Address: 1 Torquay Street, Kaikoura, Nouvelle-Zélande
Coordinates: -42.407627, 173.682800 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Albatross Backpacker Inn is listed on the following booking sites:Albatross Backpacker Inn at Hostelworld Not listed at Booking.com Not listed at HostelsClub
Do not stay here
We booked in advance over the phone and then called again on our way up from Christchurch to reconfirm our booking. Guy we spoke to claimed he had "lost" our booking and quite frankly couldn't care less. He accused Me of booking the wrong hostel. Funny that as I called the same number. Very unhelpful and rude.
The host who "welcomed" us is a really unfriendly guy. He kicked us out of the backpacker at midnight because we were drinking a beer in the other side of the road. I think he doesn't like French people ... But the backpacker was beautiful. Be careful if you want,to go there, don't speak, don't play music, you should find a another place if you want to appreciate your travel as a normal guy!
This place got everything right -- the atmosphere, the mindset, the location. Pricing is pretty good too and the rooms and facilities are clean.
Home from home -- perfect!
I can honestly say that The Albatross Backpackers is the most friendly and welcoming hostel that I have stayed at. Ruth and Mark (the managers) are only too happy to help with anything you put to them, and when it comes to recommending some of the many amazing activities there is to do here, they are definitely the best people to ask, having actually done them! It is situated in a perfect location, being only a seven-minute walk to town and a two-minute walk to the beach. The hostel has a separate TV room, and a general hanging out space which is completed with a cushion corner! It's the perfect environment to meet lots of new people all in one hostel! The hostel is also Kiwi Green and everything is recycled. If you stay here, you are even doing your bit for the environment too! I found the Albatross a home from home and am sad to be leaving! Watch out, what might have only been a three-day stop over might turn into being a couple of months!
Best backpackers I've stayed at so far! The Tross is one of those places where people keep extending their bookings. I have stayed there for about three months while working in town, which I wouldn't have done if it wasnt a nice place. The facilities are good, enough showers/toilets, big enough kitchen. It has got lovely places to sit outside in summer and the ocean is only a minute walk away. One of the things that make the difference is the separate television room, which makes the hostel a good place to actually chat to people and be social! There is always something fun happening, either games, the weekly dinner or quiz night at the local pub! And since the managers have done loads of the tours themselves and are really enthusiastic about them, dont be surprised if you leave town after having done your own take-off in a plane.
Homely, clean, friendly with really helpful staff and a great wood fire. There is plenty of free car parking and it's in a good central location.
This hostel is fantastic. It has the friendliest owner of any hostel I've been to, someone who was always on hand to give the best advice and offer his knowledge. This place has a good atmosphere and a very cozy lounge based around the fire, making it feel very homely.
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Lockers in Lobby
Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons
24 Hour Security
Credit Card Payments
Max. Age: All Ages
Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)
Curfew: No Curfew
Maximum Stay: Unlimited
Minimum Stay: 1 night
Open Dates: All Year
Reception Hours: 8 AM - 8 PM (08:00-20:00), manager/owner lives on the property
Size: Medium (30-60 beds)