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The Surf House

23 Lawson St, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481 Australia
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#9 of 12 hostels in Byron Bay
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Set 100 metres from the Main Beach in Byron Bay’s town centre is our premium and affordable accommodation & rooftop bar. The property’s quality private ensuite rooms and unique shared rooms make it a perfect choice for couples, friends or solo travellers looking for a Byron getaway. Together with a prime rooftop bar, the best eateries at your doorstep, and the beach mere minutes away, this accommodation is an ideal base for a coastal escape. Accommodation and Bar Having recently undergone a major refurbishment, rooms boast a beach-chic design that set the scene for your relaxed, sun-soaked holiday ahead. Private rooms come with the option of an ensuite, TV, bath towels and your own balcony to enjoy a sundowner. If you’re coming to Byron with friends or as a solo traveller, then our spacious shared rooms are a top option, with individual secure storage and linens provided. Sitting atop the property, is our rooftop bar. This open-air area is complete with, artisan rugs and textiles, coastal-style umbrellas, and trinkets sourced from travels around the world. It is the perfect place to take in a balmy evening with friends, over local Byron Bay brews and freshly made pizzas. Location Rest comfortably knowing we’re based in the centre of the very best that Byron has to offer. If you’re coming for the surf and sea, it’s a quick 100m walk to the Main Beach and free surfboards are available to all guests. If it’s Byron’s food and bar scene that interests you, our doors are moments away from the likes of Bayleaf Cafe, Miss Margarita, The Balcony and Combi. Our prime location makes this one of the best affordable accommodation options in Byron Bay. Undercover parking is available for guests at a $10 charge per night, providing the freedom for those arriving by car to enjoy day trips to the wider Byron hinterland. Arriving by plane? Our accommodation is a convenient, quick walk from the airport shuttle drop-off point.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Game room
Billiards
Adults only
Rooftop terrace
24-hour front desk
Car park
Wifi
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Snack bar
Rooftop bar
Evening entertainment
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Nightclub / DJ
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Trendy
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Dutch, German
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Laura W wrote a review Dec 2023
Sydney, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at the surf house for 5 nights during our east coast trip and it was great! The hostel doesn’t have that usual hostel feel to it and is bright, spacious and attractive when you first walk in. The location is perfect, and the facilities were great, particularly the kitchen area & rooftop! We were lucky enough to be given one of the more spacious dorm rooms which was even better, however the actual comfort of the rooms could be uplifted. The beds were averagely comfortable but not horrendous. There could be more showers available as there was only 3 to a corner of rooms so sometimes this caused queuing. The cleaners also cleaned the bathrooms at the prime time to wake up so we’d most of the time find ourselves having to use different bathrooms when we first woke up! There was always plenty activities on and you could hire surf boards free of charge, we didn’t utilise this but was a great incentive! Definitely the best hostel we’ve had! 9/10 from us 😁
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ffin wrote a review Nov 2023
Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom4 contributions
After a 14 hour trip on a Greyhound Coach up from Sydney, you can’t believe your eyes when you finally see The Surf House before you. Upon checking in, you’re greeted by seasoned professionals in the art of reception-ism and are given a free drinks voucher for the bar which you take as your permission to paint the town red. Once you defeat the final staircase and claim the treasure of a bed and a good nights rest, you are taken by sweet surprised at the balcony in your room overlooking the Main Street. One trip to Aldi later and you’re demonstrating your chef skills in the hostel kitchen, Gordon Ramsey who? It could be slightly cleaner, but when you’ve stayed in a few hostels you know there’s no such thing as spotless. The housekeeping staff do a good job at keeping the place tidy after hours. Up at the roof top bar you claim your free drink (although there’s only one drink it’s valid for; the house larger) and put your name down for the pool competition. Someone orders a pizza and it looks good so you get one too. After a few more drinks you’re at the beach with a guitar singing Take Me Home, Country Roads while the sun goes down. You borrowed a towel from the hostel reception and you left your shoes behind because it’s Byron Bay. All your friends have to walk a mile back from the beach to their accommodation but you chose the surf house. You’ll be in bed before they’re even half way and you can rent a surfboard in the morning. Why would you want to stay anywhere else?
