Gold Coast International Backpackers Resort


Gold Coast International Backpackers Resort

28 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Tram Surfers Paradise Bus 700, 705, 731, TX2, TX3 (stop: Remembrance Drive at Markwell Avenue)
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Looks good on the outside, bad on the inside
23 March 2008
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Location, balcony in every room, and ensuite
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This place looked modern and clean on the outside (and from the internet site) but once u get closer....its bad..! I stayed there recently with a friend and never will we go there ever again..! The kitchen is a no go zone, it smells rank and dirty. The fridge isnt actually a fridge, because it doesnt work. We had to throw food out because it didnt stay cool. We found hairs in our bed, before we used them, no toilet paper in the ensuite, and rooms were quite dirty. It seems that the owners/managers etc dont bother spending much money cleaning or maintaining this place ! There were people hanging around the front entrance (nearly all the time) getting drunk and left a pigsty every morning....the staff arent exactly friendly either, rather plain. Quite simply...DONT ever stay at this place.....its not worth your hard earned cash...!!

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Prison cells are cleaner and more spacious.
13 January 2007
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Location and balcony off our room.
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The website for this hostel is extremely inaccurate. From the front it looks like a decent place and as with many hostels, the reception, bar, lounge, ourtdoor area were fairly clean and promising. Then you reach the kitchen. The smell alone should warn you off ever using it before you even reach the filthy worktops and piles of unwashed dishes. Despite advising arrival time at midday, we were told by our obviously hungover and moody desk staff, that our room was not ready due to 'party people sleeping in... ha ha.' Not impressed. After 20 minutes we were given our room but our linen, we were told, was 'just in the dryer' and would be ready shortly. Not so. 8 hours later and after countless ignored requests, we managed to get 4 sheets... no top sheets, no pillowcases. We were offered damp pillowcases being told they were 'near enough'. Our room was cramped, the matresses and carpet filthy and the bathroom not properly cleaned. Cockroaches were spotted and killed. This hostel has rules posted absolutely everywhere... not so bad if they are actually followed, least of all by the staff. Despite the''no alcohol" and "no noise after 10pm" rules, the evening events were so out of control that police were contacted to calm the group. This was not normal hostel revelry, these people were blocking the entrance to the building, making other guests pick their way between them and piles of empty bottles. I have no doubt the level of music and noise would have been disturbing guests of the other hotels in the street. The final night we stayed, as the staff were partaking in the loud, abrasive behaviour (one guy actually attacked a bystander with a glass bottle) the owner was called. He arrived quickly and dismissed a number of guests in a manner that led to mind the yelling and screaming at 'Fawlty Towers'. I had two 17 year olds with me who were intimidated by all this. Overall, this hostel would rate as one of my all time worst. The filth, the prison cell rooms and the apathetic attitudes of the staff made this a stay I would rather forget.

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electricjenny
Boring
10 January 2005
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When my friends and I got there everything seemed fine to start but after we checked in the rooms were small, the linnen was dirty, the beds smelled and creaked which meant an unpleasant sleep which we did alot of because we had already paid and there was nothing to do, we went looking for a party at their bar but no one was there apart from a few bums i dont know who wrote the other reports saying that its a party so we hooked up with some people from another hostel and found out that they join up with all of the other hostels in surfers paradise apart from this one so we went there, much better. This place needs a facelift. Its not what the ads say. All in all Not Fun!

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Cazza
One of the worst hostels we stayed in
2 November 2004
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I saw an advert for this place in TNT magzine and it was advertised as "brand new and modern". Well, it is new in name only (it used to be Mardi Gras Backpackers) and I couldn't see anything else that looked remotely new or modern - in fact everything looked like it could do with a big face lift. The corridors were dark and dingy. Our double room was small and shabby. We stayed one night and checked out first thing the next morning. We found a great place called the Silver Sands Motel just around the corner - for only $6 extra night it was like a palace in comparison! Funnily enough the owner of the Silver Sands said they get plenty of business from people fleeing the Gold Coast Int Backpackers!

