Albany Backpackers

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The Hostelz.com Review

If you want to meet other guests, listen to music, and have a great time, stay at Albany Backpackers. If you want sleep, rest, and quiet, this is not the hostel for you!

The Location

The neighborhood has loads of pubs and restaurants, eateries, take-out, and three supermarket stores within walking distance. There are also many natural sights to see, including the gap (a natural bridge made from rock) and the beach. Take the bus on York Street down to Emu Point, where some outstanding seafood awaits. And the bus depot is right around the way. Dan Murphy’s Liquor Store is right down the street.

The hostel itself is cool and hip; this old-fashioned building has been around for years and years and Albany Backpackers goes way, way back so there's loads of history here. There is art throughout the hostel. The clientele here is made up of the cool, young, hip hostel crowd.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The dorm rooms have cool, custom art and sturdy, metal-frame bunk beds. The room we stayed in was awesome -- the view of the bay is worth a million dollars. There are layers upon layers of places to explore -- rooms and hallways lead to staircases and we think this hostel has at least one or two hidden places. And the art -- hand-painted art is everywhere!

Bathrooms are clean and tidy. Showers have hot water. We think it is cool. High-quality cleanliness is found in the bathrooms and shower.

Common Spaces

Albany Backpackers is by far a party hostel, with loud music in the evenings and guests playing pool (the game), and ping-pong. There are two kitchens in regular use, and multiple areas for resting, smoking, and talking. The kitchens and common areas are really nice. The hostel employs fellow hostelers to clean and tidy the place in the morning hours -- in fact, the place has a small army of cleaners working and working. Breakfast is limited; while the online listing reads “free breakfast,” in reality, the breakfast is sliced toast, instant coffee, instant tea. It's slightly disappointing, but on the other hand, the price of food in Western Australia is astronomical and a hostel could go out of business by giving away free food.

Summary

If you're looking for quiet, choose another hostel nearby. If you want a fun place, check this one out. The management like talking to the guests, and staying at Albany Backpackers is memorable.
by Christopher Richman
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2016-01-24
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Out front on the boardwalk
Looking at the reception area
Hot ping-pong action
Side exit, use of key fob to enter and exit
Second floor hallway photo board
Fantastic view from dorm room 7
Second floor common area
Second floor kitchen
Solar laundry
+4

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(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Albany Backpackers" at 34 Stirling Terrace.)

Location/Contact

Address
34 Stirling Terrace, Albany, Western Australia, Australia
Coordinates
-35.026899, 117.887032 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.albanybackpackers.com.au
Telephone
+61 (8) 9841-8848 0r from inside Australia 1-800-260-130
Fax
+61 (8) 9841-8847
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
Parking, close to centre, clean
Marking the whale museum (centre) could be better, even the other free activity around the whale center.
Stan
Age 69, Sweden
2014-06-01
 
Reasonable price. Clean and great location.
I stay there for 3 night. Rooms are clean and not dusty like other hostel that I stay before. Walls are painted with beautiful picture. Bathroom is small and don't have place to hang your cloth. But still acceptable. Staffs are really friendly and helpful. Recommended!
Chong Len
(Malaysia)
2012-10-23
 
A great time in a great place
I stayed in Albany for three-and-a-half months. All the time in Albany Backpackers. I stayed here to work and to look around. From the start the staff were really friendly. No question was too much. Two times in the week there was a sausage BBQ in the backyard. A great way to get to know all the people in the hostel. The rooms are wonderful too. Al the rooms i have seen are painted by artists.
Bart
(Duch)
2008-10-04
  Not the flashiest hostel we've stayed in, but one of the friendliest. The free coffee and cake is great, and I recommend Rose's reiki head massages. The staff went out of their way to make us welcome, and the murals in the room were fabulous. Met lots of interesting folk and ended up staying an extra night.
samadhi
(NZ)
2007-05-13
  I stayed here by accident (escaping a horrible job). Was meant to stay one night but stayed two and a half weeks. Chanie and Steph, Rose and Ralph are wonderful and manage the place so well! I really felt at home here and made a heap of good friends. The place is clean, friendly, and overlooks the beach. Love the paintings in the rooms. This has got to be the best hostel I have ever stayed in and I wish I didnt leave so soon.
Renee
2007-03-10
  Great place to stay. The staff work really really hard here to make the place really clean. Quite a big place with lots going off. Shops close by along with Middleton Beach. Excellent place to stay.
Alison McNab
2007-01-13
This medium size hostel is situated just a 100 yards from the foot of York Street, the shopping main street in Albany with the Town hall and banks. So it is within easy walking distance to the supermarket, ATM's, fast food outlets etc. Just next to the hostel on Stirling Terrace are a couple of bars and Dylan's, a good restaurant. The tourist information centre is also near to the hostel. However the hostel reception staff are around all day and have maps and contacts for all the main sights in Albany. The hostel itself has good facilities - plenty of pre-pay internet terminals, 2 TV lounges, pool table, vending machines, adequately equipped kitchen and garden (with BBQ) out the back for smokers. There is 24 hour parking on the side street next to the hostel. The hostel also has bikes for hire for either half a day or the full day. This can be pretty useful as unless you have a car, most of the sights such as Middleton beach and the blow holes are a bit of a hike. There is a very scenic walking/cycle path from near the hostel to Middleton beach (about 4km), which gives good views over King George Sound and the WWII fort ruins that still remain overlooking the bay. The hostel is generally pretty clean and friendly. Most of the rooms are upstairs, with late evening drinking only allowed downstairs out of the way. The atmosphere in the hostel is pretty good with a sociable lounge and kitchen. Usually in the hostel there is a mixture of a few long termer's, independent travelers and a number of backpacker bus tours stop off here as well. So for being close to the city centre and decent facilities, Albany Backpackers ticks all the boxes.
Robbie Samuel
(United Kingdom)
2006-11-18
  I would recommend this hostel, the staff are very helpful and the place is very social. Above all else it's clean. It's about 2 blocks to the center of town and about 4 blocks to the bus.
Anonymous
2004-07-17

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