Bunk Surfers Paradise


Bunk Surfers Paradise

6 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Tram Cavill Avenue Bus 163, 164, 172, 173, 175, 700, 705, 731, PM41, PM42, TX2, TX3 (stop: Surfers Paradise bus interchange)
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(07) 5538 8000
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Central, but old and tired
18 May 2007
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Rather grubby, with little atmosphere or chances to meet people
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A very short walk to all the main clubs
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This is a pretty neat hostel if you plan to go clubbing a lot. It's right in the thick of things, opposite the Hard Rock Cafe, and 5 minutes from the beach. It is in an old 1960s hotel that hasn't been renovated - hence the rooms are "quaint" and "chinzy", but the rooms come with fridges, TV, telephones and - almost uniquely for a backpackers - room service! they are clean - ish - but clearly 40 years of wear and tear hasn't done them any favours. The pool is tiny, but good. It is however overlooked by the bar. The bar is a bit dull, with a lot of old men in it, and there are better options nearby. However there are major problems with the staff: They really seem to hate backpackers, and will do anything to avoid being helpful to them. Also beware - I paid with a UK credit card, and my bill was automatically transfered into GBP at a ruinious exchange rate, without asking me if I'd like to pay in AUD. CHECK your visa card slips!

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Great Location....ok hostel
16 May 2006
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Pretty run-down place
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Right off the main strip
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This hostel is in the best spot - so handy to everything. It's pretty grotty though - and the pool - which would be great - is overlooked by a cheap casino/gaming bar, so you get all the scum of Surfers watching you swim! We even had a beer bottle thrown at us!! However our room had air-con - although it was a noisy to run! And it had an ensuite bathroom and tv which was nice. You don't really get a chance to mingle with everyone else - so it's not a social hostel.

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Great location, but disgusting
10 April 2006
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The place is one of the dirtiest hostels I've stayed in
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The location is GREAT
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I have traveled to 4 different continents and stayed in various hostels and this definifitely rates as one of the worst. We only stayed for a night, since we had already paid, and then checked out early morning to return to the bus depot next door to find another place to stay. The girl at the reception desk wasn't surprised, as it was apparent that others had similar requests. I think it's the only hostel I've been in where I actually saw bugs. Yuck.

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Anonymous
Just like a hotel!
19 April 2005
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This place was actually a hotel, but it did have a common room and kitchen area. The pool and spa area was lovely, and we had our own double room with air con, balcony fridge and TV which was great! The kitchen was pretty bad though - very ill equipped. They charge you $10 for a cup, plates and cutlery and have no other stuff in the kitchen apart from pots and pans. Very hard to cook so had to eat out! Staff could have been nicer, but it was definitely worth the price! Would definitely stay here again.

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karen1979
nice hostel but lack of atmosphere
5 July 2004
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I found this place pretty good, its right next to bus station, 2 minutes from the beach and you get a voucher for a free meal in the nice brew-pub next door. You have access to all the hotel facilities which is great - spa and pool in particular! - and the rooms have fridges, TV and en-suite bathroom. Found them pretty clean. Only downside is there is no real atmosphere or place for backpackers to meet (I didn't actually realise there was a kitchen!)

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SD
Wrong
6 February 2004
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Seems like an OK place when i visited others staying at Islander, BUT was dissappointed i couldn't stay here because i was not of the correct nationality.

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Anonymous
A brilliant hostel, one of the best up the East Coast
25 November 2003
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I stayed in the Islander back in July and it was brilliant, having stayed in the awful Arts Factory in Byron Bay this reinstored my faith in hostels. It is like staying in a hotel, with rooms spacious with tv, fridge, plenty of storage space, your own locker and bathroom. We shared with two girls and a guy and from there on in travelled with this group of people because in rooms that size you really get the chance to meet and get to know your fellow travellers. It was a truly brilliant hostel and I would recommend anyone to stay there. It is extremely central, staff are very friendly even on the hotel reception and the pool and spa are lovely. There is also tennis courts, squash courts, a gym and games room. You would be mad not to avail of this hostel on your trip up the East Coast. Also they write you a lovely email after your stay wishing you all the best on your travels and ensuring you had a pleasant stay with them!

