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The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge

Skinners Shoot Rd | Arts Factory Village, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I stayed here whilst travelling in a tour up the east coast. The place is so quirky its great, the rooms are clean and they even give you a towel (which when travelling is a bonus) The bathrooms were cleaned regularly, wifi you had to pay $4 a day for, the small place to purchase food and drink from was... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Out of all the hostels I have stayed at I thought this was the coolest. Great setting in the jungle with a swamp. My main issue is with the staff. Some of the reception staff came across as rude. It was a bit bizarre. I got the feeling they seemed to think they were cooler/better than me. It's difficult to... More 

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Thank Connor M
Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Atmosphere is great, building and surrounding look very special and unique ..BUT stuff was very unfriendly. Didn't feel welcome at all. At same point we were determined to avoid asking reception about general stuff, since they sometimes gave you the feeling that you were stupid or just annoying. Never experienced something like this so far during our travelling. Worst person... More 

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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The definition of quirky! A large hostel so there are a lot of people in various social spaces. Clean but basic and a large kitchen so you can save money and cook. The dorm room was really hot at night with 6 people in there. Helpful travel desk planning the rest of our east coast trip. A bit of a... More 

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Thank Eleni P
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

* BEWARE OF YOUR DEPOSIT WHEN YOU CHECK-IN * I had to stop over and needed few sleep after a long driving in Byron Bay. So I stayed at super small room with noisy hot fan which was 6 mixed dom for 40 dollars one. After few sleep, I had to keep driving back my home so went to reception.... More 

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Thank Jinhee K
Peggy O, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Jinhee, thank you for your feedback. However, you were checking out before 7.00 am. It is clearly stated everywhere in the hostel that reception is closed between 9 pm and 7 am. The staff member you spoke to is not a night manager, he is night reception - and he is there for the security and safety of the... More 

Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The highly touted Arts factory was a mediocre stay. The amenities themselves are quite average bordering on below average. There was sand everywhere; i mean that's something i would come to expect from a beach town, but my guess is all the barefoot hippies dragging their feet through everything leave residue throughout the hostel. The pond is very cool. Byron... More 

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Thank Christopher B
Peggy O, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review.It sounds like you enjoyed parts of the Arts Factory, and fair enough, our hostel is not everyone's cup of tea. Glad to hear you are having a laugh at our expense, at least you are laughing! Happy travels :) More 

Essex, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here in January in six bed dorm. I'm sure people have heard of this hostel from the film the inbetweeners, well this is the reason we stayed there. The hostel has a pool, bar/cinema on site, lake, hammocks, you name it this place will have it. The location isn't great, 15 minute walk to the beach but this... More 

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Peggy O, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review Jordan. It sounds like you had a good time and enjoyed all the activities we have on offer. Plus you got a good first hand experience with our wild life! The lizards are Eastern water dragons, harmless and friendly! I think 4 stars is a great rating - thank you ;) More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for three nights with my two friends in October 2015. We initially booked the hostel after finding out it was where part of the Inbetweeners 2 was filmed and we thought it would be fun to stay there. It's slightly out of the way of the main area of Byron, but there is a shuttle bus which picks... More 

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Thank Abby M
Peggy O, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Abby, even though you didn't rate us very high, you sound like you had a reasonably good experience. I am glad you made the most of the free activities like yoga and the talent show. You are quite right,our hostel is not for everyone, but we like being different! Happy travels :) More 

Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well organised hostel with friendly staff and consistently clean bathrooms. Went during a very busy time of year and found that the showers and bathroom facilities were the best i have experienced at a hostel with bursting pressure and more than enough cubicles for each person. An area of improvement is the social environment with having numerous tables and... More 

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Thank Jack B
Peggy O, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review Jack, and glad to hear you enjoyed your stay too! We will take you feedback on board as to changing the tables around a bit, we are always open to creative suggestions! We hope to see you again some time. Happy travels :) More 

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16 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The arts factory is not a place for every body. It is a bigger, loud party-hostel where lots of hippies and wanna be hippies stay. In addition to that there is a huge consumption of weed. Most of the people are stoned the whole day. I don't think that it is a bad hostel. But if you don't like that... More 

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Thank Sveni M
Peggy O, Owner at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Sveni, Your review is way out of line. Please be clear, we do not allow guests to use marijuana at the Arts Factory Lodge. Marijuana is illegal in Australia, and travelers should be aware of this. If guests staying with us use marijuana off the property and come back stoned, there is nothing we can do about it. But... More 

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