This place isn't bad at all really. a big dated hotel with bunks put in the old hotel rooms.
i think half of it is still run as a hotel as
normal; there are 2 separate receptions.
the dorms are a bit rough around the edges; needing new blinds as they are just all broken and let in all light. its also very noisy especially when its so hot that you have to have balcony open. also the bathrooms are a bit dodgy
anyway. positives: great facilities include a large pool. tennis court. squash court. spa. steam room. old school arcade and internet room in basement. and also bottleshop attached with discount for backpackers.
the main issue like many reviews say is the lack of a social atmosphere. there isn't much of a common area just for backpackers and its always deserted. would be nice to meet up with people and have a drink before you go out.
there was a girl worker who tried organising some activities but it was a bit halfhearted type stuff. very unorganized. felt a bit sorry for her because she didn't have much to work with and at least she was trying. it seems they have started doing more though from the Facebook page. weekly activity updates and pictures.
watch out for pervy middleaged aussie men leering at backpacker girls in and around the pool
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You can't get any closer to the action than this! Islander Backpackers Resort is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, only a block from the famous Surfers Paradise Beach and the excitement of Cavill Avenue. The hostel is located on the corner of Beach Road and Surfers Paradise Blvd, only a short walk to restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Guests can enjoy free use of resort facilities including: • Tropical outdoor pool• Spa • Steam room • Tennis and squash courts Other facilities include:• 24 hour internet cafe• BBQ Area and Sundeck• On-site bottleshop• 24 hour reception• Tour desk• On-site car rental• Comfortable Common Room with lounges, DVD library and big screen TV. You can even record your own video msg and email home to your family on our Holiday Travel TV for free. • Fully equipped industrial kitchen and fridges• Laundry facilities• Games Room• Limited undercover parking. • Vegas in Paradise Restaurant, Bar and Gaming lounge is located on the ground floor and a new outdoor cafe is now open serving fresh coffee and snacks. Islander Backpackers Resort offers twin and double rooms as well as four, five or six share dorm rooms. All rooms include private bathroom, lockers, small bar fridge, TV, telephone (incoming calls only) and private balcony. Linen is provided. Private rooms are also provided with a daily mini service. ... more less
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- Islander Backpacker Resort Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia