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Aquarius Backpackers Motel
Oz
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“FANTASTIC!”
Reviewed April 29, 2008

On reading the above comments, I completely disagree about the staff being rude...who exactly were you referring to? I found them very pleasant and helpful, always with a smile :-)

Having travelled the world, this hostel is reasonably cheap for the location and basic accommodation - you'll find it much more expensive in the UK that's for sure! If it's that concerning, just pay more and stay in a budget motel.

There is a great communal area at the back - bbq dinner and Simpsons playing on tv. Travellers from all over the world get together. The hostel is central and only a stones throw from the beach and shops.

Thumbs up to Aquarius!

  • Liked — Staff, bbq, meeting travellers
  • Disliked — too many in dorm share
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2008

We stayed at Aquarius for 3 nights and were really impressed with the location, 5 mins to shops, bars and the beach.

The rooms were clean, but we were a bit disappointed we had our own room which we paid extra for but it was off an 8 bed dorm which all shared a bathroom.....so there was always a wait, Overall it wasnt bad though.

The reception staff werent as friendly as i expected, things just seemed a bit toio much hassle for them. But having been at wake up! in sydney where nothing is too much trouble and the staff just chat to you all the time maybe i expected too much. The kitchen was not that great only four rings to cook on so was very busy at mealtimes, also not enough crockery or cutlery. Apparently they are doing a new kitchen as part of there rennovations so maybe they realise that its a problem.

Overall I would stay here again but only for its location to everything.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Staff unfriendliness
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
1 review
Reviewed January 16, 2008

I stayed at this backpackers with my girlfriend for a week. It was right in the heart of Byron Bay.

If you walk out the front you are no less than a couple of streets from the beach/restaurants/beachy hotel or any other pubs.

At first it was just a last minute thing so we had no real expectations and we both hadnt stayed in a backpackers before...

When we arrived we were a bit like "what...." but its a backpackers.
If you like your privacy (which we did) make sure you get a private room not a shared dorm. The bathrooms were a bit feral but we just laughed it off because we were in Byron Bay one of the best places on Earth.

You are stumbling distance from the Beachy, right down the road from the best Seafood place and near all the shops and action of the main strip.

The rooms are small but you're on holidays and the amount of time you actually spent in them compared to outside was a big difference.

The staff weren't really a big part of our stay and we didn't really interact with them.
If you are going to stay here make sure you realise that its a backpackers not a 5 star resort so don't arrive thinking you are Donald Trump. If you go with this type of mentality you will most likely hate it.

But if you go knowing you're on a budget and you want to spend most of your days outside, at the beach, walking to the lighthouse, drinking.... you will love it! You are in Byron Bay!

I probably won't stay there again, no offence to the hostel but I am more of a luxury kind of traveller but this is all in the fun of travelling by yourself and booking accom without having been there before.

  • Liked — How close everything was.
  • Disliked — Leaving Byron Bay.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with friends
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melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2007

i have just returned from byron bay.
after a hellish first night at the bunkhouse backpackers, we relocated to aquarius and were pleasantly surprised. our room was a two level, 8 person room. the room has its own bathroom, with shower, toilet and basin. (much better than the usual communal type bathroom at other hostels). the room also had its own bar fridge and sink. other facilities at the hostel were adequate. the kitchen a bit messy, but did the job. the pool was clean, there is a laundry with washers and dryers. a bar that opens at 5 and plays the simpsons, with 2 beers for 5 bucks.
didnt have much to do with the staff, but had no issues with them when i did have to deal with them.\
the location is pretty good, close to the beach and main shops on jonson st.
it is a bit more expensive than other hostels, but the extra couple of dollars a night is worth it.
overall i'd recommend the aquarius.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with friends
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2 Thank grwhi1
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Victoria, B.C
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2007

We arrived at Bryon Bay after a hellish 12 hour bus ride from Sydney and found this hostel at the last minute.

Kitchen area was always a bit of a mess and there were a number of flies around the eating area.

We enjoyed the "cheap beer/simpsons" hour, where you could buy beer on special and watch two episodes of the simpsons in the dining area with everyone at the hostel.

The hostel location wasn't close to the beach, but wasn't too far either.

There is NO air conditioning of any sort at this hostel.

  • Liked — Cheap
  • Disliked — Cleanliness/heat
  • Stayed February 2005, traveled with friends
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2 Thank superhez
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Leicester
2 reviews
Reviewed January 3, 2007

The rudest staff encountered on our trip so far. Wouldn't go there if you can help it!

  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Thank JKP8
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 17, 2006

Awful place. Staff RUDEST people we've ever met.

It needs a clean, the rooms and kitchen were filthy.

Lonely Planet's recommendation is way out of date, don't stay here - there are lots of much nicer places in Byron at a fraction of the price.

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — The staff - rude as hell
  • Tips/Secrets — Avoid at all costs!!
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aquarius Backpackers Motel
Address: 16 Lawson St, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Byron Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Aquarius Backpackers Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 77
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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