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Reef Lodge Backpackers

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4 Wickham St, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Reef Lodge Backpackers
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just got back from Townsville a few weeks ago, having had to visit Townsville for personal matters (my father was in hospital) Not being a tourist and once being from Townsville - I wasn't expecting it to be that great. I unintentionally booked a room simply due to it being cheap (and the 1400 DVD's the place has) But I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is fantastic. Stayed 4 nights over a weekend and this place is close to everything you could need. The facilities are more than could be asked for and the hammocks in the back watching a movie is great. Thanks dean and staff for making my unexpected townsville visit so pleasant. Will recommend to anyone 100%

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at Reef Lodge many years ago and was fortunate enough to stay there again in June with a group. It's affordable and clean and easy to manage the students we had with us. Can't see what the other reviewers were complaining about. I didn't see any of those things occurring here. Kitchen was clean, heaps of room in... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently stayed here ..Was surprised once inside how clean and resort style this establishment is.Kitchen is spotless,heaps of fridge space.This place has the lot.Very quiet and relaxing considering location. Situated just next the main nightclub strip and the Strand.Cracker Irish Bar next door,very friendly with great deals for guests.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed here for 1 night after a long time travelling.. The owner was really friendly and helpful in showing us where we could go around Townsville as we didn't really have a clue! The hostel itself had everything you could need and was a welcoming quiet environment where we could relax for some much needed chill out time! Would... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been staying at the Reef Lodge for nearly 3 months as I am working in Townsville and the hostel is the cheapest option with the closest location to the city where I work. The owners, Dean and Simone, are very hardworking people and they keep the hostel in tip top shape at all times. I saw someone else's review... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A below average hostel in facilities. Poor kitchen, uncomfortable beds and the few showers that are available only produce cold water. However, these issues are insignificant compared to the unbelievably low standard of customer service. When booking by phone my card details were taken and I was then informed that I had 5 minutes to arrive from the bus station... More 

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DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you Joe, Jercan and Alex for taking the time to leave your feedback as I was expecting. Always amazes me how quickly bad reviews are posted. Firstly, you did not give credit card details to hold your booking and you said you would be at the hostel within 5 minutes, I said I would hold it for that amount... More 

Kiama, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I recently spent 4 nights at the Reef Lodge Backpackers, Townsville and could not be happier. Being an older traveller, I greatly appreciated the fact that the hosts, Simon and Dean, kept all unruly behaviour under control; ie, did not tolerate it at all. They were friendly, most helpful and approachable. The premises were clean and eclectic. I spent hours... More 

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DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and I should pay you to do all my advertising. So happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in Townsville and liked staying at the Reef Lodge Backpackers. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. all the best Dean More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Allright hostel, clean rooms and bathrooms. Bit boring tho. And the guy in the office isnt very friendly or helpfull. He didnt give me the feeling I was very welcome. When I checked in I thought maybe he had not his day. But the next morning it was the same haha. So change your attitude a bit and the experience... More 

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DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Steve, Firstly thank you for going out of your way to leave a review and some feedback. Yes that was a bad weekend as I was dealing with a number of issues from a break-in and theft issue on the Sunday morning @ 2-45 am and the aftermath and police on the Monday morning. Maybe a simple smile and... More 

Mildura, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

There's no better place for travelling back packers. The owners are very helpful with their extensive local knowledge. Reef Lodge is in the perfect location, close to the strand, and close to Flinders street eateries and clubs.

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DeanNixonHarding, Owner at Reef Lodge Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Trev, It's nice on those days when you wake up to something good and your review has helped make my day. Thank you for going to the trouble and all the best for your trip. Reef Lodge Backpackers Townsville More 

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