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Reviews of Ponsonby Backpackers

Hostel | 2 Franklin Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand 1011

92.3% Overall Rating

169 out of 173 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (21/08/2014)

"Extremely friendly staff, and probably one of the cleanest hostels I have stayed in. Very good location, small and cosy rooms and nice people :-)"

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Bicycle hire

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

Please notify us via email before your stay if you will be arriving before 8am or after 9pm as this may be outside reception hours, this will not affect your booking however we will need to leave you room instructions.

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92.3%

Overall Rating

169 out of 173 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Ponsonby Backpackers'

Atmosphere
95.2%
Location
93.6%
Facilities
85.6%
Cleanliness
92.0%
Staff
96.8%
Value
90.4%
Safety
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

09 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice location, helpful staff and good kitchen facilities.

Disliked: Bathrooms weren't very clean, loud at night.

The property's response is...

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

08 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very clean nice room plenty of washrooms staff very helpful and friendly

Disliked: Nothing

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

29 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very good location, nice athmosphere. Good cooking facilities

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Paul Bains

Alone

City break

16 October 2012 Paul would recommend this property

Liked: A nice place to stay, quiet but in no way dull. Staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms clean. The building and location were well placed and transport links into the CBD were good. A nice location

Disliked: Nothing

88.6%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Felt safe and homely, and had lots of socialising space,to meet and talk to other residents.

Disliked: bathroom is tiny - though is fully functional with hot showers!

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

07 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everything, especially the staff.

Disliked: Shared Bathroom facilities a little cramped.

The property's response is...

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

07 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good price and very helpful staff and also very clean

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Thomas Southern

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Work / volunteering

20 September 2012 Thomas would recommend this property

Liked: Everything! Staff, atmosphere, location, facilities, you name it, i liked it!

Disliked: Nothing. Every aspect of this place was great! Felt more like a home than a hostel!

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

City break

13 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location, facilities, friendly and helpful staff,

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

10 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: bedroom

Disliked: kitchen

77.1%
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Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

03 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The friendly and helpful staff.

Disliked: The noisy Australian guest chatting at full volume in the middle of the night - not the hostel's fault.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Troy Keith

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

27 August 2012 Troy would recommend this property

Liked: For a city hostel its not too big and located in the trendy suburb of Ponsonby only a 20min walk to downtown auckland.

Disliked: Troy left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Jason Komutrattananon

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

26 August 2012 Jason would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly nature of the travelers there. I should have booked to stay longer.

Disliked: Jason left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

02 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Opportunity to meet people, communal kitchen, big living room, proximity to markets, shops, buses, and downtown Auckland. Yet, a relatively quiet location.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

18 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The conditions of the rooms and common areas are awesome, everything clean and new. It's located in a very good area.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

10 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: `classic new zealand building lot of charm.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great facilities, friendly staff, cozy, easy access to city center

Disliked: Crowd was a little older, not so interested in socializing

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

18 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's not in downtown Auckland but I preferred it that way. Being in a nearby suburb made it cheaper and the surrounding neighbourhood had more character to it. There were lockers with their own locks in the rooms. The kitchen is fully equipped and everyone is respectful of everyone else's food. There is a TV room for those who want to chill and the outside backyard for those who want to socialize a bit more. Many people at the hostel are there while they look for a more permanent place to live but others like myself were only there for a few days: that being said, everyone was inclusive when going out but you didn't feel like you had to go out to have a good time.

Disliked: The showers and bathrooms were a bit cramped.

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Jessica Hyman

Alone

City break
Visiting friends or family

14 May 2012 Jessica would recommend this property

Liked: I only stayed at the hostel for a weekend but I absolutely loved it! The staff and other guest are really friendly and fun. It's like being at home!

Disliked: Women's bathrooms are tiny but manageable

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Henning Moser

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

08 May 2012 Henning would recommend this property

Liked: The owner John is one of the friendliest and courteous guys I've ever met, he really seems to put his heart and soul into what he does! I really really liked him! The house is an amazing older Auckland building and is located in a very friendly, safe and lovely area of Auckland not too far away from downtown.

Disliked: Nothing!

The property's response is...

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

11 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very homely atmosphere - plenty of really interesting people :)

Disliked: There was no free internet access

97.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Christian Reichel

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife

07 April 2012 Christian would recommend this property

Liked: It is a friendly quiet hostel with a good kitchen and vrry confortable beds. You get your sleep and the stuff make sure you habe silence. The area is near to the city centre and you need just 5 min to walk for come in. (bus is avalible too) In this hostel i found 3 gittars for playing, lots of book and a big tv. The atmopaere was gread and the stuff help you friendly with all your problems and questions.

Disliked: The internet was slow and expensive.

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

06 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Super friendly welcome upon arrival (by Holly) and a clean and tidy hostel (with a great back garden) in a nice part of town. Only minor gripe was that the kitchen was a little small, so got very cramped quickly.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

31 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Ponsonby Backpackers is situated in a great area, 1 mins walk to the main street where there are lots of cafes, restaurants, shopping etc. On arrival and throughout my stay I was made to feel very welcome, a home away from home. Everyone who worked at the backpackers was extremely helpful and friendly. The backpackers itself was very clean and you had all the amenities that you needed.

Disliked: My only downfall about the backpackers is that the girls bathroom is very small and there is very limited space in the two shower cubicles.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Eelke ter Avest

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

25 March 2012 Eelke would recommend this property

Liked: Good atmosphere and friendly staff.

Disliked: Eelke left no negative feedback.