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“Friendly backpackers hostel in Airlie Beach” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Backpackers by the Bay
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Friendly backpackers hostel in Airlie Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

I really enjoyed my stay at Backpackers by the bay hostel. I stayed a total of 3 nights whilst I was in town to do a Whitsundays trip. The location was slightly out of the main town but less than 10min walk would take you to main street with bars, clubs, supermarkets etc. It is also v close to the greyhound bus stop, however the hostel offers free pick up. The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The rooms were basic but clean and bathrooms were also very clean. The kitchen was fairly spacious and well equipped. There was a common area outside which made it very easy to chat to other backpackers. I would highly recommend this hostel if travelling to Airlie beach.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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York, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2014

Great place to stay. Slightly outside of town (5 min walk) so away from the crowds. Friendly, clean and well set up. Knowledgeable owner when it came to booking tours. Air-conditioning was appreciated. Slightly more expensive than some but probably worth it.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Agnes Water, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

Due to location, atmosphere and above all the staff this place is easy to recomend! informed, helpful and friendly receptionist, pool, 8ball, bar, trivia, breakfast, tea & coffee, sausage sizzle, movies, hamocks... for a quiet nights stay, or few beers n a yarn, this place is the perfect medium! Just away from the noise of town without being to far to walk(few mins). special thanks to jase paulie tim and nicole for being awesome!

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank chonzes
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

I am saddened to see some bad reviews
this place made my stay in Australia one of the best ones!!!
I stayed in this relaxed hostel for 4 weeks because it just felt like home.
This hostel was like my family, they were the most awesome and chilled people i met in Australia and i became pretty good friends with them.

There were hammocks to chill overlooking the sea, a pool, pool table, Wi-Fi and a computer to use.The barefoot bar and the trivia game in the evening made it easy to meet new people.
The rooms were simple hostel rooms, but clean. Same with the bathrooms(one unisex, one female only).
Also i enjoyed my daily free coffee with the reception staff ;)
If you travel by bus you will appreciate that they offer a bus service to collect you from the coach station.

Lots to do in the area, mixture of bars(go to Magnums) and clubs(Boom is the best one), only a short walk(5-10 mins) down to the main road, also meaning you get a good nights sleep.

Definitely the best hostels i've ever stayed.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Myself and 3 others stayed here on 2 occasions. First was just a stopover and the second was for 2 nights before and after a boat trip.
The first time we came here we were quite impressed, the room was very clean, they cooked hot dogs at night for a good price and there was an evening quiz which was free to play.
The second time the standard of cleanliness throughout the hostel had deteriorated. The room was dusty, the bathrooms were disgusting (lots of dust round windows, hairs all over sink, broken shower). The showers were a nuisance as they lost water pressure when someone else was showering.
The kitchen was also awful. On one occasions both sinks were full to the brim with dishes and dirty water. There were flys and ants over everything. I complained to the manager who had it cleaned quickly, but that was only after he ranted about it's not the staffs job to clean up after guests. Yes that is the case but when other guests can't use the facilities (I refused to cook until it was cleaned) that is not our fault and staff should sort it out.
I would also recommend cleaning all dishes before using them anyway as they are clearly being put away without being washed.
Surfaces in kitchen area and the tables were sticky. as for the breakfast I had to hand them back a full loaf of mouldy bread that was for guests. There was also flys all over the fruit bowl.
This place had certainly gone down hill in a month and needs a thorough clean. You can see the staff quarters from reception/pool table area and they are in an awful state. If the people who are expected to keep this place clean can't even keep their own rooms clean then I don't think there is much hope.
The staff here are overall friendly, however, it's hard to tell who the staff are as they run around in their own clothes or no clothes (the guys walk around topless) and this is when working.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kimy30
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Chester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

We arrived at Airlie beach on Easter weekend without pre-booking so spent two nights in a $15 tent before we managed to get in to this hostel and we were so pleased with it! By this point we probably would have been happy just to have beds so were really happy to discover the hostel was actually really lovely.
Beth, on reception, was friendly and helpful and made sure we had everything we needed, including plenty of information.
The bedroom was compact and clean with shelves for our bunkbeds attached at the end so there's plenty of room for your things. There aren't any in-room lockers but we didn't feel the need for them anyway as we have in some larger, city centre hostels.
There's two bathrooms, one is unisex and one female. However, the unisex one does have a urinal so some girls may be more comfortable just sticking to the girls one.
The kitchen is relatively small but kept nice and clean. We did notice a couple of ants around the shared food cupboard but this can't always be helped in tropical areas. The outside of the hostel is lovely to sit and relax in, with four hammocks and lots of seating dotted around too.
There's a really nice, friendly feel to the hostel and the evening trivia is great. The staff are all very helpful and welcoming and, for us, the location was really nice.
It's a few minutes walk from the town centre so you can go out for a drink but come back and manage some sleep when you want to, unlike some of the busier hostels on the main street in town.
Overall a great stay here! We'd definitely recommend to others and stay here again ourselves!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank rizzrezz1990
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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

The first thing you notice is how friendly and helpful the receptionists are. They allowed me to store my luggage there prior to my stay (for a fee) as I was going on a sailing trip. Check in was seamless, room and shower/toilets were clean and spacious. Only stayed for one night but it seems like it has a nice, relaxed vibe to it. Would come back and would recommend.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jhcyeo
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Property: Backpackers by the Bay
Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 54 Speciality Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and offers a very social, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation is available in four share rooms, one 8 share and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. Airconditioning is included during the warmer months (mid Sept to mid May) The hostel has a saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks, sun-lounges and palm trees as well as a huge sunbaking deck. A fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and utensils is provided, as is a laundry. The games room has internet access and pool table. Each night, during 'happy hour' the staff hold social activities to help guests meet each other - these include: *Team trivia competitions with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne. * Wii Sports competitions including Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing * Killer Pool comps After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach (Sunday and Tuesday nights) With the best local knowledge of all the tours in the Whitsundays we can help you choose the best trip for your needs. By the Bay is not affiliated with any tour opperators so we don't force any boat on you. We give you all the info and let YOU pick. We also offer a free nights accommodation and free luggage storage with every overnight sailing tour booked with us The friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you! *FREE Courtesy bus service meeting all coaches(between 7am-7:30pm). *FREE Tea and Coffee *FREE Wii Sports game *FREE quiz for a bottle of champagne every night! *FREE hammocks, sunlounges and BBQ use *FREE accommodation and storage (with every overnight trip booked) *FREE linen supplied to all beds *FREE unbiased tour advice- often at standby or discounted prices *FREE Fully equipped kitchen - all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans provided at no charge!!! *FREE Off street parking *FREE WiFi available, two hours on arrival ($4 per 24 hour login logout) *Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron *Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days organized *All rooms serviced daily *Lending library *Safe and secure 24 hour access ... more   less 
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