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“Should be renamed as guesthouse”

Review of Penola Backpackers

Welcome to Penola Backpackers! Newly renovated 1935 Spanish Mission home
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Welcome to Penola Backpackers! Newly renovated 1935 Spanish Mission home
Located on 59 Church Street in CBD Penola Enjoy park views on our patio while having a bbq
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Welcome to Penola Backpackers! Newly renovated 1935 Spanish Mission home
Located on 59 Church Street in CBD Penola
Enjoy park views on our patio while having a bbq
Fully equipped Modern kitchen with dishwasher
Spacious Queen Bedroom overlooking park, private toilet and shower.
Sleeps six adults with new king single wooden bunks.  All linen supplied. free lockers
Large and spacious, sleeps 4, all linen supplied, ceiling fan, and block out shutters, lockers
Family room for 6! All linen supplied. Private entry, tv, table, couch. Lovely morning sun!
Comfortable and private King Single Bedroom, night stand, locker, desk.  Enquire about price.
Backporch includes freezer, new front load coin operated washing machine and dryer
Off Street 4 Bay Garage parking
Sit under cool verandah in summer
Across the street from the free public Penola Swimming Pool
Welcome to Penola Backpackers, central to shops, pubs, cellardoors
New 40cm flat screen TV/DVD in common room, free dvds.
Male and Female Showers and toilets/sink, mirror. Hot water on demand!
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5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 19
Penola, South Australia

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TashPotat...
Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Should be renamed as guesthouse”
Reviewed 15 December 2013 for a stay in October 2013

With the name "backpacker" I was dubious (even though I am a backpacker I don't like hostels) - but this place is lovely.
Is is so so clean, with fully stocked kitchen equipment and free use of BBQ, lovely comfy beds, nice showers and living room. Lovely large garden with secure parking in garages offered.
The owner and her family are lovely people, so helpful and informative.
I stayed a few weeks as I was working in a nearby vineyard, and I felt welcome the whole time.

Wether passing through or staying on vacation I highly recommend this place. You won't be disappointed!

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maweir
Victoria, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Absolutely Wonderful Place!”
Reviewed 2 December 2013 for a stay in November 2013

This place is such a treasure! We felt so welcomed. It was almost like staying with friends. The kitchen is wonderfully stocked. We decided to buy groceries and cook just so we could use the kitchen. Sandra is so full of information about the area. I would highly recommend this place to anyone going to this area.

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Liked best: It felt like a home, not a hostel.
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Marion P
Naracoorte, Australia
1 review
“A wonderful home to share with a group of friends”
Reviewed 1 December 2013 for a stay in May 2013

Our group of 12 friends thoroughly enjoyed the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival in May 2013. The highlight was being able to all stay together at the Penola Back Packers in a house that had everything we needed, was lovely & had a well set up kitchen big enough to cope with us all. Being right in the centre of Penola was brilliant, so close to all the Festival activities. Having an outdoor area just across from the park really made us feel apart of the towns happenings on market day, great for Sunday brekky we enjoyed with local produce. As a group we couldn't have found better accommodation to suit our needs and we also enjoyed the company of 5 lovely international travellers staying too.

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Liked best: Central location, clean and well organised
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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fooey1960
Canberra, Australia
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54 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A great holiday find”
Reviewed 11 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

I stayed at Penola backpackers for 2 nights on a quick trip to the Limestone Coast. This is a 1930’s house converted to a backpacker’s but its set up like a home. The owners Sandra and Norm are very keen for you to feel at home – down to flowers and fresh lemons in the kitchen.
There are two dorm rooms – 4 to six beds each with really high quality mattresses. There’s a family room with a double and four bunks. The family room has a separate entrance. Plus several more double rooms – again with a new hotel quality beds.
I stayed in the double room facing Bowden Street. Again, the owners have set this up to be relaxing and homely. Great new bed, lots of hanging space, a good reading lamp and a selection of books are in the room. This trip I was travelling alone, and Penola Backpackers represented excellent value for money, great facilities and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.
The kitchen is large and very well equipped, fridge/freezer, stove, dishwasher and microwave. Lots of crockery and cooking utensils. Lots of pantry space too.
The large laundry room has a new industrial coin-op washing machine and dryer.
There are 2 toilets and 1 bathroom in the house and 2 brand new bathroom pods near the back door. There’s also a tv room with a dvd player. There’s wi-fi included with the room tariff. The backpacker’s has keyless entry and new modern locks on all the interior doors – all very secure.
Out the back is a reasonable sized yard and 3 car garage.
There’s a couple of good pubs and café’s nearby. In summer – the Penola pool is across the road. Lots of beautiful gardens and a park nearby. Close to Penola Visitor’s Centre. Short walk to the IGA and I went for a long walk around the town each morning - Penola is one of those places where the locals wave at you while you’re out walking. I even got an invite to the Penola Texas Holdem Poker night at Heyward’s Pub on Wednesday night.
There are so many wineries to choose from – Sandra made good suggestions about a couple to try – so I visited Zema, Balnaves and Patrick. Spent most of a day at Naracoorte Caves and fit in an extra wine tasting on the way home.
A wonderful short visit! I thank Sandra and Norm for their hospitality and highly recommend Penola Backpackers.

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Liked best: Welcome from hosts and range of facilities
Liked least: Didn't stay longer
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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ThereseEl...
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Home away from home. Hidden gem!”
Reviewed 6 April 2013 for a stay in April 2013

We stayed in the private room with private bathroom for $90 per night. Very clean and spacious converted house. Large kitchen area with everything you need. BBQ area outside in the sunshine with tables and chairs. Garage available for your car. Great location. Opposite the park and local butchers (which we would highly recommend) on the northern end of the shopping strip. Very friendly owner who met us when we arrived and showed us around the house. Would highly recommend this accommodation to singles, couples, groups and families. Laundry and wifi also available. We will stay here again when we return to the area.

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Liked best: Spacious, clean and full size kitchen.
Liked least: Truck noise.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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