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Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay Reviews

16 Lawson St, Byron Bay, Australia

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333 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 71%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 74%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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Lady at reception when we first checked in was very moody and wasn't very helpful. She just told us we can check in "whenever the room is ready". Other travellers using the hostel don't clean up after themselves and leave pans and soggy omelettes in the sink. Other than this the place was ok.


Great hostel, staff were friendly and place was well equipped also the bar is very cheap. Activities on every night and a perfect place to meet people if that is what you are looking for.


Great place to meet people if travelling alone. Bar very good value although some of the bar staff were really strict. No shots, downing drinks or playing drinking games..... Great location. Would stay here again


That was a nice place but more of a motel than a hostel. The kitchen was just horrible and annoying that you need to get your own cutlery. The dorm was quite cool though and he staff just did their job


Cracking hostel, cracking people. Just great

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Thanks for the cracking review!! We are glad to hear you really enjoyed your stay and we hope to have you back here again someday!


Pretty cool hostel, centrally located. Front desk staff pretty cold most of the time. But it is good for a few nights.

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Thanks for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed the hostel. We have noted your comments about the front desk staff and will take that onboard. Thanks for staying with us!


Really enjoyed my stay and would recommend to anyone.

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Thanks for your lovely review! We appreciate you taking the time to write us such a nice review, thanks for staying with us!


Was only there for 2 days but I had a rad time

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Thanks for your great review! We hope to see you back here again someday!


Excellent atmosphere, great bar with cheap drinks and events every night until about 11. Location is ideal, everywhere is walkable, no shuttle services required. People mark them down for security because nobody bothers to lock the dorms but they have lockers so I didn't care. Great staff!


perfect location, very central. staff made big effort to convince people in the nightly activities which were fun. cheap bar. however I was in an 8 bed dorm with a private twin attached, so all 10 of us only had 1 loo and shower to share. cafe pruces, like most of Byron, were too much for my backpacker budget but the hostels grill was more affordable.

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Thanks for your review! We are glad you enjoyed our bar and location. Thanks for staying with us and we hope you come back and stay again someday!


Door constantly open, felt very insecure. Woman comes in everyone's room at 9 taking any alcohol or just generally dampening the mood. 10 minute walk from the bars down a street with no street lights. Room was spacious and patio was nice but not worth the money.

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Thanks for your review. Unfortunately we have no control over people leaving the dorms unlocked. We do have a policy that there be no alcohol in the dorm rooms to avoid parties and noise complaints from people who want to sleep. We have the cheapest bar in town with lots of fun activities every night and you can enjoy your own alcoholic beverage with your room mates in our communal kitchen area. Thanks for staying with us!


Great social hostel! Friendly staff

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Thanks for your lovely review! We hope to see you back here again soon!


I was gonna stay here for 5 days and ended up staying 2 weeks. If I had more time I would have stayed here even longer. Amazing hostel, enjoyed every second over here!

  • 8th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Thanks for you great review. We always enjoy hearing such great feedback. Thanks for staying with us and we hope you come back and stay again someday!


Kitchen got dirty over the course of the day the fridge was not great - it was so hard to put stuff in there and get it out the pool and common areas were good and there was lots organised in this evenings the rooms just have fans, no air con, so hot at night!

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Thanks for your review. We have taken onboard your feedback and glad you enjoyed our evening activities in the bar. Thanks for staying with us!


Great hostel for location. Right next to the beach. Fantastic cafe, bar food delicious and cheap. Ate their all day everyday. Discounts on all food and drinks! Just what you need. Most sociable hostel in Byron. Everyone from other hostels came here to hang out! Rooms basic and not very clean although cleaned daily (made no difference) sand layered the floors however good outweighed the bad. Definately stay here again! Loved it!

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Thanks for your lovely review and we look forward to having you stay with us again!


Great central location and the attached restaurant with discounts has some good eating. Staff not aways the most helpful... Many act like they been at it too long. The dorms are spacious!

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Thanks for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed the café and made use of your resident discount! We have noted your comment about the staff, it can get very busy over the summer period and whilst we try our best to give great customer service it can be difficult to give personalised customer service whilst it's busy. Thanks for staying with us!

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