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Port Macquarie Backpackers

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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Don’t sit on the bus for 13 hours going to Byron bay, Stop at beautiful Port Macquarie! Port Macquarie Backpackers is the closest hostel to the bus stop so if you’re catching the night bus it’s a straight 600m walk to your bed! You can even see the hostel from the bus stop. Impossible to get lost and you don’t have to walk for miles in the middle of the night. With 24hr self-check-in, you can get a good night’s sleep before exploring Port Mac! *** Fully renovated in October 2017*** Pay for your bed - the rest is free! Unlimited WiFi, swimming pool, pool table, coffee tea & sugar, body boards and snorkel gear. Join the fun at our weekly movie night, trivia night and the Saturday pub crawl. All free for you – no hidden costs. There is no better place or value for money to enjoy Port Macquarie! Port Macquarie Backpackers is the original and the most awarded hostel in town.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Shuttle Bus Service
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Would definitely recommend. It is a great hostel with a very chill atmosphere. Clean beds. Nice pool. It was just pleasant all around. Would stay longer if I could but alas I am off to my next adventure!
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Response from Tony M, Owner at Port Macquarie Backpackers
Responded 6 days ago
Thanks for the nice review. Now we're over he silly season and back to nice, normal people coming through. It's nice to see all the effort the staff go to is appreciated. It does take quite a big effort to keep a hostel clean,comfortable and fun, and my staff do a great job. Did you know when you book through the likes of tripadviver or booking.com hostelworld you are paying on average $5 in commision. So if you want to get the best price on a bed book direct on our home page and save, The money is better in your pocket than the big website who supply nothing
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Not the best experience, long-stay staff not very friendly and could hardly say two words to other guests, managers taste in music played all day every day and a very unwelcoming atmosphere. Pool was dirty.
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Response from Tony M, Owner at Port Macquarie Backpackers
Responded 1 week ago
Sorry to here you didn't like the hostel jess, the music in the hostel is just music, not everyone has the same taste, what you like maybe others don't. The pool is vacuumed every morning, everyday of the year, and the water quality is crystal clear and clean, When its windy as it has been lately leaves do blow in through the day from the trees but these are just leaves.Travel safe PMB.
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In 3 rooms were bedbuggs, people were covered with the red uggly bumbs on their skin. The manager was ignoring the problem (small beard and glasses) and didn’t do anything, only bugspray in the rooms, but this will not help of course. No excuses, no money refund if you want to
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Response from portbackpackers, Owner at Port Macquarie Backpackers
Responded 1 week ago
We have not had bedbugs in this hostel for over 8 years, or any other hostel in Port macquarie as far as i know . Your review is pure BULLSH1T. You were thrown out of the hostel for being abusive over a $10 late bus charge you didn't want to pay. We have no problems with people who want to catch a night bus to save money or because of your timetable or choice of transport. But you cant stay in my hostel for free. It is not fair to people who have payed for that night or my hostel as a business. Check out form the room is 10 am after the free Pancake Breakfast and you can use all the facilities until 6pm for free. If you want to stay after 6pm and have full use of the hostel the cost is $10.00, if you don't want to pay, as i said no worries ,but you cannot stay for free. I have asked trip advisor to remove this review as it really is a poor attempt to discredit my hostel Tripadvisor has refused. If you want to save on paying commision for a bed and get the cheapest beds book direct on our home page
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Warning!!! Do NOT stay at this hostel. I booked 4 nights and complained about valid reasons after the first night, first at the website I booked it from and then at the front desk in the morning. The top bunk bed did not have a rail guard, the matress was too small and
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Response from portbackpackers, Owner at Port Macquarie Backpackers
Responded 4 weeks ago
The only accurate part of your review is you did stay at my hostel and the beds do not have rails on them. You asked my manager to be moved to a bottom bunk, which he said YES to. But then you wanted a discount for your imaginary complaints, which he said no to. You then wanted a full refund the manager explained to you, we don't refund after check-in. You then proceeded abusing my manager and telling him to F*ck-off. When I got there and asked to speak with you and telling you I am the owner you didn't even have the decency to hang up your call to Booking.com to talk to me. I asked you repeatedly to show a little respect to the other guests in your room as at 8.30 in the morning people were still in bed and had no interest in listing to you screaming and caring on and you flipped me your finger as an answer. As an owner, I am more than happy to listen to constructive, true concerns, but when those concerns are fabricated B.S I can't really help. I asked you to grab your bags and leave for your abusive behavior and you told me to get f*cked. At this stage you left me with no option but to insist on you leaving or I would call the police. Then you wanted a full refund as you thought my manager was not being cooperative. I have watched the video of you screaming at my manger and that is why you were thrown out. The other five people in the room who I apologized to for your noisy disruptive behaviour were also glad to see you leave the hostel. Anyone showing abusive behaviour and/or uses foul language towards my staff gets thrown out, no matter if it's a male or a female. My hostel has a no cancellation policy with Booking,com. We also do not refund after check-in and this is a industry standard. You contacted and hassled Booking.com for hours and they told you, you are in the wrong. The police told you the same thing and so did fair trading. Booking.com has now bared you from using their website, which is why you can't leave a review or book a bed. Lastly, I have owned my hostel for 15 years are you are definitely one of the worst people I have ever meet in this time. My hostel is for sale, nothing shady going on. I have owned it for 15 years, meet a lot of great people (you're not one of them) and now it is time to do something else.
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Beautiful little old Mayor's House in Port Macquarie. Kept spotlessly clean by a dedicated manager and staff, with a warm welcome and cheerful conservation. Recommend for comfortable, friendly budget accommodation.
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"Room away from the street."
"just don't stay here"
"I stayed in a 12 person dorm and it was still quiet and roomy."
"They were all great."
"Take a shared bedroom, nice to meet new people!"
US$24 - US$64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
AustraliaNew South WalesPort Macquarie
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