) but there’s no noise from the road. Its our second visit and was as comfortable and pleasant as our first.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2011

This cute (pink!) hostel with a fabulous garden is..

centrally located
small and cosy
lots of room options (including dorms, doubles, twins and a triple... think there might be a family room option as well)
cash only
Owners have a sailboat (yay!) to take people out on trips during the day, not sure about current pricing but guests get discount!
Plus, it might be the only hostel in New Zealand with free wifi and filter coffee.

Akaroa itself is a lovely little village as well, definitely worth spending more than one night if you can.

Room Tip: Queen ensuite! Dorms are good, too.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Edmonton
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

Great people, atmosphere, and town. Akaroa is an incredible little town with a ton of character and even better scenery. We ended up staying in Chez La Mer for 3 nights in a cozy dorm. Met a ton of awesome people and had a lot of amazing food in town. Definitely add this town to your NZ itinerary, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

Accommodation in this tourist town is quite expensive, yet we enjoyed out stay at Chez la Mer, always appreciate the little extras like free wifi, mountain bikes etc. We got a lovely en-suite, beautifully decorated room. Road noise was a bit bothersome but all in all a great stay. Note: They accept cash only.

Room Tip: Ask for Queen room with en-suite.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2011

stayed here last weekend. The location and appearance were ideal, just what we were looking for. Staff very friendly and helpful. Kitchen facilities (2) were well stocked and clean. We had a lovely room with comfortable bed. Outside garden had many nooks to sit and relax even a fish pond and hammock. The best thing was that we could make use of the garden after check out time. We will be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in front room which allowed us to view the street below but the back rooms look out onto...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ireland
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Stayed here for two nights in October. Had a private en-suite double room to the front of the hostel, it was clean and cosy. The pressure in the shower was pretty poor but didn't bother us too much. Kitchen facilities are good and nice garden to sit in. Borrowed bikes and fishing rods also. Really recommend akaroa as a place to visit, the long winding road is worth it!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chez la Mer Backpackers

Property: Chez la Mer Backpackers
Address: 50 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the beauty of the Banks Peninsula while staying in the heart of historic Akaroa. Enjoy free gourmet brewed coffee and tea. Relax in the tranquil garden, take one of the many area walks and kayak (or swim) with hector dolphins. Free mountain bikes and fishing rods. Heated rooms and fully made up beds. Owners offer special discounts to guests on their dolphin/wildlife sailing cruise aboard the Fox II. ... more   less 

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