Base Brisbane Uptown (formerly Tinbilly Travellers)


Base Brisbane Uptown (formerly Tinbilly Travellers)

462 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Bus 370, 375, 379, 380, 381, 470, 475, 476 (stop: George Street near Herschel Street) Train Roma Street
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(07) 3238 5888 or 1800 446 646
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not bad at all
9 December 2008
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lifts very slow!
Pros
the bar
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not a bad place at all,good lively bar and central location.

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Its like a prison block.
24 October 2007
Cons
The nightly pub announcements, the crap air con
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This hostel is very well located next to the transit centre. The staff at reception are very friendly and efficient. The room smelt of feet and ventilation obviously was bad. The air con was set at 26 degrees so it was too hot at night. the toilet didn't flush properly. the shower curtain was black, which kind of indicates that they chose that colour to minimise cleaning requirements. Basically the entire bathroom could do with being cleaned better. there is a very noisy pub at the bottom of the building which does good food on the cheap. the hostel does announcements, piped diretly into the hostel rooms, for about an hour come 7 o clock about special promotions on in the pub. This is a bit unneccesary. The common room is too small and really need common rooms on each level. The design of the common room is not great either as the focal point is the tv and thats it. The kitchen was a bit small but there was lots of fridge space. I'd recommend a different hostel.

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Great location, friendly, a little loud at night until the bar closes at 1am.
30 July 2007
Cons
Noise and could be a bit cleaner
Pros
Location and staff!
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Good location and friendly staff. It's a bit loud at night until the adjacent bar closes at 1am. I'd stay there again.

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Nice Hostel
21 March 2007
Cons
the bar could be bigger!
Pros
Cheap food, busy bar, nice double room, clean.
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We ended our east-coast trip here and didnt find it that bad. The check-in was friendly and our room was clean on arrival (unlike elcewhere!). The bar was allways busy which was nice if you wanted to meet people or grab a cheap bite to eat. the location of this hostel is great, right there by the bus station and trains, so excellent if you've got a flight to catch early!! Nice place to stay.

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Expensive hostel in a good location
29 December 2006
Cons
Smelly residents, snail-paced lift, duff aircon
Pros
Very close to station, 24 hour Internet, clean
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My overriding memory of staying here was the stench of the 2 teenagers in my dorm who had somehow rustled up the $28 per night cost. The location is perfect for arrival/departure at/from the main station, plus the city centre is close. Facilities were generally good, in particular the 24 hour Internet, but the lift was painfully slow and the dorm aircon wasn't particularly powerful. The ground floor bar seemed to be busy 24/7, so I'm not sure if that would be irritating if you were staying on a low floor. I'd consider staying here again.

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Great location, great hostel.
31 May 2006
Cons
It's in Brisbane.
Pros
Clean, good facilities and good vibe
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The best hostel in Australia! Wasn't a huge fan of Brisbane but this hostel is definitely top notch. Rooms are clean and ensuite, facilities are nice and new. Location is great as it's right across from the train station.

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A Good Modern Hostel
12 March 2006
Cons
Security lockers that don't work
Pros
$5 Steaks in the Bar
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This hostel has a lot going for it. It is less than 2 minutes walk from Roma St. station, 5 minutes from Queen St. the main shopping centre of Brisbane. It is clean, modern and has a job board and helpful staff who are willing to book you on local tours such as the XXXX Brewery at discount prices. All the rooms are air conditioned, have en-suite and come with free security lockers- the only problem with these is that most of them don't work. The tv room has plenty of space and the kitchen is in good condition. The bar downstairs is always busy, not just with backpackers but locals too- there for the cheap drink, good atmosphere and $5 Steaks on offer for 2 hours every day. I would definately recommend staying here but book in advance as it does get busy.

