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Southern Laughter Backpackers

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A friendly toasty warm – backpackers located in central Queenstown within quiet surroundings. We have plenty of off street parking and just a 2 minute walk to bars, supermarkets and shops.Our rooms are configurations of cozy 3, 4, 6 or 8 beds as well as 5, 6 and 8 person self contained units with kitchens. We also provide comfortable private double and twin rooms.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Self-Serve Laundry
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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This was the dirtiest place we had to stay one night in during our 11 months world trip, south east Asia included. We felt very uncomfortable. And considering the price, it’s robbery. Bathroom was not clean, kitchen was a mess, there was a clearly old and used boxershort on
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Great place, a bit alternative which I like. The common area is really cosy and they make free soup daily! The guy who checked me in was super friendly, the girl with him less so. Only problem was the shared rooms/bathroom are really tiny and old looking bedding, but you're not
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I stayed here for my trip and must say I loved the small homely feel of this hostel compared to some others. It’s close to everything which is handy, as you can walk everywhere in town. Was handy as well because it’s situated a 2 minute walk from Skyline. The staff were friendly
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Response from kayleighslqt2017, Front Office Manager at Southern Laughter Backpackers
Responded 1 Oct. 2018
Hi Hannah, Thank you so much for your review. we are glad to hear that southern laughter seemed like the perfect place for your needs. We love helping independent travelers make the most of their time in Queenstown. Kind regards
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I lived in Queentown for 1.5 months. I stayed in a number of hostels in town and this is by far the best hostel around! The reasons why I loved this hostel: 1. Location - the hostel is located right in town and only a 2 min. walk from the center. Despite it's central location
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Response from kayleighslqt2017, Manager at Southern Laughter Backpackers
Responded 20 Sep. 2018
Hi there , Thank you very much for your review of our little hostel! We do have lots of different room types and we do our best t o match groups to the room best suited to them. We are super happy that you enjoyed your your stay with us and the nature of the hostel. The only thing i would like to point out is that you were lucky enough to stay in the quieter winter shoulder season, during the summer months and hight of winter we actually do get extremely busy and booking in advance is highly recommended!! All the best on the rest of your travels. SL Crew
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This hostel is not clean at all, swarms of flies in the main reception as we walked in and then more in the room. We had to share a single shower, toilet and sink with an entire floor. The shower didn’t drain well either and the floor tiles felt unclean (we wore flip flops into
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Response from kayleighslqt2017, Front Office Manager at Southern Laughter Backpackers
Responded 10 Sep. 2018
Hi Toby, Its a shame you didn't voice your opinions to our friendly staff when you stayed with us (which according to our records was all the way back in February?) we really feel that harboring these feelings for 9 months is not helpful for anyone. Our staff are always willing to help and we really appreciate guests letting us know if any of our numerous facilities were in need of attention and we can always point you in the direction of another if the closest one is in use. We also have en-suite rooms available for those guests who don't want to share. I can assure you that our showers are literally scrubbed each morning by our awesome cleaning team. We noticed that you gave an awesome review of the YHA in town. Its an awesome spot but we would just like to point out the experience we offer is quite different. We are an owner-operated, small boutique hostel and perhaps not the best place if you prefer the uniformity of the larger chains around the country (which of course are great for some). We aim ourselves more towards the independent traveler looking to meet like minded people in a social environment while getting a cheap clean spot to rest your head after a day of exploring. Thanks for staying anyway. all the best .
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Is there parking available for rental cars?
Hello Amanda N, Yes we do have parking available onsite for all of our guests to use free of charge. Hope this helps! Kind regards Southern Laughter
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Hi there There is a safe in reception for valuables. In the room you have booked has locked doors. If you are leaving luggage to goo off on a tramp or activity there is a place to lock and store your luggage away. Enjoy your stay with us and see you soon.
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Hi Cassie, The easiest and cheapest way to get to us from the airport is to take the public bus from outside the terminal- it leaves every 15-20 mins and will cost you $8 one way. fro the bus stop walk straight up Camp street (where the bus stops) towards the fire station- take a left and we are just opposite the medical centre! look forward to seeing you soon regards, SL crew :-)
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"Room 22 is best"
"wifi, best views, mountain view, city view, quirky, clean, onsite parking"
"More bunks, more friends."
"room on the deck by common room. 15a or 15b"
"Our room was an outside rom (not in the same building as the communal area and smaller private rooms) and was very quiet."
USD 22 - USD 60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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