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Islander Backpackers Resort Reviews

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473 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 75%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 68%Atmosphere
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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Great hotel/hostel resort! Definetley be back :) On the flipside... cleaners could of done a better job daily in the backpackers rooms!?! :(

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Dear Nikki, Thank you for your kind feedback and we look forward to welcoming you on your return to Surfers Paradise. We appreciate you raising the Housekeeping related matters.


I am a girl and traveling by myself I did not felt safe. There was an homeless old lady in my room, but the personnel was very nice and changed my room.

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Dear Giovanna, we are sorry that you did not enjoy your time in our dormitory rooms, we have 24 Hour reception and management and would have been happy to assist if the matters were raised while staying with us. All the best with your future travels and we appreciate your feedback on our wonderful staff.


More a hotel than a hostel with excellent facilities and kind staff. Located less than 5mins from the beach and bars/clubs. Great value for money especially as we were upgraded from an 8 bed dorm to 5 with a fridge and TV.


Literally 2 minutes walk on to surfers beach, swimming pool, hot tub, quality kitchen, we had a balcony and private bathroom in a four bed dorm. Definitely the best place to stay in Surfers for price location and facilities. Definitely go!

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Dear Harry, you summed up our property and the destination perfectly!! :). Thank you for sharing such wonderful feedback and we wish you a safe onward journey.


Great atmosphere in and around the resort. the carpets in the room look as though they haven't been cleaned for a while. Decent size kitchen and amenities, pool is rather cold but the spa and steam room were good! Location is ideal very central to everything you need and the beach is a 5 min walk away.


It was a pity that the shower was no higher then my shoulder, so I had to bend over to wash my hair.


More like a hotel, no atmosphere for backpackers whatsoever. Very impersonal. However the rooms were good and clean and location was perfect! Right by greyhound stop and a stones throw from Main Street and surfers beach


This is the best hostel I stayed in Australia. Reasons: you can barely call this one a hostel since it's a hotel with 24 h reception and bathroom in the room and with swimming pool , tennis court, bar , spa close to dorm rooms that you could use anytime you want. I came here in April /off season so I had a big room on the first floor with one roommate at a time in a five ppl s dorm room, rooms are quite big. Outside the Back door/all window is a garden and pool. How great is that.

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Dear Rufei, wow what a fantastic and complimentary review to receive!. We think we are special as well and appreciate your kind words. We look forward to greeting you again in the future.


Its part of a good hotel so the facilities are good and the room spacious, but it lacks the backpacker atmosphere.


Great location - relaxed hostel with a hotel vibe. Was disappointed that you need to leave a deposit to use cutlery.


hi i just stay one night. but i booking three night.

  • 22nd Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Taiwan
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


We booked a private twin room, it had 1 double bed and 1 single, balcony and private bathroom. Fairly clean, kitchen area maybe a little small for the amount of guests but the facilities where exceptional for a hostel :) would stay again...


Location couldnt be better, 2 min from Greyhound busstop and close to everything exciting in surfers!


This is a strange hostel, which was oubviously a fully functioning hotel at one point! The inclusion of a free sauna and pools is brilliant (left from its day as a hotel I presume), however the place is in dire need of a refit. Extremely dated and seemingly only just functioning, the kitchen in particular is foul (cockroach!). Location however cannot be beaten right next to the coach terminal and at the top of the Main Street shopping/entertainment street which leads to the beach.

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Dear Adam, Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry you could not stay longer than 1 night with us. We will certainly be sure to investigate the Kitchen pest matter, but as with all properties the state of the Kitchen area can often be influenced by other guests.


Real cool place, very chilled but it's an awsome hostel!! More like a villa... I was sunbathing reading a book the lush pool on my left and the little lake on my right with little turtles in it! The food is really good value and so tasty! Reminds me of my mums cooking lol... Free internet, and only $6 bike ride.. There's not much in the area but I didn't want to leave! Will hopefully return!


This is a wonderful place to be. Great location, walking distance to most of the atractions in Surfers Paradise. I will stay definitely there in the future.

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Dear Mariusz, we look forward to greeting you on your return and thank you for taking the time to note our superb location and your wonderful stay.


Good location, nice staffs and facilities. A dryer on the 4th floor is malfunction. They really need to give refund for that.


The location was very good. Its really closed to the greyhound busstation and the beach. I had a nice time there.

  • 24th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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