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jaya.kudhijono@siemens.com
Hotel facilities with hostel price
18 November 2003
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It really feels like staying at a hotel but paying hostel rate. The only tradeoff is the absence of aircon. Walk 1 block to the beach, the center of Surfers is just outside. We checked out Mardi Gras on Hamilton Avenue but gravely disappointed with the double room there (very small and quite difficult to breath). So we thought it's a good thing we chose Islander. The price difference is definitely worth it. We got big double room with nice ensuite bathroom, TV, fridge and free tea/coffee. Too bad being a backpacker means lots of youngsters shouting and hollering from the balcony to girls on the street. Nice pool area, which is about the only communal spot. Big thanks to the general manager who helped us deal with some problems with Daves Car Rental.

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Anonymous
A little Pricey for a Hostel
3 September 2003
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Great clean, quiet and accessible HOTEL! Its great! Though if youre looking for a place with a great atmosphere and friendly people, dun think about coming here.

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Anonymous
Best location in Surfers and fantastic showers!
7 May 2003
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Was great being within 5 minutes to main shopping area, beach, busstops, restaurants and bars, especially with sunset being before 6pm. Had a dorm bed for $22 a night (with 4 party hard brits who were on an 11am-4am timezone!), and a twin share with a friend for $60 a night. Both rooms were large, had a fridge, TV, ensuite with awesome shower and a balcony with good view of pool and spa. Islander also had tennis and squash courts and a sauna. No real communal scene and crockery had to be rented for $10 - at least was clean. Internet available only until 4pm. Was grateful for the left luggage facility. Staff friendly and curteous, all in all had a great stay.

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Anonymous
Look no further in Surfers
13 January 2003
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Brilliant place - hotel facilities at hostel prices. Spa, tennis court, TV/bathroom even in the cheap rooms, squash, gym, arcade, internet. 2 mins walk from the nightlife and you can literally roll into the bus station. I stayed with mates there but I imagine if you're on your own it might not be so good as there was no obvious communal area for backpackers to meet but otherwise, best hostel I stayed at in Australia.

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Anonymous
Great place to stay!!
13 January 2003
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Stayed for 10 days and didn't want to leave. The facilities were amazing and everything was provided. Good atmosphere and met plenty of other travellers to go out with. Everything we needed was within walking distance, and bus stops shopping malls and theme parks were close by. Kitchen was a little small but adequate for cooking. Staff were friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend it to others.

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Gary
Has its pros and cons
3 November 2002
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First, the good things about the hostel. The girls on the reception were very helpful and friendly, among the best hostel staff I've come across. Second, the rooms are top class. The one I was in had a balcony, TV, fridge. And this is all at standrad hostel price, in fact cheaper than many I stayed at in Australia. The only downside was really that because the hostel was effectively within a hotel building, there was no focal point for backpackers to meet, etc. But a pleasant stay nonetheless.

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Tedra1
A pleasant surprise!
3 October 2001
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Wow, I just loved this place. It was like being in a hotel room instead of a hostel. The room I was in had a wonderful bathroom, a closet with full-length mirrors, a TV, a phone and conveniant side tables, a fridge, a balcony with a clothes rack, and only 4 people per room. Fantastic! And the facilities are out of this world, with tennis courts, sauna, swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a huge game room downstairs and internet lab. There's also a big locker assigned to you with your room (no extra cost!) that has REAL blankets and sheets in it for the bed. This was by far the cosiest I've ever been in a hostel. It is extremely conveniantly located to the main strip, with Paradise center right next door and the beach only a 5 min. walk away. It's so close to great shopping, beautiful beach, and yummy Korean restaurants, that I never wanted to leave! I could have spent my entire spring break in this place and in this city. Sorry, it's Tedra again, but I had to add that, you guessed, it's right next to the bus transit center. When I had to catch my bus down the coast, all I had to do was walk out the Nomads Backpackers reception downstairs and turn left and there it was, right next door! Also, reading the Lonely Planet guide, I was a surprised at the lackluster review they gave this place, so if I were you, I'd completely ignore it! :)

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Anonymous
Don't Stay Anywhere Else!!!!
27 August 2001
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This hostel was like staying in a Resort but paying Backpacker prices!! We came here for a couple of days but ended up staying nearly two weeks. It is right smack bang in the middle of the Surfers Paradise, has a pool, spa, sauna, tennis court, you name it! The rooms even have TV's and bar fridges! I recommend you come and check it out for yourselves, just get off the bus and walk next door.....

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