I loved this place so much. The staff were all so friendly and the place was very clean. I stayed 10 nights and Queenstown was almost the death of me (alcohol related).
I think the hostel experience is a lot about the people you meet and thankfully my two friends and I were lucky enough to be put in with another 4 guys in an 8 bed. We had one unlucky and unfriendly girl in with us. We had such a laugh and although we didn't have a balcony which would of been great we still had a great time. The hostel had small lockers in each room which could be improved by the addition of under-bed lockers but it wasn't an issue.
The hostel provided a light breakfast each morning and an evening meal served on a first come first served basis (start queuing around 17:45). Drinking was allowed in the common area between 4 and 9pm each evening. The obligatory count down could be heard each night at 9:59:50pm. Although you were not meant to drink in your rooms you could get away with it if you were smart.
The bars are all located near by, a must is Cowboys below nomads.
The kitchen was clean and always had staff cleaning up after the less tidy residents. It was a well maintained and equipped kitchen with clean towels always available. They could do with another fridge to ease the stuffing of the current fridges. My only issue would be one I have mentioned in previous write ups, PETS. I don't mind pets in hostels but I witnessed the dog from nomads come up to the kitchen and lick the clean plates under the counter which needless to say off putting. Other than this stay here. As for the noise issue I would have to say that Nomads take noise very seriously. I was on the phone outside my room at 9:30pm and was asked to move to the common area. I was talking low but after 9pm no gathering in the halls is allowed.
I must admit I have a pet peeve when it comes to families in hostels. Yes I know they are cheaper (Nomads was a little pricy but had it's benefits) but they are also called backpackers and that is a clue that it isn't going to be a 5 star retreat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nomads Queenstown Backpackers is located in the heart of Queenstown, New Zealands popular South Island holiday city. Designed with all budget travelers in mind this purpose built backpackers hostel has a variety of room types from small and large dorms with or without ensuite to private ensuite rooms with wide screen Sky TV.All dorm rooms at Nomads Queenstown Backpackers have storage lockers and individual bedside reading lights and many of the rooms have balconies with views of Queenstowns lake or mountains ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nomads Queenstown Backpackers Hotel Queenstown