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Reviews of Smugglers Cove Backpackers

Hostel | Wailoaloa Beach, Nadi Bay Nadi, Fiji .

80.6% Overall Rating

193 out of 217 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (03/01/2014)

Kerry Roberts thinks…

"Free transfers from the plane and the ferry which made it a convenient to place to stay."

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Bicycle hire
  • Laundry service
  • Wake-up calls
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Bar(s)
  • BBQ area
  • Café
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Onsite shop(s)
  • Outside area
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Airport Pickup
  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

Cancellation made within 7 days of arrival or later, a 100% forfeit of the total booking price will be charged. 'CANCELLATION POLICY" - Notice received before 1 Week prior to arrival no charge. Notice received after or within 1 week to arrival all night's accommodation booked will be charged, No show all accommodation booked will be charged.

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80.6%

Overall Rating

193 out of 217 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Smugglers Cove Backpackers'

Atmosphere
80.8%
Location
75.2%
Facilities
80.8%
Cleanliness
79.2%
Staff
79.2%
Value
82.4%
Safety
86.4%
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54.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Kerry Roberts

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday

03 January 2014 Kerry would recommend this property

Liked: Free transfers from the plane and the ferry which made it a convenient to place to stay.

Disliked: Western style food was horrible - stick to the rice dishes or local dishes which were ok. Dont stay here for the beach which is not very nice but this place does serve its purpose as a place to stay on the mainland before and after going to the islands.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Anna Lysakowska

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 November 2013 Anna would recommend this property

Liked: Internet is not free but works fine. Dorm was very clean with nice beds. Show at the restaurant at night was fun.

Disliked: Meals at the restaurant were quite expensive, but you have no choice when you're there.

31.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

14 November 2013

Liked: On the Beach, Free Kayaks, Free (very basic) Breakfast

Disliked: It felt like you were pretty much isolated from town. Restaurant staff was friendly but food and drinks way overpriced. Everything is designed to drain more cash out of your pockets like 8 FJDollars for 1 hour Internet, 14 FJDollars for a transfer back to the Airport (crossing the whole Island in a descent Aircon Bus costs 15 FJDollars, just for a reference) Booked the big dorm and had serious health concerns: Very distinct moldy smell, dirty showers, spots on the linen, lockers not working etc etc. Requested to upgrade or get any other kind of room but nothing (only a private room for 145 a night was offered) Reception staff not friendly, especially after complaint about the room... Not recommended! Go to Nadi direct (the beach is nothing special at all at Smugglers) and book your tours (if any) elsewhere, every guesthouse offers them... There is is heaps of other options.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was great they pick you up from the airport. You receive a friendly greeting when you arrive at the hostel. Check in is a bit slow but not too bad. The 30 bed dorm is a bit cramped but find for a one night stay.

Disliked: The locker didn't work.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
City break

06 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean

Disliked: Quiet

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Bar, activities, friendly staff, location

Disliked: Flooded bathroom

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

12 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: good

Disliked: no

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Chris Brady

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

14 August 2013 Chris would recommend this property

Liked: The rooms are a good size and have everything you need including fridge, TV, air-con and are kept clean (our room was 308, not all the rooms are the same). Breakfast every morning was really tasty and a good variety of food. The hotel itself has a great atmosphere, it's right on the beach with many sun loungers and the pool is clean and a decent size. The restaurant has a range of food for different tastes and the meals are reasonably priced. There are fun activities everyday to keep you occupied if you want a break from sunbathing and the entertainment which is on most nights is great. The women at the tour desk was very helpful in booking a trip to the islands as was everyone on reception. The small shop in the hotel has great gifts and toiletries. Also, there is fast wifi you can pay for (a day is expensive but if you buy it for a week its better value) or a room with computers in and a small launderette. Overall a great experience at this hotel.

