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|"Very friendly and helpful staff."||(in 18 reviews)|
|"Lovely staff and nice common areas."||(in 4 reviews)|
|"Clean and comfortable room."||(in 3 reviews)|
|"Common room, kitchen and tv room old, dirty and untidy."||(in 3 reviews)|
|"Air conditioning!"||(in 2 reviews)|
|"Rat in the kitchen"||(in 6 reviews)|
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Shared lounge/TV area
Non-smoking rooms available
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Designated smoking area
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“Although staff were warm enough to speak to they were not compassionate towards the needs of the backpacking traveller. I arrived around 8pm chose not to use kitchen facilities as it was late. When I did go into the kitchen there was clearly an ant infestation. The following day I was heading to Brisbane on a 17 hour night bus. I asked if I could pay to have a late check out. This was a no and then well, a maybe. I also asked if I could chill out in the communal area to wait for my bus ( 7:20 bus) the manager looked bewildered and stated this would technically go into another nights stay.’ That I should look around Mackay.’ I felt so uncomfortable I checked out the normal time. I did have a nice chat with the manager but this did not make up for the fact that I spent the whole day (almost 6 hours in total) walking around Mackay with not much to do. I had to wait to be let in upstairs to use the bathroom and charge my phone. I didn’t feel like a welcome guest and when the other staff member said ‘well we stored you stuff.’ I was left confused and bewildered. Having worked in backpackers myself in a range of different roles I was angered at the fact that Gecko was not compassionate towards my needs as a traveller. Especially after our chat and gauging what type of guest I was. It’s a known fact that backpackers ( those I have been to) enable you to wait for transport, store your stuff and I have even had transport transfers from a few. If the staff cannot understand this concept then may I suggest that you don’t include backpacker in your establishment’s title. If you want to be more of a cheap motel that’s fine just don’t false advertise. Over priced, doesn’t cater toward the backpacking traveller. I suggest to anyone doing the East Coast who want to have one night’s rest in Mackay don’t bother wasting your money here. I found the whole experience very upsetting and it had a knock on effect to the rest of my week! Don’t bother. Save your money!”
“Friendly staff and large rooms”
“The staff was lovely. Reasonable price and cozy. Loved it”
“If you want best very low cost accommodation central in Mackay and are happy to enjoy a more communal living space with fellow travellers and are a self sufficient kind of person this place is for you!”
“The premises was ok”
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