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“Sleeping in the rainforest” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA

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Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA
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Knebworth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Sleeping in the rainforest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

I stayed Here for one night spontaneously, staff were lovely and very helpful. The room was clean and the whole style of the place was in the rainforest. The bathroom was a shared bathroom with dorm next door which could have done with a good clean. The kitchen is all outside, it is a lovely little location it's good to view this more as a luxury campsite that anything. Lots of wildlife noises at night, including koalas. Nice little place

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Toulouse, France
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

Friends and I went there for a night. Actually, we now would like to stay there for a week!!
Nice bungalows located in the forest : clean, tidy and quiet!!
Good location close to Anna Bay, Nelson Bay and the Tomaree National Park.
You'll be awoken by kookaburra!

Other good points are : pool, kitchen with BBQ in the middle of the forest...

A realy good experience!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

My partner and I stayed for a night in one of ensuite bungalows. We loved this place. The setting in this lush, rainforesty garden is just lovely. The owner are very friendly and helpful! We didn't use the pool (was still a bit too cold) but it looked great! The bungalow was very clean and comfortable. We definitely will be coming back to this place and stay a few days longer! The perfect place to escape from city life!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Modena, Italy
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

Samurai Beach is more than a YHA. The location is amazing and secluded in the forest. The owners are simply amazing and very helpful. Sandy, an energetic woman, gave my partner and I a lot of advice about dining nearby, where to have breakfast, where to park for free etc.
My partner and I stayed in the deluxe bungalow, which is for real above the standard double room that you find in the hostels: clean, pretty and cozy. Everything funtcioned. When we go back in summer, we will book again here! Super advised!

Room Tip: If couple, or you want privacy, Deluxe Double Room.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rye, Australia
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57 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

I stayed here last year (May 2011) with my partner in a deluxe bungalow. We arrived quite late and departed very early, however, the staff made arrangements so we could do this without any problems. The accommodation is nice and the setting is great, good facilities with friendly staff.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

We stayed at this place because it received such a great write up in the Lonely Planet East Coast Guide. We do not normally stay at YHA's but the write up made it sound so charming we thought we would try something different.
The owners were great and extremely helpful, however we did struggle with the insects, spiders, mozzies and ants inside the actual cabin. Also the location was a bit deceiving as we expected to be on or very close to a beach, yet this was not the case.
It was a bit of a drive to the nearest restaurants or beaches.

I'm sure as far as YHA standards go the Samurai Beach Bungalows is pretty good but if your after comfort and proximity to beach or town its not the best choice.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Veronica_Syd
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Toronto, Canada
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99 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

I loved this place. It was so cool! Everyone should stay here when in Port Stephens. And everyone should go to PS! lol
Cory and Bo (and canine Bo) were the hosts while we were there since the main hosts were on vaca. They were great and Cory was very informative and friendly.
The Bungalows are private or hostel style. we stayed in a 6 bed bungalow but it was only the two of us so that was kind of nice. The rooms are nice and clean and well stocked with blankets. The heater was also very useful. We went in spring so it was still a bit cold there at night. There's a kettle and bar fridge in the room.
The kitchen is an outdoor kitchen in the middle of all the bungalows and very rustic. I liked it, it felt like I was camping back in Canada. There's a really cool game house with a billiards table and couches for drinking and hanging out. The walls are full of knick-knacks and random things to look at. They have a clean gated pool for swimming. They have a washer for laundry and lines for drying. The reception area has tons of pamphlets for tours and things to do in the area. They also have discounted local bus tickets for you. They have a few simple grocery's but the town is only a 30 minute hike away. We did the hike since we were doing a nature weekend. The Mile Beach is a 20 minute walk away and has a little restaurant/club house on it that sells lunch, ice cream, and beachy souvenir. The natural area of the hostel and anywhere you walk promises Koala viewings but we didn't see any :( lol oh well. We did see some birds and small mammals. And Bo the dog.
Port Stephens itself has lots to do. I highly recommend sand boarding and viewing Tin Town. We also went whale watching, hung out at the beach, and spent the night in the town at their bar. They have one bar. And they have an amazing 24hour pastry shop! The whale watching is in a different part of PS that's more of a town and has lots of shops and a marina mall.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA
Address: 2 Robert Connell CL, Anna Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2316, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens > Anna Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Anna Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Samurai Beach Bungalows - Port Stephens YHA 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Asian style bungalows set amongst 3 acres of rain forest gardens around a resort pool. Bush kitchen and campfire in winter. FREE WIFI hotspots ... more   less 
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