Seaspray House, a small, friendly hostel, is located just on the fringe of the City Centre in New Plymouth. It is just one block away from the waterfront and is easy to find -- there is a BBH flag in the front yard. The owner/manager is very friendly and has a cat and a dog.
Seaspray Hostel is in a quiet, residential neighbourhood (in the still of the night, you could hear some traffic from the main road, but otherwise it is very restful) and feels like a home away from home. The hostel is a converted villa within ten minutes' walk of the city centre, bus station, food and beverage outlets, and the iSite. Supermarkets are within walking distance (about twenty minutes). There is off-street parking for up to four cars.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The hostel has fourteen beds -- three double rooms, two single rooms, one dorm room for up to four persons, and two twin rooms (these can be shared, we guess). The rooms are light, airy, and spacious. Carpets feel clean underfoot and the polished floorboards are nice and shiny (everyone takes off their shoes and leaves them in shoe racks at the entrance). Our double bed was firm, clean, and very comfortable. Bedding is provided, but towels are not (you can rent them).
The showers/toilets are together in a large room -- the largest, cleanest, freshest-smelling shower in a hostel ever). There are three such shower/toilet rooms and each has a little chair on which to place your clothes and the sink cabinet has plenty of room to place your toiletries. Shower water pressure is more than adequate and there is a plentiful supply of hot water
The common areas are clean with polished wood floors. The kitchen/living/dining is open plan and guests can mingle easily. The kitchen is clean, bright, and adequately equipped with a large, commercial-sized gas cooker with eight burners; microwave oven; two fridges; and a pantry area with boxes, marker pens, and plastic bags to help guests to store their supplies. Crockery, cutlery, and cooking utensils are of good quality and plentiful. There are boxes for recycling.
The common room has three large sofas around a large coffee table with many games and jigsaw puzzles and books for guests. There is a radio but no TV. It's a pretty social and friendly hostel and great place to chill out, but don't expect to party here. There is a separate dining table with six chairs and another smaller one that seats up to four. Smoking is not allowed in the house itself. On a warm evening, you can sit outside at the picnic table.
In all, Seaspray Hostel is a small, quiet, friendly, clean, and comfortable hostel with easy access to the Coastal Walkway and City Centre. It's great for travelers wanting a restful base for exploring New Plymouth and its surrounding areas.