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“what a great hidden treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lion's Den

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Lion's Den
Norfolk, UK
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1 review
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“what a great hidden treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2010

I have just done a whistle stop tour around the Coromandel Peninsular and found this fabulous little retreat hidden away at the end of a quiet street in Coromandel town. THE BEST BACKPACKER HOSTEL for miles. For cat lovers there is the most beautiful resident ginger manx cat.
http://www.lionsdenhostel.co.nz/

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled solo
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2010

This place has got loads of character. The rooms aren’t the best feature, as they are very cheaply fitted out and not exactly secure. Never bothered us though and is more than made up for by the lovely garden, with BBQs and picnic tables, and friendly hosts. The shared facilities are excellent, with decent bathrooms and kitchen, and you can’t argue at the price! The location is great too, although its further than you think from the town centre – a good 15 minute walk.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2010

We nearly ended up in the commercial hell of the local holiday park but then turned a random corner & were lucky enough to find this little home away from home.
Cute courtyard with fairly lights & a grapevine growing over it, resident cat & dog to pet, overflowing herb garden, lemon trees, free bbq's, big chunky wooden furniture, nice large shared living area, fireplace, funky african prints & african theme, a teepee to stay in, the showers are hot & have good pressure.
We stayed in a tent so can't comment on the rooms but it was nice that the proprietress offered us the free use of mattresses to sleep on in the tent & they were very comfortable.
This place is well set up. It is small & like a little hidden gem away from the main roads.
It is not pristine in it's cleanliness but for a few dust bunnies I would certainly not pass up the chance to stay here.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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new zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2010

We stayed at Lion's Den and found the cleanliness lacking in areas - the cobwebs on the windows and above lights had not seen cleaned in a LONG time, although other parts were fine. Also, would NOT recommend for women on their own as not many locks on bedroom doors and owner, although very friendly, did not see any issue with this. In fact the door did not lock on the shower and a man walked in. The lock worked and the door shut fine, but the door could still be opened as issue with the grove in the door, and when pointed out the owner said you just had to put your hands on the inside of the door and push (that was the answer rather than a cheap bolt or a notice on the door)! Also showers and toilets were together so a number of people could not get to the toilet at rush times as the showers constantly used. In all my travelling I've never seen toilet and shower in same room in a busy backpackers. The owner was friendly and the place quite unusual, but needs thought on the basics - security and extra cleanliness.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Colorado, USA
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2009

We enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it. Nothing fancy, a bit quirky, but we found it quiet, clean, and the beds were comfortable. Ok, so there were no locks on the doors, but it has a fun vibe and the courtyard is delightful. The kitchen / lounging area was much better than most. Paid internet available. Free parking. Good showers. Very friendly staff.

Coromandel is wonderfully relaxing. While it is not located on the beach (no real beach in Coromandel) there were several lovely beaches just a short drive away that you'll have all to yourself. Worth a visit. All in all, a good value.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2009

What an amazing place! This backpackers in Coromandel Town in NZ is basic (it is a backpackers) and a bit short of amenities but the guidebooks are right that it is like a flashback from the 60s. In spite of all the great reviews it is still very unpretentious, cheap and fun. There are no locks and one of the bedrooms is a teepee in the garden. Stay there if you can!

Stayed January 2009
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2007

I visited this wonderful place in August 2007, just turned up at the front door!!! It's animal theme is all part of it's charm....delightful fairy lights through the trees in the small yard separate the main house from the visitor's accommodation. I believe you can get breakfast there as well, although I was up and out too early! Lovely friendly Lounge come dining room come kitchen makes it a very sociable place to meet new people. This was my favourite place to stay in NZ!

  • Liked — Friendly Atmosphere, Charming decor
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled solo
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Property: Lion's Den
Address: 126 Te Tiki Street, Coromandel 3506, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Coromandel Peninsula > Coromandel
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Ranked #12 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Coromandel
Number of rooms: 5

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