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Hostelz.com's Review
Base Townsville is located in the transit centre and is therefore very handy for connecting with the coach services. This hostel has a very different layout from the Base on Magnetic Island, but has the same relaxed, chilled-out atmosphere. There is a large TV room offering a offering all the cable channels on a huge widescreen TV and very comfortable seating. In the same room there is also high-speed internet access.

Near the common area is the kitchen which is quite small but is very clean and well-equipped. There is also a large dining area with a spa and pool table in the same room. The bathrooms are large and very clean with free shampoo and body wash provided in the shower cubicles. The dorm rooms are spacious and clean with most rooms having air conditioning as well as proper thick and comfy mattresses. Under the bunk beds, there are also lockers that are big enough to store a large backpack.

The main drawback of the hostel though is not that it's a ten-minute walk into the town centre, but rather that if you need to contact the reception for any reason -- like getting change for the pool table, inquiring about tours or purchasing internet cards -- you have to walk back downstairs, through the security doors and coach terminal until you reach the reception in the main transit centre.

Overall though, an all around nice hostel -- particularly if you're catching some of the early morning coach services.

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September 2005

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Party central I had the best time here, Met so many kool people -- everyone is really friendly if you make an effort. My single room was cheap and massive, and clean. The other areas are a bit average but its what you make of it. You can expect too much, it is a hostel after all.  , Adelaide ()
5  Fantastic value all round, great party atmosphere, and some great friendships were made by all the staff at that time. i remember the party nights we organised in the adjoining bar (andys) recovery the next morning involved running up castle hill before work. michael millios my boss used to shake his head in disbelief. but dont listen to me or anyone else sample the experience for yourself.  ()
3  It's okay for one night, but don't expect much.  ()
2  This place has the most unfriendly people on the reception I've ever met in Australia. The hostel is clean, but very big. It's not so easy to meet people.  ()
3  I stayed here on several occassions - primarily for the convenience: close to buses and city transfers. I generally enjoyed my stay - although would only recommend it for short periods. The kitchen is rather small and needs cleaning and repairs. The dorm rooms are either too hot or too cold and beds are not particulary comfy. But the location is perfect - for Townsville anyway. Close to pubs, eateries, transfers and the crew at reception are great, really helpful and friendly!  ()
2  The air-conditioning was VERY cold and since I didn't want to pay extra for a blanket I froze in my sarong. This place was a bit of a dump, and not that clean (but not dirty). It has zero charm, a dull vibe, an industrial feel, and iffy showers. But no one stays in Townsville for very long anyway, and the location (above the bus station) was so handy! That alone was the reason I chose to stay here. It's not good but it's not bad, so if you are just in for a night it is worth a stay.  ()
4  The hostel was the best part of my stay in Townsville, which was nothing too exciting. The rooms were massive and had air-conditioning...awww!! The staff were great and the location was perfect for Oz Experience bus pass holders, because the bus picks you up right there. The kitchen could have been cleaner, but that's my only complaint.  ()
3  This place was all right to stay in overnight, but I wouldn't want to spend too much time here.  ()

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