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Backpackers by the Bay

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14/05/2017 15/05/2017
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Reviewed 26 October 2014

After reading glowing reviews on several sites I decided this was the place to stay in Airlie. Imagine my dissapointment upon arrival, when it turned out to be the worst hostel I have stayed in so far. To start, there were no clean linens when I arrived (at 4 in the afternoon), the furniture is run down, the kitchen is...

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Reviewed 22 October 2014

Just got done staying at BBTB and must say its a great chilled out hostel. The staff; Alice, Emma, and Ben are awesome. If I ever needed information or anything else they were always there to help. Its located about five to ten minutes from the heart of town. Get drunk in town, walk the booze out your system and...

Thank Kevtron83
Reviewed 20 October 2014 via mobile

After reading a previous review me and my girlfriend nearly didn't book with this hostel but decided to anyways and was completely blown away by the friendliness of the staff and there all around consideration for guests. The guys were always around cleaning and helping when possible. They will book trips for you and future hostels free of charge and...

Thank MaximusCarter1
Reviewed 17 October 2014

Backpackers by the bay was, without any doubt, the worst hostel I stayed in during my 2 month holiday in Australia. Staff are unfriendly, both my room and the kitchen area were dirty and smelly, the bathrooms and showers were even more dirty, even after being "cleaned". On the website they mention that WiFi is free. This is however a...

Thank Kategoesoz
Reviewed 12 October 2014

Great little hostel, located on the outskirts of Airlie Beach, yet only a 5-10min walk into the centre of town. Unlike some of the big, busy hostels in town, Backpackers By The Bay is quite chilled and relaxed. There are BBQs to use, a pool, a nice chilled outside seating area and a kitchen. The staff are great and will...

Thank Alanna P
Reviewed 12 October 2014 via mobile

Nice little hostel on a great location. Plus: -Pubquiz is great! You meet a lot of travellers and the guy who hosting this is helarious. -Free coffee - good location 8 minute walk to toen. So oudside the noisy clubs but still nearby - big kitchen, you could bring your own beers and you could by drinks in the evening...

Thank Eline H
Clogher, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 October 2014 via mobile

We arrived at around 12am and the owner stayed up to greet us with our room Keys. Quiet hostel, and friendly staff. Bit of a steep walk if you have a Lot of luggage. We had a day trip to whitsundays and we left our luggage with the receptionist free of charge and then later Let us use the facilities...

Thank Regina M
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 October 2014

We had a great experience at this hostel. Rooms are clean, service is amazing and you can totally feel that the owner cares about your experience. He gave us great suggestions about restaurants, tours etc. etc. A MUST DO!

Thank Giuseppe M
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 September 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed here in June for 2 nights as we wanted to see the Whitsundays and to soak up a bit of sun along the East coast. We arranged with the hostel that we'd be arriving after hours and they sorted us out with everything which was really helpful. The bus stop is literally across the road...

Thank RichardJohnPearson
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 September 2014

I stayed here for 4 nights in a 4 bed dorm. Positives -- In walking distance of the main strip in Airlie Beach so you can enjoy the nightlife but always get a good nights sleep. -- Really friendly staff who helped me book a last minute day trip to the Whitsundays (they really help weigh up your options to...

Thank AKS175

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Located 400 metres from the main street, on the top of a small hill, Backpackers By The Bay has awesome ocean views and offers a very social, warm and relaxed atmosphere. Accommodation is available in four share rooms, one 8 share and doubles. Linen is provided and all rooms are serviced daily. Airconditioning is included during the warmer months (mid Sept to mid May) The hostel has a saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by hammocks, sun-lounges and palm trees as well as a huge sunbaking deck. A fully equipped kitchen with crockery, cutlery and utensils is provided, as is a laundry. The games room has internet access and pool table. Each night, during 'happy hour' the staff hold social activities to help guests meet each other - these include: *Team trivia competitions with the winners receiving a bottle of champagne. * Wii Sports competitions including Bowling, Tennis, Golf, Baseball and Boxing * Killer Pool comps After all the fun and games, relax and watch a movie on the ONLY outdoor cinema in Airlie Beach (Sunday and Tuesday nights) With the best local knowledge of all the tours in the Whitsundays we can help you choose the best trip for your needs. By the Bay is not affiliated with any tour opperators so we don't force any boat on you. We give you all the info and let YOU pick. We also offer a free nights accommodation and free luggage storage with every overnight sailing tour booked with us The friendly and helpful staff look forward to meeting you! *FREE Courtesy bus service meeting all coaches(between 7am-7:30pm). *FREE Tea and Coffee *FREE Wii Sports game *FREE quiz for a bottle of champagne every night! *FREE hammocks, sunlounges and BBQ use *FREE accommodation and storage (with every overnight trip booked) *FREE linen supplied to all beds *FREE unbiased tour advice- often at standby or discounted prices *FREE Fully equipped kitchen - all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans provided at no charge!!! *FREE Off street parking *FREE WiFi available, two hours on arrival ($4 per 24 hour login logout) *Laundry room with washers, dryer, ironing board and iron *Lounge/TV room with wet weather movie days organized *All rooms serviced daily *Lending library *Safe and secure 24 hour access ... more   less 

Additional Information about Backpackers by the Bay

Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Price Range: $52 - $86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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Backpackers By The Bay Hotel Airlie Beach
Backpackers By The Bay Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands, Australia
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“our double on the girls bathroom side had great views”
SunsetTravler2017, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“You can opt for female only dorms in this hostel”
NomadYaz, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid Dormitory Room 3 - the fan has a noisy click.”
Karlmate, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“Book directly for free wifi!”
banrab, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Book a tour through the hostel and get a night free.”
216tads, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
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