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Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Some hostels just have 'it' and some don't. Bug has it. They've created a nice space for people to stay. There's bikes to hire for free and a massive selection of games to play. They kitchen was well equipped. When I arrived with my boyfriend it transpires that our Hostelworld booking was for two beds in separate rooms. As we...

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Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had booked a private room which was located in a separate building to the office. The room itself was fine, with the exception of the fact that the window opened right into the parking lot and everyone could see right in, however blinds and curtains were provided. This was only an issue as it was very hot and blinds...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic stay at the Bug Backpackers and would highly recommend. An opportunity came up to go on a spur of the moment road trip, Mike was very understanding and nice about it all, even refunded the rest of my stay which no other hostel I have stayed in would do at such short notice. It's a very friendly and homely...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a positive stay with helpful staff, however there was an extra charge for paying on card so price was not what was advertised or agreed to. Would stay again though, lots of other young travellers there to meet & a guitar in the lounge was a nice touch.

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thebug12, Owner at The Bug Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Kyle for your good review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. The 3% surcharge when you pay with credit card is advertised. Also, you are given the option to pay with cash if you like. The Bug Team/Stefanie

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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Our stay at the bug was great. Yes it is a little far from the center but they offer a free shuttle service. The breakfast is great. Our room was very clean and we had a lot of space. The staff was very friendly. Special thanks to Mike he is always concerned about you. Even when you leave he gives...

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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent place! Very nice host and nice facilities. Not too far from the City center.Definnately reccomended. The private room with a kitchen is awesome for a couple's or family. The breakfast in the morning is great.

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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Clean Hostel, nice staff and delicious breakfast. We've stayed there for two nights. Only 4 stars because there was only one single toilette und one shower for too many people. Had to wait a few times because it was occupied. Annoying. Don't know if there was another toilette in another house.

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thebug12, Owner at The Bug Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Laura, I am glad you enjoyed the breakfast. Our main house has several toilets and showers, there are also toilets and showers in all the other buildings. I am sorry that the staff who checked you in did not mention this. The Bug Team/ Stefanie

Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Ive been woofing for the previous owners and kept woofing when the new owners started. They ve done so many great things to the backpacker!! It is a beautiful cosy place to stay, there is barbecues, movie nights, table football and more. Very clean and tidy hostel just 15 min walk to the city center!! Best part of the hostel...

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thebug12, Owner at The Bug Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Santi for your lovely review. We have also benefited from the insights of people like you who have woofed and worked in hostels and hotels around the world. Thanks again for all you help, it was awesome having you here. All the best, hope to see you again. The Bug Team/Stefanie

Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Booked a room with private bathroom that was spacious, clean, modern, and cozy. The staff are extremely nice, the common room and kitchen pleasent and clean, and there is even breakfast. There is parking, and you can also borrow bicycles to cruise around town. Planned to stay one night but stayed for two. If I ever visit Nelson again, I...

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thebug12, Owner at The Bug Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you, Yuvski, for taking the time to write this wonderful review. The Bug Team/Stefanie

Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Nice friendly well run hostel. Very clean and helpful staff. Good place to meet other travellers. Mike the owner was willing to pick up & drop off at the bus station, big help. Will stay again next time I am in Nelson.

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Bug Backpacker is a small, friendly hostel with a welcoming atmosphere. The hostel offers FREE wifi, bikes,lockers in large dorm bedrooms, local pick up/drop off from the bus station and on-site parking. Rooms are clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. Beds are fully made. The Bug has two large, well-equipped kitchens with fresh herbs where you can cook your meals and store your food. The hostel is spread over three houses with a large connecting garden for you to relax. It offers hammocks, foosball and a BBQ. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Bug Backpackers

Address: 226 Vanguard Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range: $48 - $70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bug Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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