Meant to stay here for a week, Ended up staying and working for them for 6 months. Brilliant backpackers brilliant people. Akaroa is a beautiful town and a chez la mer is an outstanding backpackers. Sara the manager is welcoming and friendly and genuinly cares about her guests and does as much as she can too help there needs. The kitchens/bathrooms/rooms are cleaned daily. There is no t.v. in this hostel which i think is brilliant and the lounge area invites social interaction. If you come too new zealand and dont stay here you are seriously missing out. There is parking on street at both sides of the premisis so there is no worry about parking at all. The mountain bikes are well maintained and fishing rods that are all free too use. I wont forget my time at chez la mer and urge anyone who can too stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the beauty of the Banks Peninsula while staying in the heart of historic Akaroa. Enjoy free gourmet brewed coffee and tea. Relax in the tranquil garden, take one of the many area walks and kayak (or swim) with hector dolphins. Free mountain bikes and fishing rods. Heated rooms and fully made up beds. Owners offer special discounts to guests on their dolphin/wildlife sailing cruise aboard the Fox II. ... more less