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Dolphins Beach House
Ranked #110 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Noosa
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“Bedbugs, not clean and old”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

I stayed in a double room in march and had not problem at all, so I decided to come back, this time staying in a dorm. What a mistake! Got bitten alive by bedbugs day 1; there was 1 toilet and shower for 8 people; couch was seriously damaged. On the flip side the location is good if you want to stay around sunshine beach. I'd recommend YHA noosa though.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

We paid 90AUD for a private double ensuite. It was really a separate apartment where you shared the livingroom and kitchen and yes, had your own double bed and bathroom. The problem is, 90AUD is too pricy for the terrible condition of the apartment. I mean really terrible, yucky, almost sorid condition.

To be fair, we showed up late at night (around 10pm) and they were able to accomodate our late check in and the location is pretty awesome. Although the location is NOT in Noosa proper, but Sunshine Beach. Don't expect to be able to walk into Noosa proper but there are still awesome places to walk to in Sushine beach.

I cannot speak for the condition of the regular hostel accomodation, as we ended up staying in those apartments (don't stay there!). Also, the check out time is a firm 9:30am. This was non negotiable (even though we showed up late the night before); understandable but would have been nice.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Burlington, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

if youre looking for a place to basically sleep and shower, then, this is it!!...when i made my reservation all they asked for was my flight and my phone number, which i thought was great coz that means im not really committed to stay there if i didnt like it...

the location is a minute or two walk from sunshine beach (there are shops along the way where you can get coffee and croissant on your way to the beach early in the morning!)...take the (free) shuttle to Noosa Heads (if you prefer that beach) or just to town to catch the bus or get some groceries...

internet is free (if you have your own laptop) but you have to pay if you use their computer...

my stay there was comfortable and i have no complaints really...although i might have been lucky because the people that were staying at the apartment where i was (on the second floor) were really good, respectable people!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Athens
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

We stayed there for 3 nights and enjoyed it very very much. Nice location, nice construction, airy garden and generally the crowds are not so obvious when staying there. The shuttle to the town is super convenient and frequent enough for all the necessities. We stayed in a private double room which was small but it had TV and DVD, the bathroom was very nice even if common and we felt really comfy. Would go back if I would be near by.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2012

My partner and I booked 3 nights to stay at Dolphins in a private room with shared facilities. We decided to stay here over other hostels as the website stated that: "All rooms are apartment-style. Each group of four guests has their own kitchen, TV and DVD player. There is no additional charge for cutlery and crockery" and "Free 24-hour Internet access for laptops."

When we were shown to our room we were shocked. It was too tiny to even open our luggage. The kitchen was shared between us, 2 other privates, a dorm and the staff! We were really disappointed so spoke to the staff about this. They stated that the above description was actually about the apartments on site. Suggestion: Move this on the website then! It is under the description of "Great guest facilties" and not in the apartment area of the site. Also, free internet.. no, it's $4 an hour. Another misleading bit of information!

The kitchen was the most disgusting we have seen. And it was left this way by the staff! They ate before going out and left all their dishes in the sink. The fridge was also filthy and nothing is labelled so old food and drink are rotting away in there.

The private outside areas shown on the website are actually for the staff only. We had a plastic table with 3 plastic chairs between 3 doubles and a dorm. When the staff were drinking before their night out they even had the cheek to take our chairs to add to theirs so we had to stand around our table - they saw this but didn't offer the seats back or return them when they left.

We also only had one shower and toilet (in the same room) shared between all the rooms so expect queues!

The 'swimming pool' also has to be a joke as it is about the size of a hot tub. You certainly won't be doing any swimming in there!

After the first night we were desperate to leave and moved to another much better hostel in the area (see my other reviews). The owner returned our money with no dramas which we appreciated.

My advice - unless you're staying in one of the apartments, which by all accounts are nice, then save your money and go else where!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

I recently stayed in the apartments in a shared bathroom, double room! the room was great with lots of room and aircon at our control. the location was perfect as was only a minute away from the beach and the shops, was a 15 minute walk to the junction where the supermarket was but they provided a shuttle bus every hour and the drivers were very helpful! The staff were great, they told us what has to be seen upon arrival and helped with alot, especially considering one member, a german called Felex's english wasnt very good, but he was over on a year trip to help improve it! Deffo coming back

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jersey
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

We stayed here in a double room for 4 nights. The shared bathroom facilities were not cleaned once during our stay. I had to ask reception for toilet roll on 2 occasions and I asked the receptionist if the bathroom could be cleaned as there was a build up of hair around the shower drain and it was starting to smell. This request was ignored. The eating area for the double rooms was limited to 3 chairs with no roof cover but nearby were 4 lovely table and chairs under cover that specified this was for staff use only. We needed to ask for clean dish cloths for the dishes and the oven top did not get cleaned during our stay which attracted alot of flies. They promote free wifi but this is not the case and has annoyed many other travellers that decided to stay for the free wifi. They also advertise on the notice board a safety deposit box but when someone asked about it, they do not have one. It is a shame as the establishment has potential and the owner seems lovely. I hope it is just a poor team of staff at the moment that are more interested in partying rather than maintaining a hostel but from my experience, I could not recommend it I am afraid to say.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dolphins Beach House
Address: 14 Duke Street | Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Noosa
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #110 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Noosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphins Beach House 2*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chill out and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Dolphins Beach House at beautiful Sunshine Beach, Noosa.This secluded, hippy-style haven is the closest hostel to the beach in Noosa, situated next to Noosa National Park with a boutique shopping village just one minute away.The ambience of this family-run hostel is quirky and unique - definitely not part of a franchise backpackers business. The owners are experienced travelers themselves, and Dolphins Beach House reflects their love of travel, with many exotic artifacts from India to Burma and Thailand. Once you slip past the gardens, the trees, the funky pink walls and the Guatemalan architecture, you'll realize that you have found a restful retreat.It's no wonder that Dolphins Beach House is Lonely Planet's best pick for Noosa for 2010 / 2011. Relax, unwind, enjoy.Our friendly staff are always happy to recommend where to go and what to see next. Office hours are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm ... more   less 
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