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Ottawa
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I stayed here for three weeks, and overall it was a very enjoyable experience. The unexpected bus pickup (as someone else mentioned) was a really nice surprise, to begin with. Uli and the other staff were super friendly and had lots of suggestions on what to do in Nelson. I was in a private double (which was heavily discounted during... More 

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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

After an 10 hour coach journey we were faced with the prospect of walling 20mins to Tasman Bay Backpackers but the manager decided as we had not arrived at the Hostel yet to try and pick us up! A great relief. Then free ice cream and chocolate pudding in the evening a great arrival! Good to have included internet, movies,... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

The hostel owners clearly have gone to a lot of effort to make this place cosy and welcoming. There are loads of lovely little touches like a free bank of films on their servers, free breakfast and free chocolate pudding and ice cream every night. They have a big spacious yet comfy and cosy common room, a clean kitchen, nice... More 

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Cold water in the shower on a cold night. Wifi that doesn't reach the room well. A cramp room. A toilet door that bangs onto my bed frame when opened. Noisy neighbours. A pathetic heater that would never even stay on. A room that has little privacy. Nothing could redeem the dreadful stay. Won't even bother highlighting the positive points.... More 

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TasmanBayBP, Manager at Tasman Bay Backpackers, responded to this review

We're genuinely very sorry that this has been your experience. Of course a cold shower should not happen this time of the year. This seems very unfortunate. With regards to the heaters. This is a conscious safety decision. We therefore supply extra blankets and hot water bottles upon request. In any case, we very much encourage people to come to... More 

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Staff was great, picked us up from the bus stop, told us things to do, arranged a taxi. It is a bit of a walk to town but not far (probably too far to walk comfortably with baggage), it's close to the water. They had pudding at night which was great. Our room was decent but we shared two toilets,... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

This was a great hostel with lots of FREE stuff which all backpackers love - Wi Fi, chocolate pudding & ice cream every night at 8pm & breakfast in the morning, though none of the food is any good if you're unable to eat gluten! The common rooms/kitchen were quite clean and a decent size. I really loved the bathroom... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

Was told about this place when I was in Kikoura. As soon as I got through the door the welcome I recieved was wonderful. Was shown to a lovely 4 bed dorm which was heated throughout. Can sit by an open coal fire listening to relaxing kiwi music, so homely really is hard not to mak friends here! All the... More 

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Thank 28Skippy
Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 29 May 2014

we stayed here for 2 nights in a double room (on trip advisor and lonely planet recommendation) and it was lovely! Nice room with comfy bed, clean showers - always a bonus. Obviously the major plus points were the free chocolate pudding and breakfast and the wifi was really good too. The hostel had a lovely atmosphere, was a great... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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72 reviews
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

What a gorgeous hostel! We stayed in a double room - really clean and got clean towels for our stay. Really comfortable bed. The showers/bathroom were always clean. The lounge area is so colourful and bright, staff were super friendly. Free wifi but the best bit was we got free chocolate pudding and free breakfast. Was definitely my favourite hostel... More 

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

we stayed for 3 nights in total, we loved it we stayed in a double room with a shared bathroom. the bathrooms where always clean and tidy, they have washing machines and dryers you can use at a cost of $2-$3. you can hang your stuff out on washing lines if you don't want to use the dryer. the room... More 

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The fire is roaring, the atmosphere's relaxed, the hostel's warm, spacious yet homely. Just like your favourite café - great music, friendly, genuine people. Free Hot Chocolate pudding & ice cream served every night of the year. Inner sprung mattresses throughout the hostel. Free All you can eat Winter Breakfast (May to November). Free Wireless internet (April to November). Free use of bikes for exploring. Off-street parking. Central but quiet location. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Tasman Bay Backpackers

Address: 10 Weka Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Price Range: $51 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tasman Bay Backpackers 3.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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“I only saw the triple room, which was great to me. I'd say upstairs, rooms 14-18 would be a little less noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles 370stanleyr, 21 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Don't book a twin ensuite room as there is no such thing”
 of 5 bubbles 444cassandrat, 19 Jan 2016 | Read review
“all room are quiet, of course if you stay in a dorm, could be noisy for the roommates”
 of 5 bubbles Marcochef1993, 31 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Down stairs rooms in new wing are better.”
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“Ask not to be near a bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles hail-to, 2 Dec 2014 | Read review
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