We stayed in the double room without ensuite. The owners were very friendly and helpful, and the room was small and basic but clean. The kitchen and dining space were OK; it was difficult to find any room in the fridge, but the pantry storage was spacious. Only three showers/toilets meant sometimes there was a wait. There were a couple of cockroaches around (I saw a dismembered one in the lounge, and a very live one in the bathroom.) The communal and outdoor areas were well laid out. There is no laundry or drying room, but a laundromat around the corner. The location was excellent with shops and the beach almost on the doorstep.
For the price we felt it was quite adequate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Home away from home, The most centrally located backpackers hostel in Whitianga. We are 2 minutes walk from beach,shops, cafes,bars,restaurants and the tourist information I-Site. Take the ferry to Cook's Beach and you can also reach Hotwater Beach and Cathedral Cove by bicycle,Shuttle during the Summer or hitch-hike. As there is so much to see and do, we suggest to plan to stay for more than one night, so you can experience all the area has to offer. Includes fully-equipped kitchen (tea/coffee, herbs & spices), Outdoor Courtyard, Satellite TV, WIFI, BBQ's. Bus stop out front and off street parking available. A warm welcome awaits you from the Manager Wendy, however, the cat no longer lives here!!! ... more less