AJ's Backpackers Lodge is a cozy, family-style backpackers. It's a big, drafty older house that has been converted into a backpackers. The staff are helpful and friendly and the two furball dogs running around the office make it feel comfortable and inviting. It's a nice and clean accommodation choice.
Located at 405 Southland Place, this hostel is a nice, easy, ten-minute westward walk out of town center. AJ's is in a neighborhood, which is nice. There is a parking area right out in front, which is gated off. It's easy to find with an obvious street sign, making it stand out from the other houses.
Rooms and Bathrooms
We got a double room -- the cheapest in Hastings -- with two comfortable beds (linen is included). Private rooms and bunk beds are available -- either way, the rooms are spacious, with wardrobes and cabinet space. There are three separate bathrooms, each with a shower.
The kitchen is freshly remodeled with gas stoves and stainless steel counters. There is a lounge area with a TV and couches as well as a spacious dining area. The other people staying here are friendly but it isn't a party hostel. It is a clean, comfortable hostel and very laid back. The doors are locked in the evening, which makes it feel safe. During our stay, they were repainting the interior and doing some remodeling to the house.
With only a few hostel choices in Hastings, AJ's is perfect and a great price. Everyone here is friendly and hospitable. We had a overall good experience with the hostel.