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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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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Burleigh Heads, Australia
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The people that work here are so rude! I would never recommend this place unless everything in Byron was booked out and it was the last option. We have stayed here twice with big groups of friends because bands were playing next door at the brewery. The cabins are grubby and if you make any noise the staff will be... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The large lizzards are upclose and personal, not hesitant at all to jump on the tables to crab a snack off your plate or sneak in your tipi if you leave the zippers open... and they come in numbers... The whole place reaks of weed and have a kind of "hippie vibe" to it, it's definitely a youth party/surfers place,... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is the original Byron hostel and you can still see that today, the place is so down to earth and the staff will go out of there way for you, the community there is incredible with the people passing through to the longtermers in the jungle, dorms were clean, facilities great, free wifi from the travel desk and... More 

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

Thanks Jon! We get slammed for bad staff, location, facilities etc etc! As the long term manager I just can't see it - we try so hard for activities, cleanliness, staff cred etc! It as absolute blast to get a review where you get us - thanks so much for that! Happy travels :) More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed in a 4 bed dorm and only had one other in there with me. It was a small room, the curtains were hanging off and gappy, the windows don't all close as there is a fly guard instead of a window so was very loud at times. There was mould on the ceiling and only one set of... More 

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

Hi Katie, thanks so much for your review. One thing I suggest, come and tell us in person on the property instead of writing a review! We could have moved you to a room you were more comfortable in and made your stay better. Plus we can get maintenance to fix the problems LIVE! It is much better to say... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely backpackers hostel. Nice staff available most of the night. Parking for cars and campa's. Various sized rooms and tents. Food available to buy (hot and cold). Kitchen and all amenities needed for BYO. Regular Shuttle bus to town or a 15 minute walk. Bar/brewery on site Activities on site if you want to learn a new skill. Cost $7.50... 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 Paul. Sounds like you enjoyed our space! That is great, please pass the word on to fellow van packers! Cheers & happy travels :) More 

Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staying in the big teepee was great! Beds were comfortable and the wood firestove in the middle of the teepee was perfect for cold nights. The different activities they had around the hostel were fun; 9am yoga, bracelet making, and night time talent show were all awesome. The receptionists were hit-and-miss. The girls were all pretty unhelpful most of the... More 

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

Thanks for taking the time to put in a review Nikki, glad you loved the Big Teepee! Sounds like you had a good time and so glad to hear you would come back! Sorry for the bad bits, check out can take a long time as we are a large hostel and busy for check out when everyone is doing... More 

Alderholt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We checked in here for 2 nights as we were travelling down the East coast from Cairns to Sydney and were meeting up with some friends from home in Byron Bay. We had a Jucy Campervan and wanted to stay in the van and use the amenities of the hostel, which we could do for a lower rate, and got... More 

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

Thanks for the great review Tom! Glad you enjoyed our place, and really hope to see you again some time! Happy travels :) More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had been recommended Arts factory by so many backpackers so we thought we'd best check it out. We arrived at the bus station and the shuttle didn't show so we walked, which wasn't an issue, after a couple of hours on a bus you can always do with a walk. It's only a 10 min walk, (15 when lugging... More 

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

Thanks for your positive comments Ollie, as it sounds like it started badly for you! Everything you say is true, and we have better rooms for both winter and summer. It sounds like you did the smart thing and asked reception to change you to a better room! Glad you enjoyed your stay, we hope to see you back sometime.... More 

Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I have already been to the Arts Factory and enjoyed it so much I wanted to return. This time I went back with a few friends. We booked a 4 bed dorm on the island with views over the lake/swamp. We checked into the hostel and were shown to our room which had 2 bunk beds, one of which had... 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 review Rockandrose! Looks like we just made it over the line, we love your review is honest and informative! Please let us know if you are booking in again, mention that the manager gave you 10% discount from your trip adviser review! Happy travels :) More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Some friends and I from Brisbane stayed in the 4 bed Island Retreat for a couple of nights and had the best time! The staff were friendly and the room was great. We brought sleeping bags with us as it's the middle of winter and we were quite comfortable. It was so nice looking out over the lake from our... More 

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

Thanks for your review Monique, glad you had an awesome time. We would love to host you again! Happy travels :) More 

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