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Rotorua District, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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...

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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 3 weeks ago

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...

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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 4 weeks ago

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...

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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...

Hastings, New Zealand
Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is a great place to stay if your on a budget. I stayed for 4 nights in a single room and found the accommodation to be clean. I was picked up by Bill who was very lovely and accommodating. If I ever go back to Rarotonga I will definitely stay at the Backpackers International as it is also located...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Aw thank you, we're so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to meeting you again if you're ever in this part of the world again. Safe travels and thank you again for your awesome review.

Taiwan
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The host forgot pick up us when we arrived airport at night , we waited a hour and taked taix , room was too small and dirty, bed was moldy, flea bited us, chicken was ululation always on midnight, we couldn't to sleep, no hot water could shower even day or night and also moldy anywhere , I couldn't found...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Firstly, when guests book with us via booking engines, we send a standard email requesting check in information, this is so we can organise ourselves if there is an airport pick up needed, or to organise someone to be there to check in guests as like all budget accomodations on the island, we are not 24hours. Also, we were at...

New Zealand
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

I liked the affordability of the accommodation and my expectations were met for the room and living areas. The manager did her job to pick us up at the airport and give us information we needed and more. I enjoyed the people I met staying here very much. I was annoyed that the manager would sit in the office adjoined...

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BBackpackCookIs, Manager at Backpackers International, responded to this review

Thank you for your honesty, with at least the first 2 sentences of your review. I am surprised you are still annoyed after all this time, as yes I did say we do refund your money. However, like the "Checkout Checklist" in all the rooms state, "We do charge a 1 night cancellation fee if you wish to cut your...

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Address: PO Box 878, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Price Range: €24 - €50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 23
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“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
 of 5 bubbles 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!”
 of 5 bubbles 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..”
 of 5 bubbles TorunnB_12, 22 Sep 2013 | Read review
“Upstairs if you can.”
 of 5 bubbles Tryne, 29 Aug 2013 | Read review
“Plantation view room”
 of 5 bubbles VladoN, 9 Jan 2012 | Read review
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