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The Villa Backpackers Lodge
Reviewed 1 January 2013

Stayed for one night, but even then it was apparent that this was a lovely, friendly hostel - you only had to sit down in the communal areas before someone struck up a conversation, and the reception staff were some of the most welcoming I encountered in New Zealand.

Rooms were clean and comfortable, and the free apple pie and hot water bottles were an especially welcome bonus!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 December 2012

Seen the good reviews, but I found the room I had a little run down and the walls paper thin.
Really friendly welcome, but not offered any apple pie ! Missed out there!
Was not shown around, just pointed where everything was on a map, s o did not know about the. Treehouse etc.
Stayed in a different hostel the first night and found it better arranged and fresher than The Villa but realise that everyone has different expectations and requirements when travelling. Several rave reviews suggest this is better for a longer stay, ratherj than my one night.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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VillaPicton, Owner at The Villa Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2012

Summer is always the time the pressure is on. Everyone does have different expectations and levels of need. Often the comment comes from our guests when we show them around they say they would rather 'discover' all for themselves, after all, we are not that big and on a level site. Our reception is manned from 8am until 10pm and there are maps of the hostel facilities in prominent locals.

We regard The Villa as a little like your favourite pair of Slippers, very comfortable, but as it is a genuine 110 years old, some worn patches show up from time to time. The walls are well insulated but it is a wooden house, like most in NZ.

Our 'world famous' apple crumble and icecream is advertised as Winter only, we extend it as long as our apple supply holds out...this year we managed to keep it going until Dec 10th ....disappointing that the reviewer missed out but many others were very happy.

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Reviewed 21 December 2012

We stayed in an 8 bed dorm for one night before getting the ferry. It's a perfect location for the ferry but we didn't get the best nights sleep. The dorm had a sliding door which was very loud so you woke up every time it was opened. room was small for 8 people and there weren't enough bathrooms. Kitchen was ok, lounge area was good. We did get free apple crumble when we arrived which was yummy! The staff were lovely too. Just needs a bit of updating.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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VillaPicton, Owner at The Villa Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2012

The joys of the cheapest dorm....the big dorms are the price leaders for a reason, the positive is more opportunities to meet new friends, the downside is more people coming and going.
The Summer is when every potential weakness is exposed, the hostel is busy and it is much harder to maintain the 'peace and quiet' that exists in the off season.
Glad you liked the great service from the Staff and Apple Crumble and Ice cream.

Rob
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Reviewed 16 December 2012

Lovely clean hostel with friendly staff that show you around, well stocked kitchen and nice gardens with lots of cool little hiding places to read, even a treehouse! Lots of blankets and plugs in the rooms too!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 December 2012 via mobile

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- nice service at checkin
- great garden
- Cosy house, makes you feel right at home

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- the bed was like a waterbed without water with springs pushing in your back
- showers were tiny
- walls are made of paper

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

stayed here three days and absolutely loved everything about it!!! fantastic,friendly, helpful staff, they do everything for u and even moreeeeeee!:) d girl at d reception even lent me her backpack for my queen charlotte track!!! absolutly awesome!!! and they serve an amazing apple crumble with two choices of ice cream every day!!!! the whole place feels like home, great atmosphere, beautiful place and d wonderful staff that makes it all worthwile!!! ou and there is a lovely garden with a cool hot tube and hammock on the terrace!!! if u ever go to Picton u just have to stay hereeeeee!!!!!!! best hostel in NZ!!! Diane from Hungary:)

Room Tip: all d rooms r absolutely awesome with loads of space and light and sunshineeeeeeeee
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

This place is fantastic- the free apple crumble is awesome, it's a lovely chilled out place to stay- highly recommended! The staff were very helpful and friendly when I booked the Queen Charlotte track- there very knowledgeable about all activities in the area. It's a great place to spend a few extra days if you have the time.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about The Villa Backpackers Lodge

Address: 34 Auckland Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Picton
Price Range: £14 - £46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Villa Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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