LANTANA LODGE: FRIENDLY, HELPFUL PARNELL BACKPACKERS
Lantana Lodge’s owners, Suresh and Seema, have been in the hospitality industry for 12 years and have owned Lantana Lodge since 2006. They love meeting all the travellers who come to Parnell – so much so that they’ve since bought another two lodges.
“My favourite part of the business is talking to the travellers, showing them where to go in Auckland and New Zealand, helping them get great deals on rental cars and making sure they have a great time,” says Suresh. “Because Lantana Lodge is in Parnell, which I think is Auckland’s best suburb, there’s so much to see and do it’s a pleasure to help visitors discover it for themselves.”
The couple’s friendliness has paid off over the years, with many repeat stays and tonnes of referrals from all over the world.
“With our big veranda it’s a very comfortable place to sit down, share experiences and get along with everybody,” says Suresh. “I love passing on information and seeing people meet other visitors who often turn into lifelong friends.”
Guests are very complimentary about the atmosphere too. “The owners were so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We really enjoyed our stay here,” says one satisfied customer on HostelBookings.com. Other comments from the site include:
“Good place to stay at: easy to meet people, well-maintained common areas, friendly owner.” (Christian)
“Nice staff and very friendly... Comfortable feeling.” (Verena)
“Very friendly staff who were very informative and eager to help us out with information about Auckland and the area... Would definitely stay here again.” (Kevin)
"Great, loved the free internet, homely atmosphere and it's walking distance to the city centre." (Greg)