Wickham Retreat Backpackers was a cozy place to stay for two nights. The ambience is congenial because the guests are considerate of each other and get along well.
My upper bunk bed was located in a 4-bed mixed dorm, which I shared with two young women who seemed to stay in the room most of the time I was there. Their many belongings were spread all over the room, leaving me a small space for my own things. Unfortunately, there are no lockers in the dorms. Very small lockers are provided at no charge; I was able to store my compact backpack in it.
There are several toilets and showers in the hostel, and two kitchens available for cooking up a storm. All pot, pans, dishes, cups, glasses and utensils are provided.
I saw way too much free bread stocked in bins, plus various cereals for breakfast. The kitchen was reasonably clean as were the bathrooms and patio area outdoors. I appreciated the free use of the clothes washer and dryer, and even the clothesline with plenty of clothespins.
The staff seemed friendly enough, and one staff member supplied me with a large, fluffy towel.
The hostel has a small but cozy living room with a fireplace and a large screen TV with plenty of DVDs. The place is rather small, housing about 15 guests. There is a good billiards table in one room, and several refrigerators available for guest use.
Overall, this backpackers place meet my humble needs quite well, and I was glad to stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Are you tired of all the added costs of backpacking? Then come and stay with us! Our prices include it all. Lots of food - tuesday and Friday sandwich night We also provide breakfast cereals, jams, milk, margarine, bread, pasta, rice, tea, coffee, sugar etc. Computer use and Wi-Fi are free and also the same for the washing machines including powder. All bedrooms now have Air Con! From Nov-march Our clean and fresh rooms have a funky modern twist, with beds made prior to your arrival. We offer two types of rooms, four bed five and six bed dorms. Stay with us and relax in our fully-restored federation-style house with a large sweeping veranda at the front accessible directly from your bedroom, It's perfect for that morning cup of tea or afternoon beer to relax with. Our bathrooms are clean and newly-renovated, while the original wooden floors of our house have been restored and are teamed with the original high ceilings. Our rates also include linen and towels.. We have a great small team of staff who are there to help in anyway they can so you can be sure to feel safe and receive friendly and helpful service. We're your home away from home! Please note that guests must be 18+ unless accompanied by their parents or guardians. We are not a late night party hostel so getting a good nights sleep is never a problem. ... more less
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