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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
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sweden
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 hotel reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

On the way to Kangaroo island, we stayed one night in Dec 2014 Wished we have stayed one more night as Mt. Gambier had a lot more to offer than expected, so minimum two nights stay is recommended. If you are after 5 star Hilton experience, this is not the place for you but if you are after a genuine... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

we stayed in a double room with our own toilet (room 20). the host/owner was incredibly nice, we could do the check-in before the office-hours, he showed us around and explained the whole prison-story to us. we felt extremely welcome and enjoyed our time in this hostel very much. it is a great experience. the cells are comfortable, very clean.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I stayed one night enroute to Melbourne. An old gaol, still active until the mid nineties, had been transformed into a hostel. As a guest, you are free to wander around the premises and a pamplet was provided on its history. Clean, good showers and facilities, comfy bed and within walking distance (10 mins) of the blue lake and 5... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

We stayed for 1 night in January 2015 and can't recommend the place highly enough. We were greeted by the owner James when we arrived and were struck by the friendly family feel of the place. He gave us genuinely useful advice on what to see in the local area before giving us a fascinating tour of the gaol with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I was on a group tour and we spent a night in jail. I absolutely loved it! James was the best host, the jail was magnificent, my whole group were so sad that we couldn't stay longer. One of the highlights of my trip for sure! Thank you so much for everything, James with family, you've done such a good... More 

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