May 14, 2007

Dunedin Backpackers

Dunedin Cobb & Co / Lawcourts Backpackers is the worst backpackers I've ever stayed in. It is so bad it's funny. I stayed there about a week ago and I took photos, it was so unbelieveably bad.

The only access was up 4 flights of stairs (entry over the hotel rubbish area).
The stairwell lights weren't working.
They only had one key for our room (for 4 people) so they gave us a key to another room (where other people were staying), reasoning that we could leave our room unlocked and just use the keys to lock the lower door.
The room had one 15-watt bulb.
The shower taps were reversed - hot is cold, cold is hot
There were no locks on the toilet door, no soap or handtowels in the dispensers
There was a large hole punched in the wall, exposing the wiring for the lightswitch.
There were cobwebs on the windows, dirt and hair on the floor.

But the really bad stuff:

The smokestop door isn't labelled
I couldn't open the windows to access the fire escapes
And a set of double bunks were blocking a labelled fire door!

I'm going to get in touch with the Dunedin fire department, I think. How bad would I feel if that deathtrap went up in flames and killed someone?

Posted by phreq at May 14, 2007 09:06 AM | TrackBack

That's shocking. The 15 watt bulb in particularly suggests it's not just careless disregard - someone is intentionally trying to cut corners but providing a completely rubbish experience and also endangering people's safety. Were they a member of any network or professional body? You might want to let those people know too.

Posted by: suraya at May 23, 2007 07:31 AM
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