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“Nice quiet backpacker styled place”

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Annie's Shandon Inn
Ranked #10 of 60 Brisbane B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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7 hotel reviews
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“Nice quiet backpacker styled place”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Annie's Shandon is family-run, nice and well decorated place with lots of history through the generations. Its well located near the central station (approx. 8 mins walk). Its also well located near the CBD area where all the malls and shops are (approx. 10 min walk). It has that warm cozy feeling like when you are staying at your grandma's place. It is clean and well maintained even though its bathrooms are shared.

Value wise, if you compare it to a hotel, its pretty value for money. That is if you are staying just for 1 or 2 nights tops. If you compare it to a backpackers, its pretty pricey. But overall, we felt its worth the stay. There are a couple of highly recommended breakfast cafes nearby. Too bad they were closed on Sundays.

Rooms are small. No TV. There's an AC with heater function so that's pretty useful. Brisbane can get chilly at night in winters. Oh, walls are extremely thin so don't be surprised when you can her your neighbor using the hair dryer etc. If you are carrying huge luggage, do request for the rooms on the bottom level as the stairs are extremely narrow. It will be a challenge to carry a huge luggage up the stairs.

Overall, it was a pleasant experience for a nights stay. Oh, the owners are extremely polite and nice. They had breakfast included but we did not get a chance to try it so cant comment.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2013

I stayed here recently for one night. The location is convenient but that's about all. There is no lounge area at all but a very small dining area for the excuse for a breakfast which was mean and uninviting to any well travelled B & B stayer. They offered cereral, weetbix and cornflakes, no fruit, only milk and toast. It was pretty terrible and I gave it a miss. I booked a few months before and the manager had the nerve to snap at me, 'you must have booked a while ago' as they had since put up their prices. The price I paid was too high for what was on offer let alone the new price. Pretty rude.'Thank you for booking with us', would have sounded nicer. Forget it and pay a little more for a nice hotel room, you'll be happier and more comfortable. I think quirky, quaint and any other Victorian decription is old hat now and with their charges, modern and functional is more sought after these days.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

Nice for adults who want to save costs of accommodation but still haverelative peace and privacy. We only stayed 1night, no ensuite, just a bed with a cupboard and bedside tables . There is aircon which is a plus,and a fan. Cozy, especially if you just need a need to sleep in. No television. Close to the station.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Payson, Arizona
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Friendly helpful people. The rooms are small and the beds are hard. The furnishings are old with peeling wallpaper. The breakfast is toast and coffee or tea. There was 1 small table next to the bed, so no place to put toiletries. We could hear people talking in their room down the hall with their door closed.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

I recently stayed for two nights, it was like stepping back in time, it is a charming, quirky place. Very easy location with some off street parking available for no extra cost. Easy walking distance from central station. the shared bathroom was always clean. my room had pink floral wall paper and a silver ceiling, so it's pretty out there! lots of road noise as the windows etc are so old so all noise just comes straight in, ear plugs on the second night dealt with this fine. great price compared to all other accomodation in brisbane and a welcoming no frills place. All the staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed for three nights in an ensuite room. There was a nice homey atmosphere and the hosts were hospitable but not intrusive. They were happy to help with any request. Our flight in was late and it was not a problem. They were very easy going and understanding.

I noticed how relaxed the guests were. Reading books/ newspapers/ magazines and helping themselves to the continental breakfast that was enjoyable. Guests chatted to each other. It was a lovely friendly place to stay. There were laundry facilities available in required.

The location was excellent and we walked most places.

The standard of cleanliness was 10/10. The linen was fresh and clean. Kitchen and sitting areas were clean. This might seem like and odd thing to say but the toilet paper was good quality too. Great shower in our room. Room 20.

The cost of the room was excellent and I think they have their pricing correct. I would only suggest that the photos on the website be updated. I think they do not do justice to the quirkiness of the Inn and the different types of accomodation offered. You could see the attention to detail in every aspect of the management and daily running of the Inn. They look afer their guests and next time we go to Brisbane we will be staying there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed our 2 - night stay there. The atmosphere felt exactly like my granny's home!

Breakfast (toast with your choice of jam or butter) was amazing!

Shared tv room, where there's complimentary coffee and tea :)

Great location! If you have a car , call reception beforehand to book a parking spot behind the property.

Would definitely return! :))

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Annie's Shandon Inn
Address: 405 Upper Edward St, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Brisbane
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Ranked #10 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Brisbane
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Annie's Shandon Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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