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Kayliegh
DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE!
27 January 2006
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I've been here for 2 weeks...this is the funest hostel i have stayed at during my east coast travelling! The staff, especially the bar satff, are so fun and always "pumping hot"! The day i got here i became a staff member and loved it to death! The people here are amazing, the "balgoon" is always happening, the bar is brilliant, the doorms are combfortable and airconditioned and the kitchen is the cleanest one I have been in yet! If you stay in Brisbane check it out...right accross for the Transit Center...

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kaitilin
Bed Bug Haven...............
22 December 2005
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Stayed at tinbilly backpackers for two nights and couldn,t wait to leave. Staff were rude on reception. The double rooms were fusty with no open windows.The cleaners walk in your room with out knocking whilst chatting on their mobile phones. The balcony was so small you couldn't swing a cat on it and residents had graffittied the walls in blue marker. I got biten on the first night by bed bugs (38 bites on my arm alone). The one star is for the downstairs bar, friendly staff and pool tables. Not in a great location, would advise staying at bunk in the valley.

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Anonymous
Absolutely brilliant!!
17 October 2005
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This hostel was brilliant. We stayed in a double, and it was spacious the bathroom was huge! Food was great at the bar! This is definately the best place to stay in Brisbane.

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Anonymous
Love it - Cool staff and trendy atmosphere
21 June 2005
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Thanks guys for such a great stay, reception, bar staff were great help and housekeepers kept the place ship/shape. Facilities great, kitchen a bit small but the cafe always had great deals. Would definately recommend Tinbilly's.

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Anonymous
What a Dump!!!!
10 May 2005
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We stayed here for 3 nights but wouldn't have stayed 3 minutes if it wasn't for there no refund policy. Cheap dorms for 13 end up with at least 16 many of whom were staying long term and had their crap all over the floor. We almost ended up sleeping with rucksacks on beds. Ensuite bathrooms...what a joke!!! Absolutely minging both room and ensuite never seen a cleaner. Corridors stink of baby sick!! Kitchen tiny, filthy, food gets nicked and greeted by smashed pots all over floor one morning. All in all a filthy stinky hostel. If, as advertised it is supposed to have been purpose built it should be knocked down and built again!!!

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Paul and Soph
THE Place to Stay - PUMPING HOT
18 April 2004
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A great place to stay, MUCH better than The Palace. We stayed there for 3 months in a quad share. Prices are reasonable if you use a voucher found in TNT. You get a free drink on arrival and further discounts at the bar. The rooms are very modern, clean and fresh and you actually get duvets. The air-con is amazing (ask for the remote from reception if its too hot/cold). Theres a large common area with a TV, vending machines and phones on various floors, a job club and a tour desk. The reception is 24hrs and the staff have always been friendly and helpful - if you check out after 10am you wont get your key deposit back, but that's not their fault. Its all security swipe carded, including your own personal safe in your room ($1 per day) and the rooms get cleaned everyday. The bar is all new and clean with friendly day staff and it's a good place to START your evening off - it never gets too busy apart from fridays after work. You do have to balance all these good points with the fact the kitchen lacks decent cooking equipment and they've been promising to get the air con fixed in there for 3 months or so (it was too hot to cook in at times). And that's about it - apart from if you are going to use the vouchers from TNT mag, don't forget to claim your free t-shirt with your weekly payment.

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Shazza
Flash bar, pity about the rest
9 March 2004
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Chose to stay in this hostel as it is right near the Roma transit centre, which is great but the hostel is disappointing.The air conditioning is FREEZING, the kitchen is far too small for the amount of people and too hot, as is the common area, the staff lack in customer service. The worse part was the rooms, I stayed in a 7 share with an ensuite which was far too small. The room was just full of beds there wasnt ANY space for backpacks and certainly not 7 people's packs. It appears that this hostel is relying on the fashionable colour scheme and the bar downstairs, whilst packing people in like sardines. Saying that, the bar staff (Cieran and co) were brillaint!!

