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Review of Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach

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Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach
Milan, Italy
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Decent”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

The hostel is located really near the beach (5 min walk), but quite far from the city. So if you want to party every night it's not the right place for you. If you just want to enjoy the nice beach, then it's a great place. The area has a small mall (with a Mc Donald) 1 restaurant (really expansive) and a deck with boats and helicopters. The hostel also offer a free pick up from / to the central station until the afternoon.
Rooms are small, have lockers (you have to bring your own lock though) but too few electric sockets. Overall is clean, but bathrooms and bed linen can be cleaner. The kitchen is also fine and has fridges and dishes you can use. There is also a small relax area with a tv and dvds. To go to the bathrooms you have to pass through the kitchen and this can be awkard.
Staff is friendly.
The only problem we had was with a guest. He was there for all days we stayed and he was always drunk. Couches often smelled of pee because of him. We reported this to the receptionist (a young guy) who did nothing.
Overall it's a nice hostel if you want a cheap place near the beach (I have been also to Brisbane YHA, that is completely better).

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

I liked this hostel. We stayed here for 2 nights in a 6-bed, but we were there in June and had the room to ourselves which was obviously a bonus! We had a room that was on the back so was quiet- I assume the rooms by the walkway get noisy as the WHV bunch sit out there drinking of an evening. But to be honest, they do that at all hostels, so that's to be expected :) Room was clean and each had a big locker and i remember a mirror, shelf and plenty of sockets etc in the room!

Kitchen/social area was great, maintained well & plenty of space. Bathrooms were kept really clean too, can't complain although i do agree it's a bit odd to have to walk through the social bit for them (but the whole hostel has an interesting layout, so it really didn't bother me that much).
laundry facilities were also decent.

Whilst location isn't in the heart of the action, they offer a regular free shuttle to the bus station in surfers which is perfect- if you miss that or need really early/late, you can easily catch a public bus from across the street- we did and it came on time etc.

Oh and also the staff that were downstairs were great (the reception is separate downstairs) and helped me sort out the YHA card, quick and painless!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nikki S
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Rogers, Arkansas
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

This is a it of a party hostel, but not so much that we weren't able to get some sleep when we wanted. The location is so-so. It's right near the beach, but is a 2.5 mile walk to downtown Surfer's Paradise. As the name says, it's in Main Beach, so it's a bit of a hike if you want to head to get some groceries.

The guests don't really follow the policy of cleaning your dishes as you use them- so the kitchen can get pretty gross throughout the day. They could also use another refrigerator considering the amount of guests that they have at any given time.

The staff was super helpful and were always on par with the information they gave. They even gave us suggestions on where to look for apartments!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

When the YHA's own website says 'not recommended for families' it's a bit of a giveaway that the hostel is going to be full of young party people, and your chances of a decent night's sleep are going to be pretty slim. I thought I would take a chance anyway, and in the end I'm glad that I did. I was staying on a Saturday night, and by six or seven inn the evening, it was looking decidedly messy. There were at least three full blown parties going on in dorm rooms all around me. The layout of the hostel is such that all rooms have large double glass windows, and a door leading out onto an elevated deck. There is zero sound proofing. Thankfully the noise died out before nine, presumably as these young pups headed out to the clubs of Surfers Paradise. And I must have been fast asleep by the time they came back in, as I didnt hear anything until several hair driers went off around eight in the morning (seriously.) Other than that I loved the location, just over the road from the beach, and right by a marina. You can walk along the beach all the way to Surfers Paradise, probably an hour's stroll all in all, and a delight! The Fishermans Wharf Tavern is right next door, which is one of the best pubs in the area, and there are a handful of other cafes and restaurants close by. The strangest thing about the hostel has to be that the bathrooms are accessed through the kitchen and lounge area!

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Boersch
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singapore
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15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012 via mobile

Our room is along the common corridor and has glass on 2 sides which makes poor soundproofing. We could hear people walking by and were unlucky enough to have a group of drunks talking loudly at the tables right outside our door. This went on well until 1.30am. As the reception was closed, we didn't know where to direct our complains to. Strangely, one of the drunks even managed to open our door in the midst of the mayhem which left me feeling insecure. The door, by the way, couldn't be open from the outside without a key when it's shut. It left me wondering if they could have somehow got a key.

The staff here were friendly and helpful though. :)

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kopi
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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57 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2012

This was a stop-over in my australian trip, after Sydney and Blue Mountains. It was just one night, and given that I was travelling solo, Surfers Paradise is not quite an optimal destination.
Given this and decided to do some sightseeing, I set out to walk from the hostel to Surfers' Downtown twice, one during the night and other the following day. It's a long walk, about 2 miles. However, being in Australia I had never felt so safe walking alone at night.
So, about the hostel: very clean, six-bed room, friendly staff (with just one exception: the check-out girl after I missed check-out time by mistake), and, as in most hostels, friendly guests.
If you want to beat australian prices and sacrifice location, then this hostel is for you

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dyhtstriyk
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012

Nice hostel and great location. Staff were helpful and friendly.
We startedhear before we drove to brisbane.
W were in a 6 beded mixed dom.
Kitchen was large and there were tables so people could eat there foot or sit and chat. Tv room was small and very close to the kitchen. Needs a wall to separated the two area.
The toilets and showers are near the shower and kitchen which is not the bast. As people can see who comes and goes.
No life to the rooms so needs to get case up about 20 stairs not good when you've drove and just want to get to your room.
THe hotel offer a free bus into town. We used this to get into town and walked back. Th ewalk back was about 20 minutes. We walked along the beach way and it was nice to see people enjoying the days with the families.
I did not expect the town to have high buildings which did not bother be. Reminded me of new york the building.
computers for inernet use and phone if u have a yha orange card. (what can be used for interet or phone)

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank debbied30
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Property: Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach
Address: Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Surfers Paradise
Amenities:
Free Parking Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 125 Speciality Lodging in Surfers Paradise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There is something for every backpacker at Surfers Paradise YHA hostel; white sandy beaches, 24 hour shopping, theme parks (Seaworld down the road) and national parks, adrenalin kicks on the ground, in the air and underwater, city sights and rainforest hinterland. Surfers Paradise is all about action, excitement and adventure! The YHA Travel desk at reception offers a wide range of activities and tours. There is also a free Wifi Hot Spot (Wifi Plus also available). ... more   less 
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