Backpackers in Paradise


Backpackers in Paradise

40 Peninsular Drive, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Bus 163, 164, 172, 173, 175, 700, 705, 731, PM41, PM42, TX2, TX3 (stop: Surfers Paradise bus interchange)
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Brillant Location, Friendly Staff, Good Atmosphere
12 February 2010
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I stayed here for 2 nights and couldnt say anything was that bad
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The Location, The Bar, Friendly Staff, ATM, Shop Facilities, Nights out every night for cheap
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This was my first time staying in a backpackers and I was very satisfied. Stayed in a 8 bed dorm and it was a good size. Very well prised and brillant location. Backpacker nights out everynight so definly a place to party :)

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the management are a bunch of up themselves morons, & the hostel is the most boring place in Surfers
11 August 2007
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Where to start? The staff, crap bar, no TV area, dirty kitchen, throw people out for no reason
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The location, umm thats it.
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if you are offered a job here dont take it, the manangement treat you like a slave & expect you to work far to many hours for one nights free accomodation. The hostel itself is a really boring place unless you are lucky enough to have great room mates. But who wants to chance that? Staying here on your own with boring roommates would make anyone reach for the phone number of the Samaratins. Some of the staff who work here, not mentioning any names. thay are experts in false advertisment all of the stuf they say you can do you cant, the bar/movie room opens at 17:30 so no movies in day time only at night when it is supposed to be a bar, which means the atmosphere is fuckt, my advice to them is make an independet movie room and let the bar be a bar and please put on some dam music . stayed a week but only because of the people that i meet in the hostel.. PS. NO REFUNDS

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I had the best time here
16 June 2006
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The pool's cold
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The location, the staff are great
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Don't listen to some of the other comments about this hostle, it's the best one i've stayed in since being in Australia and i've been travelling for 5 months!! Everyone at the hostel is really friendly and there's such a good atmosphere. If you enjoy a night out you'll love the hostle because they have things set up every night. There's a cute bar, lovely pool area etc. and the hostle is just 5 minutes walk from all the shops, clubs and the beach. i highly recommend this hostle!!!!

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Maz
Had an amazing time!
15 June 2006
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Nothin
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the staff were great, best hostel ive been to yet!
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Had a great time, so far ive been in australia for 5months and this has to be the best hostel i have been 2. The staff were great and a good laugh. The place is really clean and tidy and and our dorms were really nice! I would deffinatly recommend this hostel to backpackers. We didnt want to leave, we had had such an azming time! The bar is aslo fab the staff that work there were such a good laugh! If ther are any backpackers out there looking for somewhere to stay in Surfers Paradise head to this hostel, trust me you'l love it! :D

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nice rooms& pool,but not the best hostel.
12 May 2006
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kitchen is filthy with limited working hobs
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relaxed, organise nights out
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stayed in the hostel for 2 weeks, the reception staff were not nice ,thought very highly of themselves felt like u were botherin them wen asking a question. bar was only open for 5 hours a night & the staff were wanderin about so it was hard to get a drink. couldnt bring in your own alcohol for wen bar closed. the kitchen was filthy with very little utensils, n limited working hobs. there was no tv room only tv in bar which u could only watch wen bar was open n bar staff chose what to watch, so theres no hope of seein the news to see whats going on in the world. rooms are nice, ensuite.

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Anonymous
Worst Hostel Ever
15 January 2006
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Backpackers don't go there. It's the worst hostel ever. I stayed there for a week over the new year and got my bag stolen from my room. The only thing that made me like the hostel was the barman (flash) He was cool and funny. The manager there is useless, he cares about 1 thing and 1 thing only, the money. We had to pay a compulsary fee just to eat for xmas, even if you didn't want to eat there food. ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES*** My advise to backpackers is don't stay there, for the same price just go to Sleeping Inn which is 50 yards down the road and has TV in every room and ensuite. Staff are so much friendly there and ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES***.

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Anonymous
Waste of money
11 January 2006
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Complete crap; Double bookings, Wet & smelly carpet, Disgusting bathrooms with mould everywhere. The management obvisouly only care about lining their pockets. In the time that we stayed numerous people arrived to find they had been double booked, some had to even find somewhere else to stay after having come from over seas. I also know of at least two groups who arrived and found the place so appauling that the didnt even stay one night. Plus most of the staff are real pricks. I would NOT recommend this place to anyone. If i could give less than one star i would.

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Anonymous
Really fun, friendly atmosphere....close to centre
23 December 2005
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I had a really fun stay here, accomadation is clean, tidy & basic large pool, + spa... cafe does a gorgeous breckfast, shop on site is handy, and Bar cheap & funky. staff are all really friendly and there is something going on every night....

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Anonymous
Dirty Dirty Dirty
18 April 2005
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I stayed here for a week and it is the worse place i have ever stayed in. There was water dripping from the lights,the room absolutely stank, the bathroom was constantly flooded and mould everywhere and lastly the room was infested with ants!!! You could not leave any food in your room as within a day it would be covered in ants. I brought some bread left it in my room for a couple of hours and when i came back the whole bag of bread was filled with ants! When i arrived in surfers paradise i called them to ask them if they could pick me up from the Transit centre (as they are meant to offer free pick up) they told me sorry i had to walk there. Even though it was about 10 minutes down the road, it was hassle especially with two bags and a surf board! My advise to anyone who is considering to stay here is dont go!!!

