My friend and I stayed here after doing the Overland Track hike in December 2013. After an incredible but challenging week of hiking we were looking forward to a few basic comforts of a hostel in Hobart. While the manager was friendly and welcoming, the property itself was disappointing and unprofessional.
We were 'upgraded' to a private twin share room which was very small, but the beds were comfortable and we slept well enough.
The bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and shared spaces are old, rundown and dirty. The kitchen is tiny and not equipped to cater for backpackers. The stove and fridge were filthy and looked like they hadn't been cleaned in months. There were food scraps and dirt built up under the cooktop that didn't get cleaned in the 3 days we were there and the kitchen was too small to handle more than about 3 people at a time. The fridges were also not equipped to cater for a large number of travellers.
The male bathrooms were old and poorly set up. Whenever the showers were used, the floor would get covered in water and you couldn't walk to the sink without getting wet feet.
The back door led to the laundry and a yard which was run down and dirty. The back area was littered with cigarette butts and even a used condom wrapper next to the back door that wasn't picked up in the 3 days we were there.
Before leaving on the third day, my friend found an old cheeseburger under his bed.
The positives of this property are that it's in a reasonable location close enough to town, it's reasonably quiet and the beds are comfortable. There is also a great organic grocer nearby.
But this place needs a lot of work and I wouldn't recommend it if you could stay elsewhere.
- Also Known As:
- Narrara Backpackers Hotel Hobart
- Narrara Backpackers Hobart, Tasmania