I stayed at this hostel on three seperate nights only because of the cheap price (and I had a free night voucher from a Whitsundays tour). I honestly didn't mind the rooms. There are a lot of them and not a lot of people staying there from the looks of it, so I had a whole 6 bed to myself most of the daytime hours. I only ever shared with two other roommates max. The beds were comfortable, ensuite bathroom is a good bonus, and it was spacious. One or two nights the music and noise coming from a bar behind the hostel was really loud and distracting, but closing the window mostly helped.
However, the exterior was a nightmare. Like actually, I felt like I was walking into a potential slasher flick set at night. There is barely any lighting out in the courtyard aside from an eerie blue light above the sign and some dim lighting near the kitchen. The kitchen is dirty and cramped too. You need to hire out your dish sets and even pots and pans if you need them, but reception has such limited hours that this is a pain if you are checking in late or out early. The whole place seemed in disuse, like somebody left a creepy motel to abandonment. Also there seemed to be little to no social atmosphere, just people quietly making their meals sometimes and then keeping to themselves to eat at the picnic table or retreat to their rooms. I never saw anyone just hanging out outside. Since the whole place is set up motel style as well with about three-four stories (can't remember exactly), you need to drag your luggage up the stairs if you are anywhere but on the ground floor.
Reception was friendly and helpful, however, and the location was good. My advice though- only stay here if you're seriously tight on cash and just looking for a calm night of sleep. If you want to make any friends at all or even just hang out outside, it's too depressing.
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