Joe's Place Backpackers


Joe's Place Backpackers

390 Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Bus 375, 377, 378, 470, 475, 476, N385 (stop: Upper Roma Street near Quay Street) Train Roma Street
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(07) 3221 6561
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it's very old but clean. has all basic facililities and very very quiet
9 June 2010
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very old building and facilities
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-cheapest hostel among this area with quiet atmosphere
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I and my b/f stayed in that hostel since the couple ensuited room with own toilet is only 50 AUD a night. The old man showed us around the hostel, explained every single thing in the house and he bought the land behide the house for customer to have a good view of the city (means noone can build any big buildings in that area to disturb the good view of the city, river and bridge from his bacolny). Honestly, the building and facilities is very old but it's clean. There is a big kitchen with many tables and seats, the watching machine and the dryer cost only 1 AUD each while there's a big cloth line that you dont even need the dryer. The 1st night, we're so curious that there's no other people in the hostel, we looked in many website and found many bad reviews mostly about the hostel owner. But noone stay in the place, only come to talk and think this old couple are crazy and run away. Btw, we fighted w/ the old lady since there is no power cord in the room and at the end both of them come to talk to us and told many stories. We find out that they are an old italian couple and dont speak well english. They are afriad of manythings, afraid of fire then, no power cord in the room but you can charge your phone or use computer in the first floor with lots of seat since they said when people use power cord in the room and left or forget to unplug, they cannot go to the room and check and there might coz accident (fire) so, they allow to use in one area that they can keep an eyes on, they always told us to keep the curtain closed coz they afriad someone will see inside and might do bad thing bla bla bla...well, in the morning, we ask for account that we want to stay for a week and may be for a month and the man denied us..he said no weeky, no monthly..he said oneday you will come back and said dont want to stay anymore and want money back...umm he's afraid that people will want money back after they paid...and he said if we dont want to pay him day by day..then he wish us good luck...we advice him to put his hostel in internet with hostelworld, hostelbooker etc, we are willing to do for him for free since my b/f is a manager of hostel in bangkok but he looks very depressed when we talked about internet, he said internet against him..we try to help and make him understand but he just gave us a deposit back and wish us good luck so, we leaved him to the place next door. I write this since this place might be good for someone who like quiet and relax, this place make you feel like you stay in a big old house by your self ( a bit scary for me but it's safe). the owner isnt so bad they are just old and have there own reason to do things but they dont mean to harm you. when we walk out from the place, people who live around the place told us the stories of them that they always yell when someone stand and chat in front of their house..but i think they are just not good in communication since we had the same problems and when we try to talk to them then they try to speak and make us understand as well.

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Anonymous
the owner is a deranged lunatic
23 August 2005
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I've been a backpacker based in brisbane for about four months and heard numerous stories about this guy before i met him, i was trying to sell my falcon station wagon so did the posters up and went into roma st backpackers to ask to put one up. The dude lives in a little prison cell like room right next to the front door so he can inspect everyone who comes in and out of the hostel, when i asked if he had a notice board i could pin a poster on he went totally apes**t and hurled angry abuse at me and ushered me out the door. I would never ever consider staying in this adams family house of hell and would advice you to do the same

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Michael Lamb
The owner is insane!!!
19 May 2005
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If I could give this place less than one star I would. I stopped in to check on prices and before I could say any more than that I was told that I could look at the rooms from the sidewalk and to get the f*ck out. The owner then started to scream even more curse words at me and rushed at me to get me out of his place. The man is insane and a massive *ss hole!! DO NOT stay at his place.

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Anonymous
This place is run by nasty, nasty old man
15 May 2005
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I was actually staying at the YHA next door and was standing out on the footpath having a smoke. Suddenly, this guy comes over abusing the shit out of me for smoking near his place. I told him all he had to do was ask and I would have moved away but this only made him enter into another rage. I could imagine that if anyone was staying there and had some misunderstanding over the bill or lost keys or whatever, things could turn very ugly.

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Anonymous
unbelievably f*#ked up
15 February 2004
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We walked up to this hostel and let me tell you, "eccentric" is too bloody polite a way to decribe the arsehole manager of this property. Inquiring about accomodation, his first question (sneered out with menace) was "where are you from?" I said "Canada," and he screamed at me (while shaking his fist) "CAN'T YOU READ? WHAT ARE YOU? STUPID??? YOU STUPID COW!! GET OUT OF HERE YOU STUPID IDIOTS!!" Nice way to run a business. Well, I'd reckon you should stop by if you want, it was a pretty big adrenalin rush. If you're not in the habit of pandering to the delusions of psychotic individuals though, you should RUN RUN RUN to either hostel bordering this one. In fact, don't even LOOK at the building, he doesn't like that either.

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Anonymous
rude, crazy and unbusiness-like, but I haven't stayed
1 June 2002
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I called to book a room and was told they don't take bookings. "Come in, and we'll see," said the owner. As I needed to confirm accomodation (catching an early flight) I told him, politely, that refusing to take bookings was not good business paractice. His scream at the other end of the phone almost deafened me. I think I would check for spyholes in the bathrooms if I stayed there

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