Almond House Backpackers
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Almond House Backpackers

63 Grove Street The Wood, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
open space back yard
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Private double
Room & Suite (8)
Kitchen area and rear courtyard
Dining (2)

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4.5
#7 of 21 hostels in Nelson
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
As world travellers ourselves we know what makes a great stay - whatever the season. Almond House summers are all about sunny garden bbqs and hammocks while in winter our log fire gatherings are the place to be. All year round you can go exploring on our bikes or yours (we're super cyclist friendly!), plan your next adventure (we'll help!), unwind with a book, stay connected with free internet and wifi, or - simply throw down your bags and relax.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bicycles available
Board games / puzzles
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Street parking
Wifi
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Fireplace
Safe
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Italian

Location

63 Grove Street The Wood, Nelson 7010 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 76 out of 100
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Nelson Airport
Blenheim Airport
55.8 km
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Mary K wrote a review Apr 2014
Seaside Heights, New Jersey549 contributions453 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
As I read the recent reviews on Trip Advisor I can confirm the positive reviews. The facility is very clean, beds are good, staff is friendly, free Wi-Fi, laundry/drying lines, and 2 kitchens. Kitchens are well equipped. They provide luggage storage. I did enjoy my 3 day stay but I must share a downside.

We stayed in a double room in the back building (#5 I think) which is next to the back kitchen. The only downside is that you can hear everything. As soon as the first person awakes and heads to the kitchen you will hear them. Even speaking at a normal volume it sounds like they are in your room. Also, when keeping the window open in the evening you hear every conversation in the shared yard area. Although I like the facility, I had very poor quality sleep for each night here.

It is an easy 10 - 15 minute walk to town. There is a large Countdown grocery store there.

We are in our 40s and were very comfortable here. There was a wide range of ages staying here. This is not a party place.

If I were to return, I may stay here but I would request a room in the main house. That may have improved my stay.

I hope you find this review helpful and if you do, I would appreciate a helpful vote. Thanks!
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ontheroadagain814 wrote a review Feb 2013
Hannover, Germany3 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
the Almond Hostel is one of the best Hostels I ever stayed. The Family and stuff was very friendly, helpful and every time cheerful. I was there for 18 days and very sad, when I had to leave this comfortable place. I appreciate the clean and comfortable rooms, enough space to bake my scones in the well equiped kitchen. Quiete environment but all places of interest in walking distance... thank you very much Fiona, Paul and kids making my stay so enjoyable...
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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andythetramper wrote a review Feb 2011
nelson3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Small family-run and friendly backpackers away from all the party animals.
Two kitchens, spotlessly clean, garden area, hammocks and cat.
Close to the Sprig and Fern pub and the fish and chip shop-what more do you need?
5 minutes walk into Nelson and supermarket
Free internet and wifi
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Date of stay: February 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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sheila k wrote a review Mar 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand18 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stay at backpackers as meet diverse people always friendly love them.stayed at several in nz. I am a kiwi. This one is like a boarding house. There were at least 4 girls staying there (2from Denmark) who were the cleaning staff. At midnight I opened my door and just looked at the group of more than 20 outside the door drinking and shouting. They moved away but could still hear them. At 3.45 one of the girls went to bed and slammed the door.in the morning there were no clean cups and the sink was full of dishes. They belonged to the girl who I was told is staff. She washed them up about 9am.she is there for 6 months she said.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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whereshegoes wrote a review Apr 2011
Edmonton112 contributions62 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It was great until the last day when the owner was rude and short with me for waiting in the living room too long after I checked out. It was barely 12pm and no one else was there but after what was a more or less pleasant stay (minus the lack of toilet paper in the washrooms and the ant problem in the room...yuk) I was sad to have been treated with such blatant disregard. It was not necessary but I suppose everyone has a bad day day? I won't be returning to this place though.
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Date of stay: January 2011
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Fiona_Lulham, Owner at Almond House Backpackers
Responded 6 Apr 2011
In line with the majority of backpackers in New Zealand, we have a check out time of 10:00am. With prior arrangement, some guests may stay until 11:00am if they have not finished breakfast or have a later bus to catch. In this instance, I don't recall that any special arrangements to stay later were made. I'm sorry that this guest found my attitude in asking her to leave 2 hours after check out upsetting. We do our utmost to maintain a clean and comfortable hostel. In all of our bathrooms, we provide extra toilet rolls in holders at the side of the toilets and these are refilled regularly throughout the day. Occasionally we have a guest who may not see our toilet roll holders. We did have an instance this summer where we had ants in one bathroom, but they were quickly dealt with and to my knowledge this was the only occasion. I'm sorry that you did not enjoy the end of your stay with us - although am pleased to note that the beginning of your stay was great!
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Gunnhild H wrote a review Mar 2015
28 contributions8 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Great with a double room. Some things in the hostel need amendments - could need a loving hand fx fixing the loose tap in the bathroom. However, service is good and were helpful with storage while we went on the Abel Tasman.
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Date of stay: February 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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muzzi h wrote a review Jan 2019
Cape Town Central, South Africa249 contributions33 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We (my husband & myself), had two stays at Almond House in the past 10 days - & will go back again, should we be passing through Nelson!

