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Backpackers by the Bay
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Cool, chilled out place with really friendly staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

Disagree with John D that the hostel is a long way from town - it's 5 minutes tops to the main drag, and being a little bit out of the way suited us as it was quieter and more conducive to a good night's sleep. Nicko the guy who runs the place was a really good bloke and gave us loads of advice on the local area, and also gave us a lift to the bus stop which was really appreciated. The accommodation is fairly standard, we stayed for one night in a 4-bed dorm but we were the only two people in the room. Beds were comfy enough and the air con ensured it stayed comfortable. Shower and bathroom area was fine, plenty of space and was cleaned each morning. Participated (and won!) when competing in the quiz, which was a really nice touch and ensured we met with some other travellers. Tom the barman was also a top man. On the whole really enjoyed staying here and wished it could have been for a bit longer.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

We booked this hostel after looking at the pics online and reading a few reviews... the photos are not as it looks as it is very dated and grubby. I would not stay here again, it is over priced and is not ina good state. It could defintely do with refurbishbent or even if they just took down all the stupid silly dated posters ion the common area. There isnt even free tea or coffee as there is no milk. The pool is not clean and the sun loungers are filthy dirty! We stayed in a double room which was ok but again painted in all the most silly colours you can imagine and they dont change teh duvet covers, just the sheets which is gross! there is wifi but it is turned off from 7pm - 8am the next mornign which is ridiculous! The hostel does not look over the bay and it is a good walk itno town. The only thign good about it is that it is quiet. but Dobnt stay here you will find much better in town or else where!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

A very colourful but basic hostel, but with lots of friendly advice and leaflets (thanks Nicko), a pool, free wifi which is only from 7am to 7pm (this is because the owner got clobbered because people downloaded massive files overnight...) and a quiet location. It is a 10 minute walk to town and then you are on the main strip of Airlie Beach. There are free shuttles at certain times of the day to bus station, marina etc. Our room had air-con, fan, clean sheets and towels and shelves to put things; there was a main common room with kitchen that also served as entrance with the reception at the back. In the evenings, there is a quiz and sometimes a small cinema screen is set up to watch films. Altogether, we stayed 3 nights here, it was very good and we had a fun time (can't believe our team name didn't win at the quiz though ;-)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

I had an awesome time staying here for five nights in December over Christmas. Was going to be rainbow beach but so glad we stayed here instead. The hostel was nice with a relaxed vine, decent size kitchen, loads of fridge space and a big seating area. The staff were all friendly and very helpful. The rooms are good and well maintained, good mix of people staying there as well. It's set just out of airlie beach which is a literally five minute stroll but everything here is within easy reach including several whitsunday islands cruises you can do which are amazing. On the whole if i were in airlie beach again I would definitely definitely stay here again and if you're not looking for a full on party hostel this is the place for you.

  • Stayed December 2011
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

The hostel had a very nice atmosphere, We stayed here for 3 nights. I really liked the fact they had a bbq we could use. Staff is very helpfull and always available. i really enjoyed the trivia night and then the very bad-but funny- magic tricks of the staff.

The rooms were veeery tiny though, it was hard to fit 4 people into the dorm. especiallt with suitcases. Aircon only work at night...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Lisbon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2011

I stayed in several hostels in australia's east coast and this was by far the one with the greatest atmosphere!
The games at night, the staff and the nets on the trees... oh thank you so much Nick, Tom and Susan!
thank god i happen to meet Nick at the airport and so I went to his hostel. I'm pretty sure my experience at Airlie wouldn't be the same in other hostel.
I was travelling by myself but i didn't feel for a single moment that I was alone. I think that's what is more important when you travel: the people you meet!
thank you all once again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2011

Ok, first of all, it is not that close to the mainstreet. You have to walk around 15 minutes to get to the mainstreet. But then, Airlie Beach is not that interesting, except for the Whitsunday Tours. The staff is really nice (Scotty, you're great and never change that accent!). Maybe everything is a bit outdated, but it is clean. The bunks are weird to climb on, but if you have the downbed, you'll be fine. I think the rooms are too small for 4 girls though. Where do you put all the huge suitcases? They don't show a movie every night and the screen is not really good, but the rest was just fine. The value is between average and good. Sorry tripadvisor, but there is a huge difference between average and very good. Can you put the word Good in between?

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Backpackers by the Bay
Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 54 Specialty Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and offers a very social, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation is available in four share rooms, one 8 share and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. Airconditioning is included during the warmer months (mid Sept to mid May) The hostel has a saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks, sun-lounges and palm trees as well as a huge sunbaking deck. A fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and utensils is provided, as is a laundry. The games room has internet access and pool table. Each night, during 'happy hour' the staff hold social activities to help guests meet each other - these include: *Team trivia competitions with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne. * Wii Sports competitions including Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing * Killer Pool comps After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach (Sunday and Tuesday nights) With the best local knowledge of all the tours in the Whitsundays we can help you choose the best trip for your needs. By the Bay is not affiliated with any tour opperators so we don't force any boat on you. We give you all the info and let YOU pick. We also offer a free nights accommodation and free luggage storage with every overnight sailing tour booked with us The friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you! *FREE Courtesy bus service meeting all coaches(between 7am-7:30pm). *FREE Tea and Coffee *FREE Wii Sports game *FREE quiz for a bottle of champagne every night! *FREE hammocks, sunlounges and BBQ use *FREE accommodation and storage (with every overnight trip booked) *FREE linen supplied to all beds *FREE unbiased tour advice- often at standby or discounted prices *FREE Fully equipped kitchen - all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans provided at no charge!!! *FREE Off street parking *FREE WiFi available, two hours on arrival ($4 per 24 hour login logout) *Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron *Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days organized *All rooms serviced daily *Lending library *Safe and secure 24 hour access ... more   less 
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