Nomads Backpackers

Nomads in located in the heart of Queenstown.  I reserved a private room with an ensuite bathroom.  The entrance to the building has an automatic sliding glass door with a slight slope down to reception.  There is an elevator/lift to all floors.  Nomads also have a lounge, kitchen and cinema.

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The door to my room was heavy and difficult to open.  The room was pretty big and easy to maneuver around.  The height of the bed was good and easy to transfer to.  The height of the toilet and sink were good.  There was a shower bench and handheld shower.  The lock for the balcony door was high for a wheelchair user and difficult to unlock/lock.  A few nights I could not sleep because my balcony faced the alley with several bars and the music was very loud until 4am.  The laundry room was accessible but the door was heavy also.  People in private rooms must ask for your room to be cleaned and bed linens changed.  Nomads have nightly activities planned including bingo, cook outs and party boat cruise.  I tried to get on the cruise but the captain of the boat said the boat was small and difficult to get around.  The staff at Nomads was very nice and helpful.  For after hours, you need to use your room key to enter.  It was very easy for me even with limited hand function.  You have to pay for internet but the service was poor and dropped frequently.

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The city is flat by the lake and several blocks in from the lake.  There are several steep switch back ramps then a steep hill to get up to the Skyline Gondola for a view of Queenstown.  I need help up most of the ramps and the hill.  The Gondola car has a small opening of only about 24” wide.  You must bump up 8” to the car with help from a worker.  The Once to the top there are not many places wheelchair users can go without help, many steps and steep walkways.  It’s well worth the trip up for the view.  There two steep hills up to Queenstown Gardens.  I was able to wheel up the first hill by myself but the second was too steep.

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Accessibility wise Nomads would receive a 4/5 rating.

Recommendations:

Install a curtain around the shower.

Shower needs a non slip surface on shower floor.

Lower the mirror in bathroom.

Modify the lock on balcony door to make it easier for a wheelchair user to unlock/lock.

Wheelchair users looking to stay:

I would recommend a wheelchair user to stay at Nomads if you are looking for a central location with many bars, restaurants and shopping close by.

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