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Blue Pub Methven
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

The Blue Pub is hard to miss when passing through the small village of Methven. In winter, the place is packed with sun-tanned skiers and baggy snowboarders, combined with a few locals. Having a beer here is a good cooldown after you shred nearby Mount Hutt. Situated above the Blue Pub, the owner has decided to extend his business by including hostel styled accommodation. However, a great pub does not automatically make for great lodging.

Noting the right things first, the place is smack in the middle of Methven –right above the Blue Pub. The accommodation consists of several types of rooms, with generally fair pricing. The place has shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, which are clean and well equipped. A good-sized balcony on the front side of the building allows for good relaxing.

However, there are several flaws to the combination of the Pub and the Hostel. First of all, the organization of the place is rather awkward. The check-in is at the bar and seems quite sloppy. The entrance of the accommodation is through the back, next to the kitchen and refrigeration containers. The doors are not secure, so basically anyone can walk in. Furthermore, apart from the fact that ALL the rooms are very noisy due to the pub below, especially the rear facing rooms should be avoided at all cost. The refrigeration and air-conditioning units will keep the least sensitive sleepers awake. Finally the Wi-Fi in the Blue Pub accommodation is horrible – apparently the place is unable to supply larger than 20Mb (!!) vouchers. Basically, you’re stuck with reconnecting every 5 minutes.

In sum, a great pub below – but a place to avoid if you are looking for a good night rest. There are ample alternatives available in Methven. So go for a beer and a burger, but don't stay overnight.

Room Tip: Avoid the rear-facing rooms at all cost. The front may be noisy due to visitors wandering the street, but at least you avoid the noise of the refrigerator- and air-conditioning units.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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2  Thank JKaz87
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Ate here once during our stay, good menu and reasonable prices. Meals were slow to arrive but were quite good. Midweek meal so maybe not many staff on for quick service? Small dining room but we had no trouble finding a table.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
Thank KM1000
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

To put it simply, the Blue Pub is exactly what I've come to expect from everything in Methven, it's friendly, accommodating (pardon the pun), and it wears its heart on its sleeve.

The rooms are basic, yes, but they are clean, warm, and comfortable. No the showers aren't in the rooms, but the water is hot and abundant.

If you're after a quiet night every night, avoid staying here on Thursday & Friday nights, but otherwise the noise from the pub downstairs is pretty much unnoticeable.

Oh and the view of the sunset over the mountains from the balcony is beautiful.

I will happily stay here again.

Room Tip: Avoid room 7. The beds are a bit spongy.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank CreativeAnarchy
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

... arriving on dark not hard to find as it is all lit up with blue lights... warm atmosphere and plenty of parking ... a sight for wary eyes and the aroma of the smells draws u inside...the staff are welcoming and the meals are well presented and reasonable priced ... the patrons are very friendly and you are sure to have a enjoyable night .... (you never no who could be there) ... a fellow traveller is adamant she saw Bruce Springsteen... a must do for families and singles...

Room Tip: I didn't stay just enjoyed the amazing food and nightlife....
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Tracy M
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

We ate here and our daughter was a coeliac, we were well catered for and it was very good food for amazing prices..

For families with kids this is the place to go, especially if you have food requirements...

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Thank J9va
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