Big John's Chil-axn Boutique Hostel & Seaview BBQ Reviews
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I wouldn't send my worst enemy to this hostel. The biggest dump I've ever seen. I wouldn't bath a pig in their bathroom. Worst hostel to date. Save yourself the trouble.
Great hostel comfy beds, nice rooms and they give you fluffy towels! A long way out of the main backpacker area though! But great value for money for a nights stay!
I route for the underdog... And as you can see I've reviewed well over 40 hostels. Mistake this time! This place is NOT good. My dorm room and bathroom were extremely dirty and smelled worse than anywhere I've ever stayed before. Staff is more concerned with playing pool and on their phones than the guests. Food is alright and decent price. Cheap stay if you can tolerate the dirty conditions.
The pool is actually just a paddling pool and you never really see anyone around so wouldn't recommend for lone travellers. We rented mopeds nearby and drove in the the town by serendipity beach every night to meet friends which we didn't mind because it was fun.
Not that clean. Room was really hot and only one fan which is not enough for a 8 bed dorm. Also a bit far from the main beach where all the boats to the islands go from. The beach that's close by is not as nice.
No taxi could ever find this place. It's 7km away from town. Only saw 1 other guest. Where was everyone. John was yelling at his staff in front of me. Not to mention, the few staff he has barely speak English and are extremely incompetent. A little 4 yr old child escorted me to my room. It's been a long bus ride, the last thing I want is to follow a kid at a glacial pace and watch as he learns to unlock a door. For the $ you save, you spend more In tuk tuks. I am not "from the competition" btw
Roof top pool is a little ambiguous. The staff were lovely, but it just wasn't what we expected.
There are places a lot cheaper just two muinets up the road. Dirty , there was always a big croud of men playing pool and playing cards, so there was no place to hang out. The pool is actually a dirty paddling pool and the beach is like a giant litter box , overpriced and rubbish. Don't bother . very sloppy .
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24