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Backpackers by the Bay
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Me and my friend originally planned to stay just a few nights in Backpackers by the Bay, in the end, we stayed 2 weeks. This is the best hostel on earth, such a nice and friendly atmosphere. The staff was the best and made our stay unforgettable. Every day and night will feel like the best of you life. The location of the hostel is as good, because it's not in the (busy) main street. The main street is amazing as well, a lot of stuff to do, during day and night. And Ailrlie Beach is of course amazing, the lagoon, the views, Whitsundays. Def going back here one day!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Anne B
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

This hostel was like my family in my holiday, lovely, friendly and helpful people there, good staff ;)
When i was there i saw a lot of family and backpackers, and you can have a good breakfast with 3,00 AUS

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I stayed here with my boyfriend in December in a private double room. Was clean and comfortable. AC came on early evenings through until morning (essential if you're travelling in summer). Bathrooms were spotlessly clean and good showers. Staff all friendly and had the perfect balance of somewhere to drink and meet people or relax. Location is 5 minute walk from the Main Street so no noise at night, also lovely sea views. If you want more of a backpacker party atmosphere head to somewhere like Magnums (I thinks that's the name) on the main strip but for us this was perfect. Thank you!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank summersunshine2008
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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 !

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank Michael L
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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

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Thank Takeaguess123
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