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Nomads Brisbane Hostel

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Hostel address
308 Edward Street (corner Ann Street), Brisbane
Train Central
Tel
(07) 3211 2433 or 1800 676 340
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Dorm bed $20–36
Single room $55–65
Double room $74–89
Prices are in Australian dollars and are inclusive of all taxes.
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good place to party, bad if you want to sleep
26 December 2009
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small seating area for kitchen, high level of theft
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security lockers, spacious dorms
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Stayed one night on the 1st floor just above the bar - asked to move the next day as bar is open till 5am every night plus beds in dorm were so high up and no bars on them I then moved to 3rd floor, still a little noisy but not as bad. Kitchen was clean but not big enough for the amount of people preparing food and sitting at the table. Good location but if you are on the 3rd or 4th floor keep the windows closed at night and when you are sleep in the room if you can, my friends had their stuff nicked by someone who came in through the window whilst one was alone asleep - not very safe so use the lockers as well!!!

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I loved this hostel!
12 December 2008
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The kitchen
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The roof
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I loved staying here. We were working in a hotel in Brisbane which was opposite the hostel. We made sooo many friends here, and the roof is a great place to drink and socialise. We stayed in a 3 bed dorm was clean and there was nothing you could complain about. We also stayed in an 8 bed dorm, which was quite large, and also clean, and had a sink in it. Was good because it was big enough not to feel like there were 8 people in it. The kitchen is big, and fairly clean. The only problem we had was people stealing our food. You need to be careful about that. Good common areas, think there was a TV room on pretty much every floor. The showers were fairly clean, and the staff are so friendly. I wouldn't go in the lift though, we nearly got stuck in it. Use the stairs! The Down Under bar is really good. Cheap food and drinks and a very good atmosphere. Totally recommend this hostel!

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Clean rooms although 4th floor are small
4 January 2008
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Small rooms
Pros
Ideal central location
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This hostel was friendly, centrally located and busy!! the rooms were very small but they were exceptionally clean as were the shower facilities - after all, you only need a bed to sleep in! There was an excellent cafe downstairs that served the best breakfasts at a very good price.

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scoobs
welcome to CHAV-palace
26 January 2006
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its called palace for only one reason and thats cos it IS a palace for bloody chavs. full of them and i swear they're breeding in this place. seriously though DONT stay here... me and my mate stayed here as we was flying out the next day and wanted somewhere close to the airport. so despite how bad we heard it was we grinned and beared it. grinning however was NOT what i was doing.. the place is just swarming with CHAVS and the hostel stinks of some kind of dodgy chemicals. we stayed in a small dorm hoping to get a good nights sleep. how naive were we? from the minute the bar starts going it just doesnt stop, we were on the TOP floor and i felt like we was sleeping IN the bar. no matter how hard we both tried we couldnt get to sleep with the noise. the rooms aren't even sealed off as their is an open alcove above the door so u can hear the room down the corridors coversation. to TOP it all off... the CHAV that was staying in our room came back, turned on the light and started yelling and laughing cos we couldnt sleep. the ONE star this hostel gets is for its friendly staff.. thats about it. i would rather saw off my ears than stay here again. if your a CHAV or your deaf then stay here.. otherwise run for the hills.

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Jahane
Big, but practical and clean
5 January 2006
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We were in a double room in the Palace, which was pretty small and basic as they go, but the place was clean, fairly secure and in a great location for the station and the city centre. We didn't find the bar that easy to get chatting to people as most guys were in groups already and it was a bit 'laddy' - seemed popular with some scally locals as well as backpackers (drinks were cheap, go figure). The food in there was great value though and scrummy! Overall it was okay.

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Anonymous
good hostel, good bar
17 August 2005
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all booked in here on the oz bus. Staff were fine, the room was noisy, thanks to a large group in the rooms either side playing drinking games between the rooms most of the night and following day. Lockers in the rooms are useful. Bathrooms, though the floor was wet af few times were clean and not busy. I liked the kitchen, and never had any problems. The bar downstairs is great. overall, a good hostel, and we had a good time here.

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christellefv
Perfect location, has everything you need & old feel
30 December 2004
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The pick-up service from bus station was good at night, but did not drop-off before 7h or so in the morning so I walked, but it is not far away so it is alright. Location is perfect: near shopping, historic buildings, cinemas, right in the action. The room was huge and although 6 people were in it with me it was big and felt spacious. The room gave out on a shared balcony for the whole floor. Great view from the 3rd floor where my room was! It was a bit noisy at night with city noise outside (cars, peolpe partying, etc). The bathroom were alright and clean but the toilet leaked and the floor was always completely wet (3rd floor). The kitchen was ok but not much space to eat (tables). You have to hire a crockery set with a 10$ deposit and if you need a sharp knife you have to ask reception and leave your key as a deposit. The staff was very helpful and I liked that reception was open 24h a day. The Internet also 24h a day, 3$ an hour. There were lockers in the room (with your own lock). TV room with basic channels and a few couches. Elevator indeed old but worked fine (only use it when you have luggage and otherwise use the stairs!). Nice architecture in the hostel, gave me a nice old building feel, like back in the days. Good hostel, I would stay here again.

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tuatara2004
Very noisey, unfriendly and unpleasant
17 October 2004
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The palace is very noisey at night the beds are very uncomfortable. The kitchen is very badly equipped, dirty, crowded and too small. The locks to the doors often jam (including the front door!), so people usually leve them open. Make sure you use the lockers provided because theft was rife while I was there. The staff are extremely unhelpful unless they are trying to sell you something and the internet is very expensive. For me this was easily the worst hostel I stayed in whilst travelling around Australia. Really disapointing after some of the good things I'd been told about Palace hostels. OK it has a bar but I totally agree with the reveiwer from Yorkshire. As bars go it certainly isn't anything special. Why not stay somewhere queiter, cleaner and friendlier, and find a decent bar? If you are a more serious traveller who'd prefer to meet nice people, explore Brisbane during the day and get some sleep then stay somewhere else.

