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“Great location, good rooms” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aquarius Backpackers Motel

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Aquarius Backpackers Motel
Montreal, Canada
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45 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great location, good rooms”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

I was in a room of 8 beds but it was still spacious but a little dark. We couldn't open our front curtains all the way because we were the first room by the entrance and everyone walked by. Loved the patio to leave our clothes out to dry though. A big plus was the extra sink not in the bathroom because it allowed for getting ready and teeth brushing while someone else was showering.
The bathroom itself was just alright and the shower was level with the rest of the bathroom so that was problematic as it lead to water everywhere.
The location was great because it's on a main street in Bryon and everything is walkable, including the beach!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brunswick, Ohio
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127 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

I stayed at Aquarius for almost two weeks and was happy with my choice. I was in a 10 bed, but it had more space than any other hostel room I’ve stayed in. Two people had a private room, and the other four bunks were against the walls in a long, wide room. There were lockers, a dresser/mirror, and a table, but there was still tons of room left over. We also had a balcony to sit out on as well as a really nice en suite bathroom with a skylight. However, the rooms on the other side of the building- the building reception is in- were set up a bit differently with less space (two bunks each on two different floors) and one big roof area for everyone on that side, but it was still nice.

There’s a bar attached where you can get money off on food and drinks if you’re staying in the building, and they have events on all week that they do a good job of promoting. Also the hostel is in a great location, just a few blocks from the beach or the bars and shops. My biggest complaints about the hostel were that the kitchen was a bit dirty, there are only two laundry machines and dryers for the whole hostel, and reception was kind of rude. I’m not usually negative about staff, but whenever I’d go to the front desk they seemed more preoccupied with finishing their own conversations first and then acted like it was an inconvenience to help you with what you needed. The hostel itself was great though so these were minor issues.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

While travelling we stayed here on two separate occasions. The first was for 7 days. We were blessed with an awesome group in our 8 bedroom dorm and although we were told we had to change rooms half way through our stay the receptionist ensured we all got to stay together in another room. The drinks at the bar were cheap and the dinner was free with a vegetarian option - if you're into that kind of stuff.

On our second stay it was a bit more disappointing as the bar was closed for the season and free dinner was no longer offered. This was not reflected in the price and we were not notified of these changes until we had already paid and asked for the meal vouchers. On the positive side, when the bar is closed you are allowed to openly drink in the rooms.

Rooms are spacious and have tables both inside and outside which was great for socializing. Security is 24 hours and he was friendly.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

I'd say this hostel was pretty average, was good for us (we were only there for a weekend) but wouldn't suggest it if you were planning on staying for longer. The bathroom/shower was pretty dirty and shared between 10 people. The staff were all very friendly and helpful though, and since the bar closed you can drink pretty much wherever which is also great :)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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sydney
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

Its a shame I was only here the 1 night cause I wanted to stay forever... I checked in around midnight and usually u have weird creepy old guys doing the grave yard shift but not here this guy was awesome, very helpful, super friendly and in saying that so was all the staff...
rooms are gigantic, so spacious and the bathroom was reasonably sized.
I loved byron and I also loved this hostel, my roommates were lovely really welcoming and this is what u want when ur travelling solo.
Will definatly be recommending this placeito anyone going to byron...
cheers guys

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Norrkoping, Sweden
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35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

Aquarius is very centrally located, close to the main street, the light house and the beach obviously.
The rooms were very sandy on the floor. Only one shared bathroom per 8 people. Good ventilation because there are two big doors in both ends of the room.

There was a big kitchen with lots of pans and cutting boards and stuff. Only problem was that no one did their dishes, filthy sponges to wash with, bulked frying pans, not all the hotplates worked and it was really messy. Did not like it at all.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Byron Bay, Australia
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104 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

Dorms were big, location was good and the staff were friendly. It's not the best hostel I've stayed in but definitely not the worst! It's a great place to meet other backpackers and enjoy the awesomeness of Byron Bay!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Aquarius Backpackers Motel

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 #23 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Byron Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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