Vagabond Backpackers



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232 Worcester Street, Christchurch, Neuseeland
-43.531232, 172.647035 (accuracy not guaranteed)
(03) 379-9677
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Drunken guests in shared kitchen and lounge
I do not recommend this hostel for single travelers or families with children or anyone who prefers not to share facilities with drunk guests. Having been accosted by one drunk man while I washed my dishes in the kitchen in the evening, I felt unsafe moving between my room and the shared bathroom later on, while drunk young men argued in the lounge. The night manager seemed just as uncomfortable as I was, but he opted to take no action, leaving the drunk guests in the living room, where I came across them in the morning: asleep on the couch, beer bottles still in their hands. I hope management will implement a policy of immediate eviction of intoxicated guests, for the safety of staff and other guests. The rooms and facilities were clean.
There are better places in town.
If you are coming to this hostel, expect just the bare minimum. Rooms are pretty cold and damp, and have practically no ventilation, so expect them to be smelly. on the positive, rooms are reasonable clean, and you get clean towels any time you request. The kitchen was quite ok, if you don't mind dirty pans and dishes, and don't care other people stealing your food from the fridge. The worst point was the rude guy in charge of this place. If you dislike unsavoury comments, don't come to this hostel!
Disgruntled traveller
(New Zealand)
Lovely place, very friendly, well run
Vagabond is run by a team of extremely friendly owners/managers. The duty manager was different nearly every day we were there (five nights), which felt a little weird, but all of them were very friendly. The kitchen was reasonably well stocked and there was even a dishwasher! What luxury. We stayed in a cabin out in the courtyard -- this was very quiet, but a little bit of a pain to visit the toilet in the middle of the night. (There is an outside toilet so you don't have to go all the way into the house). Internet access is very cheap (only $3 per hour) but the computers were rather old -- I couldn't get them to recognise my USB camera card reader. There is also a TV in the lounge and free movies including some really good ones, like Lord of the Rings. Fully booked, this place sleeps twenty-eight which is a nice number, not too big and not too small. The downstairs shower had good pressure but was badly affected by the laundry machines in the next room. All of a sudden you get hot, hot water and there is no way to reduce the temperature while the machine is taking in water. Just be ready to move out of the shower flow quickly! I don't know what the upstairs showers are like. All in all we were very happy at Vagabond and I'd happily go back.
(New Zealand)
  I was the first person to stay at this hostel with my girlfriend, back in about November 1995. It was fantastic -- the owners were really helpful and provided fresh bread daily. good times.
Johnny Boy
  I stayed here for a few nights and found the hostel to be adequate. I find there are too many guests for the facilities provided, which gives it a bit of a crowded feel. It could be better heated during the winter.
  I liked this place. I only stayed a night but I found the rooms to be spacious, bright and airy (no bunks) and the bathroom and kitchen to be clean. There is a nice library in the common room and a small garden outside where you can sit and eat the free fresh-baked bread they give out every morning. Yum!
  It was all right, but staff could have been more helpful.
  This place was friendly, clean, with an amazing video collection, fresh bread, lovely rooms, a good-sized kitchen, and cheap Internet. The owner is well traveled, the hostel is close to town, and it has a nice garden for summer and great staff.

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