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“Good stay but Wouldn't stay again!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge

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Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge
London
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21 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Good stay but Wouldn't stay again!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Me and my friend both female aged 21 & 23 stayed in a 8 dorm in cool bananas

The hostel was clean and the staff where friendly!
Me and my friend where the only English people staying in the hostel and 90% where German so wasn't the best social place!

The owner did go of of his way for christmas which was a lovely thing to wake up to!
Surf lessons for $17 for 3 hours (best price on the eastcoast)

Wouldn't stay here again only because the social side was a let down for us.

  • Stayed December 2012
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Unfortunately the male staff her do not seem to understand that they work in the hospitality industry and that guests pay to stay there.

They were unhelpful when trying to book surfing and scooteroo tour. We made the mistake of entering the kitchen when the door was closed(This meant it was closed for cleaning, but nobody told us that!) After being asked to leave, I asked when it would be open again and the response, in a rude dismissive manner was, "When the door is open.",

It also felt like like anybody could walk in to the dorms(which were never locked) and take things without being challenged. Its the first time I felt that security was an issue in any of the east coast hostels I have been in.

Otherwise the hostel was clean, and in a good location, just 5 mins to the beach.

If I return to Agnes Waters I will stay in another hostel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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122 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

We sadly only stayed here for a night but would have loved to stay longer. The staff were so lovely and showed us personally to the rooms. The kitchen was cleaned regually which showed and was really nice. Free internet and cool tv room to chill. Also very close to beach and super market etc, loved it!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

I stayed two nights in this hostel with a group of friens. It was the cleanest and most beautiful we have stayed at on the East Coast. The garden is very well maintained, the place is spotless and there is a lovely chilled out atmosphere. In the evening you can watch a film or sit around the bon fire. It's very much like staying in someone's home.There was no air conin the rooms but you can sleep in one of the massive hammocks outside when it's too hot.

The Owner was a little off kilter. Barging into rooms without knocking and shouting at guests frequently. I don't think he gets much sleep. If you keep on the right side of him you will have a blast here.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Curly B
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

What an amazing, clean an friendly place. So convenient for all the local shops and tours.
One thing I would say is that the management are brilliant and run a tight ship in which they close a lot of areas to clean every day at multiple times ( but this is for everyones benefit).
Greg is a right character! What a legend! I have read other reviews slagging him off but to be fair you only see the switch personality side of him if you either:
1. Are messy and don't clean up after yourself
2. Don't have respect for his personal space while he's cleaning
And
3. Don't act like a stuck up spoilt brat who expects everything to be done for them when it's not a hotel it's a HOSTEL!

Definately going back there again!

Thanks Greg and all the team at cool Bannanas!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Backpackerdan
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

I stayed for 1,5 weeks and had an awesome time. It's a small hostel (10 rooms, each 8 beds) and a good location. They will offer dinner nearly every night for just 6$ and delicious crepes. Go there n enjoy ur stay in Agnes ;)

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Neelia92
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

Cool bananas is possibly the best independently owned hostel we have stayed in down the east coast. It was extremely clean and tidy and the rooms were very spacious. The shower block and kitchen was very good also. There was free Internet and it was a very short walk into town. There is a very laid back feel to the hostel which was brilliant as we just wanted to relax before and after 2 long journeys. The staff were great just try and stay out the owners way as he is a bit crazy at times and can flip at any minute. It is usually to do with someone being unclean or untidy. All in all this hostel was great!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge

Property: Cool Bananas Backpackers Lodge
Address: 2 Springs Rd | 1770, north of Bundaberg, Agnes Water, Queensland 4677, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Agnes Water
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Agnes Water
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 76
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