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Apollo Bay Backpackers
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
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“Cheap....and nasty.”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

This place needs some tlc - desperately! We stayed in the 'private with shared bathroom' house, which is seperate to the main accommodation. There were 8 people in this 'shared house', with capacity up to 9...and there is one toilet and one shower. Need I say more? Possibly not, but I will: The house hasn't seen a renovator/decorator/handyman in many years, and it really is overdue! The taps are leaky; the shower offers no pressure or stability of water temperature; the 'sofas' are from the 70's; the place needs more than a 'lick' of paint; there is a junk storage room, which smells of mould and mildew (and travelling through this horrendous room was the only way to access our bedroom from within the house!); there is the need to travel through a locked door to access the house from 2 of the 4 bedrooms (not great for a 3am trip to the loo); the yard out the back is huge but left unchecked - it could be a lovely area for outdoor seating or playing sport, but it's overgrown and unattractive. In addition, we were called by the woman on duty to see when we would arrive - check in time finishes at 9pm as per Booking.com, but 8pm as per the sign on the front door...and 7pm as per the woman who checked us in! She wanted to check we were still coming when it got to 8pm and we hadn't shown. Her rude phone manner was matched only by her cold face to face reception, so I pointed out the check in time on the Booking.com confirmation I'd printed - to which she replied "well, yes....but I have a life too". Without even seeing our room, I had a bad feeling...which, as you can see, was unfortunately correct! Having beakfast included was good.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We booked a double room for 1 night while visiting GOR. Upon arrival the owner said that we will stay in a different house, that consisted of 3 bedrooms with 1 big living room. The house was very basic, but it had everything you need, bed, clean shower, kitchen, breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2013

This was a nice place to spend a break from Melbourne and I ended up booking 3 additional nights here. The room was clean, there was a good mix of people and although the location is a bit far from the beach, the water is a reasonably short walk away and you get a nice impression of the landscape around town.

The most quirky thing about this hostel was the fact that you sometimes have to call staff on a phone near the front desk but they generally pop out front ready to help fairly quickly.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Malaysia
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

We were recommended by a YHA hostel receptionist of this hostel since there fully booked of YHA. We could easily find this place since we have gps and rented a car. I love this place very much because it's cozy. No many people stayed there during the period so we 2 person were given a whole room of 4 bunk beds! The bed is comfortable and the place is clean including the bathroom and kitchen. This place is good for those who want to have a quiet night sleep.
Breakfast is provided free in the early morning from 7am. Lots of oats and bread you can have.
This hostel is a great place to stay for those who are stopping by apollo bay.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Marina di Carrara, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2012

My boyfriend and I, have just spent a lovely weekend at this nice hostel.
We rented a room in the cottage. It was nice, clean and perfect for a short vacation!
The place is really clean and that's very cool! This is probably one of the nicest hostel in Australia, only a few min from the beach and very cheap! Simply fantastic!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We were booked in for one night. Upon arriving we could not locate the manager. The building was dirty, messy and did not resemble the photos on the website. We left as the management was not around and found somewhere else to stay. Called management who insisted they were 'out e back' and stated we would be charged the full amount.

This place was filty, even for a backpackers. I'm glad we chose not to stay, reading the other reviews. Management on the phone were rude, unforgiving, would not listen. Would not recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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24 hotel reviews
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We stayed in September 2012 in a 5-shared bedroom: old mastresses, dirty room and broken window (which we had to cover with curtains and towels in order not to get frozen). Moreover, there was no wireless in the room, and the heating was minimum. In addition, we were shocked to see a couple of bugs in our room, most of them spiders.

To my surprise, I stayed alone in the room one morning, and I saw how the owner came in it to switch off the minimum heater we had in order to save money! -_-

About the bathroom, as my fellows state, there was no heater in it, being a quite cold place for having a shower if you visit during the winter months.

The hub or house area was the only thing normal in that hostel, with a nice kitchen, sofas, heating and table.

Room Tip: Don't choose room 3: window broken!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Apollo Bay Backpackers
Address: 47 Montrose Ave, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
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Ranked #27 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Apollo Bay
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Apollo Bay Backpackers 1.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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