Arriving at the hostel was smooth after getting the free shuttle bus to accomodation. However you will need the bus or you wont find the place. Unless of course your famillar with local transport. The most disappointing part of my stay was the location being away from beach and having to be reliant on taxis/buses to get to beach/nightlife.
The staff were friendly and pretty much over worked. This affected thier communication with guests to some degree often rushed and lacked important info. Although they did arrange tours and activities well but lacked in giving directions that were understandable. They need to assume guests have arrived from mars and know nothing of the place. I mean how was i supposed to know westpak is a bank? Never heard of it in uk.
The other downside was the amount of junk displayed on the walls, doors, windows. Mostly the same poster for same activity. Which gets a bit of an eye sore. Plus the rules having to be displayed everywhere is patronising and intimidating. No food or drink in bedrooms. If you do have food in bedrooms you will loose key deposit. No food or drink on sofas. If found with food on sofas you will loose key deposit. No smoking on balcony. No stealing. Wash dishes and clean up. Checking out rules. Stand on wooden shower mats out of shower. Limit time in shower. Flush toilets and so on. Most rules are common sense but are so in your face its like being a kid again. Its also like some busy body has gone overboard with the new printer/ laminator!
I also couldnt understand why smoking on balcony would have been such a bad thing?
The garden looked nice initally but could have done with a good sweeping and the pool was clean most of the time. Dont bother with bbq unless ur into crisp burnt food. They will still happily take ur money. Plus in terms of value for money it was pretty poor!
I had the private room. Which was hot and stuffy. Plus balcony outside made it lack privacy. The bed was uncomfortable an had a really low bunk?! Would have been nicer if they just had a standard double bed with no bunk on top as you couldnt even sit up right in bed. The shelves were ok. But really could have been better. This place has no air con and relys on fans. If in a dorm be aware its one fan to 4 bunks and its fixed to the wall. So dont expect a good nights sleep unless ur sleeping by the fan!
The bar is expensive and your not allowed to bring your own drink. So your wallets empty before your bladders half full. They do give free slushies out though. But its only flavoured ice and that hardly rocks the boat. You have to pay to play pool which could really have been free. (would have got more ppl off the sofa and doing stuff) the bar is nice however you have to ask at reception for service. Which is stupid. This place also does not serve any value meals ether apart from burnt bbq food. The staff put music on at 7am for thier own pleasure as guests are mostly still sleeping. They also have music on at the bar til late, so you really wont get that sleep in.
Kitchen was clean but lacked basics such as a bowl to heat things up in microwave. Also the bowls were tiny and you could only fit a small portion of food in. They were on top of cleaniness however thats probably down to the fact that people are to scared to move with all the rules. Didnt have much of a seating area to eat apart from outside. And of course no eating on the sofas rule!
They did offer free wifi. But you will spend your time putting in stupid codes to connect (every hour). Would have been worth while having a code that worked for duration of stay rather than having to keep asking.
As already mentioned the location was the biggest let down. You cant walk to beach from hostel as the roads a highway. And it costs $20+ to get to surfers paradise by taxi at night.
Backpackers big night out was some kinda shag fest. $30 for free drinks and free condom?! Wtf?! They also dont get you back to accomodation at end of night as in thier words "people like to entertain" meaning sex. Great if your looking for a free STD! Or can fork out yet again for that taxi.
I wouldnt stay here again personally and i wouldnt reconmend it ether.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surf, sand, nature, adventure, shopping, nightlife, theme parks, FUN... it's here and waiting for you!Aquarius Backpackers is a BaseMates hostel located in Southport Surfers Paradise is a lovely boutique hostel that caters for all those who share a love of travel. Situated on the famous Gold Coast, we offer a very friendly home away from home experience. Here you will find clean, modern, safe and friendly accommodation. We are closely situated to all your needs - shopping centres - banks - post offices - pubs, and above all, our world-famous beaches and lush green Hinterland.We offer dormitory style accommodation with either 4 or 6 share as well as private queens and twins. We also cater for all female & male rooms. With a fully equipped kitchen, you’ll be cooking up a feast in no time. Why not take a dip in our beautiful outdoor pool and spa or sit back in our big comfy leather couches, relax & watch a DVD from our 500+ library. Rates also include linen & FREE wireless internet. Join the crew and meet people from all around the world! Have a drink and a boogie at our licensed bar - Jacks Spot. It’s open seven days/nightly from 7am – midnight. Check out our fantastic hostel today and see for yourself what your missing out on! Recommended by Lonely Planet!“ In an area where backpackers are a dime a dozen there’s always the danger that budget accommodation just won’t make an effort. Not so for this colourful Hostel where cleanliness is as important as having a good time - and that’s considered very important”. ... more less
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