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Jordenrunt
Good facilities
1 November 2004
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This is not the best hostel in Surfers, but it's really good. It's close to the beach, the rooms are small, but nice and there's a bathroom, balcony and TV. Sure, the kitchen is small and only open between 8 and 22, but the place is quiet and nice.

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uriah72
This hostel is an extraordinary value!
16 August 2004
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The staff, facilities, and activities made our stay at this hostel fantastic. It was easy to feel welcome and the night life that the staff provided was superb. Free enty into some of the nightclubs and a general feeling of being in good hands made our stay enjoyable. I highly recomend staying at Gold Coast International Backpackers Resort.

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jay cottrell
perfect location with very helpful staff and facilitie
16 April 2004
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i stayed at this hostel for 3 weeks and once i got to know the manager he took me to the best surf ive seen in australia, well... the surf was good but i was hungover from the pub crawl the night before that the manager"adam " takes everone on and its cheap too!!! (which is always good!) after the surfing adam cooked up a hell good bbq for everyone and we sat back and attempted to drink the bar dry while we checked out the seletion of movies the hostel shows on the big screen(and the popcorn was pretty damn good too!!), all in all this place is great, the rooms are clean and well maintained,and theres plenty of things to do , i would definately recommend it to anyone who likes to feel at home when they travel, the manager is well informed and works very hard to try to keep everone happy, im definately going back

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Mark
Worst Hostel Ever
16 March 2004
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Do not stay here, seriously. This is the most pathetic hostel I have ever stayed at. Apart from the mildew on the curtains, the mould on the walls (which the absolutely idiotic staff, brushed off, and left all over our sheets), the mould in the bathroom, the wrenching stink of mould as you walked into the room, it wasn't that bad. I never cooked a single meal in that disgusting kitchen, it was revolting. I can't believe the high ratings it got before I went there, it must have taken a dive since then. COMPLETE DUMP - STAY AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID THE SMELL.

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Anonymous
Still OK
29 February 2004
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Stayed there for a week. The location was perfect! Short walk from cavill av, seconds from the beach! However the room was abit too small, and had poor ventilation- air-con installation in each room would be perfect(fan was just not enough!)! Very peaceful in the morning, except the sound from the construction area in front of the hostel. Common room was abit messy; but Disco the puppy was so cute! Overall, i would say the hostel was just OK for the price of $140/week.

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Anonymous
Great place to stay if you're out for a big nite!
27 February 2004
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In relation to good points this place is within 5 mins walking distance from cavill ave, one block from the beach and right next to some restaurants. A thai restaurant is just around the corner. Noise was kept to a minimum which was okay because i am a light sleeper! There is ensuites in most rooms and when i stayed there 1 yr ago it wasnt that messy. Oh and there is locks on most rooms, the one i stayed in had bunks which were almost falling apart but were okay for the few hrs sleep that i needed after a big nite! Bad points: there was construction starting across the road on some building which started rather early. Did not meet any other fellow travellers as i was not in the hostel most of the time, no view from balcony (except old roof of restaurant). There is also nowhere to store your gear in your rooms and being there in the height of summer it was a stinking hot morning and we had only a tiny fan to cool 4 people down. All in all, great place to stay if only staying for a night or two.

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Anonymous
Dodgy place
26 February 2004
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Don't even consider staying in this hotel. Small, unfriendly people, dirty and in short, Disgusting. I will never go back again. Heard from some friends recently that they have some dodgy policy to charge your credit card to get a deposit and if you cancel your room even one week in advance, you will not get your money back. That's awful!

