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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed March 26, 2016

I intended to stay for 2 days and ended up staying a week. There are just so many fun people from all over the world, I have never experienced such a relaxed yet crazy (in a positive way) atmosphere in any hostel in Australia. Will fedinitely come back and stay longer!

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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review Cris - and so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! Please do come back and stay longer - we would love to host you! Happy travels :)

Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

We stayed in a private double room ( cabin 4 ), we had our own fridge, comfortable bed and fan. We used the communal bathrooms which were clean and not far from our room which was ideal. My only issue would be the need for more cooking stoves in the kitchen as it was pretty busy in there with people...

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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback Paisley. We look forward to hosting you again. FYI - the kitchens will be getting a refurb in 2016, so more cooking space! Yew!

Vienna, Austria
Reviewed March 21, 2016

At first I didn't find the hostel, because it is located a little bit off the main road/town. The hostel does provide a shuttle bus, but it didn't arrive at the same time as the Greyhound coach and so I had to wait for 45minutes. What bothered me a little bit was that nobody told me about the bus or...

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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks Daslieschen for your very extensive review. There is some valuable feedback to us as managers to take in what you found. Also,we are very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay! We would love to host you again sometime, so please come back! Happy travels :)

Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

I can see how some people might not enjoy the arts facorty as it is completely different to any other hostel I've ever been to - which is why I loved it. Surrounded by rainforest and a lake, the arts factory lets you calm down during the day and party at night with loads of easy going people around you....

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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review Christina - glad to ear you enjoyed your time with us. Happy travels :)

Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

If you are a person with any standards of living or have any brain-capacity, then stay the h*** away from this place. It is as far away from the town as it can be, situated in the forest. When I arrived with my friend, we expected little of this place. Although it was 1000 times worse than we thought. Here...

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artsfactory_13, General Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Tobias, I am so sorry to hear your experience was negative. I take it from your review you were staying in a teepee and not a dorm room - and a normal dorm room is an option. There must be some way you chose this room type, as we would not randomly just place you in it? As far...

Weymouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

This is a really beautiful hostel, within a great environment. I got upgraded to island arc room rather than a 6-10 bed dorm which was a nice surprise. There's lots of nice scenery around with turkeys and water dragons wandering around all over the place, the hostel appears to be in a very green luscious area which makes the stay...

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

Dear HK, Thanks for taking the time to write a review, I am glad that you enjoyed the grounds and had a relaxing time. Such a shame you didn't meet any other folks to hang out with :( As a large and busy hostel, we do offer a lot of free activities and workshops as a way to get our...

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed March 2, 2016

I stayed here at the Arts Factory in November of 2015 and it was a fairly mediocre stay. I had heard such great things, cool vibe, fun atmosphere, great accommodations, but I would have to disagree. This is a fun place if you are young and have travelled with a bunch of friends. I came here alone and was surely...

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

Hi Julia, thanks for taking the time to write a review. You stayed in our lowest price room - the 8 share Island Retreat. For just $2 to $5 more, you could have stayed in a much more comfortable and spacious dorm, even a female only room with an en-suite and kitchen. When you say be wary and keep your...

Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Arts Factory is definitely an acquired taste. We loved the vibe and people we met, chilling by the pool, hot breakfast from the cafe, going to the cinema just a two minute walk away and visiting the buddah bar for their themed nights and fantastic food. I stayed at this hostel twice - once in the female dorm/lodge which was...

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

Thank you so much for your great feedback Hannah. I have copied your feedback into my notes, so I can go over it at our next staff meeting. This looks to be an area we can definitely improve on, so we can work towards this! Please note - the check in process is slow. We accommodate 500 guests, and at...

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed March 1, 2016

I spent two nights here - trying not to break the budget, avoided places closer to the center Byron CBD. I'm not sure what people meant by the walk to town - really 10 minutes tops or a 15 minute stumble back. Staff are pretty friendly. One recommendation for staff is to enforce the rules, particularly around no-smoking or glass...

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

Thanks for your review Paul. I will address the staff observing the rules more closely, at your advice. We definitely do not allow glass in the pool area, and I am a stickler for this!When you say no smoking - we do not allow marijuana on the property, but there are designated cigarette smoking zones. Once again, we will address...

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 1, 2016

Arrived on Australia day really excited, asked specifacally not to have a room by the pool as you can imagine it would be roudey all eve day long. Arrived......room by the pool. Locked all my valuables in the safe and left my passport behind the bar. Pool was full of beer, piss, people having sex all day. Went out for...

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

Dear Tom, what can I say as the manager. It sounds like a very, very bad experience overall. I wish you had have asked to speak to me at check out to explain your woes. Please contact me on my email; peggy@nomadsworld.com I am happy to have a private discussion to work out any way we can resolve the issues...

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge

Address: Skinners Shoot Rd | Arts Factory Village, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Price Range: $44 - $83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 41
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“Take one of the normal dorm rooms located around the swimming pool when its colder, Otherwise take one of the cute lake-side-cottages.”
 of 5 bubbles , 1 week ago | Read review
“Island retreat, its on a little island so its more quiet and very nice.”
 of 5 bubbles rakefets2016, 2 weeks ago | Read review
“If you want a quieter room pray you don't get put next to reception”
 of 5 bubbles SamShyngle, Jan 13, 2017 | Read review
“Camp in the jungle!”
 of 5 bubbles ThriftyBusiness, Dec 7, 2016 | Read review
“Wreck Dorm can get live music noise. Booking.com identifies it as 10 person mixed dorm. There are 2 other dorms meeting that description.”
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 of 5 bubbles blackeldo, Sep 21, 2016 | Read review
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