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YHA Gisborne Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
A purpose-built, old-style hostel built in the familiar wooden clapboard style, Gisborne YHA Hostel stands on a large, uncrowded plot of land. It is a very well maintained and neatly decorated building, immaculately clean throughout. The hostel owner runs a tight ship; you are left in no doubt as to kitchen, door locking, and behavioural protocols. The owner lives in a manager’s flat on the grounds, so staff are never very far away. There is sufficient car parking in the grounds.

The Location

The hostel is situated on a quiet avenue on the eastern side of Gisborne, close to the town, the port, the old railway and the beach. A morning run along the coast is a great option for starting the day. The town is an easy, twenty-minute walk away with a wide selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants. A Countdown supermarket is twenty-five minutes' walk, but a large 4Square shop is only metres away and carries a reasonable selection of groceries and provisions.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms are spacious, light, and airy, with high ceilings and large but well-curtained windows for peaceful sleeping. A mixture of bunks and conventional beds are available; the beds have been modified for extra support with wooden slats. Mattresses are very comfortable, and bedding is clean and soft. Medium weight duvets ensure a warm night’s sleep.

Male and female bathrooms are located in separate building just two steps away from the main house. Showers are clean and hot. Two showers and two toilets are available on the male side; some queuing may result when the hostel is close to capacity. Modern clothes-washing facilities and clotheslines for drying are available.

Common Spaces

The lounge is bright; airy; and comfortably appointed with sofas, chairs, a widescreen TV, and a selection of VHS videos. Books, travel guides, and leaflets on local attractions abound. The kitchen is scrupulously clean with a very wide selection of utensils, cutlery, and crockery. Disappointingly, there is no composting or recycling whatsoever, in apparent direct contravention of YHA policy. There is a charming deck with benches for al fresco dining. There is a single PC for use in the lounge and Global Gossip Wi-Fi internet is available; download speeds are reasonable and all access is chargeable.

Summary

Overall, this place is very clean, well run, and quiet. Regrettably the management give the impression of regarding guests as an unwelcome interference to the smooth and tidy running of the building. Although not unpleasant, there is no engagement or interest shown; consequently the place has zero atmosphere.

by Conscientious reviewer
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
January 2013

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How is YHA Gisborne Hostel rated on other websites?
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   POOR SERVICE! When I made the booking with the YHA here, I made sure the guy was well aware of the fact we were planning on arriving at 1-2 in the morning, and he said he would leave a key out. Then we got there in the morning he had of course forgotten to leave the key out. It is rather difficult (not to mention stressful/irritating) to find accommodation for 3 people at 2 in the morning. Poor, poor management skills. We went back the next morning and he did apologise. Which was nice of him I suppose. But still, the whole situation was a mess.  , NZ ()
1   Big mess up When I made the booking with the YHA here, I made sure the guy was well aware of the fact we were planning on arriving at 1-2 in the morning, and he said he would leave a key out. Then we got there in the morning he had of course forgotten to leave the key out. It is rather difficult (not to mention stressful/irritating) to find accommodation for 3 people at 2 in the morning. Poor, poor management skills. We went back the next morning and he did apologise. Which was nice of him I suppose. But still, the whole situation was a mess.  , NZ ()
3   Lacks atmosphere Can't fault the dorm -- clean, comfortable, and spacious, with a very nice sofa. Bathrooms in a separate building the other side of a courtyard from the main block, which is a bit strange. Kitchen clean and good facilities. Cheap bike hire and they also hire surfboards and wetsuits I believe. But the place was very quiet and consequently lacking atmosphere. It was the end of the summer but at least one other hostel in the town was much busier. Also, doesn't use the same internet system as other YHAs in New Zealand so you can't use time purchased at other hostels.  , UK ()

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