The hostel is located on Fort Street just off of Queen Street, whichever meant it had a brilliant central location close to all the traditions and touristy places. Our Kiwi Experience bus dropped us off on Queens Street which was only a short walk to the reception and then check in was really easy and hassle free.
Our room was a four bed dorm and was really clean and a good size with its own ensuite bathroom on level 6. Each bed came with a towel for our use and a soap bar which was a really nice little touch. Our room also had a television and a heater which was needed because of the time of the year. Overall an amazing room for the price we paid and we would 100% stay here again if we ever venture up to Auckland again.
Once we were checked in to our room we then decided to go out and see Auckland. The staff at the MAD Travel shop were really friendly and advised us when we asked for directions and various things for us to do in Auckland for the day.
The hostel had various communal areas including a lounge and kitchen space. The kitchen was absolutely packed with appliances and people everywhere but it was dinner time when we went up so this couldn’t be helped. I would assume normally it is clean and tidy. I was impressed however to see an oven in a hostel kitchen!
The hostel was super busy so they lacked indoors seating in the kitchen and to add to this, purely because of how busy it was, there also wasn’t enough fridge space for anyone’s stuff which was a shame. We rammed our stuff in to a tiny space and hoped for the best.
One thing we did hear that we didn’t have to deal with was that the bathrooms were unisex which may put some people off.
Other than that I would really recommend this hostel. It had a great location, with clean and good facilities. And one of the many things I loved was how they checked if we had a room key each time we walked through reception which was great as it certainly made us feel safer than in most hostels.