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Reviews of Albatross Backpacker Inn

Hostel | 1 Torquay Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand 7300

90.9% Overall Rating

149 out of 168 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (22/02/2014)

"Friendliness and comfortable atmosphere. Includes everyone in free BBQ. Fun to hang out around lounge and hear conversations and singing."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Bicycle hire
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

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90.9%

Overall Rating

149 out of 168 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Albatross Backpacker Inn'

Atmosphere
92.8%
Location
93.6%
Facilities
87.2%
Cleanliness
88.0%
Staff
96.8%
Value
88.8%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

12 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good vibes, friendly people, great location

Disliked: Room smelled like old cigarettes - probably too lax with non-smoking rules (if there are any)

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

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

04 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This was a really cute and communal place. We only stayed one night but would have loved to stay more there and take advantage of the art and baking supplies!

Disliked: I don't really have anything to add here. Maybe that the showers were a bit hot-then-cold-then-hot-again.

97.1%
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christin uberg

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 January 2012 christin would recommend this property

Liked: the atmosphere in there

Disliked: nothing

82.9%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

28 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the atmosphere and character

Disliked: the clicishness of the long term patrons

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chams sbouai

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

06 December 2011 chams would recommend this property

Liked: Really extra supa perfect

Disliked: Nothing

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Diane Ainsworth

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday

19 November 2011 Diane would recommend this property

Liked: We booked a private bedroom and it had its own kitchen and bathroom which was large roomy clean and well equipped. We had very good towels supplied too and the staff were great. They even baked us soom beautiful cinamon buns hot from the oven. Better being located on the edge of the town because it could be noisy in summer. The trip to see the whales and dolphins was fantastic.

Disliked: Nothing to dislike

91.4%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice chilled vibe. extremely hospitable staff and owners, good tips, good "green" approach, free fair trade Hot choc, cofee etc....Very good place to either hang out or explore Kaikoura from, one of my prefered hostels in NZ.

Disliked: Nothing. was a treat...

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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

22 October 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly and helpful staff/operators, location

Disliked: Noisy guests (though this is not the fault of the hostel)

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louisa stewart

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

30 September 2011 louisa would recommend this property

Liked: a great feel good place to stay with a very eco friendly and relaxed vibe - lots of little touches to make it feel special!

Disliked: nothing

94.3%
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Mette Batsberg Nielsen

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

26 August 2011

Liked: Awesome hostel! eco friendly and very chilled

Disliked: nothing..

91.4%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

14 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This place is so cozy and owners have put extensive amount of effort on all small things, like shared facilities I recommend seeing it, really nice place.

Disliked: There could be more parking space and signs to locate the rooms. Corridors were chilly in June.

94.3%
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Leonora Marshall

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

04 May 2011 Leonora would recommend this property

Liked: Theres no TV, which was nice for a change! Instead there was lots of books and games on offer which gave the common areas a really homey feel. There's also free fair trade tea coffee and hot chocolate, and baking materials for anyone who is craving home made cakes! On the night we were there, it was curry night. For $2 you could get home made curry and home made naan bread. Very very yummy and $2 for all you can eat curry is pretty good too!

Disliked: Our dorm was in a different building to the showers/toilets which was a bit of a pain, but most rooms are in the main building.

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

24 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: A great change from the chains here in NZ. Lovely hostel, good kitchen facilities, friendly staff, good social area. Would love to return. No wonder it is so highly rated on a consistent basis.

Disliked: Nothing.

60.0%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

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

19 April 2011

Liked: Not much.

Disliked: The emphasis at this place seemed only to be on socialising in the common area rather than providing decent rooms with facilities located nearby. For example, there was one sink in the corridor for everyone to brush their teeth, wash their hands etc. and the showers were nowhere near the rooms, which meant having to walk through a room with about 30 people in it in your towel afterwards. It did not feel homely in the least and the rooms themselves were so basic that there wasn't even a small bin provided and the lighting was very dim, making the whole place look quite drab. Apart from this, the decor was mismatched and the style of the hostel was generally hippy and a bit on the shabby side. In all honesty, I couldn't wait to leave even after one short night!

97.1%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

17 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great little place... great common areas, very welcoming! and close to dolphin encounter!

Disliked: 10minute walk into town.. but why go anyways?

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture

15 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This was our favorite hostel so far in New Zealand! The owners are very welcoming and friendly. It has a great atmosphere and they even offer free food nights once in a while!

Disliked: Nothing, we had an excellent experience!

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Gillian Hurn

With my spouse / partner

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

18 March 2011 Gillian would recommend this property

Liked: One of the nicest hostels we've stayed at in New Zealand. Very cosy and clean. The room was really nice and bright and the common area was really nice to welcoming. Katie was very welcoming and helpful.

Disliked: The internet was very expensive.

82.9%
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ZOI MYLONA

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

19 February 2011 ZOI would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly, helpful staff, nice double-bed room, very good location and good facilities.

Disliked: Nothing in particular. It's just a bit old and it doesn't look that clean despite the constant care of the owners.

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Customer review

Alone

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

15 February 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Everything. You really have a feeling of home there. The two owners are so friendly and nice and you feel very welcomed. My next stay in Kaikoura is definitiv again in this hostel

Disliked: nothing

77.1%
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Mario Dal Ponte

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 February 2011 Mario would recommend this property

Liked: the porch in front of the 2nd building and the garden

Disliked: no lockers and the internet was expensive

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

24 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice house

Disliked: NO FREE WIFI!!!!!!!

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Maraya Kennedy

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

11 January 2011 Maraya would recommend this property

Liked: What a great time we had. They were so helpful and social. Would love to return.

Disliked: The showers were kind of far from our room.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

04 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: beautiful heritage house, stunningly renovated & decorated. our favourite accommodation of 3 weeks in NZ. Views to the ocean from the kitchen, dining area and lounge. Extremely helpful and friendly staff.

Disliked: private rooms with ensuite recommended as there probably aren't quite enough toilets / showers for all the rooms without ensuite. but truly, it is not a big deal. A bit of a hike to the centre - most ppl have a car who stay here. Only a 2-3 minute drive to the centre (Trafalgar St) from the hostel.

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

28 December 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: great atmosphere

Disliked: none

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

27 December 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Really friendly and helpful staff. Great atmosphere Free tea/coffee/hot chocolate Beautiful buildings

Disliked: Nothing to dislike about this place!