Disliked: The food at the restaurant took a while to come out but it think this is the way it is in Fiji. Although the hotels location by the beach is great, there aren't many other restaurants near by accept for in other hotels and the supermarket was half an hour walk away but there are always taxi's outside and the bus is cheap. The bottled water was more than double the price from the supermarket which was annoying as you kind of need to buy water. Other than that, no other bad points.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Gratien Dubey

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

11 July 2013 Gratien would recommend this property

Liked: Next to the beach, more activities compared to the other hostels around

Disliked: Gratien left no negative feedback.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Charlotte Laver

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

08 July 2013 Charlotte would recommend this property

Liked: The restaurant/bar staff are all wonderful, especially Tale! And nice showers too.

Disliked: Reception are pretty slow on getting people booked in. The huge dorm room is just so noisy!

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Relaxation/spa

30 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it is accessible to the besch and the staff are helpful and friendly.

Disliked: Nothing it was all that we expected. A great location and budget accommodation.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice Party Hostel to stay in. Nice restaurant directly at te beach.

Disliked: Unfortunately no kitchen facilities. To go to town you need to catch one of the infrequent public buses or take a taxi.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

JOSEP ANTON MANETAS LAMEIRO

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

06 May 2013 JOSEP ANTON would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff.

Disliked: Nothing special.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Jessica Cameron

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 May 2013 Jessica would recommend this property

Liked: good size dorm, friendly people. beautiful pool.

Disliked: the beach is gross. the wifi is very expensive - should be free in this day an age.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 40% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

charlene galea

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

15 April 2013 charlene would recommend this property

Liked: good facitlites, like the restaurant and the tour desk and the evening entertainment

Disliked: the staff were very inconsitent, some were really friendly, most were miserable n rude. We were given a different room to the one we booked and told that we may or may not be getting a room mate and a fold away bed put into our double. Which obviously we werent to happy about esp as the room was tiny.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Katarzyna Menger

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Romantic getaway

03 April 2013 Katarzyna would recommend this property

Liked: Everything

Disliked: Nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Helen Jeffery

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

31 March 2013 Helen would recommend this property

Liked: This was a resort rather than a hostel. Great location right on the beach, with a big restaurant, swimming pool, and laundry facilities. Free breakfast in the mornings, and rooms were clean and secure. Hula dancing and fire shows in the evening.

Disliked: Wi-fi (Global Gossip) was quite expensive.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

anthony smith

Alone

City break

23 March 2013 anthony would recommend this property

Liked: Clean,well run property.

Disliked: Nil.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Steve Haley

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

16 January 2013 Steve would recommend this property

Liked: Great beds and best shower in Fiji Also Elvis singing on saturday night

Disliked: Nothing

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Sejal Padhiar

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 December 2012 Sejal would recommend this property

Liked: rooms were lovely - I stayed in teh 4 bed dorm, really clean and helpful staff

Disliked: On return 4 days later they messed up my booking and only informed me the day I arrived. They would not honour the booking I had made depite it being their mistake - I then went to Horizon which is better value for money.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: clean, nice people, on the beach

Disliked: big dorm

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 20%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

05 November 2012

Liked: Only there for an overnight transit so hardly used the facilities. Staff were welcoming but failed dismally to address our complaint about the room.

Disliked: We booked a superior room with Ocean View but were given a standard room at the side of the hotel, overlooking the field between us and the next hotel. We complained and were shown a room looking onto a wall. The hotel staff did agree but said that if we looked sideways we could see the sea. They offered no recompense.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free airport shuttle, the 34 bed dorm was much more private and quiet than you would expect! Lots of space to sunbathe or chill in the sun, on the beach or in the shade. Seems to be the hub for arriving and leaving travellers, even if they're not staying here.

Disliked: Wifi and internet are expensive here.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

28 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the free breakfast is quite nice and the staff is very (!) helpful.

Disliked: the restaurant is a little bit overpriced. If you've got the chance to look around you might better places to eat out.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

28 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the free breakfast is quite nice and the staff is very (!) helpful.

Disliked: the restaurant is a little bit overpriced. If you've got the chance to look around you might better places to eat out.


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