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Gold Coast International Backpacker Resort
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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“Dirty bathroom and no services advertised!”
Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

We arrived here during the month of august after having booked in to stay 3 nights. The reception area was clean and well presented, with free wifi after obtaining a code. We also managed to get a triple room which was ideal for us.

The guy behind the desk was clearly heavily dosed up on drugs and the actual checking in took just over an hour, despite having a booking. During this time we asked about the BBQs advertised on their website, the opening hours of the bar and other social activities we had heard about. To this we were told that the company had actually gone bust, and there was no activities to speak of. Not impressive since we had booked this hostel for that reason. The bar was closed, but we were informed that should be bring our own alcohol onto the site and get caught, we would face a 40,000 dollar fine.

The clientele of the hostel were extremely odd, with staff turning a blind eye to them the majority of the time.

The room was exactly what we needed, even with an impressive balcony, but the bathroom looked like we were in danger of catching a communicable disease.

Great location, literally a minute's walk to the beach and into the town - we had a great time anyway!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Jokalsi, Manager at Gold Coast International Backpacker Resort, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hi
I am really Sorry for your bad experiences at Gold Coast International Backpackers. The Hostel is now under new management and has been cleaned up. Proud to say that very soon every room will host private lockers for customers. Each room boosts new beds, new mattresses, carpets, curtains and the rooms have been given a new lease of life with fresh paint. The kitchen has been cleaned out.
We are finally proud to say that the new Gold Coast backpackers is more like a 2 star motel for people on a budget. The new friendly staff are always happy to help and guide you so you have any amazing experience in Gold coast.
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Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

I know its a hostle but my god you don't expect such dirty accommodation for Australia it was like they had put all their effort in keeping the reception area clean and presentable and forgotten about the rooms it had units hanging off the wall filthy toilet with hair all over the bathroom (not mine) the bunk bed steps hadn't been screwed down so flipped around when getting in and out! The bed was a sheet of foam! God only knows what the stain patch was you can't turn the fan on unless you want covering of dust, well it's was just diabolical do not stay here! And the hostel owners ought to be ashamed!!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

I recently stayed here for one night. Thank God it was only for one night.

Fan thick with dust
vomit on the floor
view from balcony was terrible
smelly
Very dodgy wires and sockets hanging from the ceiling.
Toilet and shower was the worst I have ever seen. (very cheap hostels in Cambodia and Vietnam were far superior)
damp, mould
dirty kitchen

I live in the UK and this hostel, in my opinion, is a total embarrassment for Australian health and safety standards.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2013

We live on the Gold Coast but often stay overnight at hotels on the Gold Coast as a treat and to 'pretend' we're on holidays. So we've stayed at quite a few.This hotel is in a great location - just across the road from the beach and close to all the action in Surfers Paradise. But this is probably the worst we've ever stayed in. The room was dreadful. The bathroom was very old and run down, the room was quite dirty and sparsely furnished. We were on one of the higher floors (can't remember which) & had a great view. But the elevators were awful and extremely slow. Although it's an average price for where it is, there are much better rooms/deals available elsewhere on the Gold Coast. Oh, and the bed was extremely uncomfortable and only double in size, not even a queen size bed.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Had a great experience staying here. Stayed in a 3 bedroom dorm with 2 other friends. Was neat to see a 3 bedroom dorm as you don't see many uneven numbered beds in dorm rooms. The room was a bit small, so luckily we all knew eachother. Not much room for bags. We had our own bathroom which was a bonus AND a balcony!

Front desk staff were all AWESOME! Scott is a great guy and gave us some great surfing tips :)
The kitchen is a decent size and has 2 ovens which were a bonus. There is a large patio for eating with a BBQ as well. Free pool in the reception area as well as free WiFi and free underground parking. Steps away from the beach, you cannot beat it for the price!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Broken tap, broken door handle in the corridor, looks a bit dodgy, but an okay stay, cheap and close to the bars. Good value for money. Would probably stay there again, if going to bars in Surfers Paradise.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nailsworth, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2012

We had a fantastic time staying at this hostel. Had our own bathroom for a 3 bed dorm and a little balcony. The room was nice and clean, the staff were really friendly, there is an oven (which is a luxury for back packers), a decent size freezer, a free pool table, free wifi and cheap drinks!! Would recommend to anyone trasvelling to surfers!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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KC4217, Manager at Gold Coast International Backpacker Resort, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
UNDER NEW MANAGMENT!

Gold Coast International Backpackers is under new management and our team is actioning all the feedback from you and your fellow backpackers.

We have engaged professional cleaners and maintenance contractors that have addressed presentation, maintenance repairs and cleanliness issues.

Our new friendly staff are awaiting to help you make the most out of your stay. We are on hand with information about travel, transport, tourist attractions, local amenities and much more.

Check in is now quick and simple and there are no longer any unfair cash bonds required.

We have plans in motion to make improvements to the common areas and facilities and look forward to seeing you on your travelling adventure!

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Property: Gold Coast International Backpacker Resort
Address: 28 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Surfers Paradise
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #83 of 122 Specialty Lodging in Surfers Paradise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gold Coast International Backpacker Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relax, have a beer and play a friendly game of pool, watch the game on our large plasma TV or party it up with other backpackers in our fully licensed bar. Our friendly and fun staff will make sure you enjoy your stay on the Gold Coast with special activity nights, such as bbq's, pool competitions, drink specials and more. At Gold Coast International Backpackers it's Happy Hour every night so you can make new friends and save some money before going out to the clubs!!On site we have a fully licensed bar, secure underground parking, a fully equipped self-serve kitchen,self serve laundry facilities, a large bbq area, free pool, a comfy lounge area, darts, cheap internet, free Wi-Fi, and a free booking service for all the major theme parks.ALSO the bonus of having YOUR OWN PRIVATE ENSUITES AND BALCONY in every room with a max per room of only 4 people. Very female friendly!Accommodation InformationIf you are looking to meet great people and create great memories then this is the place to be! At the Gold Coast International Backpackers we will make your stay one to remember!Amenities:Free Wi-Fi no limitsTowels for Hire / SaleFree Pool TableBBQFully Equipped kitchenLinen IncludedCommon RoomFree ParkingTours/Travel deskLicensed BarOutdoor TerraceEvent NightsReception Open from 7:00am to 10:30pm*ALL GUESTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER**At time of check-in all guests must present an International Passport and a valid credit card.***Please note we do not accept schoolies, any schoolies bookings made will not be honoured and may not be subject to a refund.**We will be closed on Christmas day and New Years Day therefore will not be able to accept any check-ins / outs on these days. Please do not book these days as we will not be able to honour them.WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! ... more   less 
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