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jon B wrote a review Oct 2023
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions4 helpful votes
Excellent hostel. Clean and well maintained by the helpful staff. Has a feeling of space. Kitchen and rooftop bar are really good. Unfortunately my first night in the dorm was spoilt by a couple of thoughtless and selfish English guys !!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Laurene wrote a review Aug 2023
United Kingdom29 contributions11 helpful votes
It’s a huge hostel and too big for my liking. Dorms are extremely basic with clinical decor. Not enough bathrooms, showers flooded easily. Kitchen was large and ok. Definitely feels like a party hostel aimed at a young crowd. Staff were nice and events were good but it wasn’t really for me.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Seems to be a great place if you like to surf or party
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Fred Mertz wrote a review Apr 2023
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I have my favorite place to stay here in Byron and this is not it but I could not get a booking there for this visit. For over $200 a night I got a room that had no TV, no bathroom, which was down the other end of the hall and was filthy with no toilet paper. The bathrooms are also insufficient for the number of people staying. They have a great kitchen but area for $200 a night I would expect complimentary tea and coffee. Sure its in a great location, but so is my favorite and so I won't be back. They also charge $10 for parking which is not stated on the Booking.com site so is not transparent. Seems popular with the backpackers.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Reno Wiertz wrote a review Apr 2023
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Great hostel! Nice beds, clean kitchen and spacious! Free surfboards for use. An amazing rooftop bar with daily activities to socialize. It is centrally located in Byron at a few minutes walk to the Piano Bar, the beach and more. The staff is extremely friendly helpful and thoughtful. By far the best hostel in Byron, will be back! Thanks heeps for the service :)!
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Date of stay: April 2023
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ehall97 wrote a review Feb 2023
Leicester, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
As a non binary resident I found this hostel very triggering with either ‘he’ or ‘she’ written on every toilet. This made my experience very uncomfortable. The hostel is desperately in need of non gendered toilets to be safe and inclusive. The hostel was clean and had a big kitchen and a bar.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ann B wrote a review Jan 2023
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom32 contributions40 helpful votes
Stayed here pre Christmas Didn’t know what to expect as we are an older couple We need not have feared The place is excellent and trendy and bright Rooms were fine but not serviced daily so there is a build up of sand on floor from beach visits The kitchen area was spacious and well equipped clean and tidy. It’s a very upmarket hostel ( wrong word) but as good as any hotel Would return again Staff were great 👍
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Megan Russell wrote a review Dec 2022
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Amazing hostel. Celine was super friendly, smiley and helpful on reception when we arrived, helping us store our bags and checking us into our rooms. This hostel is super clean! We had a private room with a private bathroom and it felt just like staying in a hotel. The room was a great size and the bathroom was quite big too. The kitchen here is huge so don’t have to worry about getting in anyone’s way and lots of storage facilities in cupboards and fridges. Great location. Definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lisa S wrote a review Aug 2022
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What a little gem! Brilliant location with a fun beach vibe. It’s hostel/backpackers style accommodation, with options of having your own room with your own bathroom and balcony. I stayed in the Queen ensuite with balcony and it was perfectly comfortable, clean & cosy with fresh towels and toiletries. Underground parking is also available at $10 p/n. They have little roof top bar with specials and weekly activities and you also receive a complimentary drink on arrival! Aaahmazing!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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PRICE RANGE
AU$135 - AU$204 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Byron Bay Beach Hostel
LOCATION
AustraliaNew South WalesByron ShireByron Bay
NUMBER OF ROOMS
61
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Surf House
Which popular attractions are close to The Surf House?
Nearby attractions include Lets Go Surfing Byron Bay (0.06 km), Byron Bay (0.2 km), and Byron Bay Farmers Market (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Surf House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Surf House?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Surf House?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Surf House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Manna Haven, Chihuahua, and Dip.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Surf House?
Yes, self serve laundry and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Surf House?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, German, and Dutch.
Is The Surf House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.