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Islander Backpacker Resort

3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Cnr Beach Road and Surfers Paradise Blvd | Po Box 344, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014
Candice P Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Traces of vomit on the back side of the WC in our room (imagine the smell). We had to wait until next morning to have someone clean it. Blankets are very old, and I believe they haven´t washed them in ages (bedsheets were clean though). Carpets are old and smell. The place is run-down and needs urgent maintenance. Pictures on... More

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irh, General Manager at Islander Backpacker Resort, responded to this review

Dear Paola M, We are sincerely sorry that your experience at the property was not to your expectations. As we have communicated post stay directly via email, I won't go into scrutinising all matters individually. Although I will say we do genuinely appreciate the feedback and can use this information to improve our services. Kind Regards Dean Cooper More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son had the dubious pleasure of staying in this hostel. To say it was a pigsty would be an insult to the pigs. I accept that backpacking means roughing it some times but this takes advantage of the backpackers vulnerability. His room was about 10x10 ft square. In it were two bunk beds with a bottom sheet and a... More

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irh, General Manager at Islander Backpacker Resort, responded to this review

Dear springer1951, We are sorry to hear that you are unable to recommend our property. I am not sure if you stayed with your son but I would welcome you contacting me directly so I can investigate the matter personally. All our rooms contain bathrooms including shower, basin and toilet and as such we do not have common bathroom facilities... More

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18 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

There is a nice pool and the location is good, but that's about all it has going for it. It's a miserable hostel with strange guests. 4 bed rooms are very awkward compared to 8 bed because there's less chance of being put with someone you get on with and no way of avoiding them if you don't. Unfortunately most... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

While reading this review, please remember that I stayed in the hostel part of the Islander! Considering it is a hostel, this is the best one I have stayed at so far during my time in Australia. It is clean, the rooms are made for 4-5 people, and the backpackers passing through are always looking for a good time. The... More

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irh, General Manager at Islander Backpacker Resort, responded to this review

Dear Candice P, It is so pleasing to hear that you experienced such a wonderful time at the Islander and Surfers Paradise. As noted we offer an unbeatable location that is one block to the beach and one block to Cavill Mall. Our facilities include onsite heated spa, pool, tennis court, squash court, restaurant, bar, bottle shop and more. We... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Nice rooms and a hot tub. Not good for meeting other travelers though, common area is always empty and has a bad vibe. Worst of all is the staff. The cleaners are these cranky midlife crisers and then there's this smug, smug, smug, old hag at reception looking down on you. Ruined the experience for me

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Daventry, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We rang up early in the evening to book a hostel for 2 people as we were having a night out in surfer paradise for my birthday she said that's no problem just turn up no need to book. so later when we turned up they said they only have beds in separate rooms for us! we are a couple... More

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17 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was one of my least favorite hostels traveling up the east coast in Aus. I'll start with the pros: great location, swimming pool, and fairly cheap. The room I had was one of the "apartments" that came with a little fridge and living area (which was really a tv, couch to fit 2 people, and a lawn chair). However,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

I stayed here for three nights in April 2014, I knew what to expect as I've stayed in backpackers before but the room smelled funky and I believe I was overcharged when I had to purchase a 'discount' book' then told 'and you saved money by buying that'. Wasn't until I checked my C/C statement I was charged $19 to... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

I have been to camps, YHA & other hostels, as well as budget hotels in different parts of the world, and I have to say that my experience here was the worst one I ever had. First of all, the only good point of the hotel is the location - in the heart of Surfers'. Bad points: Room and bathroom... More

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Ballina, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

1970s version of a time capsule. Very outdated, very unclean, bathrooms need attending, carpets need cleaning, kitchens needs draws and refurbishing, very dissappointing as online pictures do not reflect the state of this hotel. Also very noisy. Location o.k.

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Additional Information about Islander Backpacker Resort

Address: Cnr Beach Road and Surfers Paradise Blvd | Po Box 344, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Surfers Paradise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Islander Backpacker Resort 3*
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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You can't get any closer to the action than this! Islander Backpackers Resort is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, only a block from the famous Surfers Paradise Beach and the excitement of Cavill Avenue. The hostel is located on the corner of Beach Road and Surfers Paradise Blvd, only a short walk to restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Guests can enjoy free use of resort facilities including: • Tropical outdoor pool• Spa • Steam room • Tennis and squash courts Other facilities include:• 24 hour internet cafe• BBQ Area and Sundeck• On-site bottleshop• 24 hour reception• Tour desk• On-site car rental• Comfortable Common Room with lounges, DVD library and big screen TV. You can even record your own video msg and email home to your family on our Holiday Travel TV for free. • Fully equipped industrial kitchen and fridges• Laundry facilities• Games Room• Limited undercover parking. • Vegas in Paradise Restaurant, Bar and Gaming lounge is located on the ground floor and a new outdoor cafe is now open serving fresh coffee and snacks. Islander Backpackers Resort offers twin and double rooms as well as four, five or six share dorm rooms. All rooms include private bathroom, lockers, small bar fridge, TV, telephone (incoming calls only) and private balcony. Linen is provided. Private rooms are also provided with a daily mini service. ... more   less 
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