84 NZ$ for a double ensuite room, and the room was fine. The hostel is also in a very good, central location.
So why terrible? Well, it sleep about 75 and it has facilities for about a third of that. For example, the "outdoor seating" and "large sun deck" actually seats 12 - you can see the entire deck on their home page, right hand photo. The dining room seats 12 more and there are three sofas in the lounge - again you can see the entire lounge in the photo on their home page. The kitchen, dining room and lounge is, in fact, one room. The kitchen has just 2 cookers, 2 sinks & 2 fridges which made it very crowded. There is a picture on their home page that shows pretty much the entire kitchen and most of the dining room. And there was a shortage of everything - very few pots and pans, just 12 mugs and no glasses.
I had the audacity to ask for glasses at reception - which is also the bar of the snooker hall downstairs so you would have thought they would have glasses. I was told that "real backpackers can just use mugs or the bottle". True, but hardly the point.
There is NO car parking, even though they advertise it. There is limited on street car parking a few streets away or you can pay to park next to "on top" - about 12NZ$ a day.
I have to agree with their statement that it is "Close to nightlife". In fact, a nightclub shares the building, so don't think about going to bed early at the weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ontop is a purpose built backpackers, 100% compliant to the new earthquake building standard and situated above a cosy cafe & bar located in the heart of Dunedin. We aim to provide the ultimate Dunedin experience for all you young and hip or just plain hip travellers! We have rooms to suit everyone, from dormitories to private rooms with or without an ensuite. You can enjoy the Dunedin sun on our spacious sun deck or come downstairs and try our range of magnificent craft beers over a friendly game of pool or even watch a classic film in our very own stylish cinema! We are only a minute's walk to the city's best bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping. Our friendly staff will share inside knowledge of tours and the bountiful treasures Dunedin has to offer. Whether its roaming the spectacular coastline of the Otago peninsula or exploring Dunedin's array of historical and heritage architecture, with its great central location and excellent facilities, Ontop is a great place to stay, relax and enjoy the Deep South! So come join us and soak up Dunedin's atmosphere! ... more less
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