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Review of YHA Queenstown Lakefront

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YHA Queenstown Lakefront
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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38 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Just Great!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

We stayed in the 4 mixed/share room for 1 night and apartment for 4 nights.
1. The mixed share room, is small; the shared kitchen, toilet and bathroom, are clean;
2. The apartment, I heard is the only one, is big, comfortable, with full kitchen and bathroom, but the room is behind the building, so you can't see the lake from room.
Location, a walking distance to town. Great view from public kitchen *****(5 stars dining environment=>view)! Bus stop just outside the hostel.

Room Tip: Ask for lake view.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore
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45 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2011

I was contemplating driving on to Kinloch for a quieter location when I passed YHA Lakefront.

Decided straightaway that it was suitable. Dorm rooms at $30 (ten beds) and $35 (three beds). Chose the latter and was very glad that I did because I ended up having the room all to myself :D.

Facilities are all excellent. One minor complaint : the wall between the lounge and the three-bedded room I was in was so thin that I could hear the conversation going on in the former, among a group of 12 teens. But that quietened down after 11.30pm, thankfully.

Kitchen was a very comfortable size to allow six or eight different parties to do food prep at the same time.

Will definitely return on next visit ... next year!

Room Tip: Where possible, choose a room that is not on the same level as the common areas.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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162 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

We stayed in a private double for 4 nights. The staff at check-in were helpful and friendly. The room was quite small with no-where to put anything. The room was above the unofficial smoking area so it wasn’t possible to keep the window open as the room smelt a bit stuffy. When we entered the floor hadn’t been cleaned and there was a hair on the pillow. They said they would hoover the floor but they never did. The bin was emptied daily.
The kitchen was nice, well equipped and a good size. The YHA seems to be popular with Asian tourists and when they were cooking there were no pans or plates for other people. There were herbs and spices provided, and Tupperware also provided.
The shared bathrooms were good and normally clean. They had hairdryers for use.
The location was 10-15 minutes walk from the main part of town. Walking back at night was not a problem. It is on the lakefront and very picturesque. It was quiet and we felt safe. They have a door code after 10pm but it’s changed every few days (we found out the hard way that this was every two days)

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide, Australia
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99 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2011

We were staying in a 4 star apartment with friends, when due to bad weather our flights were cancelled, and we rapidly had to reconsider accommodation options due to finances, with the group slowly decreasing in size as more flights became available.

YHA Lakefront became a good alternative! It is close to town, 5 mins walk to shops and restaurants. The beautiful lake is just across the road and we never tired of the view! Despite the central location it is surprisingly quiet at night, and we were never disturbed by other people either inside or outside the hostel.

Limited parking is available off road, but there is also free parking along the road. However, unless you are planning trips further away, or are travelling through, you may not need a car.

Staying in a family room is obviously more expensive than the dorm rooms. In return we had a private bathroom and kitchen, making this into a proper self contained apartment. The kitchen was well equipped with pots and pans (actually, better than the previous 4 star apartment!), although the crockery did not match, and some dishes were stained and dirty when we arrived thus requiring proper washing. This is common in hostels without dishwashers, and of course dependent on previous guests. The bathroom was adequate. There was a shower above a bath, and even a hairdryer provided.

The family room had a master bedroom with double bed, wardrobe and reading lamps. There was a second bedroom with bunk beds, shelving and reading lamp. Beds were comfortable. The dining area attached to the kitchen had a table and chairs, also sofa/lounge chairs and TV. Sliding doors opened to a small patio outside.

Overall it was adequately clean, perhaps a bit worn in terms of furnishings. Then again, this is a youth hostel not a 4 star apartment, and you get what you pay for!

The staff at reception were knowledgeable and friendly. Internet access was available for a small fee, with a huge amount of terminals. Reception can arrange cheap transport to the airport. Staff can also advice on cheap eating options, with discount vouchers.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gainesville, Florida
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

Personally, I think this is the best hostel that I've stayed at. The kitchen was gigantic, there were three lounge areas and then a tv room with heaps of bean bag chairs. Also had a computer area with both mac and pc computers. The rooms were decent sized (three of us stayed in a 4 person multi-share). Private showers plus bathrooms with multiple showers...even a few private bathrooms. Short walk (less than 5 min) to shops/restaurants. Right across from the lake, so beautiful views from the kitchen. A few off-street parking spots, but plenty of parking on the street.

Room Tip: Room 7 was a good room.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank tunicategirl
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Property: YHA Queenstown Lakefront
Address: 88 - 90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Queenstown
Amenities:
Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 90 Speciality Lodging in Queenstown
Price range (per night): $29 - $89
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Queenstown Lakefront 4*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you want to experience the beauty and excitement of Queenstown but still get a good night’s sleep, then YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the hostel for you – and it’s only a 10 minute walk into town. A comfortable fully equipped hostel sitting right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, offering stunning views of the lake and Remarkables mountain range. The hostel includes a drying room for ski & tramping gear and dedicated snowboard, ski & bike storage. ... more   less 
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