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Anonymous
Can there be anny better?!!!!!
1 February 2004
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Hello everybody, I'm Koen from Europe, and if it may help you, this Hostel is the best I've been whole over Australia. The manager is doing a wondefulll job and makes work of helping everybody on the best level you can ever think! This is a nice modern and friendly Hostel with everything your vacation needs to succeed! Just make shure you don't hang around to long...Australia is a big country!! : ) One word : GOOD STUFF!!

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Lisa
Excellent
12 October 2003
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Minutes from the beach and advice about all the places to visit in Surfers, it was the perfect place to stay; private, personal and fun. They really know how to make you feel at home and if you have any worries about anything, the staff go out of their way to help. The bar and barbecue area was nice. Also good were the balconies and en-suite in every room. Recommended for anybody.

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nymous
Modern, Clean but a bit small....
3 October 2003
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Stayed here for a week and that was long enough as Surfers is alittle overated. The Hostel rooms are clean aswere the ensuite bathrooms. Kitchen was too small and cutlery was hard to find. TV area was ok but the sofa's died about 5 years ago..need replacing asap!!! No pool but beach is 2 min's walk. Their inhouse bar is ok but not the cheapest, free breakfast was a bonus but thats now stopped being offered. Only real downside of hostel is that the Bar, Kitchen, Reception, Laundry and Common area all closed at 10pm so the hostel felt a little like a motel during the evenings.

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Dann
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14 September 2003
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ayd there for 10 days and could have stayd longer ,on the way there i was dropped off on a shuttle bus and this place looked better then most of the hotels other people were staying in!!, very very clean ,cheap meals free breckfast freindly staff that organise tours also the rooms are great, also i met alot of international backpackers hence the name, japanese sweedish new zealanders germans and english. With such people around there is never a dull moment especialy at night moving on..the rooms are great balcony tv and ensuite. what more could you want for $20 or so a night! + discounts for when you hit the night life of the local clubs and drinking holes im hanging to come back soon, other backpacker hostels in the area seem slummy, this is not HI HENRY!

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Jenny M
Small, friendly and close to everything!
23 August 2003
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A really friendly hostel, the staff were really helpful organising trips and arranging transport to airports etc. Free breakfast, good pubcrawls, and only 4 beds in the biggest dorms! Really helps that all rooms have an ensuite and balcony too! Keep up the good work, oh yeah and HI HENRY!!!!

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Jess
location, location
23 July 2003
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I stay in a double room for 3 nights in June while visiting friends. The location of the hostel was awesome literally minutes (like2) to the beach and 5 minutes to the centre of surfers.Room was ok. didn't sleep much very light but was all u needed.I would recomended it for sure.

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Anonymous
Very very nice
2 May 2003
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Stayed there for about 3 nights and had a wicked laugh, pool comps, BBQ's, free breakfast, and friendly staff that join in! TV's in the rooms and nice balconies, a really easy going place about 5 minutes walk from the beach and bars. Would def stay there again.

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Anonymous
What more could you want?
12 March 2003
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Ihave been travelling around Australia for close to a year now, and this hostel is choice! In all of the rooms, there is your own tv, bathroom and balcony, and the staff are actually really friendly, and a great help... I had a friend who was staying at British Arms, and had to organise a bus to Brisbane, as he was flying out at 7am, and all of the staff just said "I don't know" so i asked here, and it wasn't a problem at all, and the bus ended up picking him up at his hostel! So not only are our rooms decked out, and we are treated like humans,but each morning we receive continental breakfast absolutely FREE!!! WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT???

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Anonymous
An all round goodie!
17 January 2003
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My boyfriend and I stayed 5 nights here in January. They were great as we had a late check in and there is no 24 hour reception, but they will stay until you get there if you require so. Really clean facilities, nice beachy feel to the place which is fitting. The room was really good and we got a nice surprise when we arrived as the double rooms have ensuites as well - so that was a bonus and for the same price as other backpackers that dont include that. The staff are friendly and helpful. Its really close to the main surfers shops and the beach is a block away. Found it all really worth the price and had a really good time.

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