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“Horrible Management”

Central Backpackers Hostel
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Central Backpackers Hostel
Darwin, Australia
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33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Horrible Management”
Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

At the start it was a great hostel. Met lots of people, rooms ok. If you want to party this is not the place, or LP in fact. My friends put some washing in and all their whites came back blue. After approaching and arguing with the PIG "manager" he said not his problem. In the end all they got back from him was a refund of their money and ruined clothes. After over charging myself for the same room as a friend who paid half the price I was not happy. Stay somewhere else, it is not central and the "manger" is a total ****

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Bury St Edmunds
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

While our room wasn't the nicest or the cleanest we have ever stayed in (only 1 cockroach which isn't bad in 5 nights) the place offers good value. It's cheap, close to town and breakfast is included, and tasty, which saves even more money. The common area is nice as we met plenty of people, would happily stay again. Look how much you are paying and limit your expectations to it.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

After reading such great reviews we were looking forward to arriving at Central. When we arrived we realised they didn't have beds for us or the 9 other people that we had shared a tuk tuk with who all had bookings. We returned the next day but wished we hadn't, rooms smelt, power kept goin on and off, no hot water and internet was terrible. The worst part was the rude staff who really weren't interested in assisting in any of our queries. One man (I assume the owner) talked us into booking a night bus to Luangnam Tha with him, promising we wouldn't find a cheaper price and that it was a VIP sleeper bus for the 12 hour bus ride. Needless to say it was a crappy local bus where some of us had to sleep on the floor, and we were over charged by about 50,000 kip and arrived in the middle of the night just dumping us in the middle of nowhere for us to find our own way into town Really disappointed and angry with the service and facilities and can't believe this hostel has such good reviews.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Golden, Colorado
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229 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2013

CENTRAL BACKPACKERS
120,000KIP dble bed w en suite bthrm, comfortable!
45-50,000KIP? for 4 or 12 bunk- bed room
laundry: 10,000KIP/K
someone at reception 24/7
shoes off at the door : )
Cable TV, great ventilation (and heating system when needed); plenty of hot water; rooms +bathroom clean--no mosquitoes (mid-late Oct); had a very comfy bed, with a GREAT sleep.
Breakfast incl--a real breakfast of eggs(fried or scrambled) or omelet w hot baguette, or banana pancake--butter, jam available upon request; small bananas, tea, instant coffee, and hot water available all day.
Internet accessible (SLOW, sometimes wait 5-10mins to access) in large reception area--where all gather to eat, plan the day's travels on internet, talk and play cards, drink beer.
Bicycles and motorbikes for rent
Available for,purchase-- cold bottled water, juice, beer.
Bookings avail: to local sights, as well as travel onward, minivans as well as VIP bus

Internet access and speed were somewhat better in the early am or late at night.
Although the many bottles of water available for the electric kettle, to boil for tea or coffee, are NOT SEALED, a few of us did drink the water, w*o any problems or backlash.

I had a 2nd-floor, double room; to one side was a hallway, on the other side was a 4-bed dorm--yet I didn't realize this till the next day--I had an excellent sleep, w*o any disturbance.

An ATM, a currency exchange, food vendors, and the night market were all a 7mins or less walk.
I would definitely return here, and absolutely recommend Central Backpackers,Hostel !

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Simple rooms (double bed). We stayed here two times in different rooms, of which the second one was better. In the first room the bath room did not drain well.
The hostel is quite thin-walled, but we can better blame our very noisy neighbours for that instead of the hostel owners.
A big shared area downstairs is a good place to meet other travellers. Tours can be booked at the hostel, as well as bus tickets to other towns.

The hostel is a short walk from the old centre.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Central Backpackers Hostel
Address: Noradeth Road, Ban Thuat Luang | near Night Market, Luang Prabang 0600, Laos (Formerly Lakhangthong 2 Villa)
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #76 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located, Lakhangthong 2 Villa is a 5-minute walk to Mekong River Front. It provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Dara Market is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. It takes 10 minutes to walk to Night Market. Luang Pranbang Airport is a 15-minute ride away. Simply furnished, each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV and en suite bathroom with shower facilities. ... more   less 
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