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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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Martyn W wrote a review Mar 2016
Auckland Central, New Zealand8 contributions
After a days drive from Auckland we were greeted by Garry and made to feel extremely welcome. We were shown to room 22 and were amazed at the amenities within. We have never stayed in a backpackers where our room has had an ensuite, aircon, TV, DVD player, fridge, microwave, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, towels, face cloth and soap. The bed was most comfortable. Definitely the top echelon for backpackers. Will be back if we need accommodation in Palmerston North again. We have no hesitation in recommending The New Railway Hotel for accommodation.
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Date of stay: March 2016
Response from Garry Y, Owner at The Railway Hotel Backpackers
Responded 23 Mar 2016
Thank you so much for your nice review. We try our very best for our guests Martyn, as the competition is always there. You were a lovely couple. Hope to see you again. Garry Young.
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mbeamish wrote a review Mar 2016
Nelson, New Zealand1 contribution
I am a distance student of the local University and I make sure to always stay at the Railway Hotel when in Palmy for contact courses. Top-notch service, tidy facilities, and friendly staff who go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible, make sure you give this place a try next time you're in town - you genuinely won't find better!! Thanks Barry and Gary for always making my stay so enjoyable :)
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Date of stay: March 2016
Response from Garry Y, Owner at The Railway Hotel Backpackers
Responded 15 Mar 2016
Thank you for your nice honest review Meg. You have stayed with us a few times now & hope you continue to do so in the future. It's guests like yourself that makes the hospitality industry a pleasure to be in. You are a Hoteliers dream guest. Garry Young New Railway Hotel.
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Bryan S wrote a review Dec 2015
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
This is the best cheap backpacker hotel I have stayed in. The two room has everything a budget minded couple or small family world need. Ultra fast internet, ensuite, TV DVD, fridge etc. The beds were comfortable. Close to New World. Walking distance to the central city. Easy parking outside.
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Date of stay: December 2015
Response from Garry Y, Owner at The Railway Hotel Backpackers
Responded 23 Dec 2015
Thank you for the very possitive feedback Bryan. I'm pleased you and your son enjoyed your stay with us. Hope to see you again. Garry Young
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Levi B wrote a review Oct 2015
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic place to stay as a backpacker if you need some downtime. I stayed in a shared room but I had it all to myself. It was such a welcome break from noisy and crowded hostel dorms. You can tell it's an older building but it's very clean and well maintained. Clearly a lot of effort has gone into making it an enjoyable place to stay. Having a fridge, microwave, and TV in the room was really nice. The kitchen was very well equipped. I could've happily stayed much longer.
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Date of stay: October 2015
itsme1990 wrote a review Oct 2015
Manchester, United Kingdom30 contributions10 helpful votes
I stopped here for a couple of nights and you get what you paid for. I like that there is a fridge in the room and includes tea and coffee also. I think for budget accomidation like this, that is a really nice touch. Like I say it was a quick stop over and its ideal for that if you're not going to be staying long and need a cheap place to stay. (Also has a good WiFi connection. Real bonus!)
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Date of stay: July 2015
The New Railway Hotel
New ZealandNorth IslandManawatu-Wanganui RegionPalmerston North
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