I had such an incredible time, and the X Base Magnetic hostel was a big part of that. Younger crowd, lots of friendly people from all over the world travelling through, island bar with great parties nightly, and located on the beach/ocean in Nelly Bay. Conditions are extremely lacking in rooms (basically run-down shacks for housing luggage, equipment, etc.), but who wants to stay in their room at a place like this? Not ideal if you're looking for a clean, ritzy establishment. But if you just want to hang out on an island and party for a few days, it's perfect.
Very friendly helpful staff, 2 very clean, well set up kitchen and relaxation areas. Our tent was clean, beds comfy, power available......everything we needed for a budget stay. An echidna came nosing around the garden in front of our tent and a mother possum with baby on its back came to the kitchen area in the evening - delightful. Only one shared toilet and one shower which could have been an issue but it caused us no problem.
Great town position, a good exercise walk around town and shops . Great decore , but the place mat with the Waltzing Matilda story , Too exe., $10.00 . should have a copy on A4 paper in the room of each guest to have.
Very family friendly, great location (10 mins walk from ferry, short 5 mins walk to supermarket/cafe/restaurant/bottle shop/chemist). Lovely pool, very friendly staff - this was our second visit and we'll be back !
Lovely clean room. Comfortable bed.
I went with my son and booked a twin room. They gave my a king first up. Was quickly resolved and given a twin.
Was very noisy. Other customers stomping down the hallway and slamming doors or too drunk to get off the floor. So sleeping was hard.
Paulette from Australia
Ibis Townsville is conveniently located in the heart of the city dining precinct and only a few minutes walk from the main …More
Beautiful sea views and surrounds. Very spacious apartment style rooms.. Quiet and relaxing scenery..
On a side note on checkout, reception staff could use a smile. Found the receptionist to be fairly bland. On checkout, advised her that the fan in the main bedroom and lounge room weren't working and was basically told " oh ok, will let someone know" that's it.. No apology, no anything .. Then continued with what ever she was doing.. She didn't ask how my stay was or anything. So a lil disappointed with that.. But the position of the apartment sells itself .. Very enjoyable weekend..
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