As a backpacker you hear lots about byron bay and how its the party spot of oz! I was so excited to get here and see if that was true. As a yha member I picked this hostel as I expected it to be of a high quality like other YHA's I'd stayed in. However it wasnt. Upon arriving you have to put a deposit down for your kitchen utensils!! These are supposed to stay in your room so they dont get pinched, not exactly ideal when you have to go back to your room everytime you need a knife or a cup! Theres absolutely no atmosphere in this hostel. There are signs all over saying nodrinking after 10pm which is fine because byrons all about going out but what the signs fail to say is no talking after 10pm. All the communal areas shut a t 10pm and there is nowhere in the hostel to go if you want to chill and talk but not go out. When we asked the staff where to go they directed us to a dark park across the road with no lighting....a bit dangerous i think! After a night out I was walking back to my room taliing to my friend and the night manager ran out of her room and starting shouting the odds saying we were taking the p**s for talking! I was going to my room and obviously wasnnt aware that there was a silence ban on the hostel! I always thought hostels were about travllers coming together and having a good time and as much as I understand that people need sleep and you need quiet after a certain time, this hostel took it to the extreme! If you want a good kip, silence and arent that bothered about meeting people stay here. If you like a bit of a chat go elsewhere!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Byron Bay YHA backpackers hostel is in the centre of town, only 400m to the beach. The large comfy common areas and kitchen overlook a heated pool and BBQ. The hostel has both multi-share backpacker rooms, and twin/double rooms with fans. Large decks to relax on. Free Wi-Fi hotspot (Premium Wi-Fi Plus also available), TV room, locker room, surfboards, free tea/coffee. Hostel bikes and bodyboards available. YHA member discounts on backpacker tours and activities at hostel tour desk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Byron Bay Yha Hotel Byron Bay