Accommodation: Bazil’s Hostel
Location: Westport, West Coast, New Zealand
Rate: 6 bed dorm $29 per night, with BBH membership $25
Finally, a hostel with character! Many hostel’s use the line “a home away from home”, but Bazil’s Hostel, with it’s cosy fireplace and grandmother’s chairs, actually deserves to use this slogan – although it does not. This mixed with free WiFi, made the living area in Bazil’s the perfect blogging environment.
Another refreshing aspect of this hostel was the sufficient amount of pots and pans – my brother would probably rip me for this because instead of thinking about the fun I would have travelling, I was obsessing over access to pots and pans before coming to NZ. In all seriousness, in the NZ hostels I have stayed in so far, what pans were left were usually rank. Although it was a small kitchen at Bazil’s, if you use the kitchen just before rush hour, it is a nice kitchen to work in. Plus, free tea and coffee.
The aforementioned ‘character’ comes into play with the quirky seating arrangements and vintage bikes – my best bud, Helen at magpiesfortunevintage.com, would approve I think 😉 If you feel safe riding these bad boys, you can help yourself to taking the bikes to town or down to the beach. Like most NZ towns, you are not far away from anything you might want to visit in town.
In other news, someone got a little too cosy in my bed…
When I arrived at Bazil’s, there were two cats. By the time I left, I thought there was one, as it got run over on the road outside, which is especially unfortunate because there are hardly any cars on the road in NZ towns. Turns out the cat is Ok, people!
@LASymonds ??? 🙂 anyway, I just read your twit, thanks for the nice words.. The cat that got run over is alive and well 🙂
— Bazil’s Hostel (@Bazilshostel) June 11, 2014
Things to do in Westport
If only staying one night – not much. Westport is a little coal mining town, which is very proud of this fact.
Alternatively, Westport beach is full of wood for a beach bonfire. This combined with a clear night for stare gazing and stuffing your fat face with marshmallows is a pretty sweet way to spend an evening.
Like what you see? Here’s how to get to Bazil’s Hostel.
The road to Westport, with majestic mountains on one side and the Buller river on the other, is nice on the eyes. Then again, most sights from the roads of NZ are darn amazing.
Is there a hostel you have stayed in which was surprisingly awesome? Please let me know! I would love to stay in a cool hostel like Bazil’s again.