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Kiama, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

YOUTH SHACK is a sizable, purpose-built backpacker joint in the heart of the bar/ restaurant part of central downtown Darwin. One of 3 Mitchell St (main street) backpacker places I stayed at between trips out of town, it was not my personal #1 but was pretty close* and quite impressive. *actually all 3 (DARWIN YHA, YOUTH SHACK and MELALEUCLA) were... More 

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Olten, Switzerland
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181 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the main-dragg in Darwin, this hostels offers good and spacious dorms with good beds, big lockers for every guest (big enough for a whole backpack), but only few e-sockets. There are plenty of clean bathrooms with good showers. Wifi is good and stable. The staff is friendly, professional and helpful. In addition there's a pool (didn't try it... More 

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Thank Dryanta
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recently stayed at Youth Shack as part of a long Wayoutback tour with a night stop over in Darwin and had a great experience there. The toilet and shower block was very clean at all times I went in, as was the pool and bar area which was great to hang out at. The linen was spotlessly clean, as... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

8 bed mixed dorm was clean, spacious and had lockers to store valuables. Also had a couple of air conditioning units which worked pretty well. Nice pool and bar area and good laundry facilities too. Only quip would be the bathrooms on the 3rd floor could do with more frequent cleaning.. Other than that great hostel in the heart of... More 

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Thank RyanOnTheReviews1212
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So I arrived here at 2am. Checked in, probs the 3rd/4th time I have stayed here. Always chosen over other backpackers! however, never felt the need to write a review of here before. The night manger Kathy was overly welcoming,very accommodating and had the banter you need when your tired and checking into a hostel. Top marks Kathy! And backpacker... More 

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Thank sarahmorgane
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The facilities and other staff were good but an encounter with the night lady meant I stayed one night instead of an intended 3 weeks. I checked in after closing, when I reached the door I could hear screaming. It was dark but this woman came an opened the door as she was shouting at first I thought at me... More 

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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Quite big and not very backpacker friendly. No kitchen gear available, you have to ask at the reception everytime you need fork (disposable) plate pans pot basicly anything. Facilites are not modern at all. Rooms are small, music all the time. Nice if you want to buy food from the bar and party. Otherwise just keep walking down mitchelle street... More 

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Thank Juliette J
York, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

By the time i got to the Youth Shack Hostel I'd already been travelling for nearly 18 months & stayed in some really decent hostels everywhere but Youth Shack in Darwin was the best by a million miles... firstly its not like a hostel is more of a young travellers hotel somewhere in Europe which makes it really appealing. I... More 

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Thank Michael D
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I enjoyed my stay at the youth shack! Staff were friendly, rooms were cleaned everyday. For a backpacker its a perfect location nice bar and pool. The only thing I will say was it was annoying having to get pans and kitchen utensils from downstairs at the reception. Overall I had a really enjoyable stay here.

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Thank Saffy S
Brett M, Reservations Manager at Youth Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hey Saffy, Thanks for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay ! The poolside bar is great and the staff do enjoy interacting with the majority of our guests. Our kitchen facilities are very well used by guests, and while we understand it can be a little annoying having to leave a room key as a deposit for... More 

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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Not the best hostel ive stayed in but definitely not the worst. Rooms are clean and tidy with fresh linen. Bathrooms need to be cleaned more regularly as toilet floors on third level always had water a centimetre deep and showers had moss around the drain. Also towels cost $2 with a $10 deposit

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Thank Nathan H
Brett M, Reservations Manager at Youth Shack Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Our cleaning team do work extremely hard, we are glad the rooms were clean and tidy and met your expectations. At the same time, we will make sure more of an effort is put into keeping the bathrooms clean and will address the issues you describe immediately. Towels are available at a nominal cost of... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Youth Shack is a great choice for backpackers and travellers looking for affordable, value for money accommodation. Located right in the heart of Darwin at 69 Mitchell St, the Youth Shack is just a short stroll away from the wide range of cheap eateries, restaurants, bars and nightclubs that Darwin has on offer. For those wishing to relax, grab a meal, shop, or catch a few rays, the Waterfront lagoon and its surrounding cafes and restaurants are only a leisurely ten minute walk away. Providing air-conditioned four, six or eight bed dorms, Double or Twin private rooms (Shared Bathroom), the Youth Shack has become a home away from home for many satisfied guests during its' time. Featuring a large semi-shaded pool, Poolside Bar, great Sundeck, a huge kitchen with adjoining dining area and a Job Shack desk, the Youth Shack has everything required to make your stay comfortable while in Darwin. Get your tan on atop the first floor rooftop sundeck after a day out adventuring or night out partying. Soak your miles away in the pool, relax on the sunbeds and catch up on that book you've been meaning to read or just have a few cool drinks in the bar and make new friends or hang out with old ones. In addition to all this, our experienced and helpful reception staff can assist you with all your tours in the Top End. Ask about our amazing deals on single or multi-day tours to Kakadu, the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, Uluru, if it's available we will get you on board. Experience the natural beauty and culture of Australia's Northern Territory. 24 hour check-in. Arrivals between 10pm and 6.00am can call the night manager, the number is on the front door of the hostel. In room Locker, Linen provided. Valid photo ID and credit card details required upon check in. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Youth Shack Backpackers

Address: 69 Mitchell St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Darwin
Price Range: $48 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Youth Shack Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 86
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“All the rooms are of equal high standard”
 of 5 bubbles michaeldJ5926GE, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“One side of the hostel isn't near the pool so it might be a bit quieter...not positive though”
 of 5 bubbles sophiesophiesophie3x, 19 Aug 2016 | Read review
“If choosing double, make sure your geting tv, dvd and fridge. Especially if your on a budget”
 of 5 bubbles S7694AFscotth, 26 Aug 2015 | Read review
“I had a room along the front which was fine.”
 of 5 bubbles squizzy11, 7 Jul 2015 | Read review
“ask for a room away from the pool area if wanting some quiet”
 of 5 bubbles 974rachelr, 6 Jul 2015 | Read review
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