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Hippo Lodge Backpackers

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4 Anderson Heights, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand
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#51 of 136 Speciality lodging in Queenstown
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Hidden away on Queenstown hill our elevated site offers stunning lake and mountain views over Queenstown- and just minutes away from town, bars and food! Our backpacker hostel caters for travellers looking for a relaxing experience. We are the warmest, cosiest and friendliest hostel around. Comfy beds are made up with fresh linen in centrally heated rooms to keep you toasty. Facilities include an outside barbeque area, 24hr internet, cheap wireless (FREE wifi voucher upon checkin), dvds, and coin-op laundry. Tramping? Use our secure storage area for your excess stuff. Winter sports? Use our locked drying room for your gear and our centrally heated rooms to warm your toes after a day off piste! Enjoy making new friends over a hot cup of free tea or coffee. We are family friendly! We are Queenstown's best kept secret!
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Rstuv wrote a review Nov 2020
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I loved staying at this hostel. It's old fashioned, but very CLEAN. And the VIEW is amazing. It's not a proper party hostel, but it's easy to meet PEOPLE and make friends. SHOWERS are hot and clean. Bedrooms are quite dark ar night, perfect if you want to SLEEP in the morning. Plus, the MANAGER is friendly, resourceful and always available; he will solve all of your problems! Only con : It's quite a high climb from town.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Julie M. R. E. wrote a review Feb 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark17 contributions1 helpful vote
First of all, it was way too expensive compared to what you get and the facilities. We had to leave two days earlier than expected because we couldn’t stand staying - even without being able to get our money back for the last two days. The people living there was staying for a longer period of time, therefore it felt like moving into a bunch of strangers house. They had their things stacked up everywhere in the room and in the bathroom - there was no space for us and our bags as newly arrived backpackers. Secondly, as soon as you entered the property you could smell weed. Some of the residents in this hostel smoked weed in the common areas most of the day and most of the night. We really felt uncomfortable. When this is said, the view was really beautiful!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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SleeplessinSD wrote a review Nov 2019
San Diego, California319 contributions197 helpful votes
We stayed in a private room with private bath, and we were amazed by how quiet it was at night. Maybe we just got lucky, but the lodge does post serious rules about quiet time. Our room was plain but clean and comfy enough, and the bathroom was enormous, with good shower pressure and water temperatures. The view of Queenstown is great, but the downside is that the hillside location, though close to the center of town, requires ascending a killer hill and staircase, if you’re on foot. Mickey was manning the desk during our stay, and we appreciated his curious mind and the engaging conversation.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Rob W wrote a review Sep 2019
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For the price you will not find a better place for the price in Queenstown, we stayed in the private rooms which is basically a 3 bed flat with stunning views over the lake. The staff are genuinely really nice and helpfully, I really don't want to leave!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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CanuckPeter wrote a review Jul 2019
Ottawa, Canada39 contributions9 helpful votes
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To begin this review, I believe that the Hippo Lodge is probably a nice hostel (based on other reviews), however the area we stayed in was disgusting. The person at the front desk, who was a miserable self loathing man, greeted me in a way that suggested I was trespassing. He wasn't friendly. He didn't put us in a hostel with other travellers, he put us in the hostel that all of the people working there stayed. It looked like a frat house. There were 3 rooms, 4 beds in each. 12 people sharing 1 bathroom, which was disgusting. This was not a serviced hostel, it was an apartment where people were living full time and didn't clean up after themselves. There was literally no room to put our back packs, there was crap left everywhere, clothes left on the floor. Worst of all, the noise. We had a very early morning and were kept awake until 4:00 am by all of the house mates partying literally outside of our doors, very loudly. It is the worst stay I have ever had at a hostel, period. That being said, the people who we stayed with were good people. They were kind and hospitable and that fault is none of their own. The issue was that our lifestyles clearly did not match up, and the manager who booked us into those rooms was made well aware of our need to wake up early in the morning. For the manager to put someone in that hostel very well knowing its disgusting state is ludicrous.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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US$25 - US$97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionQueenstown
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hippo Lodge Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Hippo Lodge Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Browns Ski Shop (0.5 km), Kiwi Crawl (0.5 km), and Queenstown Hill (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hippo Lodge Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, laundry service, and self serve laundry.
Is parking available at Hippo Lodge Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hippo Lodge Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Fogo Brazilian BBQ Experience, Margo's Queenstown, and Tatsumi.
Is Hippo Lodge Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Queenstown.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hippo Lodge Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Hippo Lodge Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Vesta Design Boutique (0.6 km) and One Mile Power House (1.0 km).