Pickled Frog Backpackers

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The Hostelz.com 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.

Summary

This is a good hostel, with lots of amenities and attractions nearby.
by RayJ
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
2011-04-15

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Location/Contact

Address
281 Liverpool Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Coordinates
-42.885732, 147.321674 (accuracy not guaranteed)
Location
Website
www.thepickledfrog.com
Telephone
+61 (3) 6234-7977
Fax
+61 (3) 6234-4628
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

 
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.
AnnaM
Age 23
2014-09-08
 
Fairly good!
Pro -- Good location, spacious public area, friendly staff, free parking space. Cons -- no heater in the room, bathroom need improvement.
chai
Age 34, malaysia
2014-05-15
  The Location The Pickled Frog is located just outside of downtown Hobart, however given the city isn't that big it's easy enough to get access to everything you need here from shops, pubs and restaurants to the harbour attractions like the Salamanca Markets. The airport bus also stops quite close by and it's barely a walk of 100m to the hostel - something everyone can manage no matter what size your bag is! The Frog also has amazing free shuttles that take you up Mt Wellington, to Mona or to see Tasmanian Devils on certain days of the week. Otherwise it's about five minutes walk down Liverpool Street to the main bus terminal. Rooms and Bathrooms The Pickled Frog is a somewhat rambling abode with rooms located on the floors above. All the rooms seem rather small and are located off narrow hallways with the communal bathrooms down the far end. While the rooms are a bit poky and you have to make sure your things aren't in other people's way, the beds are comfortable and warm. The bathrooms are quite clean however there seems to be a bit of a queue to gain access to them. Common Spaces Compared to the small rooms the communal areas are very large. There's a retro and friendly reception area where a lot of people seem to hang out thanks to the bar that serves excellent coffee and has games, guitars and even hammocks. There's a kitchen for self caterers, through a warren of rooms including a dining area, games and TV room. All great hang out places. Summary Given the number of people that hike in Tasmania the Pickled Frog will let you store luggage until you return and they often have giveaways left by hikers - gas bottles, sleeping bags etc. Ask at reception if you can't see them. There is free internet and wifi access here too. They also are environmentally friendly - they offset their carbon - and support kids in India. While the actual rooms are a slight let down (probably only average on the ratings list) the communal facilities here are great, the mood is very relaxed and has a great vibe, and the additional facilities they provide like the shuttle buses and free internet are a winner, plus they obviously have a social conscience. It's a hostel with a difference and when balanced out it gives them a four star rating.
Pickled Frog entrance Games and lounge room Pool room Kitchen Dorms Shower
Jo
2013-11-14
 
Tasmania ... the best place in australia
I really appreciate your help during my last 3 days in tasmania.
Omar Layme V.
(Peruano)
2012-05-26
 
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!
Anonymous
(USA)
2010-11-12
 
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.
Justin
(New Zealand)
2009-04-21
 
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.
Adam
(England)
2009-03-24
 
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.
Elzbet
(SA)
2009-03-16

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