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Swansea Backpackers
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“Amazing place, but it really needs a new owner”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

We booked this place after our visit to Freycinet NP. It looked stunning on the web.
It is a real great place, clean, big rooms, clean bathrooms etc. BUT the current owner is just too narrow-minded: internet 2$ for 5min, cooking: 1$ for 15min power, sheets: 6€ pp… Name it, he charges for it… And the dorms weren't cheap to begin with!! The people running the place were great though, but you can tell the owner doesn't leave them any possibility to change the place into the amazing hostel this place could be…

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We are extremely disappointed with the service of this bacpacker's accomodation! We have reserved 2 rooms in May this year for a coming trip late this year. The said reservation has been confirmed with full payment made.
However, we have just been informed recently (after 4 months) by the management that our reservation is NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! This is simply ridiculous! We do not expect this kind of service from a reputable service provider in Australia! The management do not even have the courtesy to look for a replacement accomodation.
We are left to find alternative place to stay in such short notice....
Hence, we will never ever recommend this place to anyone!

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Travellers are raving about these Swansea hotels

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Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

Friendly and cosy! Now that is hard to find in a backpackers. Clean rooms, large rec area and warm woodfire heater. I suggest to you pack food as nowhere is open after 8pm on a week night (growling tummy). Arrived just out of office hours but the staff were on a couple minutes away.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 13 June 2013 via mobile

As June is a very quiet time of year in Tasmania, I wasn't surprised to find very few people staying here. I had a fairly positive experience although not perfect.

Positives:
Large dining area, great comfortable lounge & billiards room, with large screen tv's in both areas.
Everything was super clean and organised.
Nice wood heater in the dining room, great in winter.
Excellent BBQ and outdoor eating area which would be great in summer.
My room was a 6-bed dorm which I had all to myself which was a bonus!
The building appears to be very new and everything works!
The manager was friendly and informative and gave me detailed information upon arrival and included a discount voucher for a local restaurant.
The hostel in pretty centrally located in the small, very attractive, town of Swansea.

Negatives:
No heater in my room (although there were instructions printed on the door telling me how to use the heater) so perhaps it had been removed for some reason? Pretty cold room in Winter, lucky their were spare doonas to use.
Only 1 sheet given, so the doona/quilt that is already in the room is all I have to cover me (which may have been used by many bodies before me!) this happens at numerous hostels, yuk!
Fairly expensive at $37 for a dorm bed in a small town in the middle of the 'off' season. (All other Tas hostels are around $26-27)
Seemed to be only 2 female showers for the whole hostel.
Definitely not a fan of the $1 timed use of the hot plates in the kitchen. Cooking facilities should be provided free of charge in a hostel situation.
No tea towels provided in the kitchen.


  • Stayed June 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

I was at Swansea Backpackers in April 2013 and had a wonderful stay. Originally planned on a night, but stayed for two more nights (the remainder of my stay in Tassie!) because it was so comfortable and Ken was a wonderful host -- I could perhaps see why some may not mesh well with him, but really knows the area and fun to chat with. Dorms have luggage storage (not lockers though) space and two windows per room; open to the outside, but only steps to the common spaces and bathrooms. Each bed had a reading light and towels were provided. It was the off season when I was there, so not sure if outlets would be a problem if crowded -- I didn't really check that out since it wasn't an issue for me. Comfy mattress. Large lounge with leather couches and TV, pool table, books, games, wood fire. Spacious and well-equipped kitchen. Everything was kept very clean! Easy drive to many of the East Coast attractions, including Maria Island and Freycinet.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

Swansea backpacker

1.Staff rude
Totally not care what guests are asking for and keep watching TV himself
Staff keep boardcast loud music from his own phone @ lobby. Nuisance to others.

2.Stove need to be charged, non sense for a hostel
= discourage self cooking

3.Staff place all washed linen on the floor before they fold them
God, that equal then not washed at all

4.The wifi is not free as stated on the webpage

5.The room have no heater or heating blanket, freezing night

6.There is only 2 shower for all ~20rooms (pics attached) and all the campervan users. I have wait 1+ hour before I can take shower. OMG
And the staff won't let you use the disabled toilet even the long shower quene.

only good thing i could recall is new and clean facility
will definitely not recommend to others

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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Reviewed 19 April 2013

This six year old backpacker style accommodation certainly looks as good as new. All the facilities are available including a pool table, lounges, books to read, BBQ, fully functioning kitchen, fireplace, laundry and lots of rooms to sleep.

Even a caravan or motorhome could be squeezed in out the back. Only things that cost extra are the use of the oven/hotplates, laundry machines and WiFi.

Its located next door to the pub, bakery and the bark museum.

The place certainly makes you feel at home here and would come back again if passing through.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Swansea Backpackers
Address: 96 Tasman Hwy, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Swansea
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Free Parking
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Ranked #6 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Swansea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Swansea Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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