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Guest Comments

"Awesome location, layout, great staff, good management " -  Maxine, USA, July 10

"Quiet rooms, good nites sleep for the 1st time in days + GOOD free breakfast included in great dorm price" - Amanda, UK,July 10

"Excellent, Very clean, very good standard, best I have stayed in. Keep up the good work" - Cameron, Scotland, July 10

"Quiet ,clean, great value for money" - Beth, Wanaka, July 10

"Relaxing, friendly, comfortable and close to the centre. Enjoyed the continental breakfast, tea, coffee - What more would you want!! - Aaron, UK

"Clean environment. Extras like breakfast were nice. We were very happy in our stay" - Anon, Canada

"This place has the feel of a hotel, so it was a welcome change for us. It has the perfect location too, close to the beach, the pool and the main street" - Susan, Ireland

"I have been in Napier and this backpackers for 3 weeks and would rate it the best hostel i have stayed in. The look and feel of the place reminds me of a late 30's hotel and the old photos help you picture the history. Can't and won't give advice of other places. Owen, UK

"Wow, what a lovely hostel…..I am convinced that I am staying in one of the best looking buildings in town, with friendly staff and top facilities to boot..." - Becky, England

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"The staff at this backpackers  are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people on my trip to Australasia. Well done guys". - Luke, South Africa



"I have been traveling a lot in England, Ireland, Scotland and South Europe but have never seen such a nice Backpacker as the Criterion." -Sebastine Roger, France