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“GREAT HOSTEL BUT VERY COLD”

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The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge
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24 reviews
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“GREAT HOSTEL BUT VERY COLD”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

This is a great hostel but the island retreats are very very cold slept with a woollen blanket a sheet and 2 doonas and was still freezing I am actually sick now from how cold it was.

Staff are very friendly and kitchen was clean but a bit small the wood fire in the common area was the only way to get warm unless you went across to the Buddha bar which a lot of ppl do.

Lady on the tour desk wasn't much help it's like she didn't want to be there.

Worth the $32 per night had a great time but would only visit in summer due to being so cold in winter.

Cafe on site with $6 dinners was a great change if u didn't want to cook.

No TV room at this hostel!!!

OVERALL WOULD GIVE A 8 OUT OF 10

Stayed August 2014
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2014
Thanks Marcus, so sad to hear you were very cold! These rooms are new in 2014, so we may have to review the heating, how about an electric blanket to warm it up? Loved your other comments, hope to see you back some time,- come see us in summer! Happy travels!
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Although Arts Factory is a bit outdated I would highly recomend it to backpacers. When you enter the hostel it's like you've been transfer to the 70s. It's a hippy place with great organic caffe downstairs. I totally loved it.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2014
Thanks Maja, we love your response - thank you so much! Happy travels :-)
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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115 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We stayed there 2 nights. The staff was friendly, the atmosphere was nice. It is not super clean, especialy the bathrooms and the kitchen.
Common areas are missing room for everybody and we were in low season...
The cool thing is you can choose between a normal dorm room or a tipi dorm room with a fire in the middle in winter.
Nice lake around and pool in the center of the hostel.
Situation a bit far from the center and during high season, expect huge traffic jam, as there is only one road.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2014
Thanks Habintandum for your response! It sounds like you had a pretty good time overall, so what can I say! Thank you - happy travels!
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Warrnambool, Australia
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Stayed here for four nights over splendour, the location is beautiful everyone we met at the backpackers was nice and friendly including the staff. There are turkeys and water dragons running around so cool. Would def book again had such a fun time.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2014
Thanks Trent - glad you enjoyed all of our property, including the wild life! Please let us know if you return again, we would love to say hello!
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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

This hostel was very quirky and cool the way it was set out and decorated. We stayed in little huts with boardwalks to each hut, it beautiful if youre an outdoor person. The kitchen is very small and very crowded but the pool area was nice, they had lizards and chickens casually walking around the hostel which was quite amusing. The bathrooms were clean and the hostel is only a 5 minute walk to the town and beach. I personally didnt like Byron Bay but we met some cool people, and if you do the tour to Nimbin...be aware that the bus driver is off his bloody rocket, we thought the bus was going to topple over! Overall not bad for a couple of nights stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2014
Average hostel? No way Kayley, you have given us a very high rating with your comments! Thank you very much! Gotta watch them Nimbin tours....but they are nothing to do with us! Happy travels :-) Hope to see you again some time!
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights and got all of about 6 hours sleep. We understand that the weekend we went was Splenda and was always going to be busy but we thought we may at least get a little sleep. The room smelt dirty, and was apparently an 'open room' as every other person in that hostel seemed to come and go to our room as they pleased. After our first horrific night (being kept up till the early hours by the animals in our bedroom) we complained and asked to be moved rooms, only to get shoved aside by the reception staff who we were lucky to get a grunt out of, she then implied we were cheap skates as the room we were given was the cheapest in the hostel and that's pretty much what we should expect. We were in the space room the way and it was decorated, I wouldn't even put a child through the hell of having to look at the poorly drawn cartoon aliens on the walls. All in all if your a weed smoking hippy this is your paradise, everyone else.. Hell.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2014
Hi Jade,

Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience at the hostel when you stayed. I will address the staff attitude who were rostered at the time, as this is unacceptable. Please let us now if we can make it up to you in anyway and provide a better experience in the future. Happy travels :-).
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Brisbane, Australia
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We (my husband and I both in our 40s) stayed here for 3 nights over the Splendour weekend. We had the love shack with private ensuite. Room was nice and cosy and bathroom was big with a fridge. Not much storage, a little noisy at night (take ear plugs), although it was Splendour weekend. We loved our stay and met many people from all parts of the world. Kitchen was fabulous and clean, shuttle bus was great although the walk into town is good. Chilled out place and staff cleaned up really well after the mess of the night before. We will definitely come back. Best place to relax and get away, meet people with easy walk into town.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 17 November 2014
Thank you guys for an awesome response and feedback. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us so much, and we really do look forward to hosting you again :- )
Happy travels!
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Property: The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge
Address: Skinners Shoot Rd | Arts Factory Village, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #27 of 66 Speciality Lodging in Byron Bay
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 41
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