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“Nice staff but could improve in cleanliness”
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Cape Byron YHA
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Among the good points I'd mention the staff, who was really friendly and helpful (pick up from greyhound, guy from reception who changed the room I booked in order to allow me to check in sooner, free guided tour to lighthouse) and the location, close to beaches and the main street. However, the hostel is old and not that clean (pool, bathrooms,..) and from my experience very noisy at night - but I understand this is due to unrespectful people who chat aloud outside of the rooms at 4am and not to the hostel.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Thank Matilde P
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BobKay2481, Manager at Cape Byron YHA, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2014

Hey there!

Thank you for your review, we appreciate the kind words about our staff being friendly and helpful and are glad you enjoyed the location. It is always a challenge to keep a hostel looking nice and clean and am sorry if your impression was otherwise. Generally we have times where guests are clean and tidy and times where they are not. Our staff endeavor to keep our high standards but sometimes this is a real challenge.

As far as noise goes this, as you mentioned, can come down to a couple of people who have no concern for others we apologize on their behalf.

We hope you come to stay again!!

Happy Travels!!

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

After only one week in the Cape Byron YHA, I no longer wanted to find a share house or other type of accommodation in Byron because I already had everything I needed right here. Weeks turned into months and the YHA Cape Byron is now my home away from home. Everyone is friendly from guests to staff, the pool is brilliant, the bikes are convenient and the location is unparalleled. I love this hostel and would reccommend it to anyone wanting to stay in Byron bay whether it be for a short holiday or a longer period of time.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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BobKay2481, Manager at Cape Byron YHA, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2014

Hey Chris!!

Thank you for the review mate! We appriciate it.

We loved having you to stay and welcome you back anytime.

Good luck with your studies and let us know if your coming down for your study breaks at all.

Thanks from the Whole team at Cape Byron YHA... Even Agus.

Regards.

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

We stayed at this hostel for 3 nights and I couldn't recommend it more. After a 14 hour bus journey from Sydney over night, it was nice to discover someone from the hostel there waiting to pick us up and take us to the hostel. The reception staff are extremely friendly and helpful! The rooms and all of the facilities are all clean, if you are going to Byron Bay then staying here is a must! It is a 2 minute walk to the beach and about a 5 minute walk to all the bars and shops. If you are there when the free walking tour is on make sure that you do it!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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Bob K, Manager at Cape Byron YHA, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2014

Thanks NIcola!! We really appreciate the review and are glad you enjoyed your stay. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip and we would love to have you guys back sometime :)!!!
Happy Travels

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Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

Super friendly staff! Give good tips on trips and what to do around the area etc. Everything (beach, supermarket, party areas) within walking distance of max 10 min, but no noise in the night. Rooms are spacious, nice and clean. So is the kitchen and there's a nice sized pool as well.
What more can you wish for in breath taking Byron bay? Def. stay here!

Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
Thank Emma F
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Bob K, Manager at Cape Byron YHA, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2014

Thank you Emma!! It was great to have you here and thank you so much for the maltesers they were delicious! Enjoy the rest of you trip!!

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Reviewed January 15, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time at this Yha and our lovely big double room with own bathroom was great. The pool was good but sun beds in poor conditions. Staff were helpful and gave us some good tips about the area. Kitchen was challenge, with gas hobs not lighting automatically nor were there matches. The smokers with lighter were popular ! The location is superb, 2 mins from beach and same from cafes and restaurants. Byron Bay itself is fun and quirky, well worth a stop. The only downside was the dive centre next door. Early morning(6am) clanking of air bottles and revving of boat motor did make an early start inevitable. Also as dive school used pool for training it was sometimes not possible to use it.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Thank Pitken
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Bob K, Manager at Cape Byron YHA, responded to this reviewResponded January 19, 2014

Thank you so much for the Review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciate the feedback. We will see what can be done about the noise in room 10 and mention it to other visitors when they arrive. Also great to bring the gas hobs to our attention we will investigate if we can install an automatic lighter on them...it is a great idea!

So thanks again and see you next time.

Regards,

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is the typical large hostel in a young city. People are everywhere and therefore their stuff is everywhere- swimsuits hanging from every possible location.

I do tend to prefer smaller hostels where the facilities are cleaner, you don't have to pay to rent kitchen supplies, or towels, etc. But they seemed to have a good, organized system down for doing it if you would like.

We were there at a very busy time for Byron Bay- school is out so it was very crowded with people so it may be different when there aren't as many people there.

The guy at the front desk was SO friendly and helpful with recommendations and tips etc. and took the time to give us an orientation of the city

Although the WIFI is free, I was never able to get it to work for me and others had the same problem. [Went to a great cafe around the corner though with live music so it all worked out :) ]

The bathrooms were dirty and no lockers or safes in the rooms. If / when I go back to Byron Bay, I will probably try to stay at a different hostel although I have definitely stayed in much worse.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
Thank Melissa B
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

On the whole we really enjoyed our stay here - the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the rooms were clean, the bathrooms were good, the pool was lovely, the kitchen was well equipped and the hostel itself was in a great location. The only thing we would complain about though is that they close off the communal areas in the hostel after 10pm, so you literally have nowhere to sit but in your room (and then obviously if people are sleeping in your room it makes things difficult!) If this hadn't been an issue then I wouldn't have anything to complain about.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Caroline A
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Address: Cnr Byron and Middleton Sts, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Shire > Byron Bay
Amenities:
Beach Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 65 Specialty Lodging in Byron Bay
Price Range: $40 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cape Byron YHA 2*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Make sure you stay in the heart of Byron Bay - backpacker's paradise with superb beaches and scenery and lots of nightlife. Cape Byron YHA is a purpose-built hostel in the centre of town, just 100m to the beach. Relaxed atmosphere with common areas surrounding a large heated pool and BBQ area. Free use of bikes and boogie boards. Cafe, dive centre and seperate TV/reading room. ... more   less 
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