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Review of Aquarius Backpackers Motel

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Aquarius Backpackers Motel
melbourne
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“loved it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2007

i have just returned from byron bay.
after a hellish first night at the bunkhouse backpackers, we relocated to aquarius and were pleasantly surprised. our room was a two level, 8 person room. the room has its own bathroom, with shower, toilet and basin. (much better than the usual communal type bathroom at other hostels). the room also had its own bar fridge and sink. other facilities at the hostel were adequate. the kitchen a bit messy, but did the job. the pool was clean, there is a laundry with washers and dryers. a bar that opens at 5 and plays the simpsons, with 2 beers for 5 bucks.
didnt have much to do with the staff, but had no issues with them when i did have to deal with them.\
the location is pretty good, close to the beach and main shops on jonson st.
it is a bit more expensive than other hostels, but the extra couple of dollars a night is worth it.
overall i'd recommend the aquarius.

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank grwhi1
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Victoria, B.C
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2007

We arrived at Bryon Bay after a hellish 12 hour bus ride from Sydney and found this hostel at the last minute.

Kitchen area was always a bit of a mess and there were a number of flies around the eating area.

We enjoyed the "cheap beer/simpsons" hour, where you could buy beer on special and watch two episodes of the simpsons in the dining area with everyone at the hostel.

The hostel location wasn't close to the beach, but wasn't too far either.

There is NO air conditioning of any sort at this hostel.

  • Liked — Cheap
  • Disliked — Cleanliness/heat
  • Stayed February 2005, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank superhez
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Leicester
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2007

The rudest staff encountered on our trip so far. Wouldn't go there if you can help it!

  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JKP8
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Sydney
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2006

Awful place. Staff RUDEST people we've ever met.

It needs a clean, the rooms and kitchen were filthy.

Lonely Planet's recommendation is way out of date, don't stay here - there are lots of much nicer places in Byron at a fraction of the price.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — The staff - rude as hell
  • Tips/Secrets — Avoid at all costs!!
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LCHSydney
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Yorkshire
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94 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2006

Absolutely vile. Dirty, noisy, scummy, poor service, insect ridden and an absolute rip off. Stay away!

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank BabyBlueLou
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Additional Information about Aquarius Backpackers Motel

Property: Aquarius Backpackers Motel
Address: 16 Lawson St, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 65 Speciality Lodging in Byron Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay we have a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. From self-contained apartments, budget private rooms and spacious dorm rooms. You should be able to find a room to put your head down and get some rest after a busy day of shopping, surfing and soaking up the unique Byron Bay atmosphere. Free overnight off street parking and free baggage storage (max 12hrs) is available to Aquarius guests. We also have an onsite security guard after hours to help you if any issues should arise or for late check in's. ... more   less 
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Aquarius Backpackers Hotel Byron Bay

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