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“Party joint” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge

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The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge
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“Party joint”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

Pros:
.Great social environment - daily activities, great hangout spaces (pool, snooker, beach volleyball, hammocks, indoor and outdoor lounges)
.great little cafe with cheap meals and good juices from dawn to midnight
.decent bathroom and laundry facilities
.large and fun bar, free shuttle buses to and from town around the clock.
.the bush tucker walk is so informative, and entertaining.

Cons:
.we stayed in the lodges (permanent tent structures) by a lake - this was very very basic, tiny and cramped, and a bit shoddy. The canvas ceiling was thick with mould, which set off asthma in both my partner and i.
.check-in took bloody ages, the front desk was totally understaffed.
.being a large commercial joint meant that it lacked that homely feel. Deposits needed for everything. You never get to forget that this is a business.
.the kitchen is totally rudimentary, basically a tarp-covered area under trees, and very far away. Clearly to discourage cooking for yourself, as opposed to buying from the cafe.
.the cafe food is ok, but the brekky was kinda bad, the kind of food made by someone at home who can't really cook. Eggs fried hard and dry, mushies oversalted, dried packet herbs used on everything. $15 is a joke.
.the party vibe meant that it was very noisy until 3am.
.the sov

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

This resort is well organised but yet still true to Australia's well-know laid back culture. It's larger than what you expect as the entrance and the whole place has been designed within the tea tree mongrove, so creating natural coves and areas. They have a main "house" which is the hub of most of the activities or resources. Like, the cafe or bar. The showers and toilets are here. They have lockers and some rooms here too. They have ping pong tables, darts boards and a variety of games. So this is the social hub. There is a main open area which more ad-hoc activities happen too. Like dijiridoo lessons, skipping classes etc. For sleeping, I wouldn't recommend the rooms - not because they're bad or anything. But just because it would be a shame to pass up one of their tents if they're available. You wont regret the tent. they have different tents - each one is almost unique as where they are located is in the middle of the ponds. Some of them it's easy to get to, some others you need to walk across some low wood bridges. Nothing is dangerous though. I remember arriving at night and couldn't really make out what was around. It's quite pitch black and dim candle/gas lights are very atmospheric but don't really show you the surroundings. Sleeping in our tent was lovely. We had a bed which was good coz our sleeping bags were not that great. It was pretty spacious for a tent. In the morining I woke early, curious of seeing our surroundings. It was beautiful. Dense vegetation all around us. Several small ponds trickling all around us. Tea trees and vines entertwining all around. Dragonflies, goanas and lots of other wildlife buzzing around. Exciting to say the least. If camping is no for you you wouldn't be attracted to this. If you believe camping has to be completely wild and secluded the you probably will find fault with some things. But it is an exciting experience. If you need more convincing, just pop over to the bar or spa for a drink or a treatment. You may be lucky and book something at the last minute.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Preston, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

booked for 3 nights but stayed here for 2 weeks and really felt part of the community... a really friendly vibe... lots of smiling faces.... situated right in the jungle.... the true backpacker experience... made lots of friends without even trying... loved it... and i won the naked pool contest.... he he
thanks for a great stay guys... i'll never forget it..!

Room Tip: the teepee is a real experience..!!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

This place is wild, such a cool setup with byo alchohol and a micro brew next door its never a dull night, grab your goon and a deck of cards. The beach is about 20 minutes walk, its not exactly close to town but a bus runs all day. If you get a chance check out the bushtucker walk. The dorms are average for a nomads hostel. The island retreat is kinda cool for a night of two, but its not exactly luxury and the sound travels. For anyone on a budget the camp site is $91 a week and surprisingly peaceful considering the hundreds of tents in the jungle. Be sure to check out the talent show once a week, its some of the best live music ive seen in aus. The cafe has good coffee and $6 dinners. The only downside is the kitchen, its small with only 8 burners and a deposit for pots and pans. With so many nomads moving through, food goes missing all the time. Stolen of lost it stings either way. But dont let a few dlckheads get to you, keep your food locked up.

Room Tip: byo tent, save money
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2012

This place is cool laid back and has friendly people everywhere. Everyone gets involved! Very Hippie Place but recommend it to all

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dukey87
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

I stayed in a double room because I needed a good night's sleep on a Sunday night. I didn't get it. Not because of any excessive partying going on, but because the design of the place is such that any word spoken in the complex is heard clearly everywhere.
My room was a cinderblock shoebox, with a poster of a penis on the wall... I expected something a bit more funky from a place called "the arts factory"

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

We stayed in an island retreat tent. I would not recommend to anyone unless you are a backpacker looking to party and dont mind roughing it.
We didnt get any sleep at all and had people outside talking all night long. Granted it was a Saturday but when there is signs up everywhere saying no noise after 11pm you expect this to enforced. We did hear the night guards yell out a couple of times for quiet and other guests we're yelling for quiet as well but after 5mins it would start up again.
Pool was discusting. There was all sorts floating in the water and the chairs were mouldy. The tent was also covered in mould and there were massive gaps between the walls and floors that some simple tape would fix.
This place might have been great 15 or 20 years ago.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge
Address: Skinners Shoot Rd | Arts Factory Village, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #30 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Byron Bay
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 41
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