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Nomads Brisbane Hostel
Ranked #109 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Brisbane
Ireland
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70 reviews
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“Terrible”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Stayed here recently while travelling the East Coast. While there is no denying its a great location... That's where it stops! This place is terrible! Old fashioned and manky. Bathrooms are by far the worst we'd seen anywhere in any hostel EVER! It is so noisy at night so if you want to sleep I would avoid this place. People screaming, shouting and thumping music until the early hours. The kitchen is horrendous! Enough said! We stayed one night and were out of the hostel most of the time thankfully. Also the rooms are quiet big which is great if people keep there own belongings in there own space. This place needs a serious makeover!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

My partner stayed there 2 years ago, so we decide to stay there as he told it was a good and central place.
Central, yes. But good, definitely not !
We stayed in a 6 bed dorms and the first nights, no noise in the room but a lot in the corridor. People were, drunk, screaming, running until 4 am ! We went to reception the day after and they told us the security guard heard nothing....
Then the days after we had just crazy people in the room with us. No respect to the rules of the hostel, no respect to others sleeping because they work early...
At the end they moved us in a 4 bed dorms because they had no more place. We thought this time it will be ok. But, another time, couldn't sleep until 3 am : also if the room is located at the 3rd floor, we could hear really clearly the Down Under bar, which is underground (so 4 floors under).
Above all, the kitchen is always dirty and people stole some of our food.
The only positive thing about that backpacker is its location : just in front of the Central Station - so you can run from it as quick as possible.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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York
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Yes the hostel needs a lick of paint and a few repairs but I for one liked it. I had a single room which was spacious and clean and at $55 a night was good value. Bd was very comfy and clean. Reception were helpful and the best part was the bar downstairs did pints for $5 all night on a Saturday.

What let it down for me wasn't 100% the hostels fault was the other guests. Woke up all night from people deciding to use the hallways to talk loudly whilst drunk. ( in fairness to the hostel they do have signs saying please keep the noise down after 10pm and have a no alcohol policy which stops social drinking in rooms)

The bathrooms are in need of repair badly, whilst "clean enough to use" it feels like your showering in a runned down bar toilets with its graffiti on the walls and walls/doors filled in with polyfilla where they have attempted repairs or cover up said graffiti. But again whilst repair is the hostels job it's the guests who did this, shame people have to be like that!

Lastly the most annoying thing, you can pay an extra $10 for a 12pm checkout to which I did as I wanted a lie in the comfy bed. Soon as ten am hit a lady walks down the corridor with a megaphone reminding everyone it's time to check out, then again at ten thirty! So much for sleeping in....!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Bogota, Colombia
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Typical place to spend 1 or a few days just to sleep as the location is great. The room was OK but the bathroom could be cleaner. The staff were quite helpful when I needed their help and advices about Brisbane. If you demand a quiet place, FORGET IT, as their bar is also their neighbor (not only in Brisbane but all Base hostels have a bar that is part of their premises). I was there on a Thursday I guess and was really loud. So I can't imagine how would it be during the weekend.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Jennifer D, Manager at Nomads Brisbane Hostel, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Thank you very much Rafael for taking the time to leave us your feedback, we take all of our guest’s feedback on board so that we can make any necessary improvements and improve our service to our lovely guests.

Your concrens in regards to the bathrooms have been passed on to our great housekeeping team that strive to please everyone.

Location is definitely handy for all travellers to all shops and transport. We are happy to hear that our reception staff were helpful in anyway.

Wishing you happy travels

Base crew
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here as a solo female traveller in a dorm room. Reception needs more people on it (had to wait ages to see anyone every time I went there!) but my room was clean and the bed was really comfy. Cannot fault location at all - right in the centre, was brilliant! Can't comment on the kitchen as I ate out almost every day, but was fine when I did use it. Easy to meet people and staff helpful.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Jennifer D, Front Office Manager at Nomads Brisbane Hostel, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Thank you for sending in some feedback of our hostel. We really do appreciate good and bad comments as it's important to us to know what our guests thoughts on our property are. We also use feedback to improve our property.

In regards to location, it is definitely very close to all shops and resturants. which is very handy for guest staying in the hostel

Wish you all the best in your travels

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

The first thing we noticed upon arrival was the damp smell that filled the entire hostel. Staff were not helpful. Lift didn't work (try carrying 30k up 4 flights of stairs after a 27 hour flight from England) hideous facilities.. Keys constantly failed to open doors, not ideal when you are on the 4th floor running backward and forwards. The kitchen full of dirt and greasy fridges. Food spilt all over the tabes every time we went to eat.
Probably the worst 7 nights sleep of my life. Ear plugs didn't even block out the screaming and music that came from the nightclub situated underneath the hostel. Music went on until 5am and DJ screamed annoyingly throughout the night..

Wouldn't NOT recommend this hostel and will Never be returning.

The only helpful member of staff was the girl on the jobs desk behind reception (and the man who worked next to her)

Totally unsatisfied customer, definitely not worth the money we paid after staying in such fantastic hostels all over Australia.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Melaka
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Reception staff were not the friendliest. I stayed in a 10pax female dorm. Housekeeping staff came in everyday at 10.30am, disrupted those who were still sleeping.

Luggage room was very convenient, however. Dumped my bags there while waiting to check-in and after check-out while waiting for my flight. Same goes to the tv room, lounged there while killing time.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Jennifer D, Front Office Manager at Nomads Brisbane Hostel, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you Rosalyn for your review,

I am very sorry to hear that you were not happy with your experience at our hostel.

We take all of our guest’s feedback on board so that we can make any necessary improvements and improve our service to our lovely guests.

It is handy to have the luggage room for guest who aren't leaving till later on and the lounge area to relax. We are happy to hear that it was convenient for you

Safe travels and enjoy Australia

The Base Central crew
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Property: Nomads Brisbane Hostel
Address: 308 Edward St, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia (Formerly Base Brisbane Central)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #109 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Brisbane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Nomads Brisbane Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nomads Brisbane has everything a backpacker could want, with our five floors offering a wide variety of rooms to appeal to everyone from the newly-arrived to the newly-wed, including dormitory and private rooms. All rooms are secured via electronic keycards, while you can keep your valuables doubly secured with our supplied lockers. Linen is also provided so there's no need to bring your sleeping bag! But that's not all. Our rooftop terrace is the place in the Brisbane CBD to catch some sun, chill out, have a BBQ or just watch the world go by while you wait for your laundry in one of our three laundry rooms. If the sun's not your thing then we also have common areas to kick back, relax, and get some quality tv time; that or cook up a feast in our guest kitchen! If you're looking for work, why not let our Job Club give you a nudge in the right direction? Likewise, our friendly travel desk staff don't just know everything about the beautiful South-East Queensland - they can give you advice about anywhere in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific! Downstairs the Down Under Bar is where you can go full on, flat out! Come on down to Brisbane's most famous backpacker bar where you can win great prizes, dance the night away, or even meet Mr/Mrs Right (or Mr/Mrs Right Now!). If you're after something a little quieter then our Zi Bar does great food and coffee, with regular functions to keep you entertained. Dormitories are available to genuine backpackers only. Guests MUST be over 18 years old to stay at Nomads Brisbane Hostel. ... more   less 
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