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“Sociable hostel with great location!”
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Nomads Byron Bay
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Sociable hostel with great location!”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Really good hostel with lots of social areas especially the huge courtyard where everyone drinks before a night out. Djs and fire dancer too!
Kitchen was quite small for the amount of people but big bathrooms and comfy bed.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately the whole place was quite dirty when we stayed, corridors smelt of puke and sweat, dorm was very messy (granted that is highly driven by occupants), bathrooms and kitchen were dirty (the latter seemed to be suffering from perpetual puddles in multiple areas).
The bedroom had small lockers for valuables but half of these were broken.
The crowd is young and the hostel massive but having stayed in similar places i know it's not impossible to maintain basic cleanliness.
Probably worth getting more woolfers to have on constant cleaning rotations through the place.
On a positive note location is great, beds are comfortable and staff is friendly.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Karine B, General Manager at Nomads Byron Bay, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear SGFstravels,

Thank you for the review of your recent stay with us. I was obviously disappointed to read your review especially considering that we do put a lot of effort and time into cleaning the hostel and maintaining a pleasant environment. We do have staff working around the clock to maintain the cleanliness of the hostel.

SFGstravels, I am pleased that you appreciated the location and found the staff friendly, I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in Australia.

Kind regards,
Sam B
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is all round the ideal hostel- good, clean, spacious rooms with balconies. Amazing location! 2 min walk to major bars & beach. Great socialising areas with people partying every night! Also plenty of bathrooms so there's never a wait for the toilet/shower.
Spot on! Oh and thanks for the free room upgrade

  • Stayed February 2014
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Karine B, General Manager at Nomads Byron Bay, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear Brittpag1,

Thank you for choosing to stay at Nomads Byron Bay and thank you for your great review!

I am stoked that you enjoyed your stay and no worries at all about the upgrade! Hopefully we will see you back again soon!

Kind regards,
Sam B
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

Nomads was a nice little hostel with nice facility's like a cold tub ping pong and reasonable kitchen and uni sex showers I loved the sign always made me laugh beds were pretty comfy price was reasonable and they have reps from clubs walking around in the evening making it a little cheaper to go out in the evening

Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Alice Springs, Australia
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

Me and my partner have just traveled up the east coast of Australia and we chose to stay with Nomads the whole way from Sydney to Cairns.

This hostel was by far the best :). We were in a private room which was very spacious and clean, we had a king bed, TV, fridge, outdoor area and good air-con.

There was live entertainment and it was overall a great atmosphere to have a few drinks and meet some other travelers. Its located right in the middle of town...2 minute walk from the beach and bars.

The staff were awesome with their local knowledge and like every Nomads they had a good travel desk selling cheap tours as well.

I highly recommend to stay here!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 10, 2014

I had to book a night in here as my friends and I decided to extend our stay in Byron Bay and Nomads was the only place that had beds left on the Saturday night. They are pretty pricey compared to some of the hostels, but as a last resort I put up with the price.
Arriving at the hostel, I was impressed with the modern-looking lobby and heading up to the room, the corridors were similarly decorated. Looks, however, are not everything. There were some vomit stains on the floor, and though they had been cleaned, they still looked unattractive.
The bathrooms here were a little odd, they had one for both genders and one exclusively for females (us men like our privacy too!) The bathroom was very hot and smelly as the window was broken, there were tissues strewn across the floor and a sink was blocked. Maybe it was bad timing on my part with it being a Saturday night, but bathrooms should be kept to a better standard.
The 10-bed dorm was very average and the beds were rickety and squeaky though comfortable one settled in. There is absolutely nothing being done in the hostel about the enforcement of the rules regarding noise and alcohol in rooms. When I entered my room, hoping to read a little before sleeping, as the main common area was closed, people were playing music loudly and drinking. Eventually they left to go out, but returned a couple of times in the night, turning lights on and shouting to each other in spite of other guests trying to sleep. People could also be heard in the corridors at various times of the night. If the hostel is going to put the posters up banning such behaviour, then it should be prepared to follow though with punishment.
The location of the hostel is great for people wanting to go nightclubbing as you can hear the music from the nearest club from just outside the lobby and the hostel is teeming with party people. Otherwise, I'd recommend looking elsewhere for a more peaceful (and probably cheaper) hostel in the area.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Karine B, General Manager at Nomads Byron Bay, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear Billy P,

Thank you for your candid review. I apologise that your stay was not what you expected it to be and also that we did not have male only bathroom facilities.

As you suggest it is a large hostel which is very busy on a Saturday night, as such we can have up to a couple of hundred people using certain bathrooms in the hostel. We do have staff members working at all hours of the day and night to clean and maintain all of our bathrooms facilities.

Thank you for your constructive feedback regarding monitor our noise policies. We do also have staff that monitor the hallways to move people on that are hanging around to minimise disturbing other guests and once again I apologise if you were disturbed by other guests making noise.

Thank you again for your review.

Kind regards,
Sam B
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We paid $190 per night for the 'king deluxe' room with ensuite and as soon as we walked in we regretted our decision to stay with nomads.

Here's a few reasons why we won't be coming back.

1, It was dirty. The carpet, the utensils and even the walls were stained and grotty. Worst of all though was that there was a blood stain on our bedding (we didn't notice until the second morning after the cover slipped off the top of the doona.)

2, The room was tiny. The king bed takes up the whole room. It's so cramped you can't fully open the wardrobe door.

3, It's Noisy. I know it's a backpackers, but the noise is ridiculous. All the doors are heavy and slam loudly. Every time someone enters or exits any room, anywhere in the building, you will hear it. Also, lots of street noise and loud music.

4, Annoying to access. The lift doesn't go to the underground car park, so if you're not travelling light you'll need to lug all your bags up several flights of stairs to your room.

In short, do yourself a favour and stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Karine B, General Manager at Nomads Byron Bay, responded to this review, March 26, 2014
Dear andrewmurphy97,

I am certainly disappointed to read your review and I apologise that your experience did not meet your expectations.

I am shocked to read your comments, as this is the first I have heard of your negative experience. I would strongly suggest that if you are not satisfied with anything during your stay to discuss it with reception and / or management while you are here. This way we can make the necessary changes to ensure you enjoy your experience with us.

Please feel free to contact me directly through the hostel if you would like to discuss your stay in more detail with me.

Thank you for your comments.

Kind regards,
Sam B
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Property: Nomads Byron Bay
Address: 1 Lawson St, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia (Formerly Nomads Odyssey)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Byron Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Nomads Byron Bay 2*
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hostel is the winner of the North Coast Tourism Awards 2010 for Best Backpackers Accommodation. This is Byron Bay’s newest premiere backpackers/flashpackers. Opened in March 2009, Nomads Byron is located just minutes from the stunning main beach behind the iconic Great Northern Hotel.This brand-new property offers a variety of dorms and en suite private rooms. Facilities include our Mad Travel Shop, a sun-drenched courtyard with two 12-seater spas, a fully equipped kitchen, Global Gossip internet, a BBQ, balcony views and a TV lounge. ... more   less 
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