The Grapevine

Address: 29 Park Terrace, Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand | Hostel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Grapevine Blenheim

Reviewed by turas

I heard it on

Reviewed Jan 28, 2015
by (2 reviews) Sligeach/Trá Lí , Ireland Flag of Ireland

A homely place to bed down. Great DVD collection. The best feature is the bikes for rent.

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Reviewed by debsndarren

Gatecrashing a flat share

Reviewed Sep 12, 2012
by (46 reviews) Leeds , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

About 90% of the people staying here were long term residents who are working in the local area, so the atmosphere is not the same as a regular backpackers. We felt like we were gate crashing a giant flatshare.
We had a double room in a separate building where we shared the bathroom with another double room. Our room was right next to the bathroom and the walls were paper then. We could hear EVERYTHING, including people brushing their teeth. Some serious noise insulation is needed. The other couple showered at 10.30pm and then were up at 6.30am. The second morning another couple spent an hour in the bathroom from 6.30am.
The kitchen whilst on reflection is well equipped with 3 toasters, 2 kettles, a microwave, rice cooker, a full sized cooker and 2 electric hobs...the place itself was filthy. This was due to everyone who lived there treating it like their own place. Despite the numerous sign everywhere asking people to clean up, wash up and put away, it just didn't happen.
The owner is around during the day and a couple live on site. Apart from seeing the owner a couple of times, we didn't see the staff living on site.
Because everyone goes out to work, breakfast in the kitchen is easier than trying to cook your evening meal. That is when you've wiped an area down to put your stuff.
Wi-fi is $5 for 1 hour or you can use their very antiquated PC whic is $2 for 20 minutes. We tried to use the PC but couldn't get our SD card to fit into the SD card slot and we just couldn't get the CF card reader to recognise my CF card. The owner did kindly refund my $2.
There must be better places to stay in Blenheim than here.

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TripAdvisor Reviews The Grapevine Blenheim

3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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