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Arts Factory Lodge Reviews

Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay, Australia

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79%

Rating
599 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 77%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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83%

It was vert Nice. It was being in the jungle not so far from town. I highly recommend it.

  • 12th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


60%

Over priced. We understand that hostels are in high demand over Christmas and new year but we expected a much higher standard for the money spent. We paid less for Christmas Day in Brisbane and it was a much nicer hostel both in facilities, cleanliness and atmosphere. Also our room smelt of urine when we arrived.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Sorry for your disappointment. It is unusual that the room would smell of urine, we will check. It is always a good idea to let us know of any problems when you are in house, and we have the opportunity to change your room. We would be happy to consider an upgrade should you stay with us again

97%

Great hostel, best on the coast, nice vibes.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your feedback Vicky - so glad you enjoyed your stay!

69%

Staff very friendly. Very big hostel, good if you want to party, not great if you are trying to sleep. Brewery next door which is very loud and kept us up. Shuttlebus into town needs to run more often into town as it is a long walk into town. Kitchen far too small for amount of people at hostel. Not enough bath rooms for the amount of people either. Good smoothies at cafe.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your review. We are going to refurbish the kitchen, as it is very big, but the space is not utilized well. Thanks for the feedback on the bus times, we will consider increasing the bus runs.

77%

Great atmosphere and location! I very much enjoyed my stay here as it is very easy to meet people and there is always something happening. The shuttle to town (runs also during the night) is very convenient yet you can easily walk to the city center. Kitchen and equipment could be massively improved on though and rooms renovated.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your review Anna, We will be refurbishing the kitchen in 2015, and hopefully the main dorm rooms as well.

63%

I disliked that the rooms had no lockers and the only ones available charged $3 for 12 hours. Also, wifi was not included, which should be a standard at hostels by now, at least in the communal areas.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for review Nicole, we will consider getting better lockers for the rooms and more free storage space in the common areas.

71%

If you're a 25+ female (more likely you're on the same wavelenght with the cottage) and want to experience a true retreat ask to stay in the lakeside cottage beforehand. It was amazing. I'd go back to Byron just for that.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your review Tuuli. The Lakeside cottage is a great female only option. Hope to see you again some time.

83%

Everything was great! I rated the staff "average" because i called a few days prior about check in time and was told to come any time... we were there at 12pm and the lady at the counter was very straight in telling me check in wasn't actually until 2pm.

  • 25th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Sorry Tim, yes check in is 2pm, but guests arriving early can use the facilities at any time.

69%

signing is was very hectic and a tab bit unorganized but overall a great experience. cool vibes. recommended it to my friends who were visiting byron bay.

  • 24th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks Carra!

89%

great atmosphere, staff incredibly helpful. short walk or shuttle bus from city centre

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for the review Matthew

91%

Good facilities. The staff here were fantastic and friendly and the atmosphere was great. The bus to town fills up quickly but the walk isn't too bad. Awesome pool and the cafe food is amazing. Also enjoyed the brewery next door for drinks.


100%

Amazing place amazing hostel with amazing people. Truely love this hostel. I'm coming back ASAP!!!

  • 21st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Wales
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks Rhys, hope to see you back in 2015!

89%

Best hostel I ever stayed at, atmosphere is great, loads of really talented musicians so there is always music playing somewhere. Everybody is very friendly and In for a party or a quiet night in. The surroundings are amazing, a little pond with bushturkeys and lizards a around it and even a sort of rainforest at the campsite. Not the cleanest hostel but clean enough. Only downside was that my food got stolen a couple of times, so be careful. Other than that, just go cus it's amazing.


43%

Staf that was not helpful and uninterrested and lazy to help. As if it was to much to communicate the where abouts of the place. To make you find your way in the gigant complex, knowing the rules, how to use WIFI , etc. We have to wait for four hours before we could check in. They said it was tot clean up the place and do the beds. When at last it was time ours bed had no sheets. So what was the waiting for? They couldn't give an answer that was satisfying.

  • 2nd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)




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