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217 Ponsonby road, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand

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71 Total Reviews
  • 73%Value For Money
  • 71%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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The Kitchen should be renovated and their too less equipment (no bowls for cereals etc). Dirty bathroom and carpet with much hair.

  • 15th Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good place and good location. The rooms are a bit messy as some people live in the hostel, but good atmosphere and close to everything


The front door was propped open late. The bag "storage" during the day was the bags sitting out in the open in an office the owner occasionally stepped out of. Location is MARKED WRONG on Hostelworld which meant extra travel time; however, area had a lot of good restaurants and bars. Owner wasn't in the office during office hours and took 15 minutes to track down. Didn't answer posted phone number. Cleanliness was a little lacking with carpeting over a hole in the floor (yes...). Don't recommend


Wrong location on the map!


We stayed in a twin room, which felt like i would imagine a prison cell. A white room with nothing but a sink a black metal bunk bed and a basement lamp. It would be so easy to put some color or a picture somewhere to make it at least a bit cozy. We can't judge the dorm rooms but they looked nicer. A good thing was the free unlimited wifi which is limited in other hostels in Auckland. In the kitchen where about 5 cups and and bowls so at peak times you couldn't really get one.


Free wifi is a great addition. Rooms felt a little dark and musky but overall a good stay.


I have been to plenty of dirty backpackers. This is one of them. The only good point was the very helpful and dedicated staff.


This seems like a party hostel. I had a lot of fun here, and didn't get much sleep. The little sleep I received was good, however. The atmosphere was really unique and this place is definitely worth a stay. This is one of the few hostels in Auckland with free parking (the arrangement is a bit strange, but fine). The security was less than fantastic - the front door stayed unlocked all night, as did the room I was in. It still felt safe, however. Nothing special, not much negative. Worth a stay.


Its a nice hostel with friendly staff. People were social and i had a great time. Carpets looked a bit old but overall it was good. Location is great.

  • 22nd Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Small, outdated place. Bathroom attached to room which was good. Room was cold and very untidy, my bed clothes including my pillow were damp. I slept on my airplane pillow because the pillow felt so wet. Not the best hostel experience


Normal. The bathroom was ok, just a little bit dirty, but ok. The room was bit small and old, but its ok.


A rather tired looking hostel. It needs freshening up with new carpets, grouting and paint, and it will be lovely. The rooms are equipped with sinks which is a great addition, the beds are comfy and the location couldn't be better. The outdoor area is a good place to meet other travellers and it has a relaxed vibe. Upon arrival every guest should be shown how to close a door, slowly and quietly. This would avoid the incessant slamming of doors. Earplugs are a must if you fancy a lie in!


The place is old in the wrong meaning of that word. The bathroom and toilets are very small and there are not enough for the all floor. You have to wait to go to toilets and because locks aren't working properly if someone is taking a shower, you need to wait to go to the toilets People at desk not very helping, hardly saw them. People in the hostel are not respectful of other's sleep and the walls are VERY thin. It's far from the CBD. Go to another place!!

  • 30th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Location provided on Hostel World is incorrect. Make sure to use Google to check it's true location, which is quite a hike from the centre. The hostel was a bit dirty. Rubbish was left in the room for days, bathrooms were very dusty and moldy and there were pubes on my bed when I arrived. Biggest problem is noise. There is no such thing as quiet times and staff allowed (and participated with) other guests playing really loud music and shouting all night right up to 05:00 when I checked out.


Little expensive, but everything else was great!

  • 29th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


If this hostel were a pizza it would definitively be of the "happy" variety. People from all corners of the world have gathered here to bake in the morning, drink in the afternoon, talk clichéd existential nonsense and listen to that one infected mushroom song. You'd hope for a people so open minded they might go outside and see something of the world now that they've flown 9k miles round it. Positives: location, free parking, washed linens, location and ample internet. Cons: drum circles.


Ok hostel with very friendly staff. Stayed in a dorm that had windows to the hallway so light could enter the room (and my face) during the night (provided curtains where to short). Kitchen was small but there was seating area outside that was nice.


The staff was friendly and the hostel had lots of personality and a nice community feel to it. It's much farther out from the city than the map on hostelworld would lead you to believe (check Google maps first!)


The young lady who checked me in was very polite and helpful, showing me to my room and answering all of the questions I posed to her. The room was well laid out, the bed was very comfortable and it was useful having a sink in there to as the toilet/shower room was very small with a distinct lack of space and the light switch was temperamental, probably just a lose wire that needs replacing. My only real gripe was with the WiFi which was painfully slow and I gave up on it in end.


Great stay here. Lovely staff.

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