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“Thank God it was only one night!!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Youth Shack
69 Mitchell Street, Darwin, Northern Territory 801, Australia   |  
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Ranked #19 of 39 Specialty lodging in Darwin
Darwin, Australia
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“Thank God it was only one night!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2008

My mate and myself got into Darwin after a 5 day tour from Alice and were booked in the Youth Shack for 1 night before setting off for Kakadu. We got there about 6pm and it was very slow checking in even though we were the only two there, plus two girls from England, who were having trouble of their own checking in as the staff knew nothing about their reservation. They wanted $30 deposit for the sheets. My room was a tiny coffin jam packed with four beds and a very smelly man. The rooms have no ensuite, just a tiny sink (to vomit in), mirror, and 4 lockable compartments for your backpack. It was very noisy as it's right over a pub/nightclub, and at 4am a drunk guy came into the room and stood there staring at me. We had to get up at 5am the next day so it wasn't a very pleasant stay. If your looking for peace and quiet the night before a tour i suggest trying the Banyan View Lodge down the road, which is a much better hostel and has a fine garden with a pool and spa. I didn't enjoy my experience at the Youth Shack...

  • Liked — Centrally located
  • Disliked — Everything except the centrally located bit
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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youthshackcrew, receptionist at Youth Shack, responded to this review, February 13, 2009
thank you for your valued review, we appreciate both good and bad feedback in order to always maintain and update the standards of our newly renovated hostel, we apologise for your misplaced booking, occasionally we do have things like this happen, generally due to circumstances beyond our control, the rooms have been recently renovated and updated so i think you will be pleasantly surprised now. we do have a no alcohol policy on premises to avoid situations such as the one you encountered with the intoxicated guest we cant control how much they consume outside our gates however. we can only monitor the behaviour inside. we do sympathise with you on this situation and understand how uncomfortable this may of made you feel, next time please come and see us and we will make your next stay more enjoyable and memorable.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2008

Myself and my sister stayed in youthshack on mitchell street after a 5 day camping trip. On arrival they had no record of our booking, luckily we had travel vouchers to prove we were booked in there. We were put into a room with two men (room 506). When we opened the door to the room itself, It stank to high heaven and one of the men had their debris strewn about the room. The man was not using sheets and was sleeping directly on the matress also. We went downstairs and asked to change rooms but they couldnt give us another room, so we were stuck there. We went back to the room and met one of the men staying there, he told us the other man was there longterm and that he had asked the hostel to do something about the smell, but they did nothing. We went to bed early as we had a 6am start the next day. At about 4 am the other man came into the room loudly, woke us both up and filled the room with the stale smell of drink. He went to bed, but got up a few minutes later and vomited into the small sink beside our beds for about ten minutes leaving vomit all over AND around the sink. Once he got back into bed and fell asleep snoring loudly we got up and sat out on the footpath on the road outside until we could checkout at 6am.
Moral of this story- ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOURE NOT STAYING WITH LONG TERM RESIDENTS. THE YOUTH SHACK WAS EXTREMELY UNHELPFUL WHEN WE COMPLAINED. STAY IN MELALUCA ACROSS THE ROAD INSTEAD- ITS MILES BETTER.

  • Liked — internet access
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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youthshackcrew, helpful and informative staff member at Youth Shack, responded to this review, February 13, 2009
We appreciate all reviews whether good or bad, as well as suggestions as we are always trying to make the stay of our guests better and more enjoyable, we apologise for the inconvenience of the other guest in the room that made your stay so uncomfortable.During peak season however we only have backpackers and holiday makers staying, we do try to disencourage long term stay during these times. I did review the guests that were staying in that room during that time as he had only been in there as well for only a brief period. At the youth shack we have a no alcohol policy on premises to help avoid situations such as these ,we cannot however control the guests visiting the many pubs and clubs we have conveniently nearby. we are currently undergoing renovations as well so the rooms wont seem so small. thank you again for your feedback and we do apologise that your stay wasnt as good as we would of hoped,next time your in darwin come see us we hope your next stay will be more memorable.
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Address: 69 Mitchell Street, Darwin, Northern Territory 801, Australia
Location: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 39 Specialty lodging in Darwin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Youthshack is located right in the beating heart of Darwin's tourist and central business district. This means Youthshack Hostel is near all the main attractions, pubs, shopping centres and beaches. Our Darwin hostel has all the modern comforts and facilities to cater all travellers from around the world! ... more   less 
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