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Arts Factory Lodge Reviews

Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay, Australia

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592 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 71%Security
  • 75%Location
  • 78%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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)


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


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.


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)


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.


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)


Good atmosphere but hostel was extremely cold especially in the rooms no heating anywhere. Hostel was freezing. Femals showers were dirty. Had to take a bus very early in the and was told someone would be at front desk and no one was there. Poor wi fi connection even though I paid $12 for it. Check out other hostels in the area before choosing this one.


Shame you have to pay for literally EVERYTHING; e.g. wifi, lockers, washingpowder, pan, mug, towell, etc. etc. Things should be included in the roomprice so that we can fairly compare it with other hostels.


The Arts factory is very chill with a lot of different folk coming through. My brother and I stayed in a twin share small bunkroom - - comfortable beds. Cold at night , warmish days in July. TeePees, Totem poles and earthy surroundings, staff were fantastic - they actually lifted my spirit - Cheers guys! Friendly vibe chatting in communal kitchen and group games of volley ball out the back near the beautiful pond... Big pub just across car park - good fun having a play at Open Mic nights!


Cool Hostel. Everything in reach but it's a little walk.

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