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Billie's Backpackers Hostel Reviews

2895 Mack Blvd, Fairbanks, USA

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78%

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66 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 74%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

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66%

Billie, the owner for the last 4 decades was friendly enough but refuses alcohol on the premises and you must not talk in the dorms at any time, which is a little strange. Generally the atmosphere is good as is the type of clientele. However there is one major fault with this hostel. There is only two bathrooms (with toilet and shower together) for all the main dorm areas. Terribly inconvenient having to wait a long time to have a shower or take a dump.


86%

The stay was pleasant and staff very kind and helpful. The only think I did not like was the information about the price of canoexkayak trip. I was told that the price is supposed to be 10-15CAD or if I am single around 20CAD and after an hour of kayaking I was asked to pay 37,50CAD!!! That was really unbeliavable! So please be aware that if you go kayaking and you are single it will cost you a bunch of money! Worth only in a group. Then the price is 10-15CAD.

Owner Comment (Hide)
so sorry about the info on the canoe / kyak trip, but we do not book those trips, so maybe you should review those people on their own sites..

60%

funky-hippy place

  • 1st Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


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100%

I stayed at the hostel for a night and loved it. Billie (the owner) is a very caring and a beautiful lady - she came across like a protective and a loving mother figure. The hostel's atmosphere was very nice, warm and friendly - feels like home. I highly recommend this place to all other budget travelers like myself.


77%

thoroughly enjoyed our stay at billies she was very helpful and accomodating the hostel had a lovely feel about it met lovely people no lock out which was great would definately recommend billies.


100%

This is what hosteling is all about. Meeting people from all walks of life regardless of age, education, income or background. I'm temped to start my own. Billie is a true house mother and host. Goes out of her way to help those staying at her house. Loved Fairbanks and the people there as well. I nominate this hostel as the best I've ever stayed.


100%

Try staying in the Teepee or the glass house.

  • 1st Aug 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


97%

A perfect stay, Billie is friendly and helpful, and the house is charming and not too big. The best (I want to say) and (possibly) cheapest place in the world to see the northern lights :):)


80%

Very good atmosphere- like a home really. Friendly other guests. Nice dogs. Decent facilities. Good location close to bus routes to town centre but far enough away to see the aurora. Billie is accomodating and helpful.


97%

a great place to stay in fairbank


74%

Great little hostel. We arrived late at night, just called the owner (who is very nice and helpful) on the phone in the porch and she came right out and get us settled in. Its really more of a converted house than a purpose built hostel. Does what it says on the tin, would stay again.


97%

Hi Hostelworld Team It was a great place to stay. Billie is a perfect host, you feel from the first minute you step in like home. There are staying very nice longterm-guest which given really good information too like Billie and her daughter does. Beautiful place and friendly other travellers. And also I met the oldest backpackers on the world - Bill and Sara from Sydney Australia. I will always go back when I'm in Fairbanks again.

  • 11th Oct 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

This is a very nice place. More than a hostel it feels like you are staying in your grandmother´s house. Billie´s really nice and all the people staying there are very friendly. The only problem is that there are only two bathrooms for twenty people, so you might have to wait for a while. Despite this, I reccommend this place.


57%

I think the owner could use an accountant. She didn't even have a record of my reservation placed a week ago. Luckily there was still a bed. And I think the no talking rule inthe bedroom even in the daytime is kind of weird.

Owner Comment (Hide)
The no talking in the bed area, is to keep it quiet for people who arrive late at night. all of the beds are upstairs, the main dinning room, computers, sitting rooms, sun porch as well as many sitting areas outside are open all night long. and your more than welcome to stay and talk anytime for as long or loud as you wish..just not in the bed area. I had your reservation, I just thought I would ask you how long you were staying instead of looking it up in my book..(since you were standing right there in front of me, and my book was in another room) sorry if your stay was not a pleasant one..it certainly was not meant to be offending to you.

91%

FAIR INTERNET AND LOCATION. Else are excellent, highly recommended.

  • 14th Aug 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


66%

Billie's is a friendly sociable place to stay in Fairbanks.


83%

We had a great time at Billie's. I strongly recommend to stay here!


60%

Billie was very nice. Too many people for the space available. Came back after a day seeing AK only to find the guy who was camped out in the common area in the morning when I left and in my assigned bunk when I returned. Also amount paid was more than what was on reservation invoice. Only $9 but over the course of a year I am sure that Billie takes in a pretty penny for each person she over charges

  • 7th Oct 2011
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


60%

Billies Packpackers was a great place to stay, but it's nothing like what they tell you at the website. It's not a youth hostel, there are staying (and living!) a lot of older people. But they were nice and I had a good time. The hostel is far from downtown, but Fairbanks has a good bussystem though en busstops near the hostel


87%

Billie is a very nice lady. Hostel is like a home. I met many countries of people here. It is a good location to wait for northern lights. Its location is good to go to downtown by bus, too.


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