THIRD WORLD... THIEVES PARADISE!!!
I was the night manager in the sh*t-hole for around 8 months and if you knew where your piss stained-mattress had been, you would be sick to the stomach. There was a pile of 10 year old vermin infested crumbling foam mattresses piled up in the corner of the garage around the rubbish that the owner hoards. Whenever they f***ed up the bookings (which happened often) there'd be a last minute rush to make extra beds. They've been out in the rain and covered in mildew for years, and HONESTLY my dog sleeps on a cleaner bed. THE KITCHEN has next to nothing to cook a meal with, and most of what is there was stolen off the front step of the St Vincents Charity shop around the corner from the hostel. Pete had me drag sh*t off the footpath one night, and into the kitchen it went. Unwashed! There's your new microwave guys!! There is only 1 or 2 stove burners that actually work... just like the rest of the website, it's all a facade. There is a culture of cooking a meal and just walking away from the pan with food caked on, and then leaving it sitting there for 8 hours to fester. You'll need to scrub and sterilise it before you can cook in it! I had many an argument with the management to clean their act up.... and I can still remember the receptionist Carolina having a big whinge that I'm trying to do other peoples jobs and I shouldn't be getting involved! As far as theft and security goes, there isn't any. Room MASTER KEYS are handed out to people like lollies.Some staff couldn't be bothered getting off their arse to let people into rooms, and just handed it out and said bring it back when your finished! And this was during the spate of theft that was occurring on a daily basis. The rooms were getting ripped off on a nearly daily basis, LAPTOPS, IPODS, CAMERAS.... the undercover ploce came in one day to tell us to clean our act up. They said if we're going to keep checking transient homeless aussie's into the rooms with the young travellers, then they can't do much to help us. I had the cops down there investigating theft on such a regular basis that me and the seargant at manly police station were on a first name basis. I got chewed out by the owner for getting the cops involved. He doesn't like police for some reason?? Guest credit cards have been stolen from the office which has an open door policy. $1000 went missing from the office, with only staff access on that occasion.... so you can't even trust the people who work there basically. The TOILETS and SHOWERS are DISGUSTING. A token wipe over with a mop a few times a week was enough. Some of the feral guests that are happy to live there like to drop a beer bottle into the toilet and and have a sh*t, so it sits there and can't be flushed. WHAT THE F*** IS THAT??? Keep in mind that there will be about 150 people staying there during summer, and so when the toilets aren't cleaned for 2 or 3 days over the weekend, NO SOAP, NO TOILET PAPER, NO TOILET SEAT, (vandalised) and floors that are covered in vomit, piss and christ knows what...... you'll be wondering what your hard earned cash is actually paying for. If you want to live like an animal with a bunch of perpetually drunk people, then you've hit pay dirt!! On the subject of the night manager being pissed, YOUR LIFE IS WHAT'S AT STAKE. According to the job brief I was given by the the manager when they offered me the job in return for free rent, THE MAIN REASON the night manager exists is to have somebody there alert and clear headed to respond to a FIRE ALARM and wake people up who are probably very drunk and asleep. The position is a JOKE, and staff would bust their arse to get a mate into the job for a cheap stay at the hostel. If you think backpackers hostels don't catch fire... several young travellers (just like you and your friends) died in a hostel fire at Bundaberg in Queensland several years ago. The families had to fly over to collect the bodies. There were several nights when the night manager was at the pub... nowhere near the hostel. MANLY BACKPACKERS is not what it looks like on the internet.
The photos of the rooms were actually shot while I was there, and me and pete filled the room with a lot of my furnishings to dress it up. THE PHOTOS ARE NOT REAL!
The place is just full of lost people taking a break from life and getting smashed. You won't be getting any sleep, as the owner likes to come back from partying at 1am and turn the place into his own private idaho. His mates have keys too. I saw fresh faced young people arrive with the intention of a short stay before discovering Australia, only to get caught up in the piss-up sessions and spend their whole stay stuck in manly getting smashed. Without a lie... I've run into a a couple of people that were guests there while I was the night manager, who look very different to what they were as I remembered them. One couple told me ... QUOTE... "that place did my head in"
MANLY HAS PLENTY OF PLACES TO STAY THAT ARE CLEAN AND WELL RUN
BUT MANLY BACKPACKERS IS NOT A PLACE I WOULD RECOMMEND.