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Arts Factory Lodge Reviews

Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

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542 Total Reviews
  • 69%Value For Money
  • 71%Security
  • 73%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 76%Facilities

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Great atmosphere and met some amazing people But a bit too hot and no air con. Also lots of mosquitoes as it is near a swamp..


Great place, big clean rooms, friendly staff, heaps of facilities (bar, kitchen, cafe, activities booking). Tad on the expensive side but worth it. Good atmosphere, massive outdoor and undercover social areas. Bus to and from the town centre which is handy because it is a little too far out to walk at night.


Hands down best atmosphere I have found in any hostel in Australia


I had a blast in this hostel. Loved the different workshops, especially the hulahoop workshop! The Place is quite hippie, but in a good way. The pool was great, the staff really helpful and the shuttle to the city was a nice add. Would stay here again. More showers would be great though, as there are loads of guests in this hostel.


Good: Atmosphere, friendly staff, pool, really nice decoration Bad: Really small kitchen


Amazing atmosphere! So good for meeting new people :)


I had lots of fun in this hostel. They organise different activities every day and it's very nice! The only bad thing i have to say is that the kitchen is dirty. But there is a cafe where you can eat good meal for a reasonnable price. I will definitively recommend this hostel!


My friend's exact words when describing this place to me was "It's like being at Glastonbury!". She was right. Everyone was drugged up and unwashed. She clearly was the former when she stayed. This is the perfect place if you are 18 and it is your first time away from home or you are a down and out 20 something. If you are any other kind of traveller, don't bother. There are other hostels which are cheaper, cleaner, nicer, have better facilities and less people. It really is a factory.


This is the best hostel I've ever stayed in for one reason - atmosphere! Its a true community.


Don't even know where to begin writing this review for this horrible hostel but here goes... Super overpriced rooms which have no air condition, no working fans, no bathroom and no real walls - instead they have mosquito nets so don't even think about getting a full night's sleep 'cause the extremely loud bar next door will keep you up late at night. And in the morning you'll be woken up by all of the people dragging their bins and luggage around... Never again!


The room was dirty and lockers were broken and didn't work well. The door of the room was broken and every time somebody opened that. It made terrible noise. It was impossible to get sleep for that reason. We stayed 4 nights and on that time 2 phones and one hand back got stolen from our roommates. I wont stay again in that hostel for sure.


Very good hostel a bit outside byron bay (15/20 min walking to the beach) with a feeling of being in the nature. The atmosphere is brilliant, a lot of interesting people around. 4 bed tent was confy and fresh at night. Very overpriced at christmas time and internet is too expensive. It should definitely be cheaper or free. Kitchen not well equiped for all the people that the hostel can fit. Reception often busy so long wait even for general questions.


Great vibe at the hostel, friendly staff , awesome atmosphere


Good shuttle bus service. The kitchen is not big enough for the amount of guests, not enough equipment in the kitchen either. There aren't enough showers for the amount of guests. But good atmosphere and really different from any other hostel I've stayed in. Great activities to join in on throughout the day.


The kitchen facilities could be better organized when it is really fully booked. The noise on Wednesday could be annoying if you do not party with the rest of the hostel in the Buddha bar. But except for that... amazing place, people, atmosphere. Buses all the time, but it is only a short walk anyway to the greyhound station. Like everywhere.. wifi expensive.


Really chill atmosphere, the only issue I had was having a shower after it had been 'cleaned' and finding hair and muck still there. I can let that slide because of the coolness of the place though.


I loved it! Nice atmosphere, very nice place with a cafe, lots of space to chill, teepees, in rainforest, plenty of bush turkey and water dragons hanging around, clean, lots of showers and toilets. Atmosphere is really cool, perfect balance of fun people, not boring at all but also quite at night. You can bring your own booze and no curfew. Perfect!


It's a hostel with something extra. Nice atmosphere. It's a bit of a walk from town, so probably wouldn't stay there again for that reason. Stayed in female dorm and was nice and spacious. Me and my sister had the whole room to ourself. Very nice bathrooms. Kitchen could be bigger with more fridge. But overall great hostel!


A great environment, chilled out and friendly, and you can always find a party somewhere, very in keeping with the Byron experience. There's always something going on- the hostel frequently holds free activities for its guests which is great when your low on funds. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The cafe serves yummy cheap food all day long. If you're a light sleeper being ear plugs and an eye mask- it is a hostel after all. I hada great time there and would definitely go back!


The bed was horrible and should be replace. The location is nice but a bit to far away from the beach and town.

  • 25th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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