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Arts Factory Lodge Reviews

Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay, Australia

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75%

Rating
660 Total Reviews
  • 71%Value For Money
  • 71%Security
  • 72%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 67%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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54%

very good party atmosphere and a good vibe thanks to the guests. it sells itself as an iconic hostel in byron being in place since the 70s. let down by a wierd management decision to keep a lot of things from the backpackers, it ruins the kitchens where there are no plates or glasses available and all cutlery is only plastic. If you want a blanket you must go to the reception desk and request one with your ID which makes guests feel like the staff are suspicious of them and is a real vibe-kill


51%

Bathrooms extremely dirty

  • 8th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

Nice, clean hostel! Great location, short walk to the beach/town. Hostel has a very chilled atmosphere!

  • 1st Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


71%

Good but just to many people sat on their computers or phones to socialise! Had a good open mike night and good service to the town. But was a pain walking to town all the time if you didn't want to wait for the bus!


86%

I really enjoyed my stay at the Arts Factory, it has everything you need, the staff are megga helpful and the location is very central to everything.

  • 15th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


71%

arts is all about the atmosphere, the price was the highest I paid in all Australia, the room and common areas were clean but the bathroom was not, there were no cups or oven in the kitchen, its out of the town but the shuttle is going all day so location is not an issue. it has a pool and great common areas. The room was not worth the price, a girls only room that didnt have any mirrosr


97%

One of my favourite hostels over a 2 month trip - super chilled, loads of people wanting to have a good time, pool and table tennis etc. shame it's a 15 minute walk to the bottle shop. Dorms are fine.


89%

Cool place, lots going on and. A great locations. The food the sell is good in the bar opposite and delicious smoothies,

  • 8th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

Very Nice hostel. Nice vibe, nice people, and nice shuttle bus driver ;)


91%

Arts Factory is one of the most amazing places I have ever stayed in. The jungle is a world of it's own, away from modern day distractions and the whole hostel has an incredible atmosphere and layout. There are plenty of activities such as morning yoga next to the lake, african drumming, bracelet making etc. The bus to town from 10pm till like 3/4am is great and comes every 5/10 mins and they pick you up from the bus stop in town on arrival day. Overall an amazing stay and I hope to return :)


77%

Good atmosphere and the common facilities and parklands are great. The bunk beds are terrible and noisy keeping everyone awake.


54%

No lockers in 4 man dorm, bathrooms felt unclean, didn't want to put my contacts in. The room was very small and got very warm at night. But the atmosphere was good and probably all worth it for the experience of staying there.


54%

The location is a bit out of the way but they have a shuttle bus that runs every 10mins during the night which is good. Every morning I was woken up by loud noises from staff doiing maintenance outside of my room. The kitchen is too small for the amount of ppl staying in the hostel. Every night it was jammed full of people. Travia night and the talent show night were pretty fun.


71%

FUN hostel with lots of character! Other backpackers don't seem to respect common areas too much so I can see why the reception staff has an "so over it" attitude. Upon arrival I checked into my room to find 2 used "unmentionables" near the powerpoints and hairs on my sheets... GROSS!! I asked the guy at reception who took care of it with a half-hearted effort.. left the "unmentionble" wrapper on the floor! Cleanliness wasn't the best but worth staying to experience the Arts Factory's community.

  • 9th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


83%

Really nice hostel. Great atmosphere and a lot of Nice activities. A perfect hostel if you want to have a good time! The rooms itself were not that great, but not bad either.


71%

you should get a modern water heater


77%

Really good vibe at the hostel, would be great if the rooms had lockers as well


83%

I had a great time and enjoyed the atmosphere there. The beds could have been more comfortable and air conditioner would have helped. Everyone was really helpful aside from one staff with short dark hair who went out of his way to be rude when I asked for a wifi voucher to fill out. Still I recommend it due to the staff and atmosphere.

  • 3rd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


46%

The kitchen is not clean at all, the staff is rude and not comprehensive, we have to give our passport if we want to use a pan ... The worst backpacker I've ever been.


69%

in a swamp which gives a resly relaxed feeling. so many relaxed people and a good complimentary van to get to town. it is about a ten minute walk but after going out it is most welcome. some of the toilets were out of order multiple times during my stay and pretty grose. i loved my stay here though


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