You'll love everything about this hostel. Brand new, clean as can be, friendly owners, great location... the list goes on! Saltwater Lodge is located at the beach-end of the main backpacker street in Paihia, within easy walk of everything. On the ground level of the property you will find the reception office, and further in, a large free carpark. Luggage storage is also available by the reception.
Following the stairs up, you will find a long wide balcony lined with sliding glass doors that lead into each of the dorm rooms. Rooms are ensuite with toilet, sink, and shower. The beds are comfortable and clean, with sheets, blankets and pillows included, reading lights above each bed, and locking cupboards to store your valuables and useful counter space.
The kitchen/lounge area is located on the first floor, and is a main gathering area where you'll want to spend some time. The kitchen is superb, with everything you could need to cook with and in perfect condition, and you'll even find spices. Adjacent to the kitchen is the lounge area with many comfortable couches and in one corner, the television. This hostel has one of the largest assortments of videos you're likely to find anywhere during your travels, and if you are in the mood for a movie, you'll probably end up relaxing here for a little while!
Another unexpected bonus of this hostel is the gym available for your use. Bikes are also provided free of charge. Internet facilities are available as well. The owners will happily provide travel advice and bookings and will often go out of their way to help you when they can. If you're planning a visit to Paihia, don't miss this hostel!