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“Best Hostel in Australia!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany

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1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany
Ranked #4 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Albany
Certificate of Excellence
Germany
1 review
“Best Hostel in Australia!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

Now stayed here for a few days and this is absoluteley the best hostel I've ever been in Australia! Such a lovely family, quiet Rooms with comfortable beds, free and fast Wifi, absolutely delicious Panecakes in the morning and world's best BBQ every Sunday! And a nice modern kitchen with a dish washer!

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
Helpful?
Thank Robert R
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1849Backpackers, Owner at 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany, responded to this review, December 4, 2013
That's great to hear Robert, and thank you for taking the time out to review your time with us at 1849. Very happy to know you had an awesome time here, it looks like what we're trying to do here is working and it is very gratifying you took that time to let us and other people know. We wish you a safe trip, and of course a great Christmas as well! Danny and Paula
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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128 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

Our room was lovely and we stayed warm despite temperatures dropping to below 10C at night. Each bed had clean, cheerful sheets, there was plenty of floor space and the cupboard was suitably sized for 4 adults.

Bathrooms/toilets were clean and roomy (always a plus point in my book), there's a comfortable lounge/dining area and a lovely outdoor garden (love the garden!). However, there is also some kind of dance floor/bar downstairs which had music the whole night long (Scottish bagpipes one night, house music another). Add that to the noise of people clomping up and down the corridor at all hours (it was very difficult to be quiet on the timber flooring, despite the carpets), and there was no sleep to be had the entire time we stayed there. The kitchen was clean but there was only one sink, and one stove (6 hobs) for the whole hostel.

Reception staff were very friendly and helpful, and there were lots of brochures to help you decide on what to do in Albany during your stay. The pancake breakfast (included in the room price) was very nice, with hot, piping pancakes served with a dusting of sugar and a lemon butter drizzle.

I would not stay here again, but it would be suitable for night owls, because the location is great (right in town). I got the impression that most of the hostelers were on the work visa programme.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank SPA01
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1849Backpackers, Owner at 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Hello! We appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and are happy that most of your stay was enjoyable. We are disappointed and frustrated that you had a disturbed sleep however, and that this ruined your stay with us.
It sounds like you stayed with us on a Friday and Saturday night, when the small wine bar downstairs does have the habit of turning their music up. This annoys us as well but unfortunately we cannot do anything about it when it happens, as it is a separate business.
We could have solved your problem however if you had mentioned this to us at the time, because only a limited number of rooms are affected and we would have been happy to move you to a quiet room. Saturday is the worst, and the music finishes at midnight, but we could have moved you to the quiet west wing.
There are a few people working, as in many hostels, as we find work for people if they ask, however the vast majority of our guests are international travelers like yourselves passing through and staying for a few nights only.
As you can see from the other comments yours is an isolated problem; we are sorry we didn't have the chance to correct the problem you experienced at the time. Safe travels and thank you for staying with us, Danny and Paula
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Lovely people and nice environment. It's not a big backpackers so that's not too noise. You would feel home when you go in.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank wsn8868
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1849Backpackers, Owner at 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Great to hear from you, thank you for writing this review for us. It really helps us gauge how we and the place is going, and helps travellers choose the best place for them to stay. Safe travels! Danny and Paula
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Scarborough, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

1849 was our first stop on a trip through southwestern Australia and I'd have to say it's one of the best hostels I've stayed in. I've done my fair share of traveling in both the United States and Europe and this is the only Hostel that I've stayed in that actually made you feel like you were at home. I stayed there for two nights with my girlfriend and we both loved it.

When you come in, the front area has a nice arrangement of plants in the garden, and the place immediately gives off a cool vibe. Our first greeting was from one of the sweeter staff members Sammy. She's the pretty dog who gives a friendly welcome to everyone checking in. The rest of the staff was just as friendly and helpful and Danny will make free pancakes for you in the morning. It was a great way to start the morning off.

Situated in a great part of town near some neat shops and good restaurants all within walking distance.

