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Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice hostel, but too many chargeable extras!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

The hostel is pretty big. Annoyingly my friends and I had booked to be in the same room. When we turned up they claimed they couldn’t honour this. However, we quickly worked out that they could have done, but they just couldn’t be bothered. You will also have to pay for almost any extra, including Wi-Fi and cutlery. Besides this the hostel isn’t too bad with some decent facilities. It’s also on the main street and within walking distance of everything you need.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Altitude86
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BASEBackpackerscrew, Guest Relations Manager at Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it.

Reviews give us the opportunity to pass on praise were your experience has been good and give us an opportunity to work on the bits that weren't up to standard.

We have taken on all your feedback and will hard to make sure we can offer the best customer experience in the future.

Hope the rest of your travels are spectacular.

Cheers,

Tom Cooney
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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alberta
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16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Stayed in the female only room, tuned out to be a self contained cabin with large bathroom facilities. Two shower stalls, separate toilet and sink area. The room was clean. There is spotty wifi that you have to pay for. I did not use the kitchen or laundry facilities, but I did see that you have to lay $10 deposit for dishes.

The lobby/reception is open to the street, which was quite pleasant, then you walk through a bit of a narrow hallway and then surprise, cabins, a pool, bar, kitchen building, etc.
Had to pay for luggage storage, which they said was secure, but often I saw it open with no one watching it. Had to pay for a secure locker for my purse when I was sailing, as there was no other secure location. Location is handy to the main stretch of shops and the marina for sailing. A fairly easy walk to the Greyhound/Premier transit station.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Thank maxaroniAlberta
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BASEBackpackerscrew, Guest Relations Manager at Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it.

Reviews give us the opportunity to pass on praise were your experience has been good and give us an opportunity to work on the bits that weren't up to standard.

We have taken on all your feedback and will hard to make sure we can offer the best customer experience in the future.

Hope the rest of your travels are spectacular.

Cheers,

Tom Cooney
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Rome, Italy
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

In the centre of the little town, different from other Nomads, this hostel is really good for backpackers, clean, bathroom in each room, good outdoor pool, good services and friendly reception.
Great Location!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Alice L
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BASEBackpackerscrew, Guest Relations Manager at Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it.

Reviews give us the opportunity to pass on praise were your experience has been good and give us an opportunity to work on the bits that weren't up to standard.

We have taken on all your feedback and will hard to make sure we can offer the best customer experience in the future.

Hope the rest of your travels are spectacular.

Cheers,

Tom Cooney
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United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

Big hostel but poor 1st impression when 'free pick up' from Greyhound didn't transpire. Turns out the driver had gone AWOL when I was there. Pool average only. Not very inspiring. Good atmosphere. Had evening at 'The shed' sausage sizzle with drink only $5 that evening. Stayed in female dorm. Hooks on back of door right at top and being only 5ft 4 I couldn't reach it..small point I know, but it's nice to hang your stuff without getting it wet in the shower.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Bungy81
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BASEBackpackerscrew, Guest Relations Manager at Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it.

Reviews give us the opportunity to pass on praise were your experience has been good and give us an opportunity to work on the bits that weren't up to standard.

We have taken on all your feedback and will hard to make sure we can offer the best customer experience in the future.

Hope the rest of your travels are spectacular.

Cheers,

Tom Cooney
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014 via mobile

Having stayed in Nomads Noosa my expectations were very low for
this hostel so I was pleasantly surprised to find it is actually very good.

I stayed in an 8 bed dorm with ensuite which was clean, comfortable and spacious.

The kitchen area was good but you had to hire any utensils, cutlery etc from reception which was a little annoying.

The hostel had a nice communal area near reception but this closed at 9. It would be a good idea to keep this open longer.

The staff were very friendly and happy to help but shop around for tours etc. Nomads do offer some
good ones but the staff will aim
to sell you what they offer rather than give you impartial advise on this best available.

Overall I had a good stay here and would certainly stay again.

Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
Helpful?
Thank Tom M
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BASEBackpackerscrew, Guest Relations Manager at Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it.

Reviews give us the opportunity to pass on praise were your experience has been good and give us an opportunity to work on the bits that weren't up to standard.

We have taken on all your feedback and will hard to make sure we can offer the best customer experience in the future.

Hope the rest of your travels are spectacular.

Cheers,

Tom Cooney
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Tubingen, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

No free Wifi, Reception isn't open before 7am and after 9 pm, many Ants and a Huntsmanspider in our room, dirty sheets on bed!
But the location is good. Anyways no recommendation for this hostel. Better go to XBase or Backpackers in the Bay. I only heard good things about those

  • Stayed April 2014
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Helpful?
Thank SteelFabio
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BASEBackpackerscrew, Guest Relations Manager at Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it.

Reviews give us the opportunity to pass on praise were your experience has been good and give us an opportunity to work on the bits that weren't up to standard.

We have taken on all your feedback and will hard to make sure we can offer the best customer experience in the future.

Hope the rest of your travels are spectacular.

Cheers,

Tom Cooney
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Travellers are raving about these Airlie Beach hotels

1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

We were booked to stay at nomads through a travel agent that booked our tour. The place is clean enough and well located with a nice pool however, it is so unorganised and you are just treated as a number. Check in at 7am (when a bus load of people come in) had 1 person so it was an hour to get to our room; but this was lucky as most had to wait until 1pm. Then there was the kitchen.. We left our food there whist we went on a Whitsunday's trip only to find that we had to throw most of it away when we got back as I've never seen so many ants in my life; the answer we got was "ants will do that". Then we got locked out of the room for an hour as the door ran out of battery and everyone was too "busy" to help us. Finally they are big on telling you that you can't have alcohol past the point of reception but not so keen to tell you that reception doesn't open until 7am therefore if your on the 7am bus you can't get it back because if you get it the night before they will come and take it off you (we saw this happen) so overall not the worst place in terms of location and cleanliness but we left very annoyed..

  • Stayed April 2014
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Helpful?
Thank Zoe A
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BASEBackpackerscrew, Guest Relations Manager at Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hi there,

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate it.

Reviews give us the opportunity to pass on praise were your experience has been good and give us an opportunity to work on the bits that weren't up to standard.

We have taken on all your feedback and will hard to make sure we can offer the best customer experience in the future.

Hope the rest of your travels are spectacular.

Cheers,

Tom Cooney
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Property: Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers
Address: 354 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 54 Speciality Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chill out in our tropical paradise in the centre of Airlie Beach Nomads Airlie Beach has 7 acres of tropical flora and fauna right in the centre of town, a relaxing atmosphere with a swimming pool, volleyball court and a poolside bar. Our Airlie Beach Hostel re-opened after a complete re-fit and renovation, now featuring brand new comfy beds and a fully kitted out communal kitchen. Our Nomads Airlie Beach accommodation also has proper camping facilities right in the centre in the town. (Tents, powered and non-powered sites). Trips to the must-see Whitsunday Islands depart from Airlie Beach and we can help you to choose the right boat for you, just pop in to see the travel staff! Accommodation options: choose from a variety of room types, from doubles and twins to shared dorm accommodation and powered or non-powered campsites. ... more   less 
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