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Anonymous
Embassy (down the street and run by the same)is better
5 April 2004
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I stayed in a double room and it was ok. The room was small and simple but average. There wasn't any noise at night since we were on the 4th floor. The elevator is SUPER old and takes forever and is very hard to open. The kitchen was small and we didn't use it since we heard there was a new hostel run by the same people down the street called the Palace Embassy. the prices were the same and it is brand new and GREAT. The entertainment room was huge with a huge flat screen TV and almost theatre-like seating. Best of all, the bunks come with a lock-able drawer underneath. The kitchen was good too. Our 6-bed dorm was empty except for us. There is still a party vibe if you want it. Stay here instead of the palace! only complaint is very sqeaky beds!

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Anonymous
It's only a bar!
24 January 2004
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I think you get the idea from the other posts. It has a bar downstairs that gets busy. We came here straight from Byron & couldnt wait to leave. Agree with all the other posts about the hostel itself, & our dorm was right above the bar. They took over an hour to pick us up from the airport, I had to phone them 3 times & then couldnt beleive how far it was, we could have walked it. We like a drink as much as the next man but on your own terms.....if you want a party in your bedroom you'd arrange it yourself. Dont go here unless you fancy an 18-30 type stay every day of the week. Not what we travelled half way across the world for, go to Ayia Napa, Malia or Ibiza instead they have bars 100 times better than this & the flight is much shorter & cheaper.

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Michelle
Party hostel!! - Don't expect any sleep!
4 January 2004
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The outside of this hostel is pretty impressive and you just can't miss it...and at night the noise from the Down Under Bar makes sure you can hear it too! I stayed in the hostel because it was recommended to me by a friend. I have to say I did have a good time there, but there are both good and bad points to it. Firstly, it's great if you want a great night out - the Down Under Bar ensures a good night and you can stagger straight into your room! That's all very well, but if you stay there a while you might decide to just have a night in and catch up on a bit of sleep - no chance!! Even staying a few floors above the bar, the place shook with noise and the corridors were filled with drunk backpackers making their way back to their rooms. Pretty stressful for someone who wants some sleep!! The rooms are pretty basic, but comfortable. I agree with the other reviewers about the security issue of the doors, so be on your guard and use the lockers. Also, the kitchen area is a bit small for such a big hostel, but hey, can't have everything! So all I can say is, it's a great place for a few nights as there's a good atmosphere and a great opportunity to have some good nights out, but don't stay if you're expecting to get any sleep before 6am!

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Marc Jones
A hostel for getting drunk and nothing else
11 September 2003
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I really don't understand how the other reviews have been so good? The place was very noisy at night and the beds are very uncomfortable. The kitchen is very badly equipped, dirty, crowded and too small. The locks to the doors often jam (including the front door!), so people usually leve them open, hence make sure you use the lockers provided. The staff are extremely unhelpful unless they are trying to sell you something and the internet is very expensive. For me this was easily the worst hostel I stayed in whilst travelling around Australia. If youre only interested in getting drunk in a crowd then you'll probably enjoy it but if you are a more serious traveller whod prefer to explore Brisbane during the day stay somewhere else.

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rich
i liked it
17 July 2003
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i had been living in brisbane for a couple of mounths and a couple of the best nights i had were in this place once you get talking to people it is fine. it has everthing you need not the biggest kitchen for a place this size but the roof garden and of course the bar are great and surprisingly quiet, i recomend it if even to go there for a couple of nights while getting use to brisbane and want to find someting more suited for your self.

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Anonymous
too big
7 December 2001
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theres really nothing wrong with this place. I have stayed in a lot worse . Plus points clean ,staff seem friendly and welcoming and its central. but fairly expensive for brisbane,never actually found the showers in 2 days, the lift kept trying to decapitate me and the only communal areas were tiny which meant the only place with any room to sit down is in the bar which was fine but still.

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Rich
Large basic hostel but home of the Down Under Bar!
30 November 2001
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One of the most infamous hostels on the east coast thanks to the reputation of the Down Under Bar downstairs. If you want a hostel which will party till late this is the place. Other that that its a large, impersonal but clean hostel in the centre of the City.

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Anonymous
Brilliant facilities, but a bit too big
26 October 2001
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This hostel had the best facilities of anywhere I stayed. Anything you needed was there on site. It was also clean, centrally-located and good for finding work. It has good wheelchair facilities - including disabled bathrooms. There is a common room on each floor, and a large equipped kichen. However, I do think that the Palace is best suited to people travellling in groups and pairs. It's such a big place, that it's not easy to meet people, as in other hostels. I was on my own, and feeling a bit homesick. The slightly impersonal feel of the Palace didn't improve things much. However, it was nice to stay in such pleasant surroundings, and after a week, I joined the job search, and immediately found work and a car share up the coast.

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Anonymous
You know where you are...you're in the Down Uder Bar'
6 September 2001
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The bar, the bar, the bar. Yeah it's big. But it's pretty quiet as well. Well, after 3am. Everyone sleeps all day waiting for another night of specials in the bar. Brisbane was outside? Was it?

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Anonymous
A great hostel
22 June 2001
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The Palace is a great hostel for its size, offering all the facilities and creature comforts that you need.The best thisng about it was it's central location to Brisbane and information provided for things like air travel, tours, and genrally getting things done. I found the guys at the counetr really helpful and fun. Alex

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Anonymous
Alright for such a large hostel
26 May 2001
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Too many people - not very personal, bar was okay but not very friendly.

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