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Airlie Waterfront Motel & Budget Accommodation
Munich, Germany
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34 reviews
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“Nothing special but ok”
Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

Before going on a three day sailing trip in the Whitsundays, we were looking for a cheap room for one night in Airlie Beach. We chose a private double room at the Waterfront Backpackers.
The room was small, just big enough to fit a double bed in it, and had no windows.
Air was provided through vents to the hallway, hence we heard every step of other guests.
But the hostel in general was very quiet, so this was no big issue.
As we had breakfast at a shop in Airlie, we cannot rate the kitchen. We'd recommend the waterfront backpackers for travelers on a tight budget, that don't want one of those "party hostels".

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

Stayed in the 17 bed loft for 5 nights. Had a great time, Met some amazing people and it was nice to be a little away from the noise of the main strip. The hostel directly overlooks the beach and is right next door to some restaurants for convenience. Rooms were cleaned daily about 10ish which was actually good because it got you out of bed hungover or not!

Room Tip: If you are travelling on your own try the loft, its social and cheap! :)
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Cardigan, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We stayed there 2 nights before our trip and I night after. A private room and balcony. Very clean, free wifi. Staff also arranged 3 day trip on Kiana. Good value & opposite beach with car park for our hire car. Staff were so helpful, one phone call and in ten minutes had arranged our accommodation & sailing trip.

Room Tip: Room with balcony was lovely.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ireland
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69 reviews
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Stayed here recently before we did the Whitsunday's Tour. Stayed in a 14bed dorm which was very tight for room but at 17 dollars a night you can't complain. The location is perfect as it's right in the middle of the town. We dealt with Kelly found her lovely-very helpful and accommodating! They also allowed us to storage baggage with them for 5dollars which was so handy!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pontypridd
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Reviewed 2 May 2013 via mobile

Lovely room. Got upgraded to a double with private bathroom. Just what we needed after 3 days on a boat trip! Nice and clean and room serviced every day. Room in middle of a mall which was a bit strange but kinda nice. Opposite side of road from beach. Definately recommend as other people told us that the other hostels in airlie arent very nice.
This is the second time we have stayed here!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

Stayed in an en-suite air-conditioned double room (with a balcony) with my mum during our travels around Australia, we were here for 1 night and were very impressed. There was free wifi - which was easily accessible from the communal area. The hostel was very clean and tidy and the staff were extremely friendly & helpful. The hostel is perfectly situated right opposite the beach and a 5 minute walk to the lagoon, it is also very close to the shops/nightclubs, and is part of an amazing plaza of restaurants to feast your eyes on! Overall a great experience. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 1 April 2013 via mobile

I have no idea what the nicer balcony private rooms were like, as we stayed in the cheapest only available room - a $70 unadvertised "internal" no window room for 3 nights. Clean room.

The location of the backpackers is great. They had undercover free parking for our car. I didn't use the facilities that most backpackers use ie kitchen or bag storage.

I did utilize the reception staff when we booked over the phone. A lady whose name started with "a" (can't remeber) was very helpful in suggesting we book the day trip we were interested in due to it being Easter and not much being left. We luckily booked a 3 island tour (cheaper than others on same tour). Very good tour.

When booking in we didn't have the same super helpful staff member and a couple infront were taking forever with onward bookings. The staff member didn't acknowledge us for at least 20mins whilst she dealt with them / waited on phone (no ill be with you in a min!). The couple however did apologize!

Major negatives - bed had springs I could feel and was quite uncomfortable. Aircon was so shaky it could be left on then had to be turned off to sleep - not great in a room with no windows.

Major major negatives - Vacuuming of areas outside room at 4.30am!!!!! And restaurant / bar noise till midnight (room opened up onto restaurant / bar / food court) So not too many hours of undisturbed sleep there.

Shower / toilet good!

I'm sure there are much better private rooms - however we WERE looking for budget so you must weigh these things up.

No nighttime security. Heard a backpacker sleeping in the stairwell ...it was however peak Easter holiday time - possibly the place at its busiest...

  • Stayed March 2013
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Property: Airlie Waterfront Motel & Budget Accommodation
Address: 6 Esplanade, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 54 Speciality Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Airlie Waterfront Motel & Budget Accommodation 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 7 double balcony ensuite rooms7 standard ensuite rooms 1 four share balcony ensuite 1 four share standard room and 2 twin ensuite balcony rooms and 2 standard twin share rooms we are right in the heart of airlie beach on site is a huge kitchen with everything you need and balconys around the building with beautiful ocean views ... more   less 
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