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“Chez la Mer ~ Akaroa”

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Chez la Mer Backpackers
Ranked #13 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Noosa, Australia
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“Chez la Mer ~ Akaroa”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

I have been visiting this wonderfilled, interesting nest with different aged members of my family for over 20 years. The once immaculate & spring fragrant herb gardens have become a delicious rambling, featuring a tranquil box hedged water feature and several private nests for outdoor quiet time.
We were walmy welcomed & our room, (Queen Twin with ensuite = highly recommended) was clean.
I must mention, that as the currrent owners do not live on-site and the establishment is run primarily by travellers ... the gardens could have done with a few hours work ...
We loved the dog, which was not the one featured on the pic on the back gate ...
These are all petty and little things ~ I'll return again for sure :)

Room Tip: Try for the upstairs Queen-Twin ~ with ensuite ~~~~ other bathrooms get VERY busy ;)
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

I just loved staying at that hostel. We were there in August and got a room all to ourselves. Our room looked a bit girlish (all purple), which I just loved. This hostel certainly is different, but absolutely great. It's got a very positive attitude and you feel welcome and home right when you enter the front door. They have two kitchens, which are very spacious, a very cozy fireplace and the bathrooms are quite nice. The water pressure in the showers, however, wasn't really good. It took a while until you were all wet, but it's probably different is summer. Akaroa itself is marvelous. You will love it. It's so tiny, sweet and cute, and there are plenty hiking options around the peninsula.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Akaroa, New Zealand
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

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!

Room Tip: Ensuite dorms are better in summer (max of 5 people using your shower)
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

I managed to obtain a room at 9am in the morning at short notice. The staff were really friendly and accommodating. The place was welcoming and clean. What was great was that they had mountain bikes (pretty new and good condition) with helmets that you can use at no additional cost! This was brilliant as you would have to hire bikes at other outdoor centres. Great way to explore Akaroa which is beautiful.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

booked this from the uk on the web so you never know what you are going to get til you get there but this was easily findable on the main street with on street parking.
we had the front room on the ground flooor, quite and well maintained with a hot shower.
small but intimate kitchen and living room
hosts and guests really friendly
it could have been a house party
unfortunatly going early december there was not many trips running

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Chez la Mer Backpackers

Property: Chez la Mer Backpackers
Address: 50 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 24 Speciality Lodging in Akaroa
Price range (per night): $40
Number of rooms: 27
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 

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