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Chalet Backpackers is a cozy hostel close to the center of the welcoming town of Dunedin. It's a choice not just for backpackers but also families and couples, where you can enjoy a peaceful stay while exploring the city, making use of its free unlimited Wi-Fi and feeling at home among its finely decorated rooms.
The three-level hostel is located a short (albeit slightly steep!) walk away from the city center. There, you can find the main tourist attractions as well as all restaurants and supermarkets. It only takes about five minutes to get down to town and around ten to reach the Otago University neighborhood.
Rooms and Bathrooms
When it comes to room variety, the hostel offers both shared bunk-bed rooms for backpackers as well as private rooms for families and couples. Both kinds of rooms are well separated, enabling good privacy for the latter. The rooms have quite comfortable two-story bunk beds and decent socket availability, although you won't get your own bed socket but rather have to share it with the others.
There are well-cleaned bathrooms in all of the levels, with individual showers always available and barely busy in general. The quality of showers is overall good, with enough space for you to change yourself in it.
As the hostel is a three-story building, there's plenty of common areas where you can hang. Most importantly, though, is how beautifully decorated they are. A piano, two guitars, and a pool table -- all arranged in an old-fashioned style with the rest of the furniture -- create a lovely, well-illuminated living room right next to the entrance. This is not the only room worth mentioning; the hostel holds a quite-large dining room completed by a wall-size mural of native wildlife and a warm TV room with multiple games and movies to kill your time.
Apart from these, there is a small patio with a small beautiful garden and a table -- just in case you feel like having dinner outside, and it's not too cold! -- right next to the laundry room. The kitchen is perfectly equipped and you can easily store you own food.
Chalet Backpackers is all anybody would ask for from a hostel. It's a comfortable place where you can have a good night's sleep while feeling at home with the beautifully decorated rooms and walls -- with fancy old furniture, maps on the wall, and beautiful murals. It's definitely recommended to stay here if you're visiting the little town of Dunedin.
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