Surf n Sun Beachside Backpackers


Surf n Sun Beachside Backpackers

3323 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Tram Surfers Paradise North Bus 705, TX2, TX3 (stop: Surfers Paradise North station)
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(07) 5592 2363 or 1800 678 194
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Very dissapointing...expected so much better as had heard it was a great place to stay.
12 August 2009
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bedbugs, unstable beds, rats- we noticed holes in our food which was kept on the shelf, cockroaches.
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there are plenty of other backpackers
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I was very dissapointed with "the surf n sun hostel". After hearing through friends that it was the place to stay i was totally suprised when i found out the horrible truth! From an outsiders point of view when looking at the hostel it looks cool, lively, clean etc. When walking in i was greeted by a lovely receptionist and shown to my room but by night time when i went to ask for advice on the area i was greeted with a nasty look and a vague comment - she basically wanted me to go away so she cud read the magazine she had her head in hidden under the desk! the staff are also very clicky and as a loan traveler i felt i couldnt interact with them on a night out so therefor after entering the club expecting to feel welcome i was left on my own and ended up goin back to the hostel. The room i stayed in had cockroaches in the bathroom and there is a huge gap under the bathroom door which enables every backpacker in the room to know when your doing your buisness along with smelling it! very embarrasing! the kitchen closes way too early along with the sitting room, i was literally sent to watch tv alone in my room at 10! the kitchen is kept very clean but by morning i noticed a bitemark in my cereal box and a nibble out of my bread had been taken....definate rats or mice! over all it was terrible. For the most expensive hostel in Surfers paradise i would have rather slept on the beach!! Do not go here!!!!!!!!!!

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JC.
party central
11 June 2006
Cons
bit of a walk to town
Pros
banging hostel!! party party massive
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:grin: at last a party lively hostel! been here twice and loved it, would recommed to all! Rooms r nice and good when its mixed ;) and the staff really pull the strings out to get everyone together and join them in town.. $5 punch nites r worth doing! along with the fancy dressed nites ha ha ha... Its a shame its a fair walk into town but hey cant have everything, but the beach is just over the road

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excellent hostel, safe, secure, clean, great, friendly staff
21 February 2006
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nothing
Pros
clean,friendly,close to everything,fun organised nights out
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This is by far the best hostel I have stayed in! The staff are awesome - so friendly! There is always something going on - every night they go out! Punch nights - unforgettable! $5 all you can drink! Very secure and extremely clean! The dorms are great! 5 share so its not grotty! Ensuite bathroom - how good!? TV within room too! Theres sunbeds too so was able to top up the tan! Its a great place and would recommend it to everyone who visits surfers! :D

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not the best ive stayed at, in need of some work and a clean
19 February 2006
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dirty
Pros
its close to the beach
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:oh: matteress VERY VERY old, i am itching all over with flea bites. Needs updating badly. If you dont care about how clean a place is and just want to get drunk and party then this is the place for you

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Cozy rooms, Pool, Kitchen, TV lounge
15 February 2006
Cons
Price was a little much for what was offered
Pros
Located close to the beach and a 10 minute walk to the city
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Very fun place to stay. 4 or 5 beds in each room with private ensuite, which was cleaned everyday. Fully equiped kitchen with an eating area. Comfy TV lounge with hundreds of DVD's for those hungover mornings. Nice pool out front that is always in the sun. Beach is a minute walk away and only 10 minutes to the city center. Unlimited punch starts at 7 everynight for only $5 (great way to get started on the night) and every wednesday they offer a club crawl that is really really fun. Awesome city to party in and would recommend staying at Surf n' Sun to anyone.

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Anonymous
The Worst Hostel Ever
14 November 2005
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Arrived to a smelling dirty room that had never been cleaned. Ha they say a fully equipped kitchen. One pan!. Oh by the way the hostel always has bed bugs. Don't stay you will hate it.

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Anonymous
so friendly and welcoming
7 June 2005
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what a pleasant surprise surf n sun was.i have travelled most of the coast and found most hostels average.but from the moment i got picked up from the bus station to the girls on the desk,everyone was so friendly and made me feel very welcome.im not a party person even though the staff take you out everynight.free dvds to chillout to and the beach across the road.great clean 5 share dorms .

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JL
Brilliant party atmosphere
3 December 2004
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Great place to party, 70s nights, loads of free entry tickets to bars and clubs and as much punch everynight for $5! This is definately the place to say in Surfers for great atmosphere. A little noisy at night, but the rooms, which have just been re-painted all had ensuite showers, the 4 bed dorms are slightly bigger and nicer than the larger dorms, but mostly the same, great price too and they give a little discount to most people with any hostel cards. Great little pool, and TV, DVD collection, and cable TV in all rooms. Would recommend this place to everyone who loves to lie on the beach and by the pool all day, and go out and have a great cheap and free drinks every night!

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kathryndodd
Great for a party!!!! But forget about hygiene.
16 September 2004
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I stayed here in December 2003 for a week and I completely agree with the previous postings! We arrived at 6 pm to find that everyone staying there was wearing 70s clothes and drinking some dodgy punch out of a bin. I don't think that the clothes had ever been washed, but no one seemed to care and we had a great evening! Every night followed a similar pattern. This is the best hostel to stay in if you're all for getting really smashed and doing crazy things. I only gave it 3 stars because there were cochroaches in the showers, the beds were really uncomfortable and I had way to many sleazy guys offer to share a bed... There were some poor Koreans girls in our dorm who were in Surfers more for the shopping (??) and theme parks and they hated it here and left after one night. Definately NOT the place to stay if you want to spend the day sightseeing and the nights in bed. But if you're here to party, this is the place to stay!!

