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Billie's Backpackers Hostel
Certificate of Excellence
las cruces, nm
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“It's taken forever Billie, but here's the piano review I promised :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Great place to stay, though at first I thought it was a bit pricey to pitch my tent in the backyard. It ended up being worth it, largely due to the late 19th Century box grand piano!!! What a treat to get to play such a rare instrument. The Bach was okay, but that piano's really meant to play CHOPIN on.... If you play, definitely check out this hostel. Kitchen and accommodations are all groovy, too. Billie is quite the artist herself, and your soul won't be sorry to linger here, I promise.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

I stayed in a private room, it was very clean, quiet & comfortable. Billie herself is one of the kindest ladies I've ever meet. Always so very helpful. It's only a small place so you get a very homely feel. There are all the amenities you need & bus stops just a hundred meters or so away to take you into town. Billies is in a great spot to see the Northern lights as it's just out of town with less lights for seeing them. I really enjoyed my stay there & would be back tomorrow if I could.
Thanks Billie, Marnie, Joe & Joe.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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West Babylon, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

This was my first ever stay in a hostel and it was excellent. Billie's is a wonderful place for travelers to stay. It is a clean and comfortable place with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The standard which others should be judged by. I'll be heading to Billie's on my next trip to Fairbanks.

Thanks Billie!!

NY Joe

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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4 Thank NYJoe28
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San Jose, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

I have this expectation of what I will get in a hostel: Dirty, smelly, loud, etc. This place is nothing like that. I stayed or 3 nights and it was great. Bathrooms are clean, my bed was comfortable (comes with sheets and towel), and the common area was great for conversations. This is probably the nicest hostel I've stayed in. My only complaint is no shoes once you are inside. I understand they want to keep it clean so bring slippers.

Room Tip: The double or quad. The top bunks are higher than I remember bunk beds to be so FYI.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Springfield, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

First time to stay with Billie; eager to return! My stay was in one of the rooms she rents, rather than in the hostel proper, and it was certainly more than adequate for my needs. Clean and neat with bathroom adjacent. More than the facility, which is very homey with an eclectic decor featuring memorabilia collected during her long, full life in Fairbanks, was the warmth, hospitality, and personal attention from the host. Aided during summer months by her son, Art, they are committed to offering most any amenity desired, plus, a rich personal knowledge of local and regional history, activities and attractions. Two pugs that will steal your affection; well-behaved little guys that enjoy a good little scratch now and then. Great value and super folk.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

Billie's is mellow and cozy. You'll think you are at your favorite aunt's house for the weekend.
Pleanty of room and close to the busline and trails. Great stay!

Room Tip: Look at the location of the bathroom and the bed before accepting the first offered
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Duisburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

Felt really sorry when I had to leave Billie's hostel after only just 2 days. It is a nice and clean hostel and I felt at home immediately.I was in a very nice dormitory with a separate kitchen and toilet and a wonderful balcony. Absolutely gorgeous ! A good coffee (with milk) was ready early in the morning.
Can only underline what was said before. The atmosphere in the hostel was very different from other places, it truly felt like being in some Alaskan's friend home.

Room Tip: I was in the dormitory on the right side of the house up the stairs, a 4-bed-dormitory, toilet, show...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Billie's Backpackers Hostel
Address: 2895 Mack Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Location: United States > Alaska > Fairbanks
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Fairbanks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a SMALL family run hostel: LOWER LEVEL: main kitchen and bath, common room, Free House Phone, Wi-Fi & Internet, TV, Deck. UPPER LEVEL: Sleeping area, bathroom, quiet area, upper deck. All rooms may be co-ed, especially during the summer months. MAIN HOUSE (Billie's private residence): two private rooms with shared bath are available. Ask Billie for more information. GROUNDS: unheated gazebo that sleeps four and a Tee-Pee if you'd like to sleep outside but are not equipped to do so - both for summer use only. Ask Billie about these options. Also on the grounds are picnic tables, a large deck, barbecue , bikes(when available -first come first served), many sitting areas. LIMITED TENT SPACE FREE: long hot showers - anytime; coffee, TV etc... GARAGE STORAGE: large enough to store your packs, bikes and gear while you are away exploring for a few days or for a few weeks. YES... IT'S FREE STORAGE! ... more   less 
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