We stayed at Happy Apple for a few days when working the orchards this summer. The hostel itself is great - very clean, great rooms, great kitchen! The outside space is absolutely fantastic too with a common area, plenty of garden tables, ball games and a spa. Add to that a great music and DVD collection!
The staff, on the other hand, were not so exceptional. Despite being perfectly welcoming and polite on arrival, their demeanor throughout the rest of our stay left a lot to be desired. We found Bill very pleasant, but when asking Janet for directions to the library we were very abruptly told to walk to town and find it ourselves. Following this, when we asked for a number for a local bus we were given the local phone directly and again told to find it ourselves or "Google" it (funny considering the internet had been knocked out by a storm and the owners were perfectly aware of this).
With a "no noise, no alcohol after 10pm" rule - it seems the owners perhaps wanted to buy a holiday park but got a backpackers instead, and don't understand the culture of backpackers. We work hard picking fruit in the day and want to relax and enjoy ourselves in the evening...not be told that it's past our bed time.
Great hostel but the staff could do with lightening up a little.
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