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Nic
the place if you want to party
1 March 2004
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Unless your retired or boring the you should be in Australia to party, and there is no better place then Surf n' Sun-awesome nights out in the clubs of surfers with everyone from the hostel,followed by hungover days sunbathing by the pool or at the beach which is only 30 seconds away. Surf n sun is a smaller hostel, not like your 500 bed prisons, so you actually get a chance to meet fellow travellers and get drunk together. plus surf n sun is staffed by people so devoted to the cause that they come out and get smashed with you everynight! the atmosphere is so sweet that many people find it so hard to leave-i know i did, i ended up spending close to 9 weeks there over summer-i may not have left healthy but i left smiling...best summer ever! so if you're going to oz to hit up the libraries and lawn bowling greens give it a miss, but if you're here to go nuts, this is your place!!!

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Anonymous
Great place, friendly staff, excellent location
14 February 2004
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This hostel was a great place to stay. Every night the staff puts on a wonderful night out in the city (cause hell, thats what Surfers is all about!!!).... such an awesome location... a min walk to the beach, and ten to the city center! The atmosphere is excellent; clean facilities, outgoing staff, a great pool area! They even came to pick me up and drop me off at the bus station. I would definately recommend Surf n' Sun to other backpackers.

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Anonymous
Definitely good atmosphere!
12 February 2004
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Yah it's not the ritz, but who is interested in staying in luxurious places when you're backpacking? It's the ppl you meet that make your stay worthwhile. You will definitley meet some amazing ppl from staff to all the guests at surf n sun. It's a smaller hostel and has amazing atmosphere for that reason. Great location, close to the beach and not too far of a walk into town. Everynight the staff take you out and make punch giving everyone an opportunity to save money at the bars getting them pissed before they go out. I would recommend this hostel to anyone backpacking around australia. You'll have an awesome time!!!!!

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Liam Borsa
NON STOP PARTY
10 February 2004
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I only stayed in the Surf n Sun for 3days but in that 3 days i was introduced to a friendly staff offered a job and went out partying everynight, each day is a differant theme from Killer Punch nights to Club Crawl with free entry and free drinks on saturdays. this is a great hostel and dont be too quick to judge it from the building it is in, there is more to this hostel than thin walls and rusty hinges. Give it time ..you will love it!

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Liam
Home from Home
31 January 2004
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What can I say...... This place was very inviting from the moment I arrived. It's very social, the staff are friendly, I could buy my own beer at the bottle shop next door (Rare in most hostels.) AND the beach was across the road. The rooms aren't the ritz but we're cleaned every day. The vacum at 11am was a bit early but the girls that use it are nice to wake up to. Bathroom in the dorm was a bonus too! I drank to much, but had the time of my life. I'll be back someday for sure.

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bmunslow@btinternet.com
quite scruffy but okay for just a few nights!!
25 November 2003
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Basic room with no fan or aircon! The carpet was smelly too! Shower and wc were clean and worked fine. Female Staff cleaned rooms in hotpants which is a nice sight to wake up to!!! Securty is in bad shape tho! No lockers in rooms and a large theft occured in a room upstairs while we were there,.

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Tara
Great Hostel!!!
3 September 2003
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Had a wonderful stay. Wish it could have been longer. Staff were friendly and helped me book some tours and a bus to the airport. Lots of space in the rooms...and a bathroom and TV. I found the Kitchen and Dining room very clean. And the TV area was a great place to hang out and watch a video on a cloudy day. Went out drinking far too many nights tho. It was too much fun. Free entry and a free drink every night... how could I resist. Watch out for 70's night they'll dress you up in all sorts of dodgy clothes and fill you full of Punch for $4. Surf n Sun has made my trip to Australia very memorable. Thanks to the staff!!

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Anonymous
Yuck
26 April 2003
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I am surprised to read the other reviews, maybe it is because we stayed in a double room but the bathrooms available to us (not en suite) were disgusting. Lonely Planet indicated all rooms have en suite but I don't think the double rooms do - at least ours didn't. The kitchen and dining room areas were also disgusting. The place needs a good clean! I am surprised they don't have a problem with cockroaches because people left food particles all over the eating area and it never seemed to get cleaned. Also our room really stank of mold and it was expensive compared to other hostels in the area. We moved to another one down the road which was cheaper and cleaner and did have en suites.

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Jessi
Nice All Rounder
11 February 2003
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Good for people travelling alone or in groups. Rooms and bathrooms were cleaned daily, and there was something happening every night I was there, from theme nights 2 pub crawls. Staff were friendly, helpful and very social with backpackers. Pool nice and clean.Being across the road from the beach was really nice.

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Jo
Had a fantastic time and might go back now!
21 December 2002
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The owner and staff are all very friendly, the place is chilled or active and its your choice which. Loads of great people hang out here. The beach is but a stone through away and the town is a short walk to the entertaining night life, which the hostel would like you to get envolved with. The trips are great fun and well planned, and if you have any questions and need any help there are loads of people to ask! Great place to meet people if you're travelling on your own.

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Allie
GREAT HOSTEL IF TRAVELLING ALONE.
22 November 2002
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My partner and I stayed at this hostel in June 2002 for a couple of nights, it really is a great hostel, they organise activities for almost every night I think, good atmosphere with the staff very friendly and very helpful. Would recommend staying here to anyone. Beach, shops and pubs close, but not so close that you are kept awake from being in the centre of it all!!!!!

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