We weren't sure what to expect from the Arts Factory Lodge and when we pulled up outside it looked like a hippy commune but we soon found out it captures the spirit of Byron Bay perfectly. The reception staff were friendly and efficient and drew our attention to the rules which were clearly displayed in reception. They also repeated the instructions that the smoke alarms in the rooms are super sensitive and spraying anything or using a hair dryer would set them off and result in an $800 fine (which seemed a bit steep!). They gave us info on the free shuttle bus whichs runs to town and back hourly throughout the day and night. It is a 15 min walk along residential streets which we did in the evening with no problems but you probably wouldnt want to walk it alone.
We had booked a private double which they called a 'cube' and are all situated around the pool. We were apprehensive about noise but they have a strict communal areas curfew of 10pm with no noise after 11pm. Our room was small but very nicely decorated with a mural painted on the wall and bright coloured curtains and bed linen. The shared bathrooms were very clean and well looked after as was the kitchen. We didn't actually cook in there but you had to pay a deposit for cutlery and pans etc which we assume means people would take more care of them to get their money back. We ate breakfast at the cafe and I can highly recommend the banana pancakes with maple syrup and the coffee was great too. The outside seating area overlooks the jungle camping and we watched bush turkeys and water dragons as we ate. Overall a lovely stay at the Arts Factory Lodge, the only downside was as didn't get a chance to go in the brewery and bar onsite. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
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