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Hostelz.com's Review
On first impression of the common areas, Pickled Frog Backpackers appears shabby but the rooms and bathrooms are kept very clean.

The Location

The Pickled Frog is located near a number of other hostels near the shopping areas if Hobart's city centre. It is also within walking distance of the bars and restaurants of the Salamanca area and the harbour. Many of Hobart's other attractions are within walking distance of this compact city. A shuttle bus takes about forty minutes from the nearby transit centre although this trip time can be reduced if you catch it at one of the later pick-up points. Buses from other major towns stop within five minutes' walk of the hostel. There are many other hostels located nearby, which guarantees an active backpacker scene.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are spacious and the hostel provides clean bed linen (guests must make their own beds and return sheets to the reception on departure). Sleeping bags are not permitted. The mattresses are comfortable, although the odd bed squeaked. There are no lockers in the rooms. A refundable key deposit must be left until check-out. There are separate bathrooms for men and women, which are clean. Hot water is available.

Common Spaces

The hostel appears to be a renovated hotel and there are many common areas with lots of tourist information available. Inside the main door is the reception area with couches. Another area has a pool table and another area has a foosball table. There is a large screen TV for watching movies or satellite TV. There are three PCs for internet use at a reasonable cost. Wi-Fi is available at an extra cost. There is a well-stocked kitchen available for guest use and there are supermarkets nearby. Beers can be purchased in the hostel.


This is a good hostel, with lots of amenities and attractions nearby.

by RayJ
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
April 2011

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5   Great Hostel, clean beds, big common rooms, large & clean kitchen The Pickled Frog is a nice hostel. The staff is friendly, helpful and uncomplicated. Reception is not open twenty-four hours, but the big communal area is very nice and waiting for someone to arrive was very comfortable. All in all the hostel is very cozy and the atmosphere is very laid back and familiar.  , age 23 ()
4   Fairly good! Pro -- Good location, spacious public area, friendly staff, free parking space. Cons -- no heater in the room, bathroom need improvement.  , age 34, malaysia ()
3   Tasmania ... the best place in australia I really appreciate your help during my last 3 days in tasmania.  , Peruano ()
5   A real treat in the winter! I arrived to friendly staff and two warm fireplaces. Reception open until 10pm. They serve hot drinks which can be enjoyed in the foyer by the fireplace. The lounge is huge with a big TV and lots of dvds to be borrowed for free. There's a separate eating area by a cozy fireplace. Free wifi! Fully functioning laundry facilities. The kitchen is big with two island electric stoves for easy cooking and plenty pans, plates, cutlery. The room is so cozy with a home-like feel. There are lockers available. Everything clean. Attentive staff helped me mark some fun destinations on a map. Excellent location! Close to town. Two minutes from a bus line which goes through Tasmania. I felt so comfortable I did not want to leave!  , USA ()
4   Really good fun hostel, not new but great character! Stayed in this hostel for nearly a week. Whilst the kitchen and bathrooms could use a renovate, they were both clean and functional. The hostel has a really good, friendly atmosphere and it really felt like a home away from home. Cosy open fire, cheap bar, and comfy beds. They even have mulled wine on monday! will recommend.  , New Zealand ()
1   Not a good place to stay This hostel has a nice large lounge/dining area and a great selection of dvds. Unfortunately that is about all I can say positively about it. The staff aren't the friendliest and there is almost always a queue of people waiting to deal with them at reception. The bathrooms aren't clean, the linen isn't changed after people check out in the rooms, and the kitchen facilities are poor. Also the free Wi-Fi advertised is a lie, the computers there that you are supposed to pay for weren't even working when I was there.  , England ()
1   Appearances can be deceiving! I've stayed at quite a few great backpackers in Australia, but this one was the worst. Nice looking bar and internet area, but extremely dirty. Bathrooms poor and rooms with squeaky uncomfortable beds and running tap.  , SA ()
1   Horrible place, snobby staff This hostel was a dump -- filthy, rats, girl vomiting in the men's bathroom at 5 a.m. -- you name it. One staff person was ok, the other was just plain rude and egotistic, not at all helpful. If you love to party and play slip and slide on other people's puke this is the place for you! Otherwise pay a little more and go anywhere else.  , USA ()

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