Arts Factory Lodge Reviews
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It's really lively but it can be hard to meet people if you're travelling solo. Also not particularly clean, the dorm was dingy and stank and the bathrooms were quite unpleasant. However the cafe was great, good food and value for money. The shuttle to town was also good but filled up really quick. Didn't like that you had to pay for wifi. Really enjoyed the talent show. Bit of a mixed experience, I probably wouldn't come back.
The hostel is probably the backpackers center in byron. There are always nice people around to meet and plenty of common areas to share a drink or play a game. The rooms and bathroom facilities are clean and their quality hostel average. The staff is not very helpful and uninformed. I got the impression that once the travel desk is closed no one around knows anything about the area any more. Also the prize I paid was the highest I've paid in any hostel in Australia so far.
The staff are rude and moody and treat you as if you're in their house and you shouldn't be, however this hostel is a lot of fun, the atmosphere and the vibe of the place is really good. We got told we were staying in a teepee but we were put in a tiny room with no space or lockers or anything for our belongings. The lockers by reception are also broken so that wasn't great but the whole week I didn't feel unsafe at all.
Worst hostel I've stayed in after nearly 2 years traveling, couldn't leave quick enough. Very highly priced for facilities lower than a basic campsite. Staff were rude and unorganized expecting checked in guests to swap room every night when extending rather than taking 2 minutes to move unarrived guests on the computer screen even when extending stay by a week or more. Drug taking is actively encouraged which leads to a very hostel environment for people that don't want to be high 24hrs a day.
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 25-30
- (1 review)
I arrived early in the morning and had booked two nights. As I had to wait for about two hours before check-in I familiarised myself with the place and left my backpack in the overflowing luggage area with bags piled up all around. Really just a bag drop than a safe place to leave it unattended. Personally, the place is too big for my liking, too many people everywhere, there aren't lockers in the rooms, only few showers, dirty, untidy kitchen. I cancelled my second night and moved on.
A really enjoyable hostel. If you get to know people in different areas (eg camping zone, teepee's, etc) the Arts Factory can feel more like a mini-resort. I booked for two nights but ended up staying for six. I note that some people grade down this hostel because its location is a 10 minute walk from Byron Bay centre, however the hostel has a free shuttle which literally goes back and forth all day. TOP TIP! Buy booze from town before 10pm. Not available at hostel :) A great stay. Thanks guys!
It wasn't what we expected. Not our style really. Was recommended to us by a travel advisor and we will not make the same mistake again. We didn't stay we paid for one night as we cancelled and went down to the holiday village in town. That was very nice.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 18-24
- (1 review)
Amazing hostel, really different and good atmosphere. Lots going on every evening and easy to make friends. I would say that this hostel is more about the experience than anything else. So if you're wanting somewhere really clean with lots of facilities this might not be the place. But if you want a great expert I'd recommend this place.
Really quirky and can be quite fun but not that clean and very cramped
Great hostel to stay in. We were in 6 bed dorm- the only thing I'd say was an additional fan would have been great. It was so hot at night it was crazy! But everything else was great. The bush was great & Harj at the Mad Travel desk couldn't have been more helpful. We booked the whole of our east coast trip with her!
- Novice Nomad
- Mixed Group, 18-24
- (1 review)
Didn't like that we had to pay for wifi and put deposits down for so many things, e.g. towels, pots and pans etc.
Good hostel. It's large so never going to be always clean and was a little dirty (showers not cleaned three days I was there). But what they provide in terms of entertainment (cockatoo Paul - legend) and tour agency make up it. Okay for solo travelers but too many people to really make friends.
Dorm rooms were fine. No lockers. Not much space for bags etc. Pool is fine and area to play volleyball etc. Showers and toilets could be cleaned more often. Reasonable priced food on sale in the main area. Lively at night with lots of back packers. Bit of a walk to the main part but shuttle bus is good.
amazing place!! daily events!
Fantastic Hostel would highly recommend!
Stayed here for 4 nights the other guests are out for themselves or on drugs as had so much food stolen. The hostel make you pay for all utensils in the kitchen which is bad for how much it is to stay. The cleaners leave your dorm rooms open and walk away while cleaning which is so unsafe and tbh I watched her move the Hoover all down the veranda and not use it in one room!The kitchen is disgusting with cockroaches in...just not worth the money at all!!
Hostel has really good vibes and loads going on everyday, had a mix up with our booking so was in a bigger room. Wasn't a massive issue but those rooms don't have curtains and few windows so was quite loud every night and early in the mornings. MAD travel staff really friendly and helpful.
The atmosphere was great but I would have expected more for that price. Rooms verybasic, no free lockers or free wifi, the kitchen is too small for so many people and it's location is not the best. The free shuttle service is a plus.
Absolutely loved my stay here! The staff were helpful and the atmosphere was great. A bit of a walk into town, but there is a shuttle provided. Kitchen got very crowded and it was an effort finding fridge space! But so much space to hang out and relax. Would love to stay here again!