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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rarotonga one of the beautifull places on earth i think. This backpacker is indeed very cheap but in the end your stay wont feel as good, staying at this place. Specialy if your perseonality / lifestile is more "hippie"/ happy/ not "german" style - lets put it this way roughly. The owner seems nice in the begining , but it...

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at this hostel due to the good location, good price and nice backpackers we met. The hostel was also clean and we did not have any problems with the shower facilities. However, manager Tisa does not really get what it takes to work in the hospitality industry. Ofcourse it is about offering a nice, clean...

Thank Marc B
BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am glad you gave your honest opinion that the hostel is clean and satisfactory, you obviously had no problem with the accommodation, but rather that I didn't offer a free ride to a bar, but considering the public bus costs $5NZD per person you all seemed happy to pay $3NZD each, as it was...

New Zealand
Reviewed 11 February 2017

I see some mixed reviews about this hostel but in reality, it is fit for purpose as it is, The price, location and room are all great, this is a backpackers of course, so you get what you pay for. This is a fair hostel, perhaps toilets etc could be a little better maintained (cleaning fine, just a little more...

Thank Dion h
BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, especially since the weather wasn't the best while you were here, but we had a great group of people so that at least helps lift the mood. Maybe next time you come and stay with us, we'll have better luck with the weather.

Rotorua District, New Zealand
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Ok it was cheap but really! stayed 3 days and the floor in the toilet/shower rooms had the same pieces of paper on them on day 3 as day 1, not good enough I say. The fan in room 19 was so noisy sounded like a DC3 taking off you certainly couldn't leave it on when trying to sleep. The...

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BBackpackCookIs, Owner at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Firstly, the hostel is cleaned every morning, both bathroom, kitchen, dining area and garden area, even on public holidays, which is when you can your family arrived, Boxing day Sunday, Public holiday Monday and Public holiday Tuesday. All our double beds have mattress protectors as they are the proper Californian King beds, which are quite expensive, which is why we...

Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Have stayed here many times over the years.. thoroughly enjoy my stay each time... I see a few negative comments... but i completely see different... at the end of the day.... you get what you pay for..... want flash... pay the $100 -200 per night or even more theres always the Edgewater or the Rarotongan down the road. Ive never...

Thank timotheem2014
BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review and am happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are a basic, clean, well located budget accommodation, that also boasts to have a great atmosphere to get to know and meet other people from all walks of life. We are a small family owned and operated business and also love to boast...

Reviewed 27 December 2016

If you are in your twenties and used to slovenly dorms, dumpy apartments shared with unkempt room-mates, who refuse to pick up after themselves because Mom always cleaned up after them, unsanitary and ill-equipped kitchens, cold showers, missing toilet paper and noisy, messy neighbors; then you will fit right in. Then once here be ready to be treated like a...

2Thank Leif L
BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Wow, I'm must say I am surprised, as you were complaining to me about the other guests and how you were telling them they had to wash their dishes. The guests were complaining about you as no one wanted to share the dorm with you, so I ended up having to give you a small dorm on your own for...

Reviewed 24 December 2016

DO NOT STAY HERE. GO TO RAROTONGA BACKPACKERS INSTEAD. NOTE: I read the bad reviews before staying here but decided to give it a go anyway. Do not make the same mistake. When I asked to see the room before I paid for five nights in advance, I was told "No". Tisa, the manager, was "tired" and "didn't feel like...

2Thank NickMoinyard
BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Firstly, when you advised the manager on the way to the hostel that you will be on the island for at least 6weeks as a medical student, she recommended you go into the big dorm as it would be easier for the early mornings as it was away from the common rooms. She also advised it would have been better...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 8 December 2016

There were lots of rules in this hostel, beyond the usual "clean up after yourself", but I think that so long as you are clearly aware of them, it does not detract from your experience here. The free pick-up was much appreciated. The manager came across as brusque, both over email, and in person, but was informative, and addressed any...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, yes I am looking at somewhere different for the smoking area. After we finish renovating, we are planning on setting up somewhere in the garden that is partly covered, so that smokers can go there and it's away from the common area rooms. I know that there are few pots and pans during your time,...

Reviewed 16 September 2016

My partner and I originally booked 3 nights (the minimum you can stay) and ended up staying there for the rest of our trip (3 weeks). We had an absolute great time at this hostel! The toilets and showers were always clean, the floors always swept and the kitchen was always spotless in the morning. Tisa was always a laugh,...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

We had lots of fun didn't we. Thank you so much for your awesome review, would love to have you back anytime

Torquay, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 August 2016

This place was truly awful! please see pics We stayed here for five nights in July in a double room upstairs. The whole of the establishment is filthy, in the bedrooms and bathroom this is just horrible but in the kitchen the grime is dangerous. When we arrived we were directed to a dark corridor with number-less doors so we...

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BBackpackCookIs, Owner at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Upon arrival, all guests are asked to check in, once check in is complete, guests are shown the kitchen, bathrooms and their rooms and also shown how to lock and open their rooms, which the owner did with you on arrival and there was no damage to the curtain or missing pillow when he opened your room for you, when...

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Additional Information about Backpackers International

Address: PO Box 878, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Price Range: €24 - €48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
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“Private rooms are equally priced as two dorm beds, consider this.”
711MarcB, 6 Mar 2017 | Read review
“please just avoid altogether”
  • our light switch filthy - so i cleaned it yself
  • our room floor on arival - note mouse poo
  • lovley stained and damp pillowcase
kathrynwillcocks, 5 Aug 2016 | Read review
“2 or 4 bed one or single (private) room with a queen size bed for $30. An absolutely good deal!”
antonizinfo, 18 Nov 2014 | Read review
“Try to get the rooms to the back of the property, as half of the rooms have windows out towards the common area which can get noisy..”
TorunnB_12, 22 Sep 2013 | Read review
“Upstairs if you can.”
Tryne, 29 Aug 2013 | Read review
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