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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Criterion was a hard place to leave. We stayed 2 weeks and made so many friends, the hostel staff basically became my second parents. The common room is always teaming with life. Chilling on the comfy couches or playing pool (free always), making a feast in the open plan kitchen, everyone is always chatting and exchanging stories. The rooms...

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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed for 3 weeks from the famed Art Deco weekend through St. Patricks day. Every day felt like coming home to family. Most of the long term stay people developed lifetime friendships. Kay the owner, was like a second mother to all of us, she made sure we all remained in high spirits. The beds are clean and comfortable...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came over with some friends, booked last minute and can see why it's ranked so highly and recommended so often. Refurbished old hotel that offers many grandeur sitting areas with a beautiful verandah seating outside on the main floor. Definitely spacious and comfortable and has a nice clean fully functioning kitchen with more then enough cutlery, dish-ware and glassware. Clean...

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Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived to check in sometime mid-afternoon (ie. standard check in time) but there was nobody at the desk - there was however a mobile number to call and a phone that was free to use. Good plan in theory, but we called the number 8 times over a period of about 40 minutes and nobody picked up! During this...

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cute art deco building and interior. Clean with free wifi and free breakfast! The people I met here were lovely. Would recommend. Mixture of dorm and single/double rooms with clean good showers and bathrooms.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a double room 2 weeks in advance, as we were heading to Napier during the Matatiki event (there was literally no other accommodation in Napier, Hastings or Havelock North). We received confirmation for our booking and paid a deposit for our room. We arrived late 9pm on a Friday night planning to stay for the weekend when a...

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Fambridge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly art deco old hotel turned into Backpackers. Right in centre of this quaint town, it was comfortable and spacious and good value. Good showers and general amenities. Cra parking nearby free for customers.

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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Arrived very late at night to a very clean and basic room with a very clean and basic en-suite. Free breakfast and wi-fi, comfy, clean beds. Toby the dog was welcoming and Jeff the manager was just wonderful. Highly recommend and would love to stay again. Many thanks Jeff

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Braunschweig, Germany
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

A week before i arrived i made a booking over the phone, because their website doesnt work. I was promised to be booked in, unfortunately when i arrived i was told that there is no booking for me. The owner told me he forgot about it. Unfortunately they were booked out, but the owner was kind enough to drive me...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

The outside of the building is fantastic and very charming. The bed was comfy but the rest of the place needs a bit of a refresh. The kitchens were so overwhelmed with people that they quickly became quite messy. Staff seemed friendly enough but it seemed more like a free for all and no real area with info about the...

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  • Free Internet
  • Breakfast included
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  • Free Internet
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  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry

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: RM89 - RM195 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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“Get a room back away from the common area.”
 of 5 bubbles SimonK755, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Various room options from dorms to ensuite doubles”
 of 5 bubbles Timari2, 28 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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
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