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Biel, Switzerland
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015

The staff is friendly. The hostel is spacious. You have a pool and a spa, not really clean but OK The big advantage of this hostel is the living room and the balcony who is big and great to meet new peoples. Kitchen....ok :/

Thank Joris B
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2015

The hostel is so nice and really well looked after, the rooms and bed that I stayed in were really comfy. Also the pool is really nice, though need a towel to lie on if you want to sunbathe as the floor is the only option. Downside, the atmosphere was pretty rubbish. There wasn't a main common area, so hard... More 

Thank Nikki J
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 January 2015 via mobile

The beds are clean and the bathrooms are clean for a hostel which can serve over one hundred of guests. Only the kitchens (they got three of them) are a little bit messy and you look in vain for a sharp knife or even a cooking knife. The pool is a little bit too warm, but the ocean is not... More 

Thank Kasper V
Redruth, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2015

No booking made we just turned up on the day to see if we could have a room. The French man on reception was very polite and helpful, we was given a double room in the front on the first floor, the room was basic but clean tidy with a toilet and shower, we had some noise till about 2230... More 

Thank Kenneth O
Oxford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015

First arrived and woman on reception did not make a good impression. Seemed very tired and was quite dismissive. The reception is also what later found out to be a a dark, dull common room. we had to go downstairs (filthy, covered with mud and leaves) and outside across a dirty gravel roas to get to our room. Which means... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 January 2015

I've stayed in half a dozen Kaikoura hostels and Dusky is probably my favourite - there's a good atmosphere, the staff seem to go the extra mile and you have the pool/hot tub option if you wish to cool off/heat up! I stayed in a private ensuite which are almost at a motel standard (the slightly erratic shower is what... More 

Thank Ellen P
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 16 December 2014

This hostel is a bit too "party" place but overall ok. Rooms are quite small, with no lockers (lockers are available in the hall for $2) but fit their purpose and each room has a heater. There are 3 kitchens and common rooms which is great because it usually does not get overcrowded. Sauna is great, pool also, however water... More 

Thank Denisa R
Taunton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2014

We stayed in a private double for two nights which was good value. The room was comfortable and had a tv which was good. The bathrooms were fine and quite clean. The staff were friendly and helpful and the wifi worked well. There was plenty of communal space both indoors and out but the problem we had was that the... More 

Thank Mat A
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2014

spacious, clean, great 2 kitchens, swimming pool and jacuzzi. gets great vibe on weekends. big plus for friendly staff!. they dont mind you staying a bit longer after you checked out. I went for a hike , my friend stayed and been using the facilities till late afternoon and they were all fine with it. we really appreciate it. thank... More 

Thank Agata P
Hong Kong, China
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 10 November 2014 via mobile

Rooms are spacious and with many common areas in outdoor and indoor for chitchat. Price is reasonable but the noise is horrible. I can't really sleep tight Cox easily hear people close their doors throughout the night. Facilities are a bit old but in general it's a fair deal.

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  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is situated on Beach road, Kaikoura. We are the largest hostel in Kaikoura catering for groups and budget travellers. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, ensuite rooms and heating in all rooms. All bed linen and pillows are provided. There are 3 large kitchen's fully equipped as well as BBQ's on the decks free to use. We have a large heated salt water pool, spa and sauna to enjoy while staying with us. Guest computers are available and the wifi can be used throughout the building. The hostel is only 5 minute walk to the town centre, and across the road from Whale Watchers. The best bakery in town is situated right beside us and grocery stores only minutes away. The intercity bus can drop you off outside the hostel, ask the driver when you start your journey. We have plenty of parking space and it's free to use. Luggage storage short term is available, if needed ask at reception. Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is a great place to relax, unwind and take in the great views and spectacular sunsets from our extensive decks. Our friendly team can help book tours or give you advice on what to do while you are with us. We hope to see you soon. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

Address: 67 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $54 - $86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dusky Lodge & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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“do not get the indoor facing rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles chchchr15, 29 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room away from the road”
 of 5 bubbles VascoItaly, 14 Feb 2016 | Read review
“go to the lodge across the street”
 of 5 bubbles sailawade, 26 Dec 2015 | Read review
“There are loads of cheap backpackers here try somewhere else.”
 of 5 bubbles 76jaynew, 16 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Stay in the front rooms on the first floor away from the common areas, it is better.”
 of 5 bubbles fab992014, 5 Mar 2015 | Read review
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