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Backpackers by the Bay

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07/05/2017 08/05/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

I had booked 2 nights in this hostel 2 weeks after cyclone debbie only because my Airbnb was destroyed by the storm. Now, I am sympathetic to everyone in Airlie beach post debbie, there is a lot of work to do but I felt this hostel was using it as an excuse of sub par standards. I had booked through...

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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights in this hostel in a 4 bed dorm. Here's our review: PRO: - The hostel is really quite as it is not too close to the party area (Main Street). - 10 minutes walk to the Main Street - Good and clean kitchen - Unlimited and speedy WIFI - The staff and owner were really friendly!...

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peter u, Owner at Backpackers by the Bay, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. The bathrooms/toilets get detail cleaned every morning and spot cleaned on multiple times during the day but obviously the housekeeper is being told to be more attentive and I apologise because that is unacceptable. Travel safe and have a wonderful 2017!

Port Douglas, Australia
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We have been traveling the east coast for a few weeks now and this is by far the BEST hostel we have stayed at so far! really friendly staff, nice quiet location, the bus stop is nice and close, our tour to the Whitsundays picked us up from the hostel and took us back and we didn't have to pay...

Thank SunsetTravler2017
Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 7 March 2017

It's a nice and quiet hostel! Staff is very friendly. The rooms and bathrooms are very clean. I recommend this hostel to everybody who visits Airlie Beach :) And I would definitely stay here when I come back to visit Airlie Beach :)

Thank stacey744
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Friendly and helpful staff. Kitchen and bathrooms are so clean. Rooms quiet and comfortable. It's good that air condition turn on during night time. Just be careful with front steps. Please Book directly on their website!!

Thank 怡貝賴
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I planned on staying for 2 nights, eventually stayed for a week! Great ambiance, because its not a really big hostel I could easily meet new people, and after a few days it felt like a family! Really awesome staff, they're always willing to help or guide around the area etc. Also rooms get cleaned every day, I actually enjoyed...

Thank sebastiaan15
peter u, Owner at Backpackers by the Bay, responded to this review

thanks Zeb for your comments - very timely under the circumstances - keep travelling safe and well and try to get back this way again in the future.

Arusha, Tanzania
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Very friendly staff, the communal events were great fun, and there was an awesome deal with hotdogs every day for €1.50! Generally it wasn't kept very clean though, and this let down the experience for me. My room had an unpleasant smell when I first arrived too.

Thank spe_eddy
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Thus hostel is great if you love waiting in lines for 25 minutes just to check in, and if you don't mind your bathing suit being stollen from the clothesline outside your room. Check in was slowest I've ever seen. The woman working there was very moody and indifferent. The morning after placing our bathing suits on the clothesline outside,...

Thank mestewart46
peter u, Owner at Backpackers by the Bay, responded to this review

I'm so sorry and apologise for the conduct that you experieced with our receptionist at the time (who no longer is employed here). - we had another guest who brought something similar to my attention around the same time and when the issue was discussed with her she explained that she suffered with occassional severe headaches and while she apologised...

Chichester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

A great hostel if you're not wanting the nightlife and loud noises! Free WiFi, great showers only problem was the little bugs crawling around everywhere. at first we thought they were bed bugs but then we found them in the kitchen and bathrooms too. Been bitten so many times! Had a pool view room but the gate to the pool...

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Good location if you're not wanting to have mad nights out on the strip as this a ten min walk from there. Opposite Marina so easy and quick access to cruise whitsundays tours, day trips etc. Hostel room, room 1 had tiny little fast running insects all over the floor, bed... And my friend woke up with bites all over...

Thank Danni C

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and offers a very social, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation is available in four share rooms, one 8 share and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. Airconditioning is included during the warmer months (mid Sept to mid May) The hostel has a saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks, sun-lounges and palm trees as well as a huge sunbaking deck. A fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and utensils is provided, as is a laundry. The games room has internet access and pool table. Each night, during 'happy hour' the staff hold social activities to help guests meet each other - these include: *Team trivia competitions with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne. * Wii Sports competitions including Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing * Killer Pool comps After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach (Sunday and Tuesday nights) With the best local knowledge of all the tours in the Whitsundays we can help you choose the best trip for your needs. By the Bay is not affiliated with any tour opperators so we don't force any boat on you. We give you all the info and let YOU pick. We also offer a free nights accommodation and free luggage storage with every overnight sailing tour booked with us The friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you! *FREE Courtesy bus service meeting all coaches(between 7am-7:30pm). *FREE Tea and Coffee *FREE Wii Sports game *FREE quiz for a bottle of champagne every night! *FREE hammocks, sunlounges and BBQ use *FREE accommodation and storage (with every overnight trip booked) *FREE linen supplied to all beds *FREE unbiased tour advice- often at standby or discounted prices *FREE Fully equipped kitchen - all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans provided at no charge!!! *FREE Off street parking *FREE WiFi available, two hours on arrival ($4 per 24 hour login logout) *Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron *Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days organized *All rooms serviced daily *Lending library *Safe and secure 24 hour access ... more   less 

Additional Information about Backpackers by the Bay

Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Price Range: RM172 - RM277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands
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“our double on the girls bathroom side had great views”
SunsetTravler2017, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can opt for female only dorms in this hostel”
NomadYaz, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid Dormitory Room 3 - the fan has a noisy click.”
Karlmate, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“Book directly for free wifi!”
banrab, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Book a tour through the hostel and get a night free.”
216tads, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
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