Hogwartz is a hostel that is themed around Harry Potter with all kinds of tidbits around the house.
The hostel lies at the top of a hill that you will have to climb before checking in. It is well worth the effort, though. The hostel is located about ten minutes' walk from the Octagon, the city center. To the Intercity bus terminal, you will walk about twenty-five minutes and it is quite hilly. The bus stop other companies use is the same distance away, but in another direction. A big supermarket can be reached in fifteen minutes on foot; eateries, coffee shops, and other stores will be ten minutes away. The Speights brewery is just two minutes down the hill. Dunedin, located on the east coast between Christchurch and Invercargill, is a bigger city with lots of university students.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms -- doubles, twins, shared rooms, and dorm rooms are available -- are very large and spacious and the beds are not bunks. Each bed has a bedside shelf for your belongings, along with individual reading lights. A sink is available in the room and there are lots of hooks to hang your towels or jackets. The rooms on the first floor have very high ceilings and large windows. All rooms are air conditioned. Dorm rooms do not have room keys. The bathrooms look very new and are kept sparkling clean.
On the ground floor, you have a nice, clean kitchen area with lots of fridge space. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking equipment; in the evenings, it might get a bit tight when everybody is cooking. Next to the kitchen is a small TV lounge with couches and lots of DVDs available for hire. Further down the corridor you will find the dining room, with a couple of tables where you can sit together and meet other travelers. In the dining room you can climb a flight of wooden stairs and end up in the small loft area with couches -- it's ideal for reading and watching the people sitting below. There is also a wooden outside deck to sit and relax in the sun.
Washing machines are not available for guest use, however the hostel offers a same day washing/drying service, which is only marginally more expensive than doing the laundry yourself. The staff will assist with tour bookings and are very helpful with directions for your excursions.
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