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Frienz Backpacker Hostel Auckland
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Having stayed in hostels for a few months now, this is easily the worst I've stayed in.

The hostel received a pretty good rating on Hostelworld but I wish I'd had read the reviews on TripAdvisor!

There were too many rooms - communal areas are not big enough to cater for everyone. The kitchen area was always really busy. Not enough showers/toilets (2 female showers and toilets for a floor with 8 rooms with 6 people in each and some of these were female only).

The rooms themselves are pretty dire - cold, basic beds, VERY basic mattresses, ceiling with mould stains all over, floor never looked clean, childish bed covers, all made for a pretty bleak room.

All of the above made for a pretty poor stay in Auckland - only positives were the location and that the staff were friendly.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
Thank Katie P
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Frienz is in a great location. Right next to the park, right next to queens Street and opposite side of Victoria Street to the local countdown supermarket.

Nice hot showers, though bathrooms are constantly soaking wet on the floor. Cleaners like to 'mop' them each day and leave them VERY wet with no signage to warn. Otherwise the bathrooms are great and are probably the most modern thing in the hostel.

Kitchen is ok but always insanely busy in my experience over 4 or 5 days. The time of day did not make it any less busy.

It seems there are quite a few people staying there long term for work who seem to think this affords them priority over people staying for a few days. they seem to take over the kitchen and basically make it awkward for everyone else.

The rooms and beds are OK. Old and I need of refurb/painting. But it'll do.

Roof terrace is lovely.

Overall ok.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
Thank Merkulon
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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

I stayed in so many hostel , almost 120 , and here I found the worst staff Ever.
I book a bed for 2 nights but I arrived the day after ( of course I called them do inform them about it ) and they cancel my reservation and they charge me the amount.

They did not even helped me to find another accommodation .

Never meet a so rude staff

Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
Thank iLoveTravel27
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Frienz hostel is one of the cheaper hostels to choose from around the centre of Auckland, and the basic accommodation reflects this price. I stayed in a 14 bed dorm, the curtains didn't close properly which was annoying but not the end of the world. The bunk beds weren't the comfiest but they did the job!

There are only a few showers and toilet to a floor, and they are separated into male and female, however they were never that busy - even though the hostel was quite busy!

The place was cleaned like three times a day, particularly the kitchen area, which was amazing - although made it smell like cleaning products constantly!

The hostel's in a pretty good spot, really close to Albert park. They also have a courtyard and rooftop area which is pretty cool, and you're actually allowed to drink there which makes a change!

Overall, I would stay here again, it's cheap enough and it was only really the other backpackers that ever caused a problem, but the staff were very friendly and sorted out any complaints quickly (not that we had any, but a few others in our room did!)

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
Thank jpd1232015
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I've stayed in many hostels and this was by far the worst.

The mattresses are so thin you can feel every slat, the bed feels like it will tip whenever someone goes up the top.

There are passive aggressive notes left all over the hostel and the kitchen is always a mess.

Only positive is location.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
Thank Megan A
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Additional Information about Frienz Backpacker Hostel Auckland

Address: 27-31 Victoria Street East, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Auckland > Auckland Central
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Ranked #75 of 131 Speciality Lodging in Auckland Central
Price Range: RM73 - RM151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
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