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“Great location, very unclean, free wifi, cheap rooms, big tv room, good patio area but very dirty!!”

Main Beach Backpackers
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Main Beach Backpackers
Reviewed 9 January 2014 via mobile

The positives...
Awesome location for beach and town
Free WiFi
Bring your own alcohol
Big TV Room
Good outdoor seating area
Ok kitchen
Small swimming pool
Helpful reception staff

Negatives
Very dirty!
The toilets were not good, dirty floors, shower and toilets.
The rooms were also dirty and we had messy inconsiderate room mates who left their stuff everywhere (granted this is not the hostels fault).
The TV room was filthy, the people who clean are I assume backpackers who have no idea how to clean properly. Sorry but its true.
The WiFi wasn't great if there were other people using it but hey it was free so can't complain.
There were people sleeping/crashing on the sofas and watching TV until the next morning even though there are signs everywhere saying 11pm all communal areas must be vacated and our room was next to. the TV room.

Basically this could be an amazing hostel if it was cleaned better, as a backpacker I don't expect it to be sparkling clean but I do except a good standard of cleanliness in whatever hostel I stay in.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
Thank Lindsey P
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Reviewed 30 May 2013 via mobile

the dirty rooms bathrooms and kitchen were a low point here the kitchen wasn't well equipt and some toilets and showers didn't have locks. It is not a good place for people to get together as the comunal areas are far from ideal and the staff seemed quite unhappy and un helpfull for example it was cold and drafty as it was low season they did not have heaters and the blanket they provided was scratchy and smelly i would not recomend.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank beckilist
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

This was an average place. It needs some tender love and care and it could be great. We were not here long so we were happy to stay but I am sure there are better in the area.

The location could not be better though. Its right in the centre. The rooms are very basic. Free wifi and the staff were cool. So some things good, some bad.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank PaulFarrugia
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

I will preface this review with: Do not stay at this hostel if you enjoy having copious amounts of space and privacy.

With that being said, the Main Beach Backpackers Hostel is located very centrally in Byron Bay. It is close to various shops and not even a five minute walk from the main beach. It costs $30 a night for one night in a 6 person-shared, and $28 or $26 every night after. It costs $28 for a 16-person shared room.

The hostel provides a lot of amenities that some places don't, especially in Byron Bay. The front desk staff was really helpful and kind. There is free wifi, albeit the signal is weak during the day when a lot of people are on it, and you can leave your luggage at the hostel if you have already checked out and want to explore for the day. They provide you with linens to your bed and there are two shared bathrooms for each sex for the whole place. There is a large dining room/kitchen area so you can save on money and cook food (there's an Aldi down the road...so you can eat very cheaply).

Our room was pretty messy. There were people that had been there a long time and made themselves at home, and it smelled bad. However, most of the people that stayed in our room were really nice and it was good to have a place to cook cheap meals because restaurants in Byron Bay are very pricey.

Overall, I think that this is not a place for people looking for space and tranquility, but a place for people who are not looking to spend much time in their rooms, can deal with the mess, and enjoy proximity.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank CaitlinMcGuire
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

We spent one night here in a private room which are very basic. The mattress was so thin you could feel the bars underneath and every time you rolled over, the bed squeaked so bad it'd wake you up!

There was partying in the common areas until about 5am and worst than that we literally had people using the corridor outside our room to Skype all night, thank god for earplugs!

Don't stay here, it's dirty, noisy and the other people that do stay here are inconsiderate.

If you like to party this is maybe the place for you.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Gracey_877
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

We got the cheapest room, which wasn't that cheap -28 for a 16 bed dorm. We were put in a room and then told by everyone that the room we were in a few nights before someone had pooed in the middle of the floor -and they are still charging 28 for it. It was quite dirty, the curtains were black and the floor was dirty, it smelt bad.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Violet M
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Very nice hostel with big kitchen, pool, rooftop, big lounge room.
It's very close to the beach (2 min walk) and maybe 10 min walk from the bus station.
The room has a locker and it's was clean. You have also internet for free !!!

Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
Thank Marjorie C
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Additional Information about Main Beach Backpackers

Address: | Cnr Lawson & Fletcher Streets, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 66 Speciality Lodging in Byron Bay
Price Range: £12 - £31 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Main Beach Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 48

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