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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Love this hostel. Have stayed here for a month and I am planning on staying a month longer. The atmosphere in the hostel is homely and I became comfortable within a week. The facilities are excellent, there is free WiFi, free breakfast until 9.30am and the hostel is clean and cleaned daily. It is also in a perfect location, with...

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Helensvale, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hostel had it's good and bad elements. Location was very central to everything, but I found that the town had a yuppy feel to it - lots expensive things that are hard to afford on a backpackers budget. The staff were really lovely and friendly and I really loved the art deco design, but there were things that needed...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Kay is the loveliest person I've ever met. We are like a big family and it's not expensive as well. The breakfast is from 7:30- 9:30. You can knock at her door evertime. The service is very very nice in there.

Thank Jonas F
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Stayed here to channel them art deco vibes and I was not disappointed. Lovely place to stay, clean rooms, spacious kitchen & common area. Wifi was good. Breakfast provided in the morning. Geoff & Kay were very friendly and helpful. Great location -close to all the shops, art deco center, beach and supermarkets are within 10min walk away.

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Lejre, Denmark
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

I spend 3 nights here and it is a greah hostel for backpackers. The rooms are clean. The bathrooms are VERY clean (THANK YOU!!). The staff is super helpful and polite. I was missing 2$ in cash for my payment and the receptionist was just like "nah, it's fine". Really enjoyed my stay here. The only thing was that my...

Thank Emilie-Alexandr... S
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 April 2016

If you like art deco, you'll like it here. Loads of character, great communal space, nice rooms that are in the process of being done up, and great location in the centre of town. And the staff were friendly too.

1Thank Alan C
Queenstown, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

This hostel is full of character! The common areas are done in an old lounge style making them unique, spacious, and a great place to chill. Also features a second floor balcony which is a great place to watch the hustle and bustle on a sunny day. Excellent well equipped kitchen that has everything you need. A great choice for...

1Thank I_Test44
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 10 April 2016

We initially booked with Archie's Bunker Backpackers in Napier but they forgot our reservation so we have been directed to Criterion Art Deco Backpackers. We stayed only one night but we could have stayed at least a week, it was so nice. The manager was really cool and welcoming and she made us pay only $60 for the room instead...

2Thank Justine G
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Housed in a 1932 converted hotel it is in the best location right in the heart of Napier. They have a variety of different room options to choose from, a huge lounge area and a huge kitchen. Only thing lacking is an outdoor area, although they do have a skinny little balcony off the lounge. They even offer a free...

1Thank JazzyPerth
Hamilton, Canada
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Great location Free street parking Saturday night and Sunday Free WiFi did not work We had planned to camp in Taupo but there was so much rain we tried to find a hotel instead but all booked. We called the Criterion who held one of the last rooms for us so we made the drive to Napier and were very...

1Thank HojasRojas

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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast

Additional Information about Criterion Art Deco Backpackers

Address: City Centre 48 Emerson Street, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Hawke's Bay Region > Napier
Price Range: RM173 - RM213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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“Can be street noise if on the side of the Rose Bar across the street. I just wore earplugs on weekend nights”
 of 5 bubbles McTon, 23 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Go somewhere else”
 of 5 bubbles salsunny, 20 Dec 2015 | Read review
“10 person dorms are actually split up into two rooms, 6 in one and 4 in the other”
 of 5 bubbles PaigeV440, 16 Mar 2015 | Read review
“It wasn't terribly busy when I visited (winter, during the week), so I got a whole dorm room to myself! You might get lucky and get a dorm to yourself too if you visit at an unpopular time.”
 of 5 bubbles LucyQ789, 30 Aug 2014 | Read review
“A room away from the main street may be quieter. Didn't bother us though!”
 of 5 bubbles NancyF514, 15 Feb 2014 | Read review
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