One of the dirtiest places I’ve stayed at! Water was brown coming out of the taps which was undrinkable, kitchen was disgustingly dirty showers had mould all through them and toilets were dirty. The shady manager was never around and wouldn’t clean the hostel up when asked on numerous occasions...
I loved staying at this hostel. It's old fashioned, but very CLEAN. And the VIEW is amazing. It's not a proper party hostel, but it's easy to meet PEOPLE and make friends. SHOWERS are hot and clean. Bedrooms are quite dark ar night, perfect if you want to SLEEP in the morning. Plus, the MANAGER is friendly, resourceful and always available; he will solve all of your problems! Only con : It's quite a high climb from town.
First of all, it was way too expensive compared to what you get and the facilities. We had to leave two days earlier than expected because we couldn’t stand staying - even without being able to get our money back for the last two days. The people living there was staying for a longer period of time, therefore it felt like moving into a bunch of strangers house. They had their things stacked up everywhere in the room and in the bathroom - there was no space for us and our bags as newly arrived backpackers. Secondly, as soon as you entered the property you could smell weed. Some of the residents in this hostel smoked weed in the common areas most of the day and most of the night. We really felt uncomfortable. When this is said, the view was really beautiful!
We stayed in a private room with private bath, and we were amazed by how quiet it was at night. Maybe we just got lucky, but the lodge does post serious rules about quiet time. Our room was plain but clean and comfy enough, and the bathroom was enormous, with good shower pressure and water temperatures. The view of Queenstown is great, but the downside is that the hillside location, though close to the center of town, requires ascending a killer hill and staircase, if you’re on foot. Mickey was manning the desk during our stay, and we appreciated his curious mind and the engaging conversation.
For the price you will not find a better place for the price in Queenstown, we stayed in the private rooms which is basically a 3 bed flat with stunning views over the lake. The staff are genuinely really nice and helpfully, I really don't want to leave!