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Backpackers by the Beach
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Backpackers by the Beach
Reviewed 24 March 2013 via mobile

Its a backpacker place after all. The room was ok but plenty of mosquitos in a cool weather so imagine what happens in summer! Location is great..short walk to the beach and cafes nearby. The place is generally clean but requires plenty of attention.

  • Stayed: May 2012
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

When I arrived there the staff was very nice, came there early but no problem with locking my stuff! Very nice and cosy hostel, lot of people who are staying there for a longer time but who are still very much open to make new friends! And the staff was just amazing, really nice and had great nights on hearing stories over a beer! If you want to relax and have a little bit of surf after Sydney I would definitely spend some time here!! All in all, great staff, great location and nice and cozy!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

I was so happy staying at this hostel. It is absolutely perfectly located, with the beach, train station, clubs and bars, shops and all within a 5 min. distance. I found friends here immediately as the hostel is delicately small which makes everyone come together in the common room like the family of backpackers we are. Kitchen and sleeping facilities were all good. Everything was very organized. All in all i just had a very pleasent, joyful and definitely fun stay at Backpackers by the beach.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled solo
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Thank CecilieNoer
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

This was just my second hostel in Australia. But I lived in this hostel for nearly three mounths and that for a reason..after two weeks in this hostel I had the choice to move out and live with some friends but I prevered to stay in this hostel for the rest of the time. And this was no mistake at all. The staff is really friendly and it doesnt need long to feel like a member of this family. They are helping you with every sort of problems. How to get a job, where to travel next, how to fix your car etc..

But enough from the most amazing staff from Australia. The hostel is not the biggest one, but this make it so comfortable to stay there. The kitchen is good equipped and always clean as same as the toilets and the rooms. It have a shared livingroom/kitchen therefore you have always some people around.

The beach, bus/trainstation and the towncenter is under a five minutes walk away, but the closest shopping center is about 15mins away therefore you can catch the free citybus.

One of the best things about staying in this hostel is the offer to recieve a free dinner three times in the week. Which is a good chance to see a bit of the city and talk to each other.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

THIS PLACE IS THE MOST HORRIBLE PLACE EVER. I've stayed at over 100 hostels in my travels and have never gotten such horrible customer service. The Owner was absolutely horrible. Kicked us out of the hostel and then charged us for the 2 nights anyway. DO NOT STAY HERE. STAY ANYWHERE ELSE. They should not be able to run a hostel in customer service if they don't like people! There are plenty of accommodation in Newcastle, and its a great town to visit, just do yourselves a favour and stay at one of the other nice places!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank cbrcate01
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BackpackersBTBeach, Manager at Backpackers by the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2012

Thanks for your feedback. We really appreciate reviews as we are always looking for ways to improve.
From my experience people are rarely kicked out for no reason and for the record your friend was not kicked out.
We take the comfort and security of all our guests seriously and this is why we have procedures.
As you have never stayed here, I invite you to come and stay so you can experience what so many people have enjoyed for the past 14 years.
Once again thanks for your feedback.

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Reviewed 13 January 2012

the manager here was very stingy, and disrespectful to everyone i saw him interact with. the facilities were clean but small/cramped. staff was instructed to turn people away if they were 'too old' or didn't 'fit in'. my recommendation would be to walk 100m up the block to YHA. it's maybe a few dollars more, but the staff are courteous and there's lots of space and pool/ping pong and a big kitchen with plenty of room to accommodate all.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 November 2010

The receptionists are nice and friendly. Although it is a small hostel, the backpackers living there are peace and friendly. I quite missed my roomates met there!
The bathroom is clean and well-facilitated. I felt very comfortable to live there! I also remembered the sunshine and nice view in the room.
I went to this hostel to check-in around 10pm, luckily, it is just 10 minutes near to Newcastle train station. I could easily to get to the bus station to Port Stephens in the next day. The location is also at most convenience to shopping centre, beach and theatre.
I want to be there again if I visit Newcastle!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Backpackers by the Beach

Address: 34 - 36 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Newcastle
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Beach
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Ranked #17 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Newcastle
Price Range: £20 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9

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