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Garching bei Munchen, Germany
Reviewed 31 March 2016

I was for two nights in this hostel it was terrible ... In the 4 doorm rooms was no window and it smell terrible in all the Hostel. In the badroom was mold und very dirty ... And the bedspread did not change i have see it .. Horrible Never go there...

Thank peterschulz150
Penrith, Australia
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Very basic hostel. I would not recommend doing washing here. My boyfriend and I have been to many hostels while we have been in NZ and haven't had any issues doing our washing. Between us we make a full load at any other hostel. At this hostel it took 2 loads of washing and 2 dryers that took 2 hours...

Thank sammi_269
Tuatara I, Front Office Manager at Tuatara Lodge, responded to this review

We have recently changed ownership and have updated the washing and drying machines, and added two brand new microwaves to the kitchen. sorry your last stay was unpleasant come and and give the new Tuatara lodge a try.

Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

We went to the cafe for brunch. We were told that there would be a half an hour wait. We decided to wait. It took 45 minutes for my food to come out. Unfortunately it took another 10 minutes for my friends food. It was good food.

1Thank Leigh A
Northwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We stayed here through the kiwi bus for one night in an 8 bed dorm. We entered our room and realised there were no clean beds for us? Which was shocking. We went to reception and were given a new room which was slightly better. However, only four sockets between 8 of us which was so hideous as both are...

Thank Ceri S
Tuatara I, Front Office Manager at Tuatara Lodge, responded to this review

We have recently changed ownership and now have four plug extensions available to be borrowed from reception, also added a range booster in the kitchen for the WiFi . sorry your last stay was unpleasant come give the new Tuatara lodge a try.

Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

The rooms were wet and cold, there weren't enough showers or toilets and also my shower was ice cold. The laundry is fairly cheap, but the wash can only be done in cold water and even if you put your clothes through the dryer twice they won't get dry. Conveniently enough you can get kicked out of you leave your...

Thank Linnéa Ö
Reviewed 13 February 2016 via mobile

The most dirty accommodation in town!!! In the price is also included body hair and hair in the bed from other people... The bathrooms and shower are dirty, Don't try, better to sleep in the street instead there... We had booked for 2 night but we run away quickly, and the girl on the reception is unfriendly! Not carrying about...

Thank Jessica E
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 26 January 2016

I stayed two nights, when I visited stewart Island. This is good place to stay, it is in the city and accessible to all the shops. The staffs are so friendly and helpful. one of the help I've been offered was During my visit I checked in really late around 7 pm, and I forget to take few things. So...

Thank Saravana27
Rotorua, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 January 2016

I really wanted to love this place, but everything kept working against us - the door made a loud buzzing if it was open even a crack, there were no windows in our room, the girls bathroom didn't have handles on the sink and the communal computers misquote the actual cost. I did appreciate the customer service and adore the...

Thank AmandaPressly
Paris, France
Reviewed 2 December 2015 via mobile

For a hostel the rooms were clean which is the main thing but with limited showers and toilets, dirty dryers, handless pots and pans and a receptionist who isn't quiet sure about things, a movie room with vhs but nothing to play them on and 'free wifi' which only works in reception which closes at 21.00 we think it's over...

Thank david k
Reviewed 17 August 2015

I shelled out the big bucks ($29/night) for a standard room (max 4 people in a room). I stayed there in winter, so it wasn't very busy, and I only had one roommate during my entire stay, so that was nice. Another positive is that the kitchen was impressively clean pretty much all the time. On the down side, the...

Thank pterodactyli

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  • Free Internet
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
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Additional Information about Tuatara Lodge

Address: 30 - 32 Dee Street, Invercargill, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Invercargill
Price Range: $30 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 26
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“Room near to the TV lounge or above the cafe are noisy”
 of 5 bubbles Embojane, 29 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Pay an extra 4 $ for the room upgrade, eat at off hours the kitchen gets crowded.”
 of 5 bubbles BluewaterGypsy, 2 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Didn't get free wifi at the room but sitting at the kitchen at the table nearest the internet room, I was able to get a connection. But the best is to walk next door to the Invercargill Library which is very generous with its fast free wifi.”
 of 5 bubbles 693alinep, 19 Aug 2014 | Read review
“ask for one with a TV if you want it.”
 of 5 bubbles jvrnz, 16 Feb 2013 | Read review
“both of the double rooms are cozy and sunny, and sometime can be VERY HOT in there during the day.”
 of 5 bubbles wanderer904, 1 Jan 2013 | Read review
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