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Reviews of Smugglers Cove Backpackers

Hostel | Wailoaloa Beach, Nadi Bay Nadi, Fiji .

77.3% Overall Rating

207 out of 234 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (17/07/2014)

"Good location with many additional facilities and activities provided for low cost. Extremely clean rooms and considerably more secure than nearby options."

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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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77.3%

Overall Rating

207 out of 234 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Smugglers Cove Backpackers'

Atmosphere
73.6%
Location
76.8%
Facilities
77.6%
Cleanliness
76.8%
Staff
72.0%
Value
81.6%
Safety
82.4%
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74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Family Holiday

02 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were all lovely, without exception.

Disliked: Breakfast was very poor. Choices were, a plate of warm watermelon and papaya, tainted and inedible as it had been sliced with a knife that had cut onions, a few pieces of bread for toasting, butter and marmalade, watered down orange drink, and cornflakes. Another thing we didn't appreciate was a man who put two coconut milk drinks on our table and told us he needed $5 from each of us to feed his family. We told him it was not something that we wanted but paid as we felt pressured. Consequently we ate the rest of our meals at a place nearby.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

30 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it's not like a hostel, it is more like a resort. pool, spa, restaurant!

Disliked: no kitchen. so you can't prepare anything yourself. Have to buy everything from the restaurant.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

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

27 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Showers, breakfast

Disliked: Dry and smelly air in the dorm every morning. Hotel character of the place.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 July 2014

Liked: The bar and restaurant were good and it was located on the beach.

Disliked: Some of the staff seemed uninterested and were slow or didn't like you asking them for things at the reception.

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Romantic getaway

17 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location with many additional facilities and activities provided for low cost. Extremely clean rooms and considerably more secure than nearby options.

Disliked: Vegetarian food options extremely limited and some services and activities which are listed are not actually available.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

12 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cheap and easy.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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

Shannon Wetdewich

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

01 July 2014 Shannon would recommend this property

Liked: I liked that it was fresh and friendly. Meeting new people and for the first stay in fiji to the last few days of my travels it was relaxing.

Disliked: Would appreciate to have a shuttle take us to and from the airport, more awareness of the activities, otherwise its pretty good.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

06 June 2014

Liked: A lot of backpackers

Disliked: Black beach

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Lyn Gabriel Monson

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

12 May 2014 Lyn Gabriel would recommend this property

Liked: Room was well fitted out with tea-making/fridge facilities, quiet aircon, great shower. There's a good range of food, helpful tour desk and handy shop. The massage at the spa was professional and therapeutic. It was lively with lots of other travellers but not too noisy or frantic. Beach was clean and good for walking and fresh air.

Disliked: My Garden View room (317) was more like Carpark View hence a bit noisy with people coming and going late night and early morning.There's lots of other rooms though.

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

Beanie Watson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 May 2014 Beanie would recommend this property

Liked: Located next a few other hostels, but this one is more like a small hotel. Rooms are generous and lockers in the room are big enough for a day backpack and all your valuables. Very clean and soap/shampoo/hair dryer provided. Washing facilities ($14 for wash, dry, powder). Pool looks clean. Good (expensive) shop, diving centre, travel desk. You can leave bags in the luggage room while you go to the islands.

Disliked: Staff could be a bit unfriendly at times. Food is double the price (and not as good) as Bamboo Beach two down. Wifi is soooo expensive - $25 for 24 hours (free at Bamboo Beach, $8 for a day at Bamboo lodge).

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

07 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: the facility and good price.

Disliked: most of the staff didn't smiile or say thank you. we are the one saying thank you to them and even without 'your welcome' as courtesy. They are helpful but need to smile and have a bit of grace and courtesy.

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing

21 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Right on the beach, large room, really really helpful and friendly staff who will do whatever they can to help you-all with a huge smile on their face.

Disliked: Overall good value for money. It's a hostel not a hotel, so its pretty average on the inside. Only complaint was that the rubbish was overflowing on the day I checked in, but it was cleaned the next day.

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.


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