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Backpacking at Charlie B's
The 4 bed dorm we had on the first night was rather poky, so we actually stayed elsewhere the 2nd night...but that one had other downsides (like excessive noise) so we came back to Charlie B's for 2 more nights, and enjoyed it a lot more.
Apart from some small dorms, and renovations on the 2nd floor to bathrooms that were very very old indeed, the 2nd part of our stay was much better (on the first floor with 4 showers and 4 toilets, renovated and good quality)
Unique Quality: Kitchen was very large with 'off to the side' working areas and a huge walk in fridge (a bit like a coolroom) with floor to ceiling shelving & enough room for everybody, plus plenty of pigeon holes for other food storage.
Internet $2 for 20 mins (standard as at most backpackers but at least at Charlie B's they had 3 or 4 terminals...and also had wireless hot spots as well).
Desk staff were extremely helpful (and listened well to our criticisms of the first night). They could also book tours and shuttle buses to pick passengers up at the door, and nothing was too much trouble. Luggage storage for a day was also free (and they did store a small bag of my mother's for 2 days for free also in their locked luggage room while we were in Dunedin).
Well organised and run hostel - the best of those that we checked out, and price was competitive too (though sometimes you do have to pay $4 ea for linen/doonas)
Huge notice board area at reception. Part of the dining room had 3 full walls devoted to brochures of all over the south island and part of the north.... more brochures than some small Tourist Information Centres! Very good.
Large dining area, ensuring nobody was crammed up if they wanted to sit by themselves.
Good cooking facilities.
Quite an old building, so parts of it looked a tiny bit run down, but then every hostel we went to had similar issues. Nothing much to worry about, and all was clean, which is the main thing. Plenty of well labelled recycling bins in kitchen (as at most Backpackers in NZ where recycling seems to be a big priority)
Outdoor garden area out the back, not huge but adequate.
Front desk service I think was the best of all - sometimes 3 staff on at once. There was also a message book on the desk where people could leave messages for their companions or whatever.
Charly B´s Backpacker
Unique Quality: I know it´s a place with heaps of accomodation. No idea how many rooms they have but it´s many i guess and you could easily get lost with all those floors and corners. But you meet nice and friendly people from all over the globe. When you get into the common room it´s quite comfy. They have open fire and it´s just nice spending some time there. The staff also was worth mentioning. They helped me out with any kind of info or got you a shuttle if you needed one ...
Directions: Christchurch, in walking distance to downtown Christchurch.
Charly B´s backpackers
Unique Quality: It´s a pretty huge hostel and it´s not too easy to find your room when you´re there for the first time. But it´s got comfy meeting rooms with fire places and you can heat every room. It has shared facilities just like most hostels.
Directions: It´s pretty close to down town and Christ´s Church and everything but i have forgotten about address. I will let you know as soon as i it in my album.
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