“ Hostel in Airlie Beach. Address: 2 St Martins Rd, Airlie Beach. Tel:(+61)07 49 466 177 „
I stayed in this hostel in Airlie Beach when Cyclone Ului hit.
The hostel itself isnt one building, it has lots of tin looking huts set amongst palm trees. The little huts are outdated and smell like damp.
The beds also smell like damp and I had bed bugs in my matress on the last day. The rooms have a small kitchenette, the fridge was good but I never used it to cook because there was another kitchen in the common room that was cleaner and more modern.
The common room was quite cool as it was just a few sofas and a tv which made it quite sociable. As I already had a job confirmed I used this area a lot to read and chill out. I met quite a few people just by sitting there and chatting.
Another thing I liked here was that breakfast was provided, you could have as much as you want so I took enough for lunch as well. It was also a good way to chat and meet other guests.
This hostel tends to attract a more mature customer as its out of the town, with breakfast and no noise.
I met a nice group of people there, and there was always people to go to town with or to chat to in the evening.
I stayed there for about 5 nights in total, even though my room smelled and it wasnt really a safe place to be in during the cyclone.
The staff here are so friendly, they had drinks with us, ran a free bus service to town and were so helpful to me in my search for work. They let me use the iron for my creased clothes, advised me on boats to look for work on, told me where to buy things like deck shoes, and were just very welcoming.
With an upgrade this hostel could be great, as the owners are so nice. I didnt use the swimming pool because of the cyclone but it did look quite nice if it was a hot day. $25 a night including breakfast.