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The Old Mount Gambier Gaol

25 Margaret Street, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia (Formerly The Jail)
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unfortunately I only stayed for one evening at the Gaol with my friend in one of the cells. Our cell was surprisingly cosy and comfy. We met the owners who are lovely people and have put a lot into restoring the Gaol. There is interesting facts about the Gaol all around which you can explore. It's an old fashioned jail... More

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old Gaol Mt. Gambier is a cool place to spend the night in the hostel. I arrived in the evening and was greeted by the owner. He's a very nice, straightforward and honest guy. Speak with him for a couple of minutes and you'll know that he's very proud of the facility, the work that's gone into restoring it, and... More

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Finnrhay, Owner at The Old Mount Gambier Gaol, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your kind words. Myself and my wife Melissa do love our old building and we have worked very hard to restore the Old Gaol . We still have a lot of work to do but we are slowly getting there. We pride ourselves on the cleanliness of the building and have renovated all the kitchens... More

Sydney, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and i spent the night here in Mt Gambia old Gaol and we can not fault the place. Our cell was very clean , the bed was comfortable and the owner Jamie couldn't do enough for you. Being a goal , it is shared bathrooms and toilets (unless your in a double cell that has a toilet). But... More

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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
9 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The Old Mount Gambier Gaol is a very different and interesting place for families to stay. The hosts were welcoming to us all and made our short stay memorable. They have worked for years to convert the old gaol into a really different accommodation. The family rooms has a lounge area, kitchen, bath and 2 bedrooms. It opens onto an... More

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Adelaide, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This place is awesome! For the price of a cheap motel you get to stay in one of only 15 prison accommodations in the world. The rooms are cool and comfortable, the hosts are really friendly and the history is so interesting. You won't want to leave. Disregard all negative reviews. For the 10/10 would recommend

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Melbourne, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

There was a group of five of us that stayed here. We all had great time. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Location was great and I would highly recommend it. It is a unique and different place and that's what I liked about it. It's not everyday you can stay in a gaol (jail). Great price if you have... More

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Sydney, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I hate giving anything 5 stars because it suggests perfection and therefore a lack of capacity for improvement. To be clear, the place is not perfect, it is simply too amazing to give anything less. You stay in an old gaol, the hostel is huge. The owner is enthusiastic and entertaining. The hostel is filled with fun facts and areas... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

We booked the family room for one night as we were looking for something different. You can't get much different than staying in an old gaol! I was surprised at how spacious the accommodation was I think it might have once been the infirmary? We had a full sized bathroom with separate bath and shower (towels were provided) an open... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Stayed here one night. The cell was small, as is to be expected. Our double bed room had a small toilet and wash basin. Showers were next door. A nice clean kitchen and large common area were available as well. Staff was very friendly. A more expensive hostel, and the Gaol is advertised as a Boutique Hostel. But for the... More

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This is a really unique hostel, exceptionally renovated by the owners who are incredibly friendly and informative about the places history and local area. The communal facilities are steeped in history and the grounds are wonderfully maintained whilst retaining and highlighting the historical goings on inside the gaol. Not your typical hostel, if you want a homely place with a... More

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Address: 25 Margaret Street, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia (Formerly The Jail)
Location: Australia > South Australia > Mount Gambier
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty lodging in Mount Gambier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our gaol journey all began with a vision to turn an old debilitated building into a vibrant community asset. We originally hoped to create a new atmosphere that was warm, inviting and both community and family focused.We, along with our two young boys, own and run our family business; we are blessed with the ongoing assistance of our fabulous staff and wonderful family. We have much love for the old building, her history and our spectacular Limestone Coast region and for this reason have opted to remain an independent accommodation provider.We love to travel, enjoy new experiences and meet refreshing people; running the old gaol is allowing us as parents to raise our sons in a beautiful part of Australia whilst still meeting amazing guests from all over the world. Every day we see new faces, are moved and excited by guest’s travel adventures whilst living in an old English prison!We are a young business with many more fun ideas and improvements yet to unveil. We have spent the last three years creating and establishing our business. We are now excited to move onto further promoting who we are and what we have to offer!The Old Mount Gambier Gaol was a functioning 'English Prison' from 1866 to 1994.In 2010 we opened the gaol doors for a new venture. We had a vision to create a place where our community could relax and enjoy various events and where travelers could combine a comfortable stay with a unique experience. Almost three years later we are still pursuing that dream. ... more   less 
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