REVIEW: Mission Beach Retreat

yha mision 2Mission Beach Retreat hostel was awesome!

I won’t ramble on but I could talk about how great this hostel is all day, as it has to be one of the best hostels I have stayed in throughout this entire trip.

The hostel is part of the YHA franchise and even though it has the logos and branding of the YHA, the hostel is run independently by Georgina and Luke who are the loveliest people I’ve met in a long time. They run the hostel themselves and it is truly unique and personal to backpackers, since it has come under their rule.

The hostel itself only has 30 beds available so this is hostel is small. However this doesn’t come across initially and once you realise you’re never queuing to get to the sink or go to the toilet, it’s quite a nice feeling that it is quiet and intimate.

Facilities-wise: they have a rather large kitchen with all the appliances and a microwave and small grill, a lounge area decorated with posters and paintings, a laundry room, a small play station lounge, a reading room, a tour desk, a pool area outside the front with deck chairs and tables and they also have an array of activities and deals on throughout the week which they advertise on a chalk board near reception.

yha missionWe were in room 8 located near the reception in a nine bed dorm, which we were sharing with three members of staff that work in the hostel. The room was massive and there was definitely enough room for all people, bags and extras.

The reason I found this hostel so lovely was simply down to how welcoming the staff were, they really made you feel like you were visiting their home and made you feel right at home. Georgina was lovely, offering us ideas for day trips and then advising us on any matters we were confused about. Luke also drove me to the supermarket when I needed food one evening which was a lovely gesture and the whole army of staff seemed like a small family which was fabulous!

Georgina even gave us some wine one evening which was lovely of her! Plus I do love wine!

I absolutely loved staying here and I would 100% stay here again and would like to also thank Georgina and Luke for making our stay so enjoyable!

Tip: if you pre-book and travel on the Greyhound bus, they will come and pick you up from the nearest stop so you don’t have to get a taxi.


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