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Backpackers by the Bay
Reviewed 19 January 2010

Great place! the great atmosfere, friendly staff and crazy manager made me stay a month instead of 1 night what was planned..
Local staf is very helpfull with booking any whitsunday cruises, they also know what boat not to put you on..
In general very clean, roomy 4 bed dorms, nice little bar at the (clean) pool with decent prices..
Loads of room around the garden to retreat if you wish to.
Would definitly come back again!

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

Stayed as a small group November 2009. The rooms were a bit basic and it's a shame the air conditioning was on a timer. Manager practically ignored the boys of our group, and was way over friendly with the females. Bathrooms were a mess.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 December 2009

Awful! Got there to find that the lock on room was broken, no wirless internet as advertised, pay phone was broken, pool out of order, kitchen and bathroom were so dirty and the staff (aprt from english girl behind desk) were not inerested in the slightest!!!!!avoid as it is the worse hostel we have stayed in Australia!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2009

We had originally booked to stay here for 4 nights at $70 dollars per night. This is a very basic hostel with camping style bathrooms, thin walls and tiny bedrooms. It is actually a 10 min walk into Airlie town, and at night the road back is unlit.
If you are a group or solo traveller, this place represents better value for money. However, after one night here, we found somewhere else to stay that was only $10 per night more, and had a room double the size, a bigger and cleaner pool, A/C that wasn't turned off between 8am and 8pm, and was centrally located.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2009

Backpackers on the Bay with Nick the Manager who is the bees nees looks after all who stay here the bar overlooking the bay is a special treat cheap drinks and fun who makes it his destiny to include all new comers with his amazing quiz nights we were last second but i think we still won a prize.
BBQ is provided for your use and if you wanna good night sleep this place is quiet compared to the hectic noise from downtown backpackers
All in all a nice chilled out relaxing place to feel at home and not be wakin up by lodsa people doing shots at the other places go here you will feel comfortable,
You will sleep well here no one gets up early and respects their surroundings.
Hammocks provided and pool here if needed with loungers and a great view
Watch out for the canadian who always gets most of the answers correct because he used to work here so cant win but is a great concierge up there with the hlton.
Enjoy u would be silly not to stay here with whats on offer we spoilt ourselves up the hill Peppers Resort for 2 nights not as good
Thanks Nick we will be back!!!!
Andy and Trudy

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2008

We booked this hostel following the rough guide review.. big mistake, it was absolutely terrible, the main problem being the cleanliness or lack off. The toilets were worse than most public toilets and there were three showers for all the females staying and three toilets not really adequate, the rooms were equally disgusting and we waited at reception for half an hour before anyone bothered to check us in. One word ROUGH.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2008

THE WORST HOSTEL I HAVE EVER STAYED IN!!!

i have never felt so unsafe and the room was so dirty. we booked this last minute and luckily only for one night. we booked a double room with shared toilets/showers. the bathrooms looked like they hadnt been cleaned in weeks and at 3am while we were sleeping, some MALE STRANGER walked into our room. (scary- i would not like to be a girl travelling on my own and stay here!) There was also no security at night, any person of the street could walk around the corriders!
we left very swiftly the next day and paid an extra few dollars for a really nice hostel not far away...bush backpackers....!

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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BBBWhitsundays, owner at Backpackers by the Bay, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2008

I can not understand how a strange person would walk into your room. Every single person who stays at the hostel is offered a key to their room. Even if you didn't have a key, the doors are locked from the inside of the room by simply pressing in the button in the middle of the lock. If you locked your room, it is not possible for anyone else to come in.

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Additional Information about Backpackers by the Bay

Address: 12 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 57 Speciality Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range: $48 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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