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Base Brisbane Embassy
Ranked #107 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Brisbane
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Worst hostel so far”
Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

I've only been travelling for 6 weeks and this is by far the worst hostel I've stayed in. I should have known that this wasn't going to be a nice place because the guy we spoke to when booking was rude and unhelpful. As soon as you walk in the smell of sweat and stale ale hits you, the guy on reception could not have cared less when checking in...no service with a smile here. The rooms was cramped and dirty, with no curtains so whether you like it or not you're waking up at sunrise. Thankfully I only stayed a few nights but if I ever come back to Brisbane this will be avoided at all costs.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

As soon as you left reception this place stank. There was a foul smell of stale smoke, sweat and booze throughout the hostel. We've been travelling 7 months and have been through India and south east Asia. This was the worst place we've been to.

The kitchen was dirty and smelly, as were the bathrooms. Both had rubbish on the floor on most occasions we went in them.

I don't blame this on the staff, who seemed to be cleaning regularly, but something about this place makes the people that stay there want to live like inconsiderate animals. We woke up to fag butts in the corridor every day and bathrooms had wet toilet paper, toothpaste everywhere and cotton buds on the floor minutes after they were cleaned.

We were also disappointed that after being told the hostel had 'loads of room' and that we could check to our room early, we left our bags for an hour only to be told we had to wait until 3.

The good thing about this hotel was it's location - easy walking to the south bank and botanic gardens...but then so are most places so I'd still avoid base even if it means paying a bit extra.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 25, 2014

So, if you're considering a stay in a hostel and you think Base Central a few blocks away is your best option, think again.

Base Embassy is better...a little better in most regards.

Value for money, location, bathroom facilities, atmosphere.

You're not required to have as thick of a skin here either, as the security and the noise after hours isn't really an issue here.

Just remember, you do get what you pay for, and around $30 a night for a shared dorm room gets you exactly a bed, a roof over your head, and a door.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

We spend two nights in this hostel. Quite and clean, good position and nice staff.
We arrived before check in time and they gave us a key to use luggage room, kitchen and bathrooms.
Also they organize some activities like movie night and city tour..and have elevator!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

I've stayed at base in sydney which I loved, and I was expecting a similar hostel here.

Nope.

For starters there is no smoking area, you have to venture downstairs and go onto the street, which isnt pleasant. Also the whole place smells very damp and sweaty, especially the movie room and the rooms connecting to the movie room.

The TV in the movie room was good, but didn't really work. I tried to play a DVD and it refused to, and batteries were missing from a couple of remotes.

The location is good, quiet but near busy bars. Also the reception were a really lovely bunch.

I was also happy with the air con in the rooms and they were a decent size.

Bathrooms weren't great though. Not very clean, and a few of the flushes were broken.

Overall it was decent, but I won't go back.

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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Brisbane
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

I thought this would be a upgrade after staying in base central. Wrong! Paid extra and wasn't happy.
First night slept in a sauna as aircon wasn't working - no windows either. Got moved into 6 share ( not refunded difference) with drunken long termer thirty something guy. Then got moved into 4 bed with windows but no curtains! Flimsy aircon. Different floors smelt bad and cleaners come in every morning wake you up cleaning even when it was just me ! Fridge in kitchen smelt bad and not cold. People smoked where they shouldnt Not going back

  • Stayed March 2014
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

Was nice enough room, had little balcony. Extended stay however reception and cleaners struggled to understand this and therefore disturbed us every day. But very apologetic and gave us a night foc to say sorry! Would stay again if stayed in Brisbane again.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Base Brisbane Embassy
Address: 214 Elizabeth St, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette
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Ranked #107 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Brisbane
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Hotel Class:2 star — Base Brisbane Embassy 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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