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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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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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