I stayed here for 1 night passing through and the only way to describe the atmosphere is that of a morgue. The lady on reception was tired and grumpy, they have this weird system where you get your own 'container' of crockery as there's none in the kitchen and it has to be returned on check out. The rooms are quite simple, the aircon is very effective (I had to sleep with a jacket on in the middle of summer as weird dormmate had it cranked to coolest setting ALL night & wouldn't turn it down). Bathrooms again clean, but very, very old looking. There isn't much natural light and everyone stays in their rooms. There no social areas, TV doesn't work and you can't use the kitchen after 9pm, can't drink, have to wash crockery IMMEDIATELY after use (or reception lady will yell at you!). All the strict rules, combined with the drab interior and overall quietness of the town make for quite a depressing stay. An update, a coat of bright paint, some nicer social areas and a smile from reception would make all the difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gecko's Rest is a family owned and operated budget accommodation provider, situated in the heart of Mackay (CBD), close to transport, shops, cafes, restaurants, movie theatre, pubs, nightlife of Mackay, Bluewater Lagoon, Bluewater Trail and Artspace Centre. Gecko's Rest backpackers has got a variety of spacious rooms which can sleep up to 48 people. Choose from one of our dorm, single, double or twin rooms on offer. All of our facilities are clean & comfortable and we are fully compliant with all fire safety regulations for your safety and our peace of mind. Every room has air-conditioning and a fridge, storage space for each bed, linen & towels provided. Please note that some of our rooms do not have windows but indirect daylight through the ceiling. Why not chill out by the Bluewater Lagoon, take a scenic walk along the Pioneer River or go on a tour to Eungella, Finch Hatton or Keswick Island. - Eungella/ Finch Hatton Gorge/ Broken River (rainforest, platypus, waterfall): Please book with Reeforest Adventure Tours in advance. - Keswick Island (snorkelling/ kayaks/ buggy hire/ whale watching): Please book with Megaforce Charters in advance. Gecko's Rest is located on Sydney Street, three doors down from Kate O'Reilly's Irish Pub. We are 10 minutes walk from the Greyhound/ Premierbus bus stop (corner Victoria/ Tennyson ST). We are close to Mackay's attractions: Bluewater Trail, Bluewater Lagoon, Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay City Library, Artspace Centre, Queens Park, Heritage & Art Deco walks, Memorial Swim Centre and Bluewater Quay. All other attractions, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Marina/ Harbour, inner city beaches, are easily accessible by bus. ... more less
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