Around-the-World Backpackers


Around-the-World Backpackers

314 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch 8011
Bus orange, yellow (stop: Gloucester Street near Barbadoes Street)
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(03) 365 4363
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WARNING TO ALL: Terrible. Never go here.
19 December 2008
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Dirty, unfriendly, horrible atmosphere.
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Can't say there were any pros.
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I fully agree with the previous review. It definately does not deliver what the brochure and website describes. I have read past reviews which seem to paint it as a nice, friendly place. However from the moment I walked in the door I could sense how awful this place was. We got grumbled at on signing in. We then were kept up all night by the large number of pernament stayers. Their language was terrible and they had no respect for anyone. The rooms, kitchen and bathroom were filthy and never cleaned. Just a warning, never go here.

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I want to warn others about this hostel so that no-one has to go through what I did.
5 February 2008
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There is a large group of long-term residents who stay up late every night making noise and mess etc
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It has basic facilities, eg. equipped kitchen, TV lounge, internet terminal, toilets & showers.
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I have just finished travelling around New Zealand for 6 weeks. During that time, I have stayed in around 20 different hostels, and Around-the-World Backpackers is by far the worst hostel I have stayed in. The major reason that I say this is that there is quite a large contingent of long-term residents at the hostel who stay up till all hours of the night, with the music pumping and the loud foul-mouthed conversations and raucous laughter continuing well into the wee hours of the morning. Management does nothing to try and fix the situation. Then in the morning, the kitchen is always left in a filthy mess from the night before. Staff are forced to spend all day cleaning it up. Unfortunately the staff do not seem to expend any effort cleaning the rest of the hostel however - the floors of the lounge rooms and bedrooms were a mess, even when I arrived. The atmosphere of the hostel is quite unsettling. The staff are cheery enough, but those staying in the hostel seem to only care about maintaining a state of drunkenness and being loud. This hostel is billed as 'the best-value backpackers in Christchurch.' While the prices are very cheap, I would strongly advise others to pay a few extra dollars to stay in some other hostel; it would be well worth it.

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Anonymous
Brilliant Hostel!!
4 September 2005
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Excellent atmosphere. Very friendly staff. It is clean, beds are comfy. Four person rooms good size. Not a factory backpacker. Hot pool is good and clean.

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Anonymous
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13 August 2005
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Stayed here for one night because of Free Internet which I did not get to use because it was constantly used by others. The free spa pool looked a bit dogy so didn't make use of that either. As for the rest of the hostel - very average though staff was really nice.

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Jan Belcher
Clean, Friendly, Homely, Cosy, Modern
8 October 2002
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I found the hospitality to be excellent and it was good to stay in a friendly hostel, where everything was clean. Nice modern warm building.

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