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HI - YHA Auckland International Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
HI - YHA Auckland International Hostel has a quiet atmosphere and guests of all ages.

The Location

The hostel is located just a few blocks away from the sky tower and one hundred metres from the airport bus stop. The surroundings are full of markets and shops. Be sure you know where to get off the bus if you are coming from the airport, otherwise you'll be challenged by a steep
street on your way to the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms have bunk beds and medium-sized lockers (enough for a laptop and a little bag). You must have your own padlock. Rooms are very clean and each bed has a reading light. There is no fan or AC.

The bathrooms are shared with all the rooms in the floor and they are clean, with liquid soap and paper towels provided. There are only two showers in each bathroom (male/female), so you'd better choose the right moment to take a shower. Each shower has its own chair and hook so that you can easily get changed.

Common Spaces

There is a TV room with a pool table -- an area to chill out in with comfortable couches. There is also a laundry. These areas are either on the basement or on the ground floor, separated from the bedrooms so the noise doesn't travel.

There is a spacious kitchen next to the dining room, which is fully equipped and has recycling bins. The hostel has no bar of its own, so there are neither cheap meals offered nor social events organized. No breakfast options are available, but there are a few things to buy at reception if you have run out of food. There's also a convenience store just across the street.

You must pay to use the internet; Wi-Fi is also available. There's a place just around the corner where it costs half of what is charged at the hostel. There is no free luggage storage after checkout, and you wont be able to access the common areas after the 10 a.m. checkout. Check-in starts at 2 p.m., but if you arrive earlier your luggage can be stored in a special room. Smoking is forbidden everywhere inside the building.

Summary

This is a good hostel if your aim is to get to know the city and stay in a clean place with a friendly environment. However, if you are looking for party, then you'd better look somewhere else.

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by Freckles
February 2011

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Good hostel They have parking, Free Wi-Fi, clean bathrooms, the people at the desk are really nice.  ()
4   Nice hostel, not the best location We got confused on the way there, there is another YHA just down the street. These two aren't as central as they are made out to be, with quite a hike down to the viaduct which is where all the stuff goes on. Its not air conditioned so you need your windows open but that makes it quite loud -- so maybe get an upper floor room. The kitchen was very clean and big, with very nice common rooms and a games/TV room in the basement. I also liked that the beds weren't really bunk beds, so that made for a nice sleep once you got over the noise. I liked the private showers as well!  , Canada ()
5   The best place to stay in downtown Auckland I and my family stayed here one night during our seven-week odyssey Down Under late Spring and Summer 2006. We had a full day's journey by bus from Wellington, and arrived in darkness. We had some challenges trying to find the hostel from the bus station, but with a map and several pointers from locals, we finally found this wonderful hostel. Reception was easy to sign in with, and we had an excellent night's sleep. I found it remarkably clean, well-lit, and centrally located, a good location to explore from, with our primary emphasis on being able to board the Air New Zealand flight back to the U.S.A. I look forward to returning.  , USA ()
4  Nice place, very spacious especially in the kitchen. If you have a car, you need to contact them ahead of time so you can get a parking spot since it is limited. Next time, I would stay in a room that takes up to four people. I won't stay in an eight-person room. Some of the rooms stink with a lack of airflow (mainly the rooms on the back -- not streetside). Another item, a piece of advice, those who go out and do some sort of physical activity especially where you sweat. It is not much to ask that you take a shower before you go to bed. If not for yourself, for your bunkmates. B.O. has a way of permeating the carpet and walls and is cumulative. The staff mentioned that every so often, the rooms have to be shut down so they can be scrubbed.  ()
4  We stayed here for a week in late October 2006. Overall, this hostel is very good. The kitchen space is good and clean as are all the common areas. The basement has a nice TV lounge, game room, and several couches that are a nice and quite place to relax. The rooms are spacious and void of bunk beds which is nice. I did feel that there was a lack of showers. The hostel has tons of information about everything all over which makes for good reading and the staff are informative. I would recommend this hostel!  ()
4  We stayed here in Feb 2006. The communal areas were spacious and clean. Staff were helpful especially about our lost luggage. We shared a double with ensuite which was bare and a little like a prison cell but was clean enough! One tip though, they have a small car park and off street parking is limited so if you are driving, you need to book a space in the car park with them in advance.  ()
4  I stayed here in July 2005, and was impressed! The rooms were spacious, with only 4 beds, so there was plenty of room for bags, etc. The toilets and showers were clean, but sometimes there was a bit of a wait for a shower. The staff were helpful and friendly, and I met some really nice people here, too.  ()
4  Really good hostel. It's everything you'd expect from YHA.  ()
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