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Anonymous
Looks nice but is too expensive and dim-witted!
2 December 2003
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Well, its certainly slick and new (mostly), but there are a few major problems. Look, if you're in town for a holiday you'll probably be fine, but those of us who are used to travelling and have an idea of how hostels should operate, there are a few grating issues: 1) The kitchen. This is the one that will get most people - for a huge hostel its tiny (one sink!) and its disgusting. The staff will no doubt claim that its the backpackers who are making it dirty (and it is) but its because its too small and most people just want to get in and out. Also, if they had a deposit for cutlery instead of just being in the cupboards over the sink, people would wash up as it would be their own that they're washing. 2) The bar. Nice enough, but it gets filled with pervy locals out to score some easy backpacker. My advice: go to Fortitude Valley to some real bars. 3) The air conditioning. Of course, its a nice touch that they give air-con in each room, but its only got two settings: boiling or freezing. I'm serious. 4) The staff are a bunch on numb nuts. Typical corporate-culture dickheads, they are totally computer dependent without knowing what they're doing at all, too busy are they trying to look cool. I got denied my key deposit as the person checking me in hadn't entered it into the system. Thanks guys! Plus the older guy Peter, who I guess is in charge, couldn't give a shite about the guests - beware if you try and complain to him!All of this would be fine if you weren't paying through the nose for it. Travellers would be much better going to any of the other hostels in the over-saturated (and apart from Tinbillys, easily affordable) Brisbane hostel market.

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Anonymous
Are you a lucky person?
21 November 2003
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I stayed this hostel a few nights, and I really liked its clean and bright room, own modern bathroom in each room, nice location and nice people staying there. I would have given 5 stars if I had not seen other rooms...My friends room did not have ANY windows, and had dirty bathroom unlike my room...maybe it's because my room was girls room and his room was mixed..., Also he was very angry that we paid SAME rates, which was $27!! So, all I can say for this hostel is, if you are a lucky person, you will definitely like this hostel!

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Lisa
Loved it!
12 October 2003
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Tinbilly is modern, big and friendly. It provided the best backpackers facilities we experienced; close to the main train station, close to shops, has a bar,24 hour reception, excellent security, lifts, internet (expensive, but there's a much cheaper internet lounge just around the corner opposite train station!), vending machines and a kitchen and TV area (not as small as others we've been to by far). I certainly recommend this hostel, we stayed for 2 weeks and met some lovely people, including the staff.

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Allison
Rooms good, common areas bad
24 September 2003
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Stayed here for 3 days in August. The hostel is new and modern with ensuites in every room. The 8 bed dorm had plenty of space even when full. The common area was very small for this size of hostel and the dining area is practically non-existent; only a few stools set up at a counter. The kitchen is large but continuously dirty except for the 20 minutes immediately after cleaning. The hostel seems to attract groups of friends and the lack of common areas makes it difficult to meet people. Good location near coach station and 10 min walk to downtown shopping area.

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M Nelson
Great
21 April 2003
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I loved this place. It was very clean and everyone was very friendly. Great location. The bar was a nice also. I reccomend staying here!

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Christelle
Modern, clean, comfortable : more like a hotel
15 April 2003
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The previous comment is a bit exagerated (except that it is expensive -25$-) and does not reflect the quality of this hotel. Of course, if you are looking for a party place, you will be disappointed. But this is a hostel, and one could even say a real hotel (and I think you'd better consider it like that). It is not a holiday resort which is meant to entertain the guests, it is a place where you find accommodation! You spend more time in your room, and the common areas (kitchen, dining area, laundry) are quite small, not really meant to be used a lot. But it is a nice place, with modern rooms, cleaned daily, air conditioned, with security entry cards and safety lockers in the rooms. Each room (4 beds-dorm) has ensuite bathroom and toilet. There is no complaint to make about the "sleeping facilities". It is well situated, not far from the center, and if you wish to party, the bar/restaurant downstairs is one of the most busy places of this part of the city.

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