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Rotorua Downtown Backpackers Reviews

1193 Fenton St, Rotorua, New Zealand

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133 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 88%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

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The hostel is pretty small, one big TV is available. Wifi barely works. Nice backyard. The kitchen is too small, there's not enough material to cook, or in a really bad shape. No real atmosphere, people living at the hostel don't really make you feel comfortable. Also, I had blood stains on my sheets, the mattresses are really uncomfortable (REALLY TOO HARD). Not worth the price.


Not enough sitting couches/areas for the number of people staying there.


Rien à dire, c'était parfait! Nothing to say, just perfect! Clean, safe, nice people, lovely place! Thanks'

  • 5th Feb 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Awesome Stay! Location Perfect! Right next to the Intercity Bus terminal and Adventure travel Agencies. A wonderful place to rest up, in rooms with clean sheets, pillow cases and duvet. Cooking and food storage facilities clean and tidy. Everyone, greeted by friendly Staff. I loved my Stay! Thank you very much for being here for all BackPackers of the World.

  • 3rd Feb 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Really enjoyed our stay here, particularly due to the staff- they were extremely friendly and helpful, learning everyone's names and taking an interest in our plans. The dorm was spacious and clean, there were enough bathrooms (which were clean) for no queues and the common area and kitchen was good. Great location and value for money. Would recommend!

  • 26th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Only good thing about this hostel is the location. This hostel was dirty, the wifi was terrible and the kitchen was in poor condition. It may be that I am picky with cleanliness but it seemed they just sort of threw a bucket of water and mopped around a bit on the bathroom floors. The kitchen tools are old. The bed is literally the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in. The location was ideal but as there are about 4 other hostels within site, I wouldn't recommend this one.


Great place to stay, the staff is extremely nice and helpful and the dorms are very clean


Very social hostel, i loved it, staff is super friendly and cares about guests, kitchen has all tools, FREE WIFI, nice rooms, nice bathrooms. One of the best hostels I stayed.


Great backpackers and right next to the i-site and the cbd so absolutely perfect. Bit of competition for the kitchen and the beds left bruises are the downsides.


The atmosphere was great, and very clean, nice staff and nice toilets. But the beds were very hard, my back hurt, and the pillows were also bad, to small a kitchen, fridge and almost no dining area for so many people. Very fast and free wi-fi, and good with the fan in the rooms. Close to tourist things, i-site and town. Please get a can-opener and lower the price on laundry.


Good central location just beside the bus stop. Helpful staff. Generally clean. Good value hostel.


Party hostel


The staff here is SO lovely and very helpful. The common area is small but cozy and there always seemed to be a movie playing. It's a good location, mid way between the lake and town center. Probably my only complaint would be that the beds were really uncomfortable, the kind where you can feel the springs, but all else considered I had a good time at this hostel!


Small but clean and nice, love that it's right next to the bus station. The back patio is great at any time of day and the free WiFi is a huge bonus even though it goes out occasionally but some rooms reach the free Spark WiFi from the bus station. Bathrooms were always clean and there were no Marjory offensive odors like I've had in others. Generally people were nice but not super outgoing or partiers from what I could tell in my 4 nights there. Very chill, free coffee is also big bonus.

  • 24th Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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