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I booked this room through campus summer stays. Although I was aware that this was a student accommodation, I was not prepared...
I had a suite, so that at least I had my own bathroom. The accommodation is pretty basic (no TV or hairdryer) but has a basic...
... outside of term time - for a conference - was of being in a room amongst student residents who kept me awake shouting and...

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SophieW wrote a review Feb 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I booked this room through campus summer stays. Although I was aware that this was a student accommodation, I was not prepared for the state of this building. I have stayed in two other student accommodations previously, and neither was as bad as this one. I also stayed somewhere else for my last week in Wellington, which was at a similar price, and which further made me realise how poorly Te Puni was run.

Firstly, the welcome I got was sub-par; the young man who checked me in had very little knowledge of the building or the services a summer student could access (this was after I finally found the poorly directioned front desk - you can't access the building at all without a swipe card, which makes it difficult to get inside for anyone who hasn't checked in yet). The hallway to my room was completely pitch black when I arrived, making me think I had taken a wrong turn (I hadn't). As a young woman, this was not very welcoming and I did not feel safe.

Other disappointing factors of this stay included being told an incorrect location of the laundry, the cleaning services lacking extremely (there were dead moths in the hallway outside my room for over a week, I had to ask for the bathrooms to be cleaned after the shower drains were blocked for over a week etc), and the shared kitchen facilities on my floor were shocking, with mouldy vegetables in the fridge for weeks, even after I notified staff of this. One staff member used rude words when talking to me about the state of the kitchen (the long-stay summer students seemed to get the blame for this - I used the kitchen no more than three times and suspected it was some of the short-stay visitors who had put the food in the kitchen and forgotten about it).

The breakfast in the mornings was alright, althought the frequent occurence of birds eating out of the cereal containers was unhygenic and off-putting. If you left your plate on a table for more than a few seconds, for example while grabbing a knife and fork, you would come back to see a sparrow eating some of your food. Another issue was that even though I was a long-stay student, and had pre-paid for all my meals, apparently I wasn't allowed the hot breakfast which was sometimes available, and got told off for taking some. The vegetarian dinners were shocking, and food was often recycled and the "lentin curry" would have yesterdays leftovers added to it.

The room itself was large and clean, which is why I give 2 stars.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Kevin T wrote a review Nov 2019
Rothesay Bay, New Zealand2 contributions
I had a suite, so that at least I had my own bathroom. The accommodation is pretty basic (no TV or hairdryer) but has a basic breakfast included. This includes cereal, yoghurt, milk, fruit, toast and drinks. The bed is not made up each day. But the basics are all there and worked fine.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Bring a hair dryer if you need one!
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Response from CLVNZ, Manager at Te Puni Village
Responded 05 Dec 2019
Hi Kevin Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We're glad that you found great value for money with us and we hope to see you again in the future. All the best The Te Puni Village Team
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marg155 wrote a review Nov 2019
Palmerston, New Zealand45 contributions17 helpful votes
Close to Victoria university of Wellington’s Kelburn campus, and basically ok but be warned. It’s a student hostel, and has its downside as a consequence. My experience of a casual stay even outside of term time - for a conference - was of being in a room amongst student residents who kept me awake shouting and bashing along the corridor. Maybe just youthful high spirits, but this was really late at night and I needed sleep. It was basically horrible and I wished I’d stayed in a regular hotel. To be fair, I have stayed in hostels before without so much noise, but often that was where a floor had been put aside for non student guests.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Ask if you can be away from student residents!
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Capo_in_B wrote a review Feb 2019
Malaga, Spain520 contributions158 helpful votes
We like the student accomodation. This is not a hotel, but the university dormitory provided all the benefits of student life: cafeteria, many cafes and a bookshop, art exhibits, occasional live music, research standard Internet, compact-efficient room with microwave, water kettle, and fridge. A reasonable price on the shared laundry facilities was a plus. Might only be available during the summer, but we would stay again. Price was best we found. There are nice views of Wellington so it is a bit of a walk to the museums. Most map apps show the shortcuts down the steps to the city.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from CLVNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puni Village
Responded 19 Feb 2019
Hello, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stayed and we look forward to welcoming you back when you are next in Wellington.
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clp_0711 wrote a review Feb 2019
Coventry, United Kingdom17 contributions12 helpful votes
We knew that we were staying in student accommodation, so nothing took us by surprise. Check-in was easy, everyone that we met on reception was friendly and helpful. Our room was clean and spacious. It lacked facilities for cooking, etc, but the fact that you got a free breakfast more tha made up for this. There are also laundry facilities which was a bonus! The location is great, and Uber is really cheap for helping to cope with the hills! We would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from CLVNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puni Village
Responded 14 Feb 2019
Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcome you in the future.
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