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Banana Bender Backpackers
Ranked #72 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Brisbane
Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

When I book hostels, I look for 4 things: good location, cheap rates, clean and safe. If those are your criteria as well, this place fits the mold. However, do not expect anything above and behind this...

Pros:
- good prices
- nice covered, outdoor deck
- very clean
- felt safe
- good location

Cons:
- unhelpful staff (a little shocking coming from 3 other Australian hostels that were so friendly! Examples: wouldn't help us make a local phone call, no help with the bus schedule (told us to search it on the Internet which was not the best at this place anyway), told us that "hospitality" isn't their thing)
- wifi was $5/1 day, $7/2 days, $20/week and often times doesn't work (no reception in our room, for example)
- no safes in rooms for storing valuables
- no alcohol allowed (they sell their own)
- $2 to rent a towel

Overall recommendation: I would not recommend this hostel and would only stay here again if everything else was booked.

Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We stayed here when we first arrived into Brisbane but we only stayed one night and moved down the road to Chill Backpackers. The facilities and the rooms were very basic although it was cheaper than other options in town. Still relatively close to the town centre, so location isn't bad. Would stay here again but only if other stuff was booked up.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Caroline A
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

It's a bit off the city center (like 20 mins walking) but it's clean and close to coles and claxton st (bars and restaurant).. At the arriving the man at the desk was kind of unfriendly and i had to ask for sheets but then all the rest of the staff was really friendly and everything ended up going good.
I would definitely go back there if i happen to be back in brisbane

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank aeliss_2
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

The hostel is in a handy location: Only a 5 minute walk to Coles, some shops, a pharmacy and Caxton Street, also close to Suncorp Stadium!
About 10 mins to the Transit Centre on Roma Street where most travellers arrive, 20 mins to the CBD.
Staff is friendly and always up for a chat.
Place is more on the quiet side. So you go out and party, but get decent sleep in the hostel!
This may be one reason why there are always a few longterm guests around in this smallish hostel.
Guaranteed one of the lowest weekly rates in Brisbane at $160 in only a Quad Share!!
Decent amount of toilets and showers all over the building, so never had to wait.
Most importantly rooms and facilities are cleaned properly daily and the place is well looked after! Kitchen closes at 10pm which never bothered me. Unfortunately kitchen and fridge are too small. Free tea.
There is a verandah with a nice view that gets heated on winter evenings and where always a good selection of music is played.
Pool table, licensed premises that sell drinks at affordable prices. Free luggage storage!
Important to me: If you stay here you can be sure to have decent fellow travellers staying with you. No weirdos get checked in and who cant behave has to leave!

Small downsides for me:
- TV room not very homely and not warm enough in winter, might be alright tho in summer.
No actual common room, just the deck
No oven in kitchen and too few pans and pots

Overall really a good place to stay in Brisbane that I recommend! Especially if you like small hostels, dont like massive dorms and if cleanliness matters to you!

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Apolda
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

When visiting Brisbane the best place to stay, if you want a good bed for a cheap price, is Banana Benders. Everyone is very relaxed and a 20 minute walk to the city center is worth the price! VERY nice staff here.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Pmke
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Stayed at Banana Bender for 2 nights in August 2012. The building is really worn down, rooms are noicy and you hear the traffic all night. Since we stayed there in August, it was cold out and really cold in the rooms. The receptionist looked like he had worked for 7 straight days and didn't really wanna help out with anything.

All in all, there should be better places to stay at in Brisbane.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank DanLah
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BBenders, Manager at Banana Bender Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2013

Daniel, Thank you for your feedback. Firstly I must congratulate you on being such a conscientious contributor - fancy submitting a review some 8 months after you stayed with us at Bananas.
Well done!!
We are constantly working on maintaining the property to a suitable standard so hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised next time. Bananas is sorry to hear the welcome was like the weather ... bit cool. We will try harder in the future.

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Reviewed 19 March 2013

I stayed at Banana Backers for 3 weeks with my girlfriend in March 2013. If you want a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, then this is the place for you! We had a very pleasant stay and the owners Ben, Chris and the staff were always very friendly and accommodating. The hostel is very well price and rooms were always very clean and tidy. It is located very close just 15 mins walk from the transit center and coles supermarket is on the doorstep. High recommend Banana Benders and looking forward to staying again in the future :)

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Brit T
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Address: 118 Petrie Tce, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
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Ranked #72 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Brisbane
Price Range: £13 - £44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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