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“Nice staff - bad hostel” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Transit Backpackers
Ranked #45 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Hobart
Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice staff - bad hostel”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I spent a week in this hostel. First two nights in a 6 people dorm, with a tiny window that made breathing hard, and noisy beds that woke everyone up whenever someone moved. The next 5 days we spent them in a windowless twin room that only had a small ventilator to provide some fresh air, and the walls were very humid. Kitchen was too small for the number of guests, only one sink for 80 people and no oven. Bathrooms were cleaned regularly, but it was not enough for the big crowd. Staff friendly though, and they organized a free BBQ for Australia day.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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East Midlands
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42 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

This was an OK hostel. The rooms were cheap but the dorms were quite small and crowded, and there wasn't much room to put things. The beds were also quite squeaky and noisy. The common room and kitchen were quite big though, plenty of room for everyone even if it was busy. Lots of information on things to do in the area, and the staff were helpful and friendly. It was a noisy hostel though - noise carried throughout the rooms and there were quite a few noisy guests when I was there.

It's fairly close to the centre of the city, and the airport shuttle bus main office and bus stop is directly opposite.

Not sure I'd stay there again, but the price was quite a bit cheaper than other places.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Me and my partner booked in to transit backpackers for 2 nights in a private ensuite room. Much to our surprise and disappointment the room was the size of a closet with bunk beds and a large disabled bathroom. We could hardly fit our luggage!! The beds were very uncomfortable and the room is right next to the front door of the hostel which is super noisy. Needless to say we got barely any sleep and decided not to stay on for a second night.
Kitchen facilities were poor and the general cleanliness of the place left a lot to be desired.
Can definitely not recommend this hostel. Definitely not worth $85/night!!!! Find something elsewhere!!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

I was staying at Transit Backpackers when attending Hobart for a conference and was happy with my stay. Because accommodation was included as part of the conference deal I can not comment on the price, but from what I understand it's quite cheap.
The dorms were a little cramped, but the beds were comfortable and you except the room to be slightly cramped in a hostel. The mattress was a little thin, but the beds were comfortable. The communal bathrooms were always immaculate and the shower always had good pressure and very hot water (necessary in freezing Hobart). All the staff were very helpful and happy to point you in the right direction of places or call taxis for you and there was great kitchen facilities, some of the best I've seen in a hostel. The location was fairly good, only about a 15 minute walk to the wharf area or to Salamanca area, which were the only places I visited as I had little time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

It is at the west end of the shopping venue and 15 minutes walk to the waterfront. There are few tyypes of rooms (from 12 bed dorm to twins ensuit room). The common area is spacious: a lounge, games area, dining area and a well equipped kitchen. The staff are friendly and helpful.
The floor of the main area are mopped twice a day. The 12-bed dorm is small that you cannot place your luggage properly. The ventilation of the room is bad and even smelly. The heating unit operates in the common area only in the morning and at night.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lui w
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Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia
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117 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

The anti-social guests who stare at computer screens, only communicate with each-other and leave lots of raw meat lying around in the kitchen while they cook noodles in front of the sink. A cheap hostel, you can see why. The staff are really friendly and helpful though, even if the rooms do smell hideously and feel like part of a horror movie. They don't generally lock the rooms either , yet people did seem fine with this. Not very near to the centre, yet that doesn't matter as the centre is only small and easily walkable. A really unpleasant atmosphere until you make yourself comfortable in the living space. You just really do stand out being the only person who's not eating noodles, that's all, which could for some make it quite lonely as opposed to social.

Room Tip: The hostel is cheap so maybe splash out on a slightly smaller dorm- the big ones aren't pleasant...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

I spent 2 weeks here. Pricing is good and all but one female staff member (who never smiled and was generally apathetic and unhelpful) were very good.
Beds creaked very badly and are a constant source of noise and irritation to all.
Noise from lounge/dining are is just intrusive & non-stop well into wee small hours like 3 or 4am so if you need sleep go ANYWHERE but Transit....
The opposition backpackers don't have this problem so it need not exist at all - a simple house rule/enforcement will stop it. Easy if you try !
Downstairs showers unventilated and dangerously slippery floors with one accident occurring while I was there requiring hospitalisation.
Front door slams loudly throughout the night.
All easily fixable issues from any switched-on operator and at minimal cost.
Still, customer service and common sense are so rare these days aren't they.
Gave up after 2 weeks and went to an opposition backpacker. Ahhhh...sleep...

Room Tip: Upper floor only if you want sleep.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Scott M
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Property: Transit Backpackers
Address: 251 Liverpool St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Greater Hobart > Hobart
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #45 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Hobart
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There are dormitory rooms, with up to 20 beds, and double and twin rooms for travellers to stay in.There are two airport shuttles to pick you up and drop you off at the door, and the accommodation is in close proximity to the Salamanca area. Transit backpackers is conveniently located in the heart of Hobart.Established by two born and bred Tasmanians, Mark and Theresa, Transit Backpackers enjoys a unique homely backpacker atmosphere with a reputation built on friendly personal service.We have a well equipped kitchen and laundry for all your holiday needs and you can also join one of our weekly barbeques - check at the front desk for times.Relax and Chill out, before or after your Tassie Adventure! ... more   less 
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