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“Very chilled” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dolphins Beach House
Ranked #111 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Noosa
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
“Very chilled”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

I liked this hostel it has a relaxed atmosphere and free wifi and oh mocks the rooms are nice and a private kitchen for your dorm the price is average for what you get not the best place for party's due to location but you can travel into town if you want to

Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

We stayed in a 5 bed dorm for 3 nights. The layout at Dolphins is homely due to the fact that it is split into different apartments. This also meant that there was usually some kitchen space. There was one bathroom between ten people which would have been fine if the toilet was separate! But this was generally ok. The dorm room I feel was a bit too small for five people and there was minimal space for people's bags. On our second and third night the air con didn't come on properly and the room was really very warm. The location wasn't the best in Noosa - nearby sunshine beach was lovely but the main beach was a bit of a drive away and the hostel really could have provided more shuttle buses to the beach. An evening shuttle bus for people who wanted to have dinner out could have been a nice touch too as taxis around there are not cheap and local buses to the hostel stop at 18.30! Staff at the hostel were really nice and helpful, and Chris arranged boat hire for us and took us there which was great. Evenings at the hostel were nice - sociable and relaxed. There is supposedly an 8pm drinking curfew and 10pm noise curfew, but this seemed to be a bit selective (i.e. even staff and managers didn't adhere to it) and we were kept awake by music until around 1am on our last night!

Room Tip: Try to get one with a window away from the main courtyard so you are not kept awake!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014 via mobile

Great hostel near shops beaches and public transport great idea of having different units means not everyone is using the same kitchen and bathroom facilities only down side of this hostel is unit 2b is very hot air con doesn't seem to work very well would recommend tho staff are friendly and knowledgeable of noosa and surrounding areas

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

Stayed at the Dolphins Beach House for one night with a friend when travelling to Noosa. Price seemed very reasonable - $40 per person, for a twin room and shared bathroom. Male staff member was very helpful and friendly on check in. However, when we got to our 'room' (more like a wooden cabin), there was only a double bed, even though we had requested a twin, not a double. Fortunately there was a pull out chair bed which meant there were two beds, but you couldn't open the cabin door to get outside when the chair bed was pulled out (highly annoying). Premises and shared areas were very clean which was good. Bathroom was really strange and a let down. There was a HUGE glass window (lovely if you like natural light), however there was NO shower curtain, no window blind, and people could quite easily have walked down the side of the bathroom for front row seats. It meant the bathroom experience was not an enjoyable one, and showering pretty much not an option.
That said, the room did have a ceiling fan and air conditioning, with a tv which was great. Shared areas were chilled and relaxed, and the location was ideal for getting to Sunset Beach. I'd recommend this if you want a few nights in Noosa.

Room Tip: Well, you can request a twin instead of double (and vice versa) but clearly no guarantee you'll...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night on way up the east coast the shuttle bus and area outsides is fine. Bedrooms are pretty cramped, basic but ok. The bathroom really let the place down very dirty and way too basic for what you're paying .. One bathroom for 10 people. The guys on the desk are lovely the girl was completely rude and unhelpful

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Noosa, Australia
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2013 via mobile

The rooms are not too big, but pretty comfi :-) the kitchen and bathrooms in each unit are clean and the staff is very helpful und friendly. Big backpacker bonus: they have free wifi. And it's the cheapest backpackers I've stayed in.
They offer shuttles to the junction and the main beach several times a day.
They have pizza nights (self made), nights out, other activities and you can hire surf and body boards.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Mary K
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London
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2013 via mobile

Great small chilled hostel,just what I needed after a hectic Fraser island tour! Hammocks, bean bags and comfy seats fill the courtyard where everyone chills in the sunshine and in the evenings. Chris is really helpful and tells you good places to go or books you in for activities. Only 5 min walk to sunshine beach. Only slight downside is that it isn't too close to the main town and main beach but this isn't a problem if you're not concerned about being right in the party during your stay. The hostel put on a free shuttle bus if you do need to get in. Great free WiFi, table tennis, pool table, small swimming pool and books :) All in all would highly recommend!

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Dolphins Beach House
Address: 14 Duke Street | Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Queensland, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Noosa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #111 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Noosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphins Beach House 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chill out and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Dolphins Beach House at beautiful Sunshine Beach, Noosa.This secluded, hippy-style haven is the closest hostel to the beach in Noosa, situated next to Noosa National Park with a boutique shopping village just one minute away.The ambience of this family-run hostel is quirky and unique - definitely not part of a franchise backpackers business. The owners are experienced travelers themselves, and Dolphins Beach House reflects their love of travel, with many exotic artifacts from India to Burma and Thailand. Once you slip past the gardens, the trees, the funky pink walls and the Guatemalan architecture, you'll realize that you have found a restful retreat.It's no wonder that Dolphins Beach House is Lonely Planet's best pick for Noosa for 2010 / 2011. Relax, unwind, enjoy.Our friendly staff are always happy to recommend where to go and what to see next. Office hours are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm ... more   less 
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