We used Super Shuttle to get us to the airport & back (book online, best deal & super efficient). We had booked the Sea Shuttle into the Abel Tasman Coastal Park the morning after our arrival. The Sea Shuttle bus picked us up at Almond House & took us to the ferry at Kaiteriteri.

So Almond House was super convenient & all the tour operators knew where it was.

Bedrooms were clean, beds comfy & bathrooms really spic & span - as were the communal kitchens & sitting areas. Beautiful, enclosed, sunny courtyard. Room #6 was perfect for a couple & had it's own entrance, kettle & bar fridge! It was quieter than the courtyard rooms, as happy travellers can sit out late eating pizza from the on-site pizza oven & swapping travel tales!

We received a friendly welcome - from Nige on our first visit & by the new US receptionist on our second.

Great place!
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jonathan Byron wrote a review Apr 2015
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was only in Nelson two nights and unfortunately booked my first night in Aurora Hostel, which was just awful and so I immediately looked for another hostel for my second night and found Almond House.

This is a very clean and very relaxed hostel which is more like a really nice home than a hostel. It's the best place I've stayed in, since being in New Zealand and the people there were lovely. The cool French guy at reception was so nice and helpful and even offered me a towel.

It was such a chilled place to spend my last night. Comfortable and warm and the dorm rooms are not too packed.

Great little organic shop across the road too that do good coffee and bakery goods.
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sarah P wrote a review Mar 2015
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand141 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything you need! Facilities are clean and well maintained. The shower was excellent with good water pressure. We had a private double room with shared facilities for $70 per night. Room was clean and tidy and towels were provided. Situated in a quiet area that is still close enough to central township to walk - 10 min, or drive 2 min.
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Date of stay: March 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Carola1300 wrote a review May 2014
Utrecht, The Netherlands8 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great atmosphere, good facilities, friendly and very helpful staff, great value for money and beautiful building with clean bathrooms and nice garden. Free wifi! Fireplace for the winter, book exchange and good information.
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Date of stay: May 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Ali A wrote a tip May 2018
Auckland69 contributions25 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Probably the rooms inside the house would be better for couples"
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Ken M wrote a tip May 2017
Armstrong, Canada25 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms in the back section are quiet and have their own communal kitchen."
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Christine L wrote a tip Dec 2014
Sydney, Australia47 contributions44 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms inside the main house are quieter"
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WynneJoy wrote a tip Mar 2014
Flagstaff, AZ8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Couldn't speak more highly of the beds, linens and simple yet enjoyable decor in the 2-single private room with shared bathrooms. Nice to have a place to hang clothes inside as well, and appreciated the extra electrical outlets to charge our phones."
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imogenbailey wrote a tip Feb 2013
York / London12 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Doubles outside are a bit more private"
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Almond House Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Almond House Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Queen's Gardens (0.6 km), Nelson Saturday Market (0.9 km), and Centre of New Zealand (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Almond House Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a fitness centre, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Almond House Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Almond House Backpackers?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Almond House Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nysa Turkish Restaurant, Babagatto, and Hopgoods & Co.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Almond House Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre and fitness classes during their stay.
Does Almond House Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, Almond House Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Almond House Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Nelson.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Almond House Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Almond House Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Nelson Provincial Museum (0.9 km).
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