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Paderborn, Germany
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

The staff was really friendly and the hostel was clean. The vibes were amazing and everyone had a smile on their faces. The people working at the reception did everything to make everything possible! I would've loved to stay longer! They got a reliable shuttle service and the hostel is only 5 minutes walk from the greyhound station!

2Thank El-Eimer
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

I stayed here just for one night. The logistic was excellent. Someone pick me up from the bus station. I was welcome by Ana, who was very nice and smily. I had a free wifi but only thing the signal wasn't very good from the room. People and activities there were nice. For the price it's worth it.

1Thank Mickael R
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

The staff were brilliant and made me feel really welcome. The hostel had a great atmosphere and it really laid back (exactly what I needed after 3 days on the whitsundays). Everything was really clean and working. A really nice and personal feel to the hostel. I've stayed in base/nomads and magnums in Airlie and backpackers by the bay was...

Thank Ashleigh N
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

One of the best hostels we've stayed in - lovely room, very clean and a great location. The staff were friendly and very helpful, especially with booking trips, breakfast and drinks are good value, and the nightly quiz is a nice way to meet other guests. A brilliant stay over all!

Thank Nicky P
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Thanks to Peter, Joanna, Anna, and staff for making us so welcome! We especially appreciated the impromptu glass of wine, and feeding the cockatoos. Anyone who has stayed in backpackers accommodation knows what to expect. Backpackers By The Bay meets all the basic needs comfortably. There is a great vibe and atmosphere.

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Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

The hostel is very clean and comfortable with great location from the town centre (and they give you a lift to the marina if you've got a boat tour booked). The staff we're extremely friendly and helpful and so was the atmosphere at the place. They also serve breakfast at a really decent price and they have a bar at...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 24 April 2016

The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. My friend has sunburnt his feet very badly and they gave us a tube of Aloe Vera for free! (I guess that is a testament to how bad his burn was). The room was clean, comfortable and had somewhere for us to store our valuables. The WiFi was nothing special for hostel wifi...

Thank banrab
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 April 2016

The hostel itself is in a good location, about a 5 minute walk to town but far enough away that it isnt rowdy at nights. Good sturdy wooden beds (none of that squeaking and creaking you get in so many hostels) and easily the best pillows I have ever slept on in a hostel. The reception staff (Ana and Maud)...

Thank Jaylocks
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Location is perfect - about a 5 minute walk from the city, and close to the port if you need to do day trips etc. Staff v helpful, and really easy to meet people in the kitchen or communal bar area. Enjoyed the hammocks as well.

1Thank Graham S
Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 9 April 2016

I stayed here for the 8 days I was in Airlie. The staff was excellent in advising me in hikes, hot spots and tours. It's only a 5 minute walk to town and some decent views of the area. Great little bar and enjoyable staff to chill out with. They have a big eating area and a good size kitchen.

Thank itravelhike2016

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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 

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Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Price Range: $50 - $80 (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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“You can opt for female only dorms in this hostel”
 of 5 bubbles NomadYaz, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Avoid Dormitory Room 3 - the fan has a noisy click.”
 of 5 bubbles Karlmate, 9 May 2016 | Read review
“Book directly for free wifi!”
 of 5 bubbles banrab, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Book a tour through the hostel and get a night free.”
 of 5 bubbles 216tads, 8 Jan 2016 | Read review
“very good friendly and comfortable hostel”
 of 5 bubbles 499marinef, 21 Aug 2015 | Read review
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