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The Old Mount Gambier Gaol

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25 Margaret Street, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia (Formerly The Jail)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Received a warm welcome and introduction to 'jail' life on arrival. Well appointed kitchen and lounge areas with clean toilet and shower facilities. I was in a twin bunk room with a good mattress and plenty of blankets for the cool nights. The walls between the cells are thick so there is no problem with hearing what the occupants in... More 

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adelaide
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I don't think I have ever stayed in a place before where the host made you feel so welcome! Thank you, Jamie, for all your advice, local knowledge and passion. Accommodation was a cell. This IS an old Gaol. But it was clean and cosy ( and heated) The communal area is gorgeous using lovely solid timber and nice bright... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

On the way back from Kangaroo Island we stopped over in Mount Gambier and stayed one night during April 2015. When the kids saw the sign as we drove into the premises they were all shocked and thought that they were really being put in jail that night. Brad at the reception was very welcoming and kindly showed us around.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Spent the night in my own private cell, clean and comfortable, the communal lounge in the chapel and the kitchen had all you could ask for and it is run by a lovely young couple who are passionate about the place. Immerse yourself in the history and marvel at how the goal has been transformed into such a fascinating, hip... More 

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melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Had a lovely warm welcome from the receptionist and show around and then to our rooms.Basic room with two single beds (very comfy) a shelf,sink and toilet. Thats all you need really in a room. Right outside our door was a lovely little courtyard with a lovely setting of benches and plants etc etc and again right next to the... More 

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Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Had the best stay here, the owner Jame was absolutely lovely and made sure our stay would be a good one. Clean and spacious rooms, we stayed at one of the dorms which was well kept. Both of the kitchens are of good quality and it provides everything you need, even free coffee and tea. If I had to give... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We booked a room to share with my parents and were a little worried that it would be suitable. But after meeting the owner ( a real nice chap ) and seeing our room ( cell ) we were pleasantly surprised. We had what would have been a warders room and was suitable for a family of four, with a... More 

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Bristol
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Owner had great enthusiasm and was very welcoming saying 'my home is your home' showing us all around the old Gaol. Good location to see sink holes and blue lake. Clean, comfortable, and quirky. Thoroughly recommend.

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England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The hostel is a real gem and full of character. We stayed 2 nights in December whilst touring the state. James was very welcoming and explained to us the history of the prison. We slept in a double en-suite room ( long term prisoner cell) which had toilet and washbasin with showers next door. The hostel kitchen was excellent, clean... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I stayed for three nights with a couple- all of us from Canada. I was a little hesitant about staying in a jail at first but was reassured as soon as we arrived by James that the place had been through cleansing rituals to ensure there would be no negative energies. Never once did I feel scared, unsafe or uncomfortable,... More 

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