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Art Deco Accommodation in Napier, New Zealand

Criterion Art Desco Backpackers

Unique Spanish Mission/Art Deco Style building Located in the heart of Napier and just minutes from the Visitor Information Center( i-Site), the Criterion Art Deco Backpackers is Hawkes Bay premier Hostel. It enjoys a 4 Star Plus status and currently holds a 85% Hostelworld customer rating and 79% with BBH.

The Criterion is Napier's largest Spanish Mission / Art Deco style building and one of the most photographed. Originally built as a luxury hotel in 1932 after the famous Hawke's Bay earthquake, the Criterion has recently been refurbished and now provides travelers with a comfortable base for exploring the Hawke's Bay area. (Please note our hostel is suitable for children, we have a family room available.)

The Criterion Art Deco Backpackers exceeds all expectations for budget accommodation with friendly and helpful staff, a spacious kitchen area complete with free herbs and spices, a relaxing lounge, a cozy television room with SKY TV, an entertaining pool table, free local phone calls, and breathtaking sunsets from the verandah.

Criterion Art Desco Backpackers

Additionally, the Criterion provides laundry facilities, 24-hour internet access, hotspots and free bed linen.

The Criterion is a member of BBH network and is consistently rated as one of the top backpacker establishments in Hawke's Bay.

"Take a Spanish-Mission style building, mix it with dedicated staff, and a definite 'homely' feel, and you have a great place for a backpacker. Of all the places I have stayed in NZ, this is quite easily the best of them. Well done to my hosts".
- Michael, South Africa

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