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Gonow Family Backpacker Reviews

145 vulture street westend, Brisbane, Australia

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250 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 63%Security
  • 70%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 68%Atmosphere
  • 59%Cleanliness
  • 64%Facilities

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The staff is not friendly by incheck. Maybe clean up the rooms before we can use them because it was disgusting, also the kitchen was not clean at all. A really bad hostel, but for the money they think you don't deserve more maybe?


Free wifi and brekkie, clean rooms, friendly staff and the perfect location for exploring Brisbane - a stone's throw away from buzzy west end! Very basic hostel with not much atmosphere or decor, but a great base camp for someone who is just after the bed! It was clean and relatively quiet at night, so ticked all the boxes for me! Would be nice to have a bit of a common area, but I would still stay there again


This is a very busy place but for all the good reasons : well located, friendly staff, great weekly rates, lockers, free breakfast , free rice, good wifi, not too much noise .... I had a great time and will certainly go back


Good location (close to Southbank and city centre). Nice staff and free WIFI. I had a good stay

  • 24th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Excellent hostel with lots of nice people. Nice and quite and easy to meet friends there. Free WIFI is extra bonus. Cleanliness is good but not as perfect as the others aspects. Overall, would recommend it.



  • 23rd Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


A nice hostel with a group of wonderful people. i would definitely recommend it!!


The driver for airport pick up was very late even if I told them when the plane lands. The hostel was dirty, the mattress was all yellow like somebody would pee on it. Room has only bed and one clothes hanger, no table or chair. Floors were dirty. Toilets have only one washbasin and that was near shower, so if somebody was taking a shower you couldn't wash your hand after using a toilet. Not worth $1 per night! Strongly not recommend staying at Gonow!!!

  • 13th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Slovenia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Very cheap. Very kind receptionist. Little bit far from the city.

  • 28th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Loved the location in West End. Pretty basic hostel, but was fine for meeting people and sleeping. The free light breakfast was a nice bonus.


The staff was nice and helpful... but the place itself was completely disgusting dirty. We have never seen such a dirty hostel before (also not the cheaper one...).


GoNow seems to be one of the cheaper places to stay in Brisbane, particularly for a private room. The staff were very nice and the location was reasonable (10-15 minute walk into town, but there are buses nearby) and the noise level at night is low. More space for food preparation is needed, and there aren't enough tables and chairs indoors. The floors upstairs are a little dirty, as are the showers. There aren't enough showers or sinks or places to hang your clothes.


Rules which make you feel like a child but also stop it be a party hostel. It's really unclean, a rush around with a mop does not a clean house make. The beds were filthy, but don't worry they give you linen to hide that. They give free rice everyday which is great if you're on a budget. Good location if you want to be in west end. We checked out early after getting a flat in the city and they were nice enough to refund the extra nights. a generous 6/10

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