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Arts Factory Lodge Reviews

Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay, Australia

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694 Total Reviews
  • 70%Value For Money
  • 70%Security
  • 73%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 65%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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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!


Arts Factory is an iconic hostel that you almost have to stay in. Good vibe, clean, and lots of areas to mingle with fellow travelers. Opt for a four person room if you can. Travel desk was very helpful in booking excursions. A little bit of a walk to town but they have a shuttle that meets the buses and another that gets you back from downtown after a night of fun.

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Thank you for your review Christopher! So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Arts Factory! Happy travels :)


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)

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Hi Jaime. Thank you for writing a review. Nice to hear you enjoyed your stay at Arts Factory. Happy travels :)


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


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.

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Thank you for writing a review Steven! So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Arts Factory. Happy travels :)


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)

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Hi Nicky, thanks for writing a review about Arts Factory. So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and the food in Arts Factory! Happy travels


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

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Thankyou Paulette for writing a review! So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Arts Factory. Happy travels :)


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 :)

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Thanks for writing a review Lauren! So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay at Arts Factory. Really looking forward to see you again at this hostel! Happy travels :)


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


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.


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.


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)

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