Backpacking around the south island, i would put this one up there as one of the top 3 that I stayed in(so far!). This is one of the smaller type hostels which for me, as a mature solo traveller, i much preferred to the bigger hostels. The smaller ones always achieved the ability to make you feel like you were staying at someone's house. Very clean, large lounge room, lovely views of the little park next door, the highlight of this particular hostel (aside from every other thing that made it fantastic) was the location to town, a 5 minute stroll and you are in the thick of it. This is the sort of hostel i would recommend to people who have never stayed in a hostel before - i believe they are calling them these days 'flashpackers'. I stayed in a 4 room dorm.
11 out of 10 for this one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Poplar Lodge is now a holiday home, offering clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation in historic Arrowtown. With 7 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms there is space for everyone! Central heating,electric blankets, large garden, BBQ. A minute walk from the town, the river and tracks to the hills. Poplar Lodge is the ideal base for summer or winter activities. ... more less