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Backpackers by the Bay
Reviewed January 1, 2014

I don't usually write reviews but this hostel deserves one, just because the staff is cool and everything is clean ! Old-school touch, but clean. I only saw the manager for a few minutes but you can tell he cares, and I got great advice from the French girl who booked my boat trip at reception - don't remember her name, but pretty nice !

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Everything was great except aircon was broken in room
Left open the slide door to get air that had no screens, turned out to be a horror night four people in a room no cooling getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.. Peter was fantastic and knowledgable but the room really let the whole experience down; you need a decent nights sleep and aircon is essential

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Loved this hostel : clean and tidy, not too far from the main street, beautiful view.
4 beds in the rooms, it's quiet and homy and I've met cool people at the bar. I could definitely have stayed longer there.
But the best part is the staff, always smiling ! The manager and the housekeepers are very friendly. The receptionnist Laura has been great, booking my cruise on the Whitsundays. She did everything she could to organise the rest of my trip and probably did extra hours to help me sort this mess out !
Only bad part : the prices went up for the high season...

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

Free pick up from Greyhound. If they could drop off for the overnight bus to Cairns that would be awesome. I had to catch it and wait almost 2 hours. It is within walking distance but after my trip I was exhausted! Peter is a very kind man. The room is ok. However, the walls are very thin and I got woke up a lot by people in the men's toilets/showers. Would have been better in a room further away, Peter did warn me about this though. The nightly trivia quiz is a really good way to bring people together. Very nice touch. The only thing I can fault is the Internet expense. If you can provide an hour, why not just provide free wifi? Also, $6 to store bags when you go on your whitsundays trip is a little steep. Although if you're not staying when you get back from your trip (like me) you can still use the showers (you'll need it). Just a short walk from town and everything you need. Generally a nice place to stay if you're not interested in the madness of nomads or places like it!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Absolutely loved this hostel!
Staff is super nice and helpful and already the courtesy shuttle to/ from the Greyhound station several times a day made me choose this hostel. In addition they offer a shuttle to the jetty where all the different sailing trips leave.

They have a lovely garden with hammocks and stretchers that invite you to simply relax before and after the Whitsunday sailing trips most people do here.
Kitchen is fully equipped and nice and clean.

Location is a bit outside the town (about 10min walk) which makes it a nice and calm place to stay. AC is turned on automatically from 6:30pm until ca. 8:30am and doesn't cost anything.

Was a bit disappointed that paying guests had to pay 6$ per person to store the luggage for a night as it is clear that one cannot bring the luggage to the sailing trips. Think for guests it should be included.
Another improvement idea would be to install reading lamps in the dorms as now you either have to have the ceiling light on or off.

Either way, great hostel and strongly recommendable!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

I don't usually write review, but I'm doing an exception this time. The hostel is clean and tidy. It is not a big party hostel but more of a place to chill and relax. It's located 10 minutes away from the city center, just in front of the Greyhound bus (No bridge to cross the big gap to the other side though ;) )
The owner and the staff were very friendly and got out of their way to make you feel at home. The night trivia quiz at the bar where you can win a bottle of champaign is a great way to meet people. Prices are also very reasonable: 2,50$ for breakfast (fruits, toasts, spread and cereals) and 3.50$ for a standard can of bear at the bar.
I would have loved to stay longer and if I ever go back to Airlie Beach, I know where I am staying!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We spent a week or so using this backpackers and found the staff and facilities to be very good. Evenings were sociable without being too noisy and the quiz each evening was good fun to take part in. The bar serves good beer and sausage burgers each night and the location is just far enough out of town to avoid that busy atmosphere. Ten minutes easy walk into town and a coach stop near the front door, make this an ideal place to rest up.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #19 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range: $20 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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