Had an awesome stay here. Staff were really friendly and knew a lot about Dunedin and what is good to do there.
Everyhting was nice and clean and the kitchen was a good size with a great table in the middle that was ideal to sit at and talk to all the other guests.
Unique Quality: The buildings themselves are reason enough to come and stay but the beds are really good to sleep on and the staff are prepared to go out of their way to help
Directions: South of the octagon (town centre) about 10min walk
our bedroom was nice and bright (well, would have been brighter if the sun had shone once, but never mind) and it was nice to only have one bed in the room, and quite a lot of floor space, and didn't feel like the beds were crammed together.
There was also 1 extra bathroom upstairs on our floor (just with handbasin and toilet, so saved having to go down a flight of stairs each time).
Internet was on the ground floor in the brochure room (every wall full of brochures - tourist info another thing all the NZ backpackers we were in had in common) Cost $2 per 10 mins, expensive as in every backpackers we visited.
There was also a phone booth in a little room on the ground floor, which the staff didn't tell us about but we found before we left (they seemed to be mostly woofers and not too efficient, though they tried. Another slight problem is that the office was more often completely unattended, and so you had to use the internal phone outside the office to look for somebody if you wanted service. )
Manor House is a white historic house in Manor Place at the top of a very steep driveway in Manor place with English trees in the front (2 houses joined together actually, probably holding at least 60 people all up)
It looked maybe a little run down inside, part of being historic and mostly unrestored, I guess.... bathrooms not modernised (80 year old looking tap fittings again) but it was basically clean and I really didn’t mind it.
There were just 3 showers in our side of the house, with 3 individual doors like phone boxes (but solid) inside a room with an outer door. They looked a bit basic, a little crummy... but actually the pressure and water was good, so I had no complaints, and the place was far from full, so queuing for showers never became an issue.
The only point that worried my mother is that none of the dorm room doors had locks – if the hostel was full, I would have been concerned too, but anyhing of value we carried around with us anyway and had in the bed at night.
Unique Quality: Kitchen had 3 stoves spread out fairly evenly through the room, plus microwave, 2 toasters, and cupboards with bowls & plates (even if many were chipped and had seen much better days) neatly labelled, as were all the recycling bins (recyling seemed a big deal at every hostel we stayed with, and owners were quite diligent)
A lot of bench space under the bay window, and a kitchen table that would seat 10 comfortably, which was good.
Views from the upstairs dorm rooms quite good (or would have been if the weather had been less misty) - looking over part of the city of Dunedin.
Directions: about 10-15 mins walk from the Octagon
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