Global Village Backpackers is in Greymouth, on the west coast in the South Island of New Zealand. It is all clean and welcoming, with an African-style decoration, and is part of the BBH hostels, so you can have a discount if you are a member.
Global Village Backpackers is a bit south for the town center, but it's only ten minutes' walk, and also within walking distance to a supermarket and the beach. There is a carpark next to the entrance, or along the street.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms have six bunks and beds. They are clean and spacious, with hangers and shelves. There are no boxes or lockers, though. Some rooms even have a space with table and chairs, and a small balcony. There are only two floors, so not many rooms. There are single and double rooms as well, if you prefer more privacy. All the rooms are decorated in the backpacker style, with some in the African style, with pictures, paintings, and masks -- it is all colorful and welcoming.
The bathrooms are clean and the showers have a space to get changed and a curtain to keep your hanging clothes dry. There is soap and a towel near the sinks, and a hair dryer in the female bathroom.
There is a big lounge, next to the reception, with sofas, tables, and a wood fire for the cold winters. A big shelf is full of books and magazines you can borrow, with different themes but mostly consisting of travel, nature, landscapes, and New Zealand. The decoration is all African style, with more paintings and masks. In this room, you will find two computers with for-pay internet access.
There is a veranda as well with table and seats. And the TV room is separated, so that you are not disturbed by the potential noise. The kitchen is fully equipped with many gas and electric cookers, two ovens, two fridges, four sinks, and a boiling water station. So you will be able to cook even if there are many people around. Salt, pepper, and spices are provided. There are heaps of storage boxes for your food, each with a different country name. You can buy milk at the reception and eggs next to the kitchen with an honesty box.
Overall, Global Village Backpackers is really welcoming. Everything is clean and well thought out, even for short stays (salt, pepper, spices, eggs and milk, hair dryer, soap and hand towel are all available). It could look a bit expensive, but usually you don't stay that long in the area, so this backpacker is perfect for a night or two to rest. But on another hand, a long stay would be really pleasant there.