Launceston Backpackers, Launceston

8.5
141 Reviews
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Launceston Backpackers is a good, affordable place to stay with just a few problems. It's small and comfortable, with mostly modern facilities and extremely friendly staff that are happy to help and deal with any problems that may arise.

The Location

The location is a short walk from Coles, and across the road from a park, however, you will still probably need to hire a car to get around. It is five minutes' driving to the central business district.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are spacious and the dorms don't have too many beds in them. Dorms, twins, and double rooms are available and there are modern cupboards in the rooms. The rooms in the "old" building are quite beautiful, with high ceilings and lovely windows with views. The new building is modern and clean but less attractive. The bathrooms are less than stellar -- the upstairs bathroom only has shower curtains and you seem to walk in on naked people semi-regularly, as they must dress in the common area of the bathroom.

The hostel has an extreme water-saving policy, which means the full flush on the toilet doesn't always flush solid matter -- many times, we saw what someone else had left behind in the toilet. The sink taps also give only a trickle so it is hard to wash your hands properly. The hot water system upstairs was broken for two days when we were there, forcing everyone to use the two showers downstairs, which are better, as they have space for you to change without being in the common area of the bathroom.

The shower nozzles downstairs are very low -- we had to crouch to get under the water -- and again they suffer from extreme water-saving mode, so you get little more than a trickle of water, making it hard to wash soap out of your hair. Besides this, the bathrooms are clean, but the upstairs one is old and has ripped flooring.

Common Spaces

The common spaces are great -- always clean -- and they are modern. There are computers with pay internet. The kitchen gets very busy in peak times, but hardly anyone uses the lounge room, which has a plasma TV and plenty of sofas. There is an ant problem at the hostel -- although there is ant-rid in the bathrooms and kitchen, there are also ants in the lounge room.

Summary

This is a good, friendly hostel that is very affordable. The bathrooms are annoying but manageable. Towels are available for hire and there are free maps with popular locations printed on them available in the office. In peak seasons (summer), you need to book a room if you want twin or double share.

Anonymous
2013-01-19
building exterior dining room dining room dormroom upstairs double-room kitchen Upstairs women's bathroom

Nice facilities, rooms a bit tired and staff very unfriendly and rude!

I was traveling in Tasmania with my mother and her friend. I booked early in advance a room for just the three of us. They had messed up our booking and we had to stay in a dorm. That was fine by us but we only booked that room for a night because we waited if a room for 3 would have been free the next day as they were quite full. The old lady (owner?) came in like 8 in the morning when we were still sleeping demanding to know if we were staying in that room for another night just so she can tell the cleaner. And she didn't ask nicely but demanded. And they have 10 o'clock check out!!! The evening we came in we also got complained that we're using our cutting boards in a wrong place in the kitchen(?!). I mean there is also a nice way of telling if something isn't right but these people were just unbelievably rude. Not to mention I was traveling with two ladies in their fifties. Absolutely didn't stay for another night!

Katie
2011-01-07

Fantastic place

I traveled in Oz for six months and this was the best hostel I stayed in. The staff were great and the facilities were totally five-star.

peter
2009-10-06
usa

Nice hostel about ten minutes' walk from the town centre (don't worry -- it's at the bottom of the mountainous hills!) with a Coles supermarket just a five-minute walk away. Clean and tidy. The only problem I could think of is that the kitchen, for the size of the hostel, is quite small and gets ridiculously crowded at times. Oh, and if you don't have a sleeping bag you have to pay for a blanket and sheet (only $2.50, but still!).

Jay
2007-05-13
UK

This hostel is very close all the city amenities, but we found it to be so overcrowded. the kitchen was full of flies and the floor was a mess with benches not much better and only one microwave. there was plenty of stove space. The fridges could have done with a good clean up as well. overall i wouldn't recommend anyone to stay there.

Fran Wevers and Allan Wevers
2007-04-02
Australia

we stayed here three times during our travels of Tas and found it to be a really lovely hostel. Not too much going on as a lot of peole were working but friendly, clean, and not noisy. The kitchen was really big and cleaned every day. The telly room had loads of sofas and videos to watch. Had a good atmosphere and we met a good bunch of people here. There are plenty of things to do in Launceston. The staff were helpful with booking coaches. The guy at reception was a bit odd at first but then he turned out to be alright and quite funny once you started getting chatting to him. The only downside to the hostel was the room got really cold in the winter and there were no duvets! I had to rent four blankets to keep warm but otherwise it was great.

Nicki
2006-07-09

I had an enjoyable couple of nights here at the end of last year. The double room was pretty basic and a bit cell-like, but the communal rooms were excellent. There is a large, well equipped kitchen, dining room and lounge, which were all clean and tidy whilst we were there. The bathrooms were fine and the management friendly, so overall it's a decent place to stay.

Melissa
2005-03-06

One of the best hostels that I have stayed in. It provides excellent basic accommodation, is clean, warm, and has a great kitchen in a great building. It's not too far from anything and has secure off-street parking.

Anonymous
2004-08-16

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Location and Contact

Location

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Address: 103 Canning Street, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Launceston Backpackers is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website Launceston Backpackers Launceston www.launcestonbackpackers.com.au
Phone Number: 610363342327
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Solo Traveller

Parking

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Luggage Storage

Towels

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Wheelchair Accessible

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