Criterion Art Deco Backpackers

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Overview of Criterion Art Deco Backpackers

Criterion Art Deco Backpackers

2.0 star property

3.3/5 Okay

Guests rated this property 3.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Sheets and towels washed at 60°C
48 Emerson St, Napier, 4110

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMarine Parade3 min walk
  • Popular LocationNapier Beach4 min walk
  • Popular LocationPania of the Reef4 min walk
  • AirportNapier (NPE-Hawke's Bay)11 min drive

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About this area


Criterion Art Deco Backpackers is located in Napier South, a neighbourhood in Napier. Municipal Theatre and MTG Hawke's Bay Museum are cultural highlights, and some of the area's landmarks include Napier Prison and National Tobacco Company Building. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's going on at McLean Park, or consider a night out at Napier Soundshell.

What's nearby

  • MTG Hawke's Bay Museum - 2 min walk
  • Napier Soundshell - 3 min walk
  • Marine Parade - 3 min walk
  • Napier Beach - 4 min walk
  • Pania of the Reef - 4 min walk

Getting around

  • Napier (NPE-Hawke's Bay) - 11 min drive


  • Adoro - 2 min walk
  • Kilim - 3 min walk
  • Sangam Indian Tandoori Restaurant - 3 min walk
  • Trattoria alla Toscana - 3 min walk
  • Cappadonna - 3 min walk

About this property

Criterion Art Deco Backpackers

Adults-only hostel in Napier
This smoke-free hostel features a microwave in a common area, a fridge in a common area and a library. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a TV in a common area and a front desk safe. Limited housekeeping is available.
Criterion Art Deco Backpackers offers 25 accommodations with a safe. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • On-site parking available only on request


  • Front-desk safe
  • Library
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Housekeeping (limited)


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Heating

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Safe

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 15


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 9 AM - 9:00 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children younger than 16 are not allowed at this adults-only property; all guests 16 and older are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve on-site parking
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

Guests under 16 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Property is also known as

Criterion Art Deco Backpackers Hostel Napier
Criterion Art Deco Backpackers Hostel
Criterion Art Deco Backpackers Napier
Criterion Art co Backpackers
Criterion Art Deco Backpackers Napier
Criterion Art Deco Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 10 out of 61 reviews
5 - Excellent 16%
Rating 4 - Good. 17 out of 61 reviews
4 - Good 28%
Rating 3 - Okay. 23 out of 61 reviews
3 - Okay 38%
Rating 2 - Poor. 6 out of 61 reviews
2 - Poor 10%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 5 out of 61 reviews
1 - Terrible 8%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

3/5 Okay

Travelled with group
Liked: Staff & service
Decor quite tired but room was fine, sheets and bedding nice and clean. No power points at the bed. Bathrooms close and clean enough. Nice lounge area with one small Tv and a ping pong table. One broken pool table. Nice big kitchen. Hard to find if using google maps but well sign posted once you find it.
Stayed 1 night in Nov 2020

3/5 Okay

Stayed 6 nights in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
I was pleasantly surprised by my stay here. There were a few issues (like how most of the outlets I tried in the lounge area didn't work), but the staff were very friendly and accommodating.
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2020

3/5 Okay

Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Bedding only suitable for duster ! Wobbly taps, water not running away properly in shower and the smallest sink imaginable in the room with private facilities. However, the location of this property is great and we enjoyed our stay. On a budget? You couldn’t fault it.
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Nice stay in an interesting town....
I had a nice stay and liked the simple accom central in Napier.
Stayed 2 nights in Feb 2020