My girlfriend and I stayed in the 8-bed dorm, which was spacious and well-equipped with personal lockers, a combined toilet and shower room and an additional sink in the corner of the dorm. The bathroom was cleaned regularly. We had a private patio out the back and table and chairs in the room. The ceiling fan was largely ineffective during the hot nights though.
Our first night was interrupted by some guys having a very noisy party out on the patio, which included a large number of [presumed] guests from other rooms and went on until 1am. The nightguard redeemed himself however on the following night, when he came round and enforced the no-noise after 11pm policy. Following that, we found the balance between social-quality and sleep-quality about right.
The free dinner is great and the hostel staff are very good at encouraging you to meet new people. The free bodyboard hire is also well-worth taking advantage of, as is the pool area. On our final day, the reception staff were also very generous to accommodate us, even though we'd already checked out.
In summary, Aquarius is a top-class hostel run by hard-working and dedicated staff. Keep up the good work!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay we have a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets. From self-contained apartments, budget private rooms and spacious dorm rooms. You should be able to find a room to put your head down and get some rest after a busy day of shopping, surfing and soaking up the unique Byron Bay atmosphere. Free overnight off street parking and free baggage storage (max 12hrs) is available to Aquarius guests. We also have an onsite security guard after hours to help you if any issues should arise or for late check in's. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquarius Backpackers Hotel Byron Bay