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Dolphins Beach House
Ranked #111 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Noosa
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63 reviews
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“Hippy heaven”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

I love this place. After a 16-hour bus journey, it's the perfect place to chill. The free shuttle from the coach drop-off makes it all so much easier, the staff are friendly and have good local knowledge, and there is plenty of garden furnature to sit out in the sun - making it far too easy not to leave the site!

Walls are painted bright pink and there are lots of elephant and Buddha monuments, along with pictures of the owner's travels. It's only a short walk (in bare feet) to the shops and local beach, and apparently there's a great 3-hour walk through the national park to the main beach (or you can just get the hourly free shuttle).

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

After coming from the city all we wanted was a calm noiseless place to stay to catch up on sleep! This hostel sold itself on being a relaxed environment where noice was kept to a minimum after 10pm. This was NOT the case. This is the worst hostel I've States at, the people here were inconsiderate to there neighbours! There were small cockroaches all in the bathroom and rooms at night and also lizards. The place somehow is covered in sand, so you're constantly having to struggle with sand on the seats and unfortunately In your bed! I've stayed in all the noisie cities with bars and clubs under them and this hostel still takes the award for most loud. Don't understand how somewhere with nothing going on within it or around it could be so loud. Highly disappointed. Ruined my stay at Noosa.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

Hostels are clean, social areas are useful to meet fellow travellers. An oven in the dorms is useful and a rarity in dorms across Australia.

Beware though! If you want to store your bags for the day it's an extra $5. Which should really be free as there is no storage room for the backpacks.

5 minute walk to Sunshine Beach at a stroll. The hostel also offers convenient shuttles to and from the bus station for the Greyhound and also to Main Beach.

Overall a nice stay, but would stay somewhere else next time as we were not advised of the storage charge.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Me and my friend stayed here for one week and we would have loved to extend our stay if we had more time.
Our "Appartment" was divided in 2 four bed dorms, a kitchen, one bathroom with a spacious shower and a huge couch with a TV.
We had a freezer and a big fridge and a lot of storage for our food. Cooking was very comfortable in this kitchen as there is a kitchen in every apartment.
Every morning someone came to clean the apartment.
Staff was extremely friendly and for the first time we REALLY had free wifi which actually worked very good!!!
We always sat down at the communal area and chatted with the other hostel guests.
Sunshine Beach which is very beautiful and not that crowded was just 5 min. walk away and you directly could do the national park walk.
Main Beach and food stores are easy to reach as there is a shuttle pretty much every hour.
Surfboard hire for free and even DVD for free when it rained!!
We really loved the chilled atmosphere. Very cozy and a love for details (wonderful pictures all over the hostel, plants, candles on the tables, carpets etc.) We got to know a lot of people with who we still are in contact!

Clearly one of the best hostels we've ever stayed in!!!
Definitely book!!!!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Noosa, Australia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

I definitely found my little piece of paradise at Dolphins. The place is very relaxed, the atmosphere is totally different from any other backpacker hostel in the east coast of Australia. You can really enjoy the nature, wildlife and water activities by staying at this hostel, instead of drinking your time away at another party hostel. The hostel is located very nicely at the beautiful Sunshine Beach, and have super easy access to Noosa National Park. Their shuttle bus goes many times every day, both into town or to Main Beach. They have free wifi, free surfboard hire, surf-instructor if you wanna have a surf lesson, kitchen in every unit with everything you need for cooking. They also have a nice communal lounge/area with benches, beanbags etc. where you are aloud to smoke and bring your own alcohol. The staff is very service-minded, and if they are not - thats probably because they are new and not experienced yet, I reckon.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Stayed here for the first time back in April 2013, loved it then. Was a great chilled out place, everyone there was so welcoming and friendly, and all the staff were brilliant.

Having stayed before when i was travelling on my own, i found it a great place with lots of helpful staff with great knowledge of the area... When i came back last month the whole atmosphere of the place is very different.

The new backpacker staff are not suited to the type of hostel it is supposed to be. The guy who checked us in was nice enough, but didn't speak to us the whole time on the shuttle bus, gave us no information about the hostel and basically gave the impression he'd rather be off with the other staff.

We stayed in a 4 bed room which was in the block which the staff seemed to use as their common room/kitchen. While we were there, the rule on drinking was broken every night by the staff, making loud noise right outside our room.

Generally i don't ever bother leaving reviews, just feel that the manager needs to address this, as it could be a great hostel and i have enjoyed staying there previously.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

5 Share room is too small, not enough plugs in rooms, kitchen not very well equipped, guests exchange equipment between 'houses'. There are different rooms in each house with one kitchen and bathroom. Especially the bathroom was not enough for ten persons in the house, you have to wait. Free wifi everywhere. Nice outside lounge area with hammocks, fatboys, table tennis and a tiny pool, not worth it. The hostel is located very close to Sunshine Beach, which is ways prettier and nicer and less, less crowded than Main Beach. Hostel runs a lot of shuttles to get into the city to go shopping. Prices to high compared to prices and service in North Queensland but Noosa itself makes it a great stay!

  • Stayed January 2014
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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 140 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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