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“The best hostel I've stayed in!"” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Lab Queenstown

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The Lab Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand
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37 reviews
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“The best hostel I've stayed in!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2011

It shows how opinions differ!
The Lab is a very homely hostel with a great crowd of longtermers who, unlike other clicky hostels, make you feel very welcome and instantly part of the group.
There's always a great craic, with people wanting to party every night but quieter places you can escape to with like-minded "chill out" types!
Yeah so it's not the cleanest hostel (think "messy" rather than "dirty"!) and there's no great swimming pool or over the top amenities but it is "budget accommodation" and there's bathrooms/kitchens which are cleaned daily.
The staff are amazing fun and do anything they can to help!
The location couldn't be more perfect for Queenstown (just on the outskirts of the main town centre and NOT up any crazy steep hills!) and the price is affordable.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2011

I always stay in budget accommodation and I am usually very happy with the standard of New Zealand hostels, but this place was terrible. I was put off from the beginning as it looks much different from the nice, clean and modern pictures on the website. No character at all. Should have suspected as it was available in the peak season while most of the other places were sold out. We had stained sheets, an old bunk with some pieces missing from the base and dirty toilets and showers. The walls in our room were peeling off, they made no effort to make it look nice or inviting. There was writing under the bunks and it seems that most of the previous people hated it as well, things like " this place sucks" and " this is Norman bates hostel".

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about The Lab Queenstown

Property: The Lab Queenstown
Address: 6 Henry Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 90 Speciality Lodging in Queenstown
Number of rooms: 14
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