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“Great Atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
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Backpackers by the Bay
12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia   |  
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Malmo, Sweden
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“Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Very nice hostel - the atmosphere is relaxed, the pool is nice and the staff very helpful and caring. When we did our whitsundays trip we stored our backpacks here too (6 dollars for the whole trip) and it felt very safe. There is some kind of roadwork on the other side of the street, otherwise the location is great - just 5-10 minutes walk to the lagoon and all the stores.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Genk, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We planned to stay here for 2 nights but ended up staying here for a week! The atmosphere was really relaxed and we met some nice people here. The staff is really friendly and helpfull. At night you can join a quiz (and win free champagne), a nice idea to meet people!
We enjoyed Backpackers by The Bay very much, thanks guys!
Tom & Dorien from Belgium

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Noosa, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

It has been one month now - and i still do not really want to leave! The staff were like a family, very helpful and always there for a chat! The atmosphere at Backpackers by the Bay is great, very social, especially in the evening when they have their small barbecue, cheap drinks at the bar and trivia!
The rooms were tidy and the beds are a guarantee for a good sleep: first beds that did not squeak at all. My favorite place were the hammocks - jump in with a good book and swing life away! This backpacker is by far the best in Airlie and will be missed!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Best hostel ever, staff is super helpful! Laura/graham/peter and the rest turned into working machines when you asked em something, twas a sight to see :o
And they did tricks and stuff :oo well not really but they were really cool. Anyways, go here, it's the best hostel in airlie!
Peace, Bob

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

First I should point out I'm not the age of your typical backpacker who stays at a place like this - I'm 47. I really enjoyed this place. It had a great communal vibe to it. The owner, Peter ( never met his wife), could not have been more pleasant and nice. The place has a very large communal kitchen. At night people enjoyed hanging around the hostel and getting drinks, or BYOB, from the tiki bar outside. It is an easy 5-10 min walk into the heart of Airlie Beach. If you are a backpacker wanting to party then you would probably want to stay in town. I think it best to play in town and have a quiet place to come back to to sleep.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Knowledgeable staff who use upselling of their business whilst catering unbiased to the customers needs. Exceptionally clean and whilst not quite in the centre of Airlie is only a five minute was away which adds to the character. The owner clearly cares and it shows in the product delivered.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

The staff here obviously care about their guests. When we arrived at reception the lovely staff took the time to show us to our room. Peter, Judith and the rest of the staff were very friendly and they took the time to suggest activities and day trips that suited our interests. We stayed in a dorm room. The beds were comfortable and clean.
Peter cared enough to suggest ways how to save money on our trip packages - thank you King Peter !
If I ever make it back this way, I would return to the Backpackers by the Bay without any hesitation!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 12 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Airlie Beach
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Number of rooms: 32
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