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Ducks & Drakes Hotel

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I have been staying at Ducks and Drakes over WOMAD for many years, and it's always a pleasure to return. The bedrooms are clean and comfortable, and the public spaces (kitchen, dining room, lounges) are bright and cheerful, spacious, and well-equipped. Pleased to see recycling bins and 'free food' sections in the fridge and on the bench for leftovers. Bathrooms...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Great review Kokako8. Thanks. We are slowing working our way through the property and upgrading the facilities and appreciate that you notice the improvements. There are more to come... See you next year.

Auckland
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I keep coming back to Ducks and Drakes year after year for the convenient location, super-friendly owners, cosy comfy colourful rooms, and really friendly vibe. Perfect for the relaxed traveller wanting something a bit different. There's not too many bells and whistles but they have everything you need and you'll definitely feel instantly at home there.

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

It was our pleasure to be able to host you again BloominHeather. It's important to us that you feel at home and we will see you next year!

Suffolk, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Stayed in a one bedroom cottage. Very comfortable and well presented, kitchen facilities good, cleaned daily. In a quiet location yet near to three large supermarkets and not far from the town centre. Staff very friendly and helpful. A good experience.

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Ducks and Drakes is a comfortable oasis. Thanks for taking the time to send in a review.

Invercargill
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Brett and Paula run a amazingly quirky, friendly, fun and quiet retreat at here Backpackers. When I say quiet, I mean the staff even asked my permission twice if they could switch there vacuum cleaners on...far out, what attention to guests! Otherwise, what a joy to stay there. I only hope they can accommodate me and my family at Womad...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

We will do our best Bryan. It was great to have you here and we hope to see you again in 2018.

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 March 2017

My husband and I stayed in a cottage at Ducks and Drakes for about 4 nights and would definitely stay again given the chance. It was very comfortable, very clean and surprisingly very quiet at night so we did sleep well. The grounds are set up very lovely and easy to relax in and the location is good for New...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks Charlotte B. We appreciate the recommendation.

Reviewed 15 March 2017

What a great place to stay and relax. Friendly hosts with a ton of local knowledge, super friendly and accommodating family. The comfiest beds in all of NZ I'm sure and hot showers. Very clean and well presented. We can't wait to go back to NZ so we can stay again.

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Ducks & Drakes is a great place to stay and relax and we are pleased that you think so. We look forward to seeing you next time.

Whangarei, New Zealand
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great location, clean, comfortable, great hosts and a friendly bunch of travelers. Books, guitars, t.v., board games- plenty to entertain on a wet Taranaki day :-) The social / shared spaces are spacious and sunny. The kitchen has all you need. Bathrooms are good although could do with another hand basin- but I wouldn't let that get in your way...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks ripleywd. There is another handbasin in the laundry and there's now a sign up pointing people in the right direction. See you next time.

New Zealand
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Nice accommodation that is easily within walking distance to useful parts of New Plymouth e.g. supermarket, museum, gallery, parks. Pretty much 'as expected' from a back packers - communal kitchen, shared lounge, books, National Geographics, thin walls, small showers.

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Yep. That's what a backpackers is Erixtuff. We do have rooms with private facilities should you not want to share the "communal kitchen, shared lounge, books, National Geographics and thin walls..." A few more salads might help with the "small showers".

Atlanta, Georgia
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Ducks and Drakes hostel felt like staying in a home with a bunch of friends. The long dining room table in the common room was great for getting people eating and chatting together. The rooms and bedrooms were clean and the kitchen was kept as clean as possible given the number of people moving through the area. I think it's...

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time out to send in a review gittagoes. The long table is a great spot to get to know people and we do try to ensure the place remain clean. Enjoy the rest of your travels.

Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Stayed here while doing a safety course. Never stayed in a backpackers before but would/will stay here again. Close to town and supermarkets yet also close to NP major parks. I had a quiet single room that was comfortable and clean.

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Brett and Paula B, Owner at Ducks & Drakes Hotel, responded to this review

Glad you slept well j0hnug0. Look forward to seeing you when next you stay.

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  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Laundry Service
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Gracious 1920's hotel with adjacent Cottage rooms - Ducks and Drakes offers affordable, friendly, fun accommodation in a fantastic New Plymouth location. A great base to explore Mt Taranaki; wander through our many parks and walkways; experience the country's best surfing beaches along Coast highway 45; take in one our many festivals or concerts or simply sit back and relax in our homely environment - it's a great place to stay! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ducks & Drakes Hotel

Address: 48 Lemon Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
Price Range: €35 - €72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ducks & Drakes Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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“You probably don't want to be next to the laundry, as it must get a thrashing. I didn't find any problems”
H4riata, 24 Mar 2017 | Read review
“They offer everything from shared bunk rooms to private one bedroom cottage units. Just depends on what you need.”
BloominHeather, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The upstairs room had the best view 😀”
angelahH9633WJ, 14 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Best studio I think is facing the carpark as it has a nice window seat and open views.”
CaroB157, 18 Jan 2017 | Read review
“There are private type rooms and the backpacker part. The backpacker experience is superb ;-)”
bwanakukutu, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
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