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lovely & clean, very central
17 December 2007
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This is a great YHA hostel, just over the road from Cairn's Central. Best of all it is quiet with real travelers passing through. Set around a central courtyard, there is a great pool with a jacusi, a large (and very clean) kitchen at the far end, and some (very expensive!) internet computer. The Global Gossip cafe down the road is much cheaper. Rooms are OK, if sparten, but at least all come with aircon. The place is open until 11pm - after than point you need you card to get in through the front door (and there aren't any staff around if it doesn't work). There is no bar, but at reception you can get vouchers for a $10 meal in the Woolshed (which seems to be the backpackers central bar). My only real complaint is that the reception staff were pretty unhelpful both in booking tours (they read the brochure infront of me, and then told me what it said, rather than going on their own experience!) AND in sorting out the problems I had with my door card which continually failled.

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Getting rather dated, this place is ok if you are just up for a one night party
15 December 2007
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Base at Magnetic was Base's first "Flashpacker" hostel, and it's now getting a little tired around the edges. Worst are the budget doubles - $70 may be cheap in the scheme of things, but they are very basic, and with only a tiny portable fan. The flashier doubles come with TVs and Aircon, and are probably worth it just for that. The dorms are VERY cramped, and get amazingly hot in summer with the sun beating down on the tin roof. The pool is OK, but filled with seawater (so it does look a bit cloudy / mucky) but at least you can go in it - unlike the sea which for half the year is out of bounds thanks to the stingers. Also, dive schools take over the pool in the mid morning and mid afternoon - you'll be herded out of the pool area when this happens. I walked to supermarket in Nelly Bay - that took about half an hour. You can do it, or take the $2 bus. There is nothing closer - the hostel is literally on an isolated bend in the road. The bar is enormous - but with very strict security at the infamous full moon parties, with different coloured sets of wristbands so guests can get to their rooms / the bathrooms but not order a drink at the bar unless they buy a separate $20 full moon ticket. The parties go on to 5am, and are amazing loud so don't stay here unless you are up for it. The bar uses the same sound system to play music at deafening volume from the start of the afternoon too. Sadly the bar manager is heavily into gangster Rap, so you have the strange sight of most people cowering in the furthest green patch to get away from the noise. In short, it's fine, but only if you are up for a very big, noisy, party.

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Central, but old and tired
18 May 2007
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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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