Welcome to Criterion Art Deco Backpackers!
Art Deco Accommodation in Napier, New Zealand
Unique Spanish Mission/Art Deco Style building Located in the heart of Napier and
just minutes from the Visitor Information Center( i-Site), the Criterion Art Deco
Backpackers is Hawkes Bay premier Hostel. It enjoys a 4 Star Plus status and currently
holds a 85% Hostelworld customer rating and 79% with BBH.
The Criterion is Napier's largest Spanish Mission / Art Deco style building and
one of the most photographed. Originally built as a luxury hotel in 1932 after the
famous Hawke's Bay earthquake, the Criterion has recently been refurbished and now
provides travelers with a comfortable base for exploring the Hawke's Bay area. (Please
note our hostel is suitable for children, we have a family room available.)
The Criterion Art Deco Backpackers exceeds all expectations for budget accommodation
with friendly and helpful staff, a spacious kitchen area complete with free herbs
and spices, a relaxing lounge, a cozy television room with SKY TV, an entertaining
pool table, free local phone calls, and breathtaking sunsets from the verandah.
Additionally, the Criterion provides laundry facilities, 24-hour internet access,
hotspots and free bed linen.
The Criterion is a member of BBH network and is consistently rated as one of the
top backpacker establishments in Hawke's Bay.
"Take a Spanish-Mission style building, mix it with dedicated staff, and a definite
'homely' feel, and you have a great place for a backpacker. Of all the places I
have stayed in NZ, this is quite easily the best of them. Well done to my hosts".
- Michael, South Africa