Best part is by far the staff. Really made you feel welcome at the place. Definitely a must if traveling through Albany. Will stay there again if ever visiting again.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Steven S
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1849Backpackers, Owner at 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Thank you!! We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for us. We are very happy you enjoyed 1849 and your stay with us :) Danny and Paula
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

This was the first hostel me and my boyfriend have stayed in since we arrived in Australia...it's going to be hard to beat our stay at the 1849 backpackers.
The staff are really friendly and helpful. We were both looking for casual work and Elliot found work through the hostel notice board and a member of staff found me hospitality work where I went away for the weekend.
You are welcomed into the 'family' as soon as you arrive.
The hostel is clean and well located.
One thing I have to mention is the FREE pancakes we got every morning, amazing. Elliot wanted to do the 'Pancake Challenge' but unfortunately we didn't have time.
So thank you to Dan, Paula and the team for making our stay memorable.
It was amazing.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Lauren A
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1849Backpackers, Owner at 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Thank you Lauren, I hope you have good experiences all around Australia! We are very happy you enjoyed your stay, and took the time to write a review for us as well. It makes a big difference to us, and helps others choose where the best place for them will be while visiting Albany. I know there are choices, and we we REALLY appreciate you choosing us :o)
Very glad the work went well too. There seems to be a lot around here right now, and not hard to find! Safe travels to you both, Danny and Paula
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Perth, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

I came down to Albany to chill out from work for a weekend, and that's what I did. A very relaxed atmosphere all round in 1849, with a comfy duna den outside, table tennis downstairs and free WIFI it has all you need for a relaxing time. The dorms are clean and the beds comfy, a good night sleep was had every night. A sociable tv room to watch movies and FOX TEL which was great to watch premier league games :D highly recommend hostel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Brownie_1882
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1849Backpackers, Owner at 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
We appreciate you writing a review for us, thank you! Very glad too you enjoyed the break away, and hope you'll have a chance to come down again. We show Champions League games as well, and the FA Cup, along with soccer and other sport from around the world. I'm glad the facilities were what you were looking for :o) Safe travels, Danny and Paula
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Antwerp, Belgium
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81 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

clean rooms, friendly people, mattress was not the best. I suppose it was an old one. The website promises more then there actually is. Still good people and nice to have some civilization around you.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Tom P
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1849Backpackers, Owner at 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Hello 'Mr Garfield, thank you for writing this review for us! We are glad you found your stay enjoyable and civilised, however we are disappointed in ourselves that you didn't get the nights sleep you hoped and paid for. We apologise for that.
We are in the process of replacing mattresses, which of course is an ongoing thing. We try to find a middle ground, because some people love hard mattresses and hate the soft, and vice versa. However due to your message here we did a stock take and found a couple of mattresses that needed upgrading and we did this immediately.
To be sure, please email us or leave a message, and let us know which room you were in please so we can make sure. If you come to Albany again, let us know who you are and we will upgrade you, and check the mattress first :o)

If this happens in the future somewhere else, we recommend you let the owners/manager know immediately so the problem can be fixed. I know many people don't like to do this, thinking they are making a fuss, but we aren't able to monitor everything everyday, especially when it is busy. We want AND need the feedback good and bad, so we know exactly where we need to improve. Safe travels, Danny and Paula
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Property: 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany
Address: 45 Peels Pl | (Gps Address: 49 Peels Place), Albany, Western Australia 6330, Australia
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Location: Australia > Western Australia > Albany
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Albany
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — 1849 Backpackers Hotel, Albany 2*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1849 Is WA's 5-Star Backpackers, the only Albany hostel featured in the latest Lonely Planet and winner of TripAdvisor's award for Excellence the last FOUR years. We'll provide the comfort and security in a beautifully looked after hotel, to ensure your stay with us is memorable. Unique features include FREE, fast, unlimited WiFi, FREE delicious unlimited pancakes made for you each morning, a grass four a side soccer pitch and volleyball court, games room, free bikes AND a theatre with stage, stage lighting, piano, guitars and percussion instruments for you to jam and practice with. Large screen TV in the lounge with FOXTEL and SETANTA, ensuring all matches in the European league season are available free to guests. 1849 Backpackers is also the perfect, comfortable start and finish point for the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail. Plenty of lock up bike space inside, a free cold drink to everyone coming off either of these tracks. ... more   less 
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