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Fish Tank Lodge

04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Hurup, Denmark
Reviewed 4 August 2016

Average hostel - worked fine for us that one night we stayed in a shared women dorm. Nothing special about this place besides the "fish tank"-decorations. Fun but tasteless. The staff was super friendly and funny. Thumbs up. Kitchen facilities was decent. Always pretty crowdy though. Location is also pretty good. Close to the bus stop and the supermarket and...

Thank JeanVilhelm
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

I am a big reader of trip advisor so I have read the last few reviews on where I currently live and here is the truth of the matter. If you are looking for the cutting edge of technology and advanced stays then why are you in Kaikoura? If you are looking for a clean bunk right in the centre...

Thank Dave D
Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 29 March 2016

We had a private room. Apparently the cat was sleeping on our bed, therefore we had tons of cat hair on our blanket and pillow. Reception is not always occupied, but the girl was nice and changed the sheets right away. The private rooms are tiny and right next to the the lounge and balcony. The walls are super thin,...

Thank Nadi F
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

Possibly the worst accomodation we've stayed in thus far. After reading reviews before booking we were expecting a standard hostel. Nothing super amazing but just a standard clean and social backpackers. Boy, were we wrong. Firstly after coming from other similar rated hostels on our travels we were quite shocked at the appearance of the place. From the outside it...

Thank JessMack12
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

This hostel was provided me a comfortable, relaxing stay. The owner was very helpful in giving us ideas and tips for activities in The region. He even gave us blankets and fire making equipment for a night's drinking on the beach! A wonderful place to stay and would definitely stay again.

Thank doctorrdv
Reviewed 7 January 2016

This is my second time here. Due to high season, it was crowded compared to previous winter. I couldn't take a nap well because of the guests from the next next door were having extreme fun among themselves. Luckily they didn’t make that much noise at night. Well, maybe this is my own risk for staying in a backpacker’s accommodation....

Thank automidori
Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

Everything was tidy and clean in the kitchen, nice lounge room and Good beds. We got lucky, we payed for a shared dorm and got a 3 person dorm, nobody else came so we got a double for three days! Owner is very kind and helpfull.

Thank Jorn M
Houston, Texas
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

This hostel doesn't look like much from the outside but is actually not bad at all on the inside. The vibe is chill and the balcony is a great place to hang out and maybe have a meal (beware the seagulls!) it's centrally located next to the bars and I would suggest making a right at beach street for some...

Thank sylvie n
Nieuw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 17 November 2015

The location of the hostel is perfect. Kaikoura is a small town though, so every location is good. The hostel itself is terrible, i dont recommend it. It is not clean. There was a cat sleeping in my bed when i came in the room. Kitchen is not clean. WiFi dont work. And the reception is not helpful. They dont...

Thank S M
Somerville, Massachusetts
Reviewed 12 October 2015

This was a great find! I was travelling during shoulder season, so things were on the quieter side, but Fish Tank came recommended and didn't disappoint. The staff was super friendly, and the beds were by far the most comfortable I've ever come across in a hostel. The kitchen and lounge were both clean and comfortable,and the deck with ocean...

Thank Shea O

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the heart of Kaikoura with uninterrupted views of the ocean and mountains is the cosy Fish Tank Lodge. Beds are seriously comfortable with crisp clean linen already made up for you and the national buses stop right outside the front door. The kitchen is fully equipped and the lounge warm and cosy with some awesome artwork which is a must see! Feel right at home here with free tea and coffee and a warm kiwi welcome to Kaikoura. ... more   less 

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Address: 86 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Number of rooms: 10
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“If you don't mind to spend more but rather have more quietness, the private en-suite on first floor might be better.”
automidori, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
“I did the deep sea fishing trip. Was great pulling up the baskets and then cooking one for dinner that night. Doesn't get any more fresh 😊”
ptwanderer123, 5 Feb 2015 | Read review
“We stayed in a 3-bed dorm on the ground floor for $60 per night in early January. Linens were clean and comfortable. Because the room was beside two bathrooms so it was quite humid and noisy, especially at night. The double room beside it looks like a much better choice (with its won bathroom)”
RataNtree, 11 Jan 2015 | Read review
“For 5$ extra get double room. More space more privacy”
Grillettinaa, 5 Aug 2014 | Read review
“I think the 3-bed dorm gives a possibility of a single bed, which I myself prefer. Otherwise the rooms do not really have views, but the lounge does, a nice one.”
boxfishlover, 17 Feb 2014 | Read review
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