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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thus hostel is great if you love waiting in lines for 25 minutes just to check in, and if you don't mind your bathing suit being stollen from the clothesline outside your room. Check in was slowest I've ever seen. The woman working there was very moody and indifferent. The morning after placing our bathing suits on the clothesline outside,...

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Chichester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great hostel if you're not wanting the nightlife and loud noises! Free WiFi, great showers only problem was the little bugs crawling around everywhere. at first we thought they were bed bugs but then we found them in the kitchen and bathrooms too. Been bitten so many times! Had a pool view room but the gate to the pool...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good location if you're not wanting to have mad nights out on the strip as this a ten min walk from there. Opposite Marina so easy and quick access to cruise whitsundays tours, day trips etc. Hostel room, room 1 had tiny little fast running insects all over the floor, bed... And my friend woke up with bites all over...

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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed December 10, 2016

- location: the place was recommended to me as i was looking for something more quiet. hostel indeed is way more quiet than the other ones in town which is basically 100% party. location is in walking distance to town, however, beer in mind even walking 10minutes in the heat is exhausting. - staff: very very friendly. pick-up & return...

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Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 1, 2016

The dorms are nice as they're just 4-share so not too many people coming in & out all the time etc, you can relax outside, in hammocks or the pool if you like, with the stunning surroundings of the whitsunday coast around you. Cool chilled out atmosphere all round, just what you need in tropical QLD! The main street, also...

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Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Poor facilities here air con poor rooms not ready for use. Stairs down to main street extremely dangerous. Would not recommend. Not enough staff especially for travel queries. Located very close to airlie beach.

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Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here either night of our boat trip of the Whit Sundays. 4 bed dorm was out dated and uncomfortable. We had to pay 6 dollars to leave our backpack for the 2 nights which is just completely unnecessary. The breakfast is 3 dollars but is so basic it should be free. Only 2 hours free Wifi. In my opinion,...

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London
Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

This hostel is well located and close to Airlie town (a 7/8 minute walk). It has most basic faculties a hostel has and There's also breakfast available at €3 a day. The pool however I wouldn't touch as it appears dirty and no one was in it (surprise) Overall it's a good hostel and perfect for a stop over and...

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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights. Air conditioning is only on from 6:30pm until sometime in the morning. So during the day being in your room is not desireable at all. Only 5-10 minute walk to the Main Street with food/shops/groceries. Not far from Airlie beach lagoon. November is stinger season so swimming in ocean is not recommended at all. I...

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Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Stayed one night at this hostel and that was one too much. The hostel is in bad condition, the kitchen was not a place were you wanted to prepare your food. The room was very expensive and was absolutely not worth it, there were big stains on the linen and hair on the blanket. They even charge you for using...

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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Paid Wifi
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and offers a very social, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation is available in four share rooms, one 8 share and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. Airconditioning is included during the warmer months (mid Sept to mid May) The hostel has a saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks, sun-lounges and palm trees as well as a huge sunbaking deck. A fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and utensils is provided, as is a laundry. The games room has internet access and pool table. Each night, during 'happy hour' the staff hold social activities to help guests meet each other - these include: *Team trivia competitions with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne. * Wii Sports competitions including Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing * Killer Pool comps After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach (Sunday and Tuesday nights) With the best local knowledge of all the tours in the Whitsundays we can help you choose the best trip for your needs. By the Bay is not affiliated with any tour opperators so we don't force any boat on you. We give you all the info and let YOU pick. We also offer a free nights accommodation and free luggage storage with every overnight sailing tour booked with us The friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you! *FREE Courtesy bus service meeting all coaches(between 7am-7:30pm). *FREE Tea and Coffee *FREE Wii Sports game *FREE quiz for a bottle of champagne every night! *FREE hammocks, sunlounges and BBQ use *FREE accommodation and storage (with every overnight trip booked) *FREE linen supplied to all beds *FREE unbiased tour advice- often at standby or discounted prices *FREE Fully equipped kitchen - all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans provided at no charge!!! *FREE Off street parking *FREE WiFi available, two hours on arrival ($4 per 24 hour login logout) *Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron *Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days organized *All rooms serviced daily *Lending library *Safe and secure 24 hour access ... more   less 

Additional Information about Backpackers by the Bay

Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Price Range: $38 - $61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands
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“You can opt for female only dorms in this hostel”
 of 5 bubbles NomadYaz, Dec 1, 2016 | Read review
“Avoid Dormitory Room 3 - the fan has a noisy click.”
 of 5 bubbles Karlmate, May 9, 2016 | Read review
“Book directly for free wifi!”
 of 5 bubbles banrab, Apr 24, 2016 | Read review
“Book a tour through the hostel and get a night free.”
 of 5 bubbles 216tads, Jan 8, 2016 | Read review
“very good friendly and comfortable hostel”
 of 5 bubbles 499marinef, Aug 21, 2015 | Read review
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