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Beaches Backpackers
Reviewed February 12, 2012

I have stayed at hostels and hotels around the world and have to say this is by far the worst I have ever seen. It is dirty and really hot and the staff are extremely rude.
Check-in was slow and we were asked to come back later as our room was not yet prepared. Also after check out they flat out refused to give our key deposit money back even though we returnded the key as they had no record of us staying there. I kept saying look we paid and we stayed and I am handing you the key and they still refused to give us our key deposit money back.
Just dont stay here there are plenty of better backpackers in town that have nicer rooms and nicer staff

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Backpacking as a couple we stayed at Beaches Backpackers for one night in early Feb 2012. We paid $22 p/n each for an eight bed a/c dorm bed. The dorm had a small balcony and en suite bathroom and the price included free breakfast. We would not recommend staying here, it was one of the worst places we've stayed in Australia and there has to be better in Airlie (we've heard good things about Nomads).

We arrived and were given 2 sets of keys to our dorm, neither of which worked properly (they must have been copies of copies) which meant we spent the first 15mins of our stay just trying to get into the room with the people inside wondering what the hell was going on. Out wasn't a big deal but it wasn't a great start - we mentioned it to the lady on the desk and she didn't seem bothered.

The room itself was clean and spacious, with reading lights on the wall between each bunk bed meaning that if one person wanted to read, the while room didn't need to be lit up. However, the a/c wasn't strong enough to cool the whole room which meant everybody was roasting, and the bar downstairs played live music until gone midnight which meant no sleep - all everyone in the dorm wanted was a good night's sleep before going off on their respective boat trips in the morning! As for the bathroom, the en suite door didn't close properly and the tap in there dripped all night.

The kitchen was the worst we've seen anywhere in Australia. It was filthy. There were dirty dishes lying around, the work surfaces were uncleaned, the sink was full of dishes, food and dirty water and was presumably blocked. Trying to cook in there was pretty grim. Whilst we know that the staff don't make the place dirty, they have to come up with a system that ensures that the guests who want to cook food in a clean and hygienic environment actually can.

As the free breakfast was based out of the kitchen it was a predictably chaotic affair with cereal everywhere and only one working toaster to provide toast for all of the guests - ridiculous.

Have a look elsewhere in Airlie as this place isn't worth the money that you pay.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

Stayed at Magnums for my first few nights, but after my Whitsundays trip made some friends who had stayed at beaches so decided to stay there on my return. The room was of average quality, but the size of the room was pretty good. The best thing about this hostel is its location and bar. its located on the main strip and is good walking distance to most things. The bar at night is one of the best places to be and was packed everynight we went there, and the price was ok for drinks. Would stay again if i returned.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

This is a review for the bar at Beaches and not the hostel as I stayed elsewhere.

The bar looks onto the main street in Airlie. It's big and loud with plenty of seating in a few different areas. They offer drinks promotions and a long list of menu items to suit all tastes.

Sadly what I ordered didn't suit my taste. I opted for the steak burger with chips for AUD$12.90 and was very disappointed with the quality.

The food took ages to arrive, at least 30 minutes from ordering. When it did arrive my fries were overcooked and a bit cold. I should have really complained at the tijme, but I didn't fancy waiting another 30 minutes to get replacement food.

The burger wasn't great either. The bap had been a frozen one which I guess had been defrosted in the microwave. The meat was ok, but cold, and the other slad and dressing were not the most delicious I had encountered to date.

Overall the food here wasn't worth the money or the wait.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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Stayed: March 2017, traveled with friends
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  • Stayed: November 2016, traveled solo
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Address: 356 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range: $88 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Beaches Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A perfect location, affordable accommodation, friendly staff and an in-house bar with nightly entertainment makes Beaches the best place to stay in Airlie. Free wi-fi is available ... more   less 
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Beaches Airlie Beach Hotel Airlie Beach
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