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Backpackers by the Bay

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 29 October 2016

I was extremely satisfied by my stay at Backpackers by the Bay. The place is only a 5-10 minutes walk from the bus stop, which is so great if you're coming in by Greyhound. They will accommodate late arrivals (i.e. tape your key to the reception desk if you arrive later than 7:30PM), which isn't always the case in this...

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Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The hostel is about a 5 minute walk from the Main Street which keeps you away from the big parties but you can choose to go if you like. Rooms are okay, baths pretty clean, kitchen is average and doesn't have an oven. They offer tour bookings with a discount for spontaneous people. Luggage storage for several days is 6$...

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 October 2016

Me and my sister absolutely loved bbtb! The hostel was super chilled and friendly but also had plenty to do! We enjoyed the trivia nights and the hotdog dinner heaps! We also thought the location was fab as it was close enough to the main town to walk in a few mins but far enough that we could have a...

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Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Decent rooms and brilliant staff at the hostel. Really worth a visit. It's a really chilled out relaxed kind of places, bar staff are really chilled. Would recommend going. Very close to the harbour and greyhound bus stop too and not too far from the town

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

I was bitten by bed bugs over the first night I stayed there. The staff were very apologetic, refunded my booking and offered for me to use their washer and dryer to wash my affected clothes to kill off any potential bed bug eggs. Aside from that, the staff were great, really nice and helped to book my boat trip...

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1Thank Amelia R
Bochum, Germany
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Backpackers by the Bay is probably the most welcoming hostel I've stayed in so far. The staff are fab and really helpful. It is very easy to socialize here and there is also hostel entertainment for the guests such as a daily quiz night. It has awesome views and conveniently located. It has a great outdoor area. If you arrive...

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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

The reviews that you read on here are spot on. I could not fault the place. Staff are very friendly and willing to help. Place is clean and quiet. The quiz at night is a good way to get to know your fellow travellers. Close the the bus terminal. A must if you are visiting Airlie Beach.

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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

A good basic backpackers with everything you would expect. We stayed in a four-person dorm and a double. Both were good but there was a slightly odd smell in both. Relaxed atmosphere with bar and pool but not too much of a party hostel. You can go into town if you want to do that. I would recommend the three...

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 July 2016

It's not very modern, but has a certain charm! Sausage sizzlers for $1 and a cheap bar was a life saver for backpackers who 1. couldn't be bothered to walk into Airlie and 2. are on a very tight budget. The guy on reception who sounded kind of scouse was lovely and laid back, just as i'd expect. However, we...

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1Thank harritheginge
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Good size room. Cleanliness was average. Not too far into town. Lovely members of staff. Courtesy drive to the Greyhound depot station. Free wifi - quite slow during busy periods. They have hammocks. Met lovely people in this hostel! I recommend it!!

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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Paid Wifi
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
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: £15 - £48 (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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