Here at Hostelgeeks we are keen to introduce you to Rambutan Townsville. A hot paradise for solo-traveler, couples, campers looking for the coolest accommodation in Townsville.
With settings this stylish, you might feel like you’ve accidentally gotten a crazy good deal at a fancy accommodation.
In fact, that’s what some people on major review sites say they felt exactly that way.
Update: Rambutan no longer offers dorms and is no longer a hostel. It is now restructured as a resort. The room types include Queens, Kings, Twins, Family room & 4 bedroom 2 bathroom villas.
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But this resort is all about luxury style – without the typical luxury price tag. Glampackers rejoice!
By luxury, we mean incredibly sexy design, chic décor, rooms with air conditioning and private en-suites, a celebrity chef-run restaurant, and even a rooftop bar where they host poolside cocktail parties.
Oh yeah, there’s a pool, too!
Not only do things look good here, but you can also feel good about staying here.
With carefully selected salvaged materials and active Eco-friendly measures in the accommodation, it’s easy to make green choices here.
So, have we convinced you this is an awesome hostel yet?
If not, then keep on reading! BUT, actually…we can show you around in a video.
Just click play and let these impressions do the talking:
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The Rambutan Townsville in a review
Now, let’s have a super close look on WHY so many people love Rambutan.
Right after we finished our cocktail, we’ll start, okay?
1. Energy Efficiency (Cool & Eco)
From the materials used to build the accommodation to the recycling program, the Rambutan Townsville is all about promoting eco-friendly measures in Australia.
That’s why they have inverter five-star air condoners and energy efficient electrical devices throughout the entire place.
The lighting is all LED, and each room has its own individual energy control system.
It’s all done to save power and make sure things are as efficient as possible. The recycling program separates all the waste from the resort into appropriate bins. It’s monitored daily to make sure things go according to plan!
2. Stylish & Salvaged
The resort features lots of bright design elements, blue tones, and rustic wooden elements. It’s all infused with laid-back beachy attitude that perfectly matches the location.
The building was constructed out of sandstone that was going to be thrown away.
Instead, they salvaged it and made it into what’s now the resort’s facade, plus a few of the cool design elements inside.
They re-used 19 truckloads of the stuff!
You’ll also be able to spot old casement windows in the ceiling.
They’re a typical feature of local houses.
Don’t miss the beautifully restored old timbers either, which add a charming touch of character to the place.
It might not surprise you, then, that the Rambutan Townsville Resort has been nominated for 2 design and building awards, and won the award for Best Commercial Project.
3. Swimming Poooooool and Sex Appeal
It’s taken us until point #3 to mention one of the coolest features of this resort in Townsville – the pool right outside the rooms!
There’s also a poolside in-house bar, which means the pool attracts a mixture of locals and travelers alike.
To make things even better, the pool is flanked by cool chill-out lounges equipped with plenty of cushy pillows so you can really relax.
Another one of the unusual features of this resort is that it’s got 52 van sites to cater to travelers exploring via van.
The parking spots have access to places to re-charge the van’s batteries too.
4. Active Social Scene of Rambutan Townsville
While Rambutan Townsville isn’t a hardcore party place to stay, there is no shortage of stuff to do here.
It’s got an edgy Queensland-only feel that even attracts locals to the resort’s restaurant and bar (oh, and pool).
The restaurant is headed by an international celebrity chef, who’s devised a menu inspired by the American South, Mexico, and Korea with prices reasonable for travelers.
The thinking behind the menu?
“Low and slow is the way to go”
– meaning delicious meals that have been slowly cooked to perfection.
There’s music going on until midnight, and the property keeps an active list of all the stuff going on up on their website, from poolside cocktail parties to barbecues.
Don’t feel like staying in the night?
You’re right in the heart of Townsville’s best nightlife district.
There’s no excuse to be bored here!
5. Travel-Minded Locals, the staff
The beach resort in Townsville Australia is staffed by a great group of locals who love to travel themselves, so they know just how to give you the best tips so you can enjoy your trip to the max.
They frequently receive well-deserved compliments on major review sites from all sorts of travelers.
The property is carefully planned around involving all sorts of different types of travelers. They especially cater to travelers moving around with vans.
They came up with the pioneering concept of having underground mobile van sites that let people park their van in a safe place with access to power outlets and the facilities they need.
On top of that, their website shows just how eager their staff is to make sure you have a great time in Townsville.
They can hook you up with all sorts of fun stuff to do, including Adrenalin-pumping snorkel diving, visits to the biggest living coral reef aquarium in the world, trips to the Billabong Sanctuary, and ferry rides to the paradisiacal Magnetic Island.
Also, have a look at the review of Rambutan by our friend and budget travel expert Steph from Big World Small Pockets. She also loves the Rambutan style, and highly recommends it.
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