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Backpackers by the Bay
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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“Great hostel”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

If you're looking for somewhere clean and comfy to stay in Airlie Beach I would highly recommend this hostel. All staff were lovely and really helpful. Private double room was clean and cosy. Showers and toilets always really clean and no queues. $3 breakfast was great value, with a choice of cereals, toast & fruit. The hostel is slightly away from the main strip, about a 5-10 minute walk but we appreciated this as it was quiet at night! Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

My friend and I booked this hostel for 2 nights and ended up staying 5! The hostel is clean comfortable and very sociable they do a fantastic quiz night every evening so everyone gets to know one another the staff are lovely especially Olly. I can't recommend this hostel highly enough if they had any jobs I would have stayed!

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

If you're looking for a hostel with a homely feeling, this is it. This was the only hostel during my trip were I really felt like home and I was very sad to leave this hostel and this amazing place. I stayed in a 4 share female room. The beds were super comfortable and all linnen is provided! The bathroom is divided in men and female, which I really liked. The kitchen provides everything you need and there is a big fridge. The staff is super friendly and the quiz games and night are a really nice way to meat other people! The hostel is a bit out of the city centre, but it only takes you 5 minutes to walk there!

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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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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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
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Agnes Water, Australia
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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
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
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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 #21 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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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

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