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Hostelz.com's Review
Priced at about average for the island, Backpackers International Hostel is out of town but is serviced by the local bus and with a very short walk to the beach and a convenience/liquor store.

It's a friendly and informative hostel that caters very well to backpacker needs. There are plenty of activities organised both at the hostel and outside. They have a shuttle bus to take you around, but the only free ride is from the airport to the hostel when you first arrive. Linen is provided but no towels or additional pillows.

The rooms are comfortable but can be a little on the dirty side. There are only four showers per floor, which could get a little crowded in peak season. They are cleaned regularly but hot water is only provided if one to two hours' advanced notice is given.

The kitchen is large and well equipped. Each guest has an allocated set of crockery and an allocated shelf in the fridge for their food. The TV room is used primarily for watching DVDs (they offer a limited selection for hire at the hostel). There are no coin-operated laundry facilities -- you can pay to have them do a load of washing for you but then you'll need to find a place to hang your clothes up to dry. Two internet stations are available.

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Backpackers International Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Clean, fun, and friendly The entire hostel was cleaned daily. Really easy to socialise with everyone and the staff are great. They had loads of fun things to do, so your never got bored. Ali's optional meals were delicious, inexpensive, and a godsend if you just couldn't be bothered to do it yourself. I'm definitely coming back and recommend this to any traveler that likes a fun, laid back atmosphere.  , Australia ()
1   Ewww, dirty dirty dirty very unclean, toilets and showers were not cleaned all week, they charge for everything, and treat the backpackers book swap like they own them.  , uk ()
4   Social and relaxed Don't listen to those saying this place is rubbish. It's brilliant. It's so, so relaxed and it is very easy to socialise with everyone, including the owners, who are really friendly. It's also really easy to sign up for the plentiful activities they offer. The bathrooms are good, the kitchen is good, and general cleanliness is good too. The only reason I didn't give it five out of five is that in places it seems a little shabby and the cockerels make a massive noise in the morning. But definitely stay here.  , United Kingdom ()
5  I only stayed at this hostel for a night but I was amazed by how friendly and relaxed it was. As soon as I exited the airport I was greeted with a smiley face. Our host kept us entertained throughout the transfer to our accommodation. The hostel is not five-star, but the rooms are comfy and the kitchen is big. I made so many friends in such a short time. Thumbs up for the free shuttle bus into town and back -- Banana Court rocks! It is also right on the beach where you see loads of fish, the beach is deserted so you could be sunbathing alone on a tropical island. What more could you ask for?  ()
5  Had the time of my life. The place was spotless and there was always something to do. They drop you off and pick you up on nights out in town for a small fee, cheaper than a taxi like the rest of the hostels. There's a cafe only two minutes on the scooter, that make a really scrumptious breakfast, excellent for hangovers. Tesa's a laugh and entertaining. She's always there to help. Best of all was the friends I made while I was there and Ana's curry night. I'd recommend this hostel to everyone, it was the best week of my eleven-month holidays. I only left three days ago and I'm already missing it.  ()
5  this is the best place to stay in raro, i stayed there for eight days and it was the best eight days ever. they helped me save so much money by asking around for the best dive course. and as for people saying it was dirty, they are chatting marbles. tesa was funny, helpful, and always joked about everything. whenever we wanted to go on a night out they had a bus for us and they picked us up. not many hostels on the island do that. there is a brilliant mix of people staying there -- mind you if you are snobby and can't leave your little circle of friend to integrate with fellow travellers then this place aint for you. i had a brilliant time, and i would recommend it to anyone. it's like a home away from home in the sense you know they will help you if all goes pear shaped. and it is cheap as chips, so dont listen to all the negative crap.  ()
3  Stayed for 3 nights, found it to be friendly, well located and clean in the most part. Rooms could be bigger and mossie nets are somethimes not as good as they could be. Kitchen and bathroom are clean though.  ()
2  OK for self-contained accomodation (i.e., you've been to Rorotonga before and require inexpensive accomodation.) Note: transport from airport (free) does NOT mean return trip. Owners are generally quite friendly, but live on-site and can be extremely rude if they don't want to deal with guests at the moment. I've been to the Cooks a number of times and had OK accomodation here twice. But wouldn't stay there again now that I've been elsewhere on Rorotonga. Overall-an OK place that could be significantly better if they got their act together a bit more. PS-savings versis other hostels/backpackers will easily be eaten up here by extra fees for everything.  ()

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