Ivory Towers Backpackers is a fairly modern, well-planned and -maintained hostel with a nice atmosphere, although a little noisy at some points. It has internet access and a laundry service.
The hostel is just off the main highway from Haast to Greymouth, at a literal one-minute walk from Flox Glaciers village centre, where you can find convenience stores, restaurants, bars, and petrol station. The village is also full of tour guide offices and outdoor activity agencies for flights and organised walks to the glacier.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Rooms have an alpine-hotel look, probably due to the wooden paneling and fittings of the lower half of the walls. Towels are supplied by the hostel. Every room has a large window with curtains. Dorm rooms have bunk beds and individual beds all in the same room. The place looks generally well maintained, although some pieces of furniture are not that new, but everything is arranged in good taste. Bathrooms are standard and generally very clean, with a white small sink, a toilet, and a shower. Toilets have posters on the wall.
The green-wall kitchen is quite big and quite well equipped with two conventional ovens, plates, glasses, mugs, pots, pans, cutlery, and cooking utensils. It has also some common cooking spices and salt. Stoves are electric. It is generally quite clean and well maintained. It has an impressive table made out of a single slice of tree where guests can prepare food.
The green-wall dining area has several individual tables with two chairs each, and a cute, long wooden table made out of a single piece of tree. This room is again generally clean. The dining room and the kitchen have both lots of natural light due to various large windows, with commercial posters on the walls. The floors are carpeted.
The outside deck of the hostel, to which almost all rooms lead, has cute cinema seats, a round table with chairs, and abundant plants and flowers. There is a wooden staircase leading to the first floor, where there are more rooms and bathrooms. The hostel has a large garden surrounded by the hostel buildings, with lots of plants, trees, and wooden benches where guests normally gather.
This is a smart, inexpensive, well-situated choice and close to many businesses and services where you can socialize.