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Reviewed November 10, 2006

My husband and I found this place in our "Let's Go!: Australia" guidebook and it was given the "thumbs up" by the author as a good place to stay. After a long day at the Australia Zoo we were on the road south and looking for somewhere to crash. We picked this place because of the review and because it wasn't far. I called about an hour before we got there to make sure there was room available..there was only a shared room for 8 left but we figured it couldn't be too bad for just one night. (Yes, we're married..but we're only 27 and not too picky about where we stay--we have been staying in hostels for the past 3 weeks on this trip.) Trusting the guide book, I gave the guy my credit card over the phone so he would old "the last 2 beds available" for us until we got there. When we showed up it was hard to find the place..a basically unmarked doorway with steps leading up to a dingy reception area. The guy couldn't remember us calling for the first 15 mintues and couldn't find any record of my credit card number. He also started bragging about how one of the guests at the hostel had found a $50 bill on the stairway and had turned it in at reception and how he was going to go out drinking with the money that night. We were put off by our first impression and asked to view the rooms before we decided to stay. The place was a pure and utter --! I couldn't believe it! It looked like a bomb had expoded with how much junk and bags and trash was everywhere. The kitchen was complete filth with dirty dishes piled up everywhere, the floor was as black as night with gunk, the stove was covered in dried up spaghetti sauce and the sink was filled with cold stagnatting water. The whole place smelled like mold! Gross! The room was even worse..and to make matters even worse, the beds weren't even made for us. The other 6 people had been storing things on them and the whole room was a distaster. I think the other 6 people must have been living in the room for months. At least it smelled like it. We tried to back out of the deal but the guy at reception told us that even if we left he would charge our credit card for the night because he had held the room for us (for less than an hour!). He was not a very nice guy at all! We ended up staying here--in top bunks on opposite sides of the room. The rest of the hostel partied out in the main room until 5am and didn't even attempt to keep their voices down. We laid awake from 3-5am just trying to drown out their drunken voices. It was just awful. Needless to say, we got out of there as fast as possible at the first sign of daylight and headed far away from Manly, Queensland! NEVER stay at that lodge!! Worst hostel I have ever been to!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2006

Unfortunately the room didn't look like the one advertised and as we had children with us, the beds weren't made and there weren't even enough of them we turned tail and left without staying. Unfortunately the backpackers still charged us for the room. Check carefully what you are going to be getting before booking.

Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed January 20, 2015
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  • Stayed: January 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 7, 2014
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Room Tip: 可以住二樓面海的房間 風景超讚
  • Stayed: September 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2011
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Room Tip: Lees vooral eerst de reviews en neem deze serieus!
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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