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25 reviews


  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Kitchen


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
    8 min walk
  • Popular Location
    South Bank Parklands
    9 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Queensland Performing Arts Centre
    18 min walk
  • Airport
    Brisbane, QLD (BNE)
    18 min drive

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    About this area

    West End

    Located in West End, Gonow Family Backpackers Hostel is near the beach. Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Tivoli are cultural highlights, and some of the area's activities can be experienced at Eagle Street Pier and Brisbane Cruise Terminal. Looking to enjoy an event or a game? See what's going on at Suncorp Stadium or The Gabba.

    Popular Location

    What's nearby

    • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre - 8 min walk
    • South Bank Parklands - 9 min walk
    • Mater Private Hospital Brisbane - 17 min walk
    • Queensland Performing Arts Centre - 18 min walk
    • Treasury Casino - 3 min drive

    Getting around

    • South Bank Station - 12 min walk
    • Brisbane, QLD (BNE) - 18 min drive

    About this property

    Gonow Family Backpackers Hostel

    This hostel features laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a TV in a common area. All 22 rooms offer free WiFi, ceiling fans, and safes. Showers and free toiletries are also available to guests. Bathrooms are shared.

    Property amenities


    Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
    Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

    Parking and transportation

    Free self parking

    Family friendly

    Laundry facilities

    Guest services

    Daily housekeeping
    Front desk (limited hours)
    Laundry facilities
    Luggage storage

    Languages spoken



    BBQ grill(s)


    If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
    Accessible bathroom
    In-room accessibility
    Roll-in shower
    Wheelchair-accessible parking


    TV in lobby

    Room amenities


    Air conditioning
    Ceiling fan


    Free toiletries
    Shared bathroom

    Food and drink

    Shared kitchen



    Guest rating

    5 - Excellent
    4 - Good
    3 - Okay
    2 - Mediocre
    1 - Poor
    Service and Staff
    Property condition


    • Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

    I booked this hostel due to the location and the recent reviews... IT WAS A MISTAKE. Upon check in the staff was rude and unfriendly, if I had realised I had not paid for it yet I would of went somewhere else. The way the hostel was upon entry was that bad. Upon checkin the guy was very pushy and the ‘rules’ are crazy. The wifi did not work while we were there. The sleeping: the mattresses are typical hostel and hard, however they are yellow. The pillows are stained and the blankets were so gross we did not use them. The room itself looked like it hadn’t been cleaned, ever. The bathrooms: RUN!! The mild that is around the floors, up the walls and on the wooden door to the bathroom makes you feel dirtier then when you went in. The entire time we were there, they were not cleaned once. It is a shame because they look like they have been redone but it is crazy. Besides the cleanliness, which is horrible and quite frankly gross and none existent, the noise is loud. With all the rules you’d expect them to enforce the quiet times which they don’t. Go across the street for cheaper and a MUCH BETTER experience. DO NOT GO HERE.

    Stayed 3 nights in May 2019

    4/5 Good

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      Stayed 1 night in May 2019

      5/5 Excellent

      • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort

      Give it a chance

      My Uber pulled into the hostel directly opposite and I was impressed, then realised my hostel was the one on the other side of the road and was very disappointed - it looked like it should be in a ghetto somewhere. Lots of graffitti on the outside as a welcome, the building looked really old and tired, no clear sign as to where reception was, or indeed that it was the hostel I was staying at, and lots of “lock your door” signs everywhere. When I found reception, posters warning abouts the local “thief” were my welcome! Not great so far, but the bed was clean, although extremely noisy, most beds in the room woke everyone up as people moved in their sleep, air con and WiFi were amazing though, and value for money was pretty good I guess. Staff are really friendly. Toilets and showers were gross, although they were cleaned during my stay I don’t think they have had a deep clean since they opened. Overall great for a night or 2 to save money but hostel opposite looked more appealing!

      Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2019

      4/5 Good

      • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

      Staff was very friendly. Bed was comfortable but a bit noisy.

      Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2018


      • Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

      Very dirty. No sink near the toilets towash your hands. Looks like it hasn't been cleaned in years.

      Stayed 1 night in Nov 2018

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