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Chez la Mer Backpackers

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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Stayed for a night and the place is cute with the sound of fountain in the garden that makes you more relax..There is also a piano and books to choose from..Our dorm has a toilet inside which I likely prefer..The staffs are accomodating and helpful..I will definitely comeback..

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Redding, California
Reviewed 16 January 2016 via mobile

This is my 6th time bicycling around New Zealand, and this has been my favorite stay. One of the original historic buildings in French-flavored Akaroa, owned by Sara and sailing Captain Roy, and beautifully managed by Christie and her fun staff. I don't remember ever having had so much fun in a NZ hostel. Plus, as a bonus you get...

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Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

A nice little hostel perfectly located in Akaroa; right next to many of the shops, cafes and the four square. The rooms are quite clean as are the bathrooms. Small kitchen but it has a smaller occupancy so it works! And there is a beautiful garden to hang out in in the back.

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Reviewed 27 October 2015

To be greeted by the delightful Janna was like being greeted by a long lost relative. What a welcome. Such a homely feel to the hostel. A piano to play, bikes to borrow, spices to cook with, a peaceful garden to unwind in. If hostels the world over were all like Chez la Mer, why would anyone choose to stay...

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Thank Beth M
Edinburgh
Reviewed 22 October 2015

Akaroa is a gorgeous town by the sea. This hostel is right in the town. The accommodation is good. We had a twin room ('queen' here) with our own bathroom. There was even a little kitchen on our floor. The whole experience felt like old-world luxury. The hostel has all the facilities you could need, include bikes for borrowing.

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Reviewed 17 October 2015 via mobile

Great homely little backpackers with a relaxing garden for some chilling out and time out. Close to everything right on the main street complimented with the friendly & welcoming hospitality of managers Janna and Nick. Check it out plus Akaroea is well worth the visit!! :-)

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Thank Kerry T
Somerville, Massachusetts
Reviewed 12 October 2015

Great location right in the center of Akaroa...the house is bright pink and can't be missed! We were just there for one night so we didn't take advantage of many of the perks, but the wifi is free and the lounge is cozy. The back garden is beautiful and perfect for a relaxing breakfast. We stayed in a 4 bed...

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Thank Shea O
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Great place. Lovely old hostel with clean rooms. Friendly staff who even offered us fresh baked cookies. Very knowledgeable. Clean kitchens. Comfortable living room. Nice garden. Perfect location. Well worth the money

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Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

Cute little pink backpacker hostel for backpacker! Free wifi, fishing rod, bike, hot water bottle, walking track maps and super friendly staffs. If you like to cook, they have plenty of spices in their kitchen, they even compile recipes from backpacker around the world into a small book in their kitchen. Give it try when you have nothing to do...

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Reviewed 23 July 2015 via mobile

The room was fine except for the fact that it didn't have a lock and that the staff had to walk through the dorm to access their office. This meant that any to chill out in the room were thwarted by a thoroughfare of eyes, feet and conversations. Showers were awful. One had instructions that didn't make an awful lot...

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Discover the beauty of the Banks Peninsula while staying in the heart of historic Akaroa. Enjoy free gourmet brewed coffee and tea. Relax in the tranquil garden, take one of the many area walks and kayak (or swim) with hector dolphins. Free mountain bikes and fishing rods. Heated rooms and fully made up beds. Owners offer special discounts to guests on their dolphin/wildlife sailing cruise aboard the Fox II. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Chez la Mer Backpackers

Address: 50 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Akaroa
Price Range: $39 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 27
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“get room further away from kitchen and communal area, even i close my door i can still smell the smoke from kitchen, and hear the noise from the communal area”
 of 5 bubbles CeciliaMah, 3 May 2015 | Read review
“Try for the upstairs Queen-Twin ~ with ensuite ~~~~ other bathrooms get VERY busy ;)”
 of 5 bubbles AntoinetteFiji2011, 3 Nov 2013 | Read review
“Ensuite dorms are better in summer (max of 5 people using your shower)”
 of 5 bubbles 259zach, 16 Aug 2013 | Read review
“Both the ensuites are very good value.”
 of 5 bubbles RPvisitor, 27 Feb 2013 | Read review
“Ensuite room just inside the front door is away from other rooms, the other ensuite room is upstairs next to dorm rooms”
 of 5 bubbles joseshan, 1 Feb 2013 | Read review
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