I recently stayed at Base in Airlie (5 nights, October 2013). I have never stayed in 'Backpacker' style accommodation before, but was convinced by a friend who told me Base is a great low cost option, especially when you're just looking for somewhere to crash after a long day.
Our check in experience was great - very efficient and all of the staff very helpful. Got lots of great recommendations for activities and made last minute bookings quickly at the desk. All of the activities in our 6 day trip were either organised or recommended by Base staff.
We stayed in a twin-share private room with ensuite which was very basic but comfortable. The ensuite had a bit of wear and tear but was clean and a good size for two people. Kitchenette is very basic, but I don't think you would ever use it for anything other than the odd cup of the coffee or the large fridge - you can walk about 20 m to a $10 steak and pint at Down Under Bar. Each room had a balcony overlooking the resort - very leafy and private, although not totally private as we did manage to spot a naked dude hanging out on his balcony. Added bonus!
The resort itself was very quiet - noise was my primary objection to staying in backpacker accommodation but everything is quite well spaced so you don't hear much. The Resort is also in a fabulous location right on the main street and within walking distance of anything you would need.
Overall, I had a great time at Base and would definitely stay again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Base Backpackers Airlie Beach has gained a reputation for their stylish rooms, friendly local crew and a fun social atmosphere all in one great central location in Airlie Beach. The hostel accommodation is set amongst 6 acres of tropical gardens with an outdoor swimming pool right in the heart of Airlie Beach. Only 50m to the lagoon, the cafes, bars and shops are on the doorstep and the Abel Point Marina is just a stroll away. We have beds for all budgets - meet other travellers in our clean, comfortable multi-share rooms, all with ensuite and air-conditioning, or treat yourself to a private room with your own corner bath, fridge, air-conditioning, kitchenette & complimentary tea and coffee in the room. We also have loads of camping sites & campervan parks. Base Backpackers Airlie Beach is set up to be your ideal gateway to the Whitsunday Islands National Park with 74 islands and Whitehaven Beach rated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world only a short boat trip away. Off street car park and car/campervan parking while you sail, air-conditioning in ALL the rooms, fully equipped communal kitchen, internet lounge & wireless internet in every room (Global Gossip), fully air-conditioned TV lounge, secure overnight/day luggage storage, BBQ facilities, 24 hour coin operated laundry, fully licensed travel desk to help organise your time in Airlie Beach, EVERYTHING you need in one location! Our onsite Bar serves up the best the best food, and incredible drinks at backpacker prices! Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the best prices intown. Nightly entertainment 7 days a week!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Base Backpackers Airlie Beach Whitsunday Islands