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Jordenrunt
Dirty!
1 November 2004
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This place is not great at all, compared to other hostels in Surfers! It's so dirty, the kitchen is cramped and the bathrooms stink. The good things are the cosy courtyard and that every room have lockers and bathroom. Sleeping Inn for the same price is just a few houses further and it's so much better!

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saragoeshard
Ignore previous rating....best hostel I've stayed in!!
3 June 2004
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I have to say that Backpackers in Paradise is one of, if not the best hostel I've stayed in in OZ. I have been traveling OZ for the past 8 months and started my trip there....8 months later I returned because I absolutely loved it!!! The staff there are so friendly and always willing to help out. The hostel is so cool, it has a massive pool and even a cinema room with different movies on every day. Never a dull moment in the hostel, there's aboriginal art to do, swimming, play pool or even just haging out with the people there. If you go to Surfers...definitely stay there!

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surfboy
horrible enviroment staff ,manager were un -friendly
31 May 2004
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i decided to go and try out one of the other hostels in surfer's and it was a big mistake trying this one. the staff were un helpful the manager didn't seem to put any effort in improving the quality of the hostel. i would not recommend staying here if you like a friendly eviroment

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Anonymous
lazy days crazy nights
7 March 2004
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backpackers was cool but we got trapped into paying up front for a weeks accomadation and regretted it!. i nearly went mad in surfers.. luckily we got on with a guy who worked there and he drove us around and stuff. but watch out for those canadian workers, girls, they're SHOCKING!

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Evs
Excellent location but really bad ventillation
13 December 2003
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Was quite dissapointed when I arrived in Backpackers in Paradise, the weather outside was quite cool however due to the really bad ventillation inside the rooms, it was absolutely boiling inside which made it so hard to sleep, the beds were squeaky and small, you couldn't sit straight on the bottom bunk. The rooms looked clean but had a dirty feel to them, the bathroom was small, looked dirty, some windows were missing (lack of privacy as the neighbouring building's windows looked straight into our bathroom), we saw a total 2 cockroaches, one huge one in the bathroom and a small one crawling on the wall near the beds. The pool was nice and clean, the shop was nicely stocked with all things necessary, the cafe was relatively priced and had good food but were really stingy with the bacon. Onto the good things, the location is excellent, a short walk to the beach, Surfers Paradise Transit Centre, bus stops to Theme Parks, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Australia Fair Shopping Centre and the Gold Coast Airport in Coolangatta, is very close to the shopping strip, bars, cafes and restaurants. If you're not spending much time sleeping then Backpackers In Paradise is a good cheap place, other than that I'm sure there was a better place nearby for the same price.

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Anonymous
Where to start....
13 December 2002
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We stayed 2 nights in this hostel only because everywhere else was full & we couldn't get a refund.Paid for a twin room, were put into the most filthy empty dorm we've seen 30 or so hostels later! cockroaches, the bathroom stank, was mouldy just horrible, lockers- ah yes cockroaches liked these I found they could be removed from the wall! Twin room imagine my surprise when 2 more people checked in2 our room on the 2nd night- no refund on the twin rate just told we needed to talk to the phantom manager! The door was a bit hard to open fron inside the room(to get out this is not good) so imagine being 3 nice lads been woken~a yell of let us out! Yes our 2 room guests missed their bus because the lads next door had to kick open the door from outside! Saying that the people were nice except the 2 witches we had to deal with and we had 2 wicked nights on the piss and tanned ourselves on the beach I mean who'd want to stay in a room when the entertainment is cockroaches crawling around your stuff- honest it was that bad~ the pool did seem clean but then cockroaches can't swim!

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Anonymous
shabby backpackers
13 September 2002
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this place was no good, termites everywhere, a green pool and the staff had no idea about the area of surfers. The beds were lumpy and worst of all the bar was understocked. SHOCKING

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Misti Hill
Party Hard, Play Hard!!!!!
2 July 2002
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I've been in Traveling for seven months and never have I stayed at a hostel with such an amazing, layed back atmosphere. The managers and staff were always friendly and most helpfull; they really knew Surfer's and surrounding areas. Each dorm has an ensuite and lockers; internet, kitchen, laundry, and pool tables, on site shop, and cafe are available for use as well. Every night of the week, there were movies played on a huge screen projector in the bar area. And a different nightclub to hangout at with free drinks seven nights a week. The pool is beautiful.....and CLEAN! The place is always crawling with party hard travelers. If I were to head back to Surfer's, there's no doubt where I would stay.....I had a BLAST!

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John
great place to stay and party
20 August 2001
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went there and stayed there for a week and it was a great place... very clean and friendly staff.... looked really cool from the outside and had a bar, tv room, pool tables everything you could ever need and every night there was some kind of party thing going on... so there was always someone to party with.... a great place to go and stay highly recomended especially for the price

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