Paihia – Cap’n Bob’s Beach House

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$55.00 per night – single/private room
BBH – Yes
Wifi – Yes
Visa/Credit Machine – Yes
December 15, 2015 (1 nights)
BBH Official Link

When I arrived there was no one at the front desk, but there was instructions on how to use the intercom to call them. When I called I didn’t understand what the girl had said, however, 1 minute later she was there.

I didn’t get her name, but she was very friendly and first had me drop off my bags, and then I checked in. Paid and also got instructions on what is in the area. Very nice introduction for someone who has never been to Paihia before.

The room is clean, and small, with a single bed. A rack for hanging clothes, but that is it. For the price I was hoping for a little more.

On the main floor, there is a shared bathroom for guys and girls, with private shower stalls. Very clean and organized! Somewhat of a modern look. There is also a terrace with some chairs.

Upstairs is another small bathroom and a common room, with kitchen. Very clean, and modern looking. There is also a patio with lots of seating. This makes up for the small bedroom.

I never used this room and I was only here one night and was leaving early as well. I can see it being a nice place to mingle and or relax.

The hostel is about 6 minute walk to all the stores and bus stops. A nice beach right across the road as well.

Pros:
Clean, modern, wifi, good location.

Cons:
Price, and I prefer separate washrooms, for men and women, but that is my preference.

Rating:
8 / 10

Final thoughts:
Modern looking, and clean.
Front desk girl is very friendly and location is worth staying at. It was a better price than the other options in town.

To find out more on how I got here, check out my other posting.
Rob Kruis Travel Blog

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Russell – Ferry Landing

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$45.00 per night – single/private room
BBH – Yes
Wifi – Yes ($2.00 per stay)
Visa/Credit Machine – No
December 8 – 10, 2015 (3 nights)
BBH Official Link
Ferry Landing Hostel Site

When I arrive Andrea was right there to greet me. She immediately started a conversation and introduced me to everyone. There was no rush to check in, to pay, etc. Andrea makes you feel like you just arrived home.

The room is very clean and organized pretty much how I expected it. The washroom is a single shower and single toilet. The common room is open concept with kitchen.

Andrea has some food for purchase and I found her prices cheaper than buying it from the local grocery store.

Basically this hostel is a single floor house turned into a hostel. I like it. The owner makes it feel like a place you want to stay at.

She also interacts with all of the guests to make them interact. This was my first hostel where I met everyone and made 5 new friends. 4 of whom, I still keep in contact with still.

The hostel location is about 5 km to Russell, but there is a ferry for 1 dollar that goes across the water to Opua where there is a diner and local store.

The view from the hostel is amazing. You will have to see it to know what I mean.

Pros:
Quit, clean, extremely friendly, relaxing, fast wifi, fun

Cons:
Not within walking distance to Russell, but not really a con. I easily hitched a ride within minutes each day.

Rating:
9.5 / 10

Final thoughts:
By far, one of the best stays I have ever had. Not just in a hostel.

If you are single and want to meet new travelers, this is the place to do it. If you want a relaxing time, or not, this is the place! I can’t say enough about Andrea’s hostel. I loved it here.

To find out more on how I got here, check out my other posting.
Russell and Trek

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