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“Nice experience just wrong time of year and was too cold!”

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The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the teepee which was a different experience but was very cold at night, there is a nice log fire inside but staff would not light it until 9.00 pm despite us sitting in there at 7pm after long travels. I would stay there again but in spring time when the weather was a little Warner but not too hot.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank emma w
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2013

Dear Emma,

I am glad you enjoyed your experience. It can be cold in winter, many people think our climate is hot all year! From September to November and March to May in Byron Bay is perfect weather, very warm, less rain - and also less crowds. So I recomment thes months as ideal times to visit. We only light the teepee fire at 9pm because we have the fire in the common area going until 10pm. We try to manager how much wood we use, as it is a very precious reesouce! Happy travel, and we look forward to your return sometime.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Stayed only one night at this hostel, we were in a campervan and the parking was very busy. there was a good atmosphere and a huge party was taking place in the bar which was very loud but didnt go on all night.

The bathroom block was dated and was quite a walk from the campervan parking area. The price of the hostel was good for Byron Bay and the location wasnt bad either.

The staff were friendly and the communal facilities were good.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Charlotte C
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Dear Charlotte, thank you for your review about your stay at the Arts Factory, I am glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you back if you come to Byron Bay again. Happy travels! Best wishes from the Arts Factory team :-)

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

We (couple in our 20s) stayed at the Arts Factory for two nights..

Good
- Very chilled atmosphere. It has a pool and a big communal area with guitars to play, a pool table and a beach volleyball court. Plus there's a lake right next to it with hammocks, very nice.
- It has a little coffee shop and cafe with very cheap food for a meal
- Free shuttle to the centre of Byron

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- The rooms aren't too great. Very basic and they don't have electrical sockets...!! So you have to crowd around the ones in the communal areas
- Location isn't ideal, it's about a 10-15min walk to the centre

It's cheaper than staying in the centre of Byron Bay, and it has some real character, so I'd definitely recommend at least one night here!

Room Tip: Try to pick one that faces away from the pool, otherwise it's VERY loud
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Miles D
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Dear Miles, thank you for your review, I am really glad to hear you enjoyed your stay, we hope to see you back if you come to Byron Bay again. Happy travels, from the Arts Factory team :-)

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

One of my favorite hostels so far. Wish I could stay longer! They're located just outside of town (10 minutes walking distance) but there's a free shuttle that runs pretty much every hour. They have cheap food (lunch and dinners for $6) and yoga classes by donation. There is a lovely pond and hammocks and even teepees. I stayed in a regular 4-bed dorm and loved it. The kitchen and outdoor seating overlooks the pool. There is a cinema and brewery nearby. And it's just a short walk to the beach. I didn't want to leave!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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artsfactory_13, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Dear Erica,
I am so glad you enjoyed your experience at the Arts Factory and you found it a retreat! We do aim to offer an alternative to the hustle of many backpacker hostels, with workshops such as yoga. Happy travels, we hope to see you again some day - the Arts Factory team :-)

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

The owners were very nice, the ambiance was funky. The room "cube" was small, the bed pretty bad. There was no window above the door, so there was too much noise. The bathroom was ok.
There wasn't enough dishes to cook in the kitchen.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Lilyfrench
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ArtsFactoryByronBay, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

Dear Lily,

Thanks for your feedback, i am glad you found the managers friendly and thee ambience funky. I will have a look at noise levels with the staff, especailly at night, as we may be able to reduce the noise if it is too loud, as you mentioned. I will also make sure we are checking the kitchen for equipment more frequently, we do try to keep on top of this, but you wouldn't believe how quickly it goes missing! I will also askt he housekeeping team to monitor bathrooms so we can lift them from being okay to being good! May travels be safe and happy!

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Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Have stayed here twice and the rooms are quite good for the price, clean and comfortable! Fun but not luxurious!
The restaurant is lovely and have been dozens of times! Great entertainment and amazing food for good value! They even have a cinema! And with cow skin lying down couches!!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank Whymel7
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ArtsFactoryByronBay, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

Thanks so much for your great response! We look forward to having you stay anoth time.
Best wishes from the Arts Factory team!

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Second time staying here with my husband. Love it!
Funky, relaxed backpackers surrounded by tea trees.
Rooms are basic and clean. Pool is lovely and fun. Staff are lovely and helpful.
Nice location about a ten minute stroll from e beach/ shops etc. and tour desk for bookings on site.
Stayed in a tent room the first time ( on the "island"), which was great in summer...glad I went for " the cube" in winter.
A fun and relaxing place, where it is easy to make new friends if you want, or do your own thing if you prefer.

Room Tip: Bring bug spray. And a torch. Tents rooms / tepees will be cold in winter!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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ArtsFactoryByronBay, Manager at The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

Thanks for your kind words Rhi, I am glad to hear you enjoy staying with us. Please note, we do provide bug spray at reception and moquito coils, just ask at the desk. Also, if you ask when you book, we may be able to put you into an island retreat with an elevtric blanket! We have a few for winter time. Best wishes from the Arts Factory team

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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 #27 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Byron Bay
Price Range: $39 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Arts Factory Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 41
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