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275 Main Street, Palmerston North 4410 New Zealand
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#1 of 14 Speciality lodging in Palmerston North
The Hotel is best described as a Backpacker Budget Hotel which concentrates on the Backpacker fraternity. We have an excellant assortment of rooms. Bunk rooms, double & single private rooms through to private en-suites with all amenities. We also do longer term stays. All rooms have Heater, Air/con, fridge, microwave, TV, crockery & cutlery, plus free unlimited high speed internet throughout the Hotel for all guests. We have a guest kitchen open 24/7 for guests use.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Raj Venkataramani wrote a review Jan 2020
Wellington, New Zealand6 contributions7 helpful votes
Had a night stay at this backpacker. It’s more of a motel than bp. There are all facilities available like a motel. Neatly maintained. Barry is a great guy to help who insisted us to use the kitchen/have morning breakfast. Big thumbs up for facilities, friendly staff, location.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from GarryY43, Owner at The Railway Hotel Backpackers
Responded 4 Jan 2020
Thank you Rajaramav for the nice comments. hope to see you again. Garry Young
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samzi9 wrote a review Oct 2019
Hamilton, New Zealand102 contributions15 helpful votes
Good location a few minutes from town, well priced and included breakfast, milk, tea and coffee etc, all staff members that I dealt with were friendly and welcoming. I was able to check in earlier than usual. Towels included, plenty of blankets and pillows. Unfortunately my room mate enjoyed having long showers whilst playing her music blasting through a Bluetooth speaker. This is just a risk you take staying in a dorm room.
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Date of stay: October 2019
Milt McClelland wrote a review Oct 2019
Palmerston North, New Zealand3 contributions
Very antique hotel, kept in very good condition for its age,close to all amenities,sights,well run and tidy accomodation.Also close to public transport,cafes,bars, restaurants.Would definitely stay here for as long as I could. Can be noisy in the weekends in the evening. Self catering,good showers.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from GarryY43, Owner at The Railway Hotel Backpackers
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Thanks so much Moldymac for your nice comments and stay. Hope to see you again in the future. Garry Young.
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jake3759 wrote a review Mar 2019
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Pretty nice hostel. Decided to book my own room with its own bathroom. Room was nice, came with its own towels and had some snacks and cofee for morning. The entire place is a bit dated but not too bad. They were painting while I was there so some areas smelled like paint but nothing to complain about. However, when I arrived, there was a note on the office door which said no one was there so I should go knock on another room's door and someone there will be able to help me check in. Upon walking upstairs to go to this room, I did notice a bit of a cigarette smoke smell, as another review has pointed out. I wasn't sure about this becuase one of the first things you see when entering the building is a large "NO Smoking" sign. I then walked to the door I was supposed to and knocked on it. As I got closer to the door, the cigarette smell grew stronger. A man then opened the door and he proceed to check me in and show me to my room. But, low and behold, as soon as he opened the door, there was a lady sitting on the couch, smoking a cigarette. As my first interaction at this hotel, this was a little off putting. Besides this instance, the place was nice and it was in a good location, around 10 minutes walk to the main part of the town.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from GarryY43, Owner at The Railway Hotel Backpackers
Responded 26 Mar 2019
Hi Jake, Sorry you were disappointed at your check in. I would like to point out that you were upgraded to the en-suited room, you never booked it. As for the Hostel being dated, I totally disagree, it has been furnished in line with it's 116 year old heritage, that's the way we like it. You were in room 22 which is a very nice room. No guest is allowed to smoke in their room. Sorry if you were put off by the smoke from a Tenants live in flat, he lives here and that is a private residence, separate from the Hostel. He was doing me a favour checking you in, as I had an emergency errand to run for a sick staff member. Best regards, Garry Young
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Michelle S wrote a review Jul 2018
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I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with The Railway Hotel Backpackers. With a fine balance of convenience and tranquility, the location is ideal for those who want to make the best of Palmy’s urban and natural facets. The en-suited room has got everything you would expect in its counterpart in a hotel. The complimentary breakfast was surprisingly good, with filtered coffee, bananas and a variety of decent bread to choose from. I have also been impressed by the level of tidiness and quietness within the hostel, which was pretty much fully booked during my stay. Garry, founder and owner of the hostel, is passionate about the career and has been professional in his approach to guests. Winnie was so friendly and accommodating as to make me feel at home throughout. In sum, The Railway Hotel Backpackers stood out to me as a top hostel in my several years of traveling experience in NZ. (Hence my first review as a tribute.)
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Garry Y, Owner at The Railway Hotel Backpackers
Responded 20 Jul 2018
Thank you Michelle. It's a simple little place that we try to make it welcoming for guests. Your feedback is very important to us. Garry Young
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Railway Hotel Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to The Railway Hotel Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & Heritage (0.2 km), New Zealand Rugby Museum (0.2 km), and Robertson Holden International Speedway (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Railway Hotel Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at The Railway Hotel Backpackers?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at The Railway Hotel Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Railway Hotel Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Jacko, Table 188, and Barista.
Is The Railway Hotel Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Palmerston North.