Stayed at Wakatu lodge couple weeks ago. Awesum place to relax. Massive coms room. Our kids would have loved it there.We were charged twice but once we emailed the owners they refunded us straight away. Great people to deal with. Definitely reccomend.
Affordable accommodation among a bit expensive Nelson City hotel scheme. Our room was OK with a bunk bed for 2 at the lower bed and 1 person at the upper bed. A bit small with very limited stuffs available in the room except the heater, that’s fine. Bathroom and toilet were shared as well as the shared kitchen, all clean and good. Bathroom’s hot water was timed to 7 minutes limit. Everything was basic but OK. On minor side, the location is a bit far from city centre and you need car to go to the city centre. During our night stay we smelled a bit unusual smell like oil smell, probably coming from the heater system, a bit annoying. A spacious dining room with several entertainment stuff and table tennis was also available. Anyway, you get what you paid. Parking is on the property.
When my husband booked this lovely sounding lodge I pictured something rustic and romantic.
When I read what we'd printed off the day before arriving and discovered it was a HoStel not a Hotel I was not thrilled. I'm not a princess, but I'm not a "backpackers accommodation" kind of girl.
On first impression it reminded me of a homeless shelter I used to go to for work in the 90s, however the place is very tidy, clean and calm. The owners friendly and the room was comfy - the beds gave us our second best sleep of our entire trip to NZ! The kids loved the pool table, the tv room and the resident cat.
The shared bathrooms and kitchens, although dated, were 100% clean and tidy.
Best part is that it was quiet. The noise rules (& heavy curtains) meant that we slept soundly each night which was much appreciated.
I'm not converted to hostel travel, but it wasn't as bad as I had imagined it would be.
What a great place to stay. I was expecting something close to a backpackers, but instead this place is much closer to a hotel. The bathrooms & showers were clean, and maintained throughout the day by dedicated staff. The shower is on a 7 minute timer which is more than enough.
We stayed during easter, and in the morning they put chocolates outside the door of each room which was magical & made our day (:
There were also bikes for us to use which was really helpful!
Loved using the pool table & the communal lounge was huge.
Would happily stay here again - I was sad to leave!
We had a double room with a very comfortable bed, linen very clean. Bathrooms and toilets spotless, kitchens have everything you need. Owners are trying very hard to save power, water, and recycle rubbish. Easy access to town.