I first visited this hostel three years ago and thought it was brilliant. It was clean, modern and with some great staff. Sadly on returning it appears to be run down and run by a team of young, immature staff with the main goal of getting you to go out and get drunk every night. It's as though a bunch of young nightclub reps have been let loose managing a hostel.
The noise is terrible with shouting / screaming in the corridor at 3am midweek seeming standard. The staff are fully aware of this (see the managers responses to other reviews) yet it seems that no effort is taken to manage this. In many ways it's of their own making as staff appear instructed to literally whip guests up into an excited drunken frenzy from 7pm every night.
The staff manning the front desk seem very fake and in my experience fairly unhelpful. They seem to spend more time on their mobile phones, flirting with random local men or discussing hangovers than helping guests. We felt sorry for the girl running the travel desk as she seems genuinely lovely but is left working with some pretty irritating reception staff.
Considering the many reviews complaining about noise I do not understand why security staff are not used to control behaviour late at night. It would be so simple to solve yet is almost deliberately neglected by their lack of any attempt to tackle this.
Personally I'm sad the vibe has changed so much here and would avoid this hostel but if you do stay remember to pack ear plugs! For such a chilled out and awesome location, the vibe at this hostel is more Ibiza than Byron Bay. This hostel has much potential but for now I'd sadly give it a miss.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hostel is the winner of the North Coast Tourism Awards 2010 for Best Backpackers Accommodation. This is Byron Bay’s newest premiere backpackers/flashpackers. Opened in March 2009, Nomads Byron is located just minutes from the stunning main beach behind the iconic Great Northern Hotel.This brand-new property offers a variety of dorms and en suite private rooms. Facilities include our Mad Travel Shop, a sun-drenched courtyard with two 12-seater spas, a fully equipped kitchen, Global Gossip internet, a BBQ, balcony views and a TV lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nomads Byron Bay Hotel Byron Bay