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Adelaide’s Shakespeare Backpackers International Hostel
Winnipeg
2 reviews
“Unfriendly staff - would not recommend it with other options so close”
Reviewed 20 December 2012

I would definitely not recommend this hostel. Mainly due to the staff who I found outright rude. If you don't like working with people then find a different industry to work in! The place was only moderately clean and I found that there was very little happening around the place at night. I ended up shortening my stay at this hostel and moved just down the street to a place that was way better. Would not recommend staying here with so many other options nearby that are also in downtown Adelaide. Spend the time to find another location.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

We stayed at this hostel with out univeristy basketball and hockey teams while we were in Adelaide for University Games. The staff were really helpful always happy to tell us the best places to go. It was an easy walk to all the nightclubs and pub (be careful of jaywalking the police really crack down on it in Adelaide), close to supermarkets and public transport. We caught a bus from the airport which was really easy. We had a 9.30am check out but they let us leave our bags downstairs and hang out in the common room because our flight wasn't until the afternoon. Internet was pretty slow. And there is a surcharge on all alcohol brought in (like this at all the Adelaide hostels our teams stayed at). Overall a great stay my impression was that most of the guests were working and living there for a longer length of time, so is a good place if you are looking for a home away from home.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

I've been staying at the hostel for about 4 months and I must say it has been a really good stay. I occupied a top bunk in a 10 bed dorm (all girls) and it's a really nice room. Plenty of space, lockers, shelves and fairly clean. Not many sockets though. Kitchen is good and spacious, all I missed was an oven, especially since I stayed here for so long. But you survive, no biggie! Bathrooms were ok, plenty of showers and toilets.

Staff is really nice and I they have some special offers on tours which are really good. Took advantage of that and booked myself a trip to Barossa valley :) Reception is open 24/7 and they are really helpful.

The hostel is located in the CBD and is close to all the pubs and clubs, shopping etc. Coles just around the corner.

As a conclusion, I definitely recommend you to stay here. Cheap, clean and friendly hostel :)

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Skovde, Sweden
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

I' stayed at Shakey's for about 4 months and it is a great hostel to stay at. Both for a longer time, a weekend or just a night. The staff is very friendly and they can help you to book cheap tour instead of going to Peter Pan next door. I stayed in a big 10 bed dorm with plenty of space, it is a clean hostel. But there are somethings that are not as nice. Everyday they do both room check (sometimes more then one) and cleaning in the rooms and it gets pretty annoying sometimes when they keep running in and out of the room unannounced.
The kitchen is pretty big and doesn't get to crowded but the one thing I was missing was the oven.
Also there are some nightclubs close to the hostel. And if you are one of the persons trying to sleep in the hostel and not one of the people in the nightclub it can get pretty irritating, Though I think this only applies to the rooms closest to the balcony. I was staying in 103 (which is next to the balcony) and you can hear people screaming outside and music from the nightclubs. But if your not a light sleeper it shouldn't bother you.

All in all it is a good hostel and I would definitely recommend it. If I'm ever in Adelaide again I will stay with them!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

I stayed here for 2 weeks. I pre booked a room, but when I arrived they had a special offer. Because I pre booked I had to pay for the full price. You don't get discount in OZ!
The room was crowed and average clean. Kitchen and bathroom was okay
Don't buy the internet, cause you have free internet at Peter Pans next door!!! Or you can use the free wifi of Adelaide if you sit on the balcony. :)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

The hostel is cheap, quiet enough to sleep properly, clean. There's a big living room with many comfortable sofas, big screen tv with FOXTEL and some books. The cooking space is wide. Washing machines are inside the hostel. The proximity to a backpackers agency with free wi-fi let you to browse Internet free, but just in some rooms. The official wi-fi Internet provider in the hostel is Global Gossip but coins working Internet computers are also available. Staff is kind enough compared to the average level in Australia backpackers.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Most of the staff were great. One was downright rude. The showers are terrible. Every one in the male section was broken.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Property: Adelaide’s Shakespeare Backpackers International Hostel
Address: 123 Waymouth St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
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Region: Australia > South Australia > Greater Adelaide > Adelaide
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #25 of 52 Speciality Lodging in Adelaide
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Adelaide’s Shakespeare Backpackers International Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
To all Backpackers and Travelers in Oz: Need a Hostel? Are you full of Youth? Prefer to live like the Nomads? Then Base yourself in Central Adelaide. "Adelaide's Shakespeare Backpackers International Hostel" is a lovely old style Victorian building, it retains old charm and ambiance from a bygone era. Located in the heart of the backpacker precinct, very close to all the opportunities and tourist hotspots Adelaide has to offer. ... more   less 
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