The Villa Backpackers Lodge (YHA Picton)


The Villa Backpackers Lodge (YHA Picton)

34 Auckland Street, Picton 7220
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homely
24 August 2008
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cramped in our dorm
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vegie soup/ apple pie/ great staff really helpful / awesome company./out door fire.y
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home away from home !!!had a blast here. moulborough sounds was majic... will def stay here again. excellent family kitchen! :D

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good stay
27 August 2006
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Clean, calm
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I stayed for 2 nights in winter. They had free apple crumble with ice cream in the evening, which was quite nice. Dorm clean, TV room OK but the videos are really bad. Good kitchen with lots of utensils. Free bikes, spa. I would stay there again.

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good overall hostel in a good location
24 April 2006
Cons
small kitchen for amount of rooms
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clean, handy for everything
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Stayed here for 1 night, had a double room with TV en suite with own staircase up to room so own balcony which was cute. Nice and clean. Kitchen was a bit overcrowded could have just been bad timing though, but the bench to sit on didnt seem to be big enough for everyone. Had a spa though I didnt use it, dorms looked pretty ok. Good location not right on the main drag but near enough. Allowed to leave bag before picking it up later on which was good. Computer in hallway didnt work but cheap internet access 1 block away in main town so that didnt matter. Seemed to be more of a younger crowd than others i stayed at with a couple of magic bus girls (I asked to avoid the magic / kiwi experience types but I didnt mind 2 girls being there as I didnt bump into them!!) but that was ok, nothing too roudy. :D

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Good location and facilitiesbut that was it
6 January 2006
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Room had stains on carpet and bed covers
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Stayed in The Villa for 1 night in Dec 2005. Good location that was about it. Got a double room for NZ$57 that had a sink and a TV. Room needed to be done up, stains on carpet and the window frames were dirty, cob webs, dead bugs etc. The mattress on the bed was very worn, could put up with that but the bed covers need to be replaced, dirty and covered in other peoples hair. May have been unlucky and got the bad room. Did not use the kitchen. They had parking available outside on the road. I would not stay here again.

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Anonymous
FANTASTIC!
8 February 2005
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I stayed at the villa for a 2 night stay to enjoy the tranquility and calm of Picton. Picton has a very chilled out atmosphere and a GREAT Irish bar (not the usual theme but a lovely bar run by an Irish connected couple). The hostel, although not the cheapest, is well equiped and has a great atmosphere and helpful staff. In Picton, as a portal between North and south, you will meet travellers with stories and advice of where to go and where not to go in both Islands. Don't forget to ask the staff for advice and see the very well behaved hostel cats and dogs (who you can walk if you want). the best hostel I visited in the whole of New Zealand.

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Anonymous
Great staff - nice rooms and lots of people!
23 December 2004
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This was a great hostel with lots of character - friendly and helpfulo staff and great guests - made us feel right at home. Don't forget to pop next door to the austrian bakery for their awesome breakfast foods!

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Anonymous
Excellent facilities
23 November 2004
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A bit more pricey than other options but you do get breakfast included. You won't regret spending a few extra dollars because this place is so nice. Beautiful touches like fairy lights in the garden, hammocks and a hot tub. Fantastic front and backgarden full of flowers. Nice kitchen, relaxed atmosphere and good communal rooms. Wash basin in room too. Free pick up from ferry (although it is very near anyway!). This place soon gets booked up so definately book ahead.

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Will Bryson
how a hostel SHOULD be
23 October 2004
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I was really made to feel at home here! There's friendly, helpful staff, hot spa, lots of social areas, a DVD room, a cat, and of course, hot apple crumble and ice cream every night. Best value hostel I found in NZ. Loved it.

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Peter Ridding
A happy, clean, and comfortable hostel
13 October 2004
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A good feeling hostel with atmosphere. Both young (mostly) and old (us) will enjoy. Clean, with some nice touches to make you feel at home. Handy to everything. Friendly staff.

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Anonymous
These people got it right
5 January 2004
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This was by far and away the best place we have stayed in. Our double room was great, with a boutique B & B feel. Little touches like sprigs of lavender on the towels, a mosquito net and trad window treatments gave it a romantic feel befitting a gracious old villa of this type. Our own small television, writing desk and wash basin made it feel even more special. So nice in fact that we forgot we were in backpackers accommodation surrounded by people making noodle dinners!!!

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Anonymous
Favourite NZ hostel!
13 July 2003
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Lots of little touches - lamps, hairdryer, lots of free stuff. Friendly owners, lovely courtyard. V helpful regarding activities. Can't fault it - not the best facilities (showers not that warm), but feels like a home.

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Benita
what a lovely place!
26 May 2003
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this hostel really makes you feel like home. it is clean, tidy and has a great atmosphere. we stayed there for 3 nights and enjoyed every morning a wonderful free brakfast, which consisted of different sorts of bread, cereals, coffee, tea, you name it they have it. it was really easy to get to know people as there are cosy lounges with TV and a nice outside area. one of the best hostels I've ever stayed in!

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Gary
Homey, small, nice
31 October 2002
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The Villa is a good place to find a home from home, I only stayed a night prior to taking the ferry over to the North Island, but its small, warm and has the feeling of home. Nice staff, and in the morning they drove all of us going on the ferry down to the port.

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