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Greater Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

What a horrible place... Owner was disrespectful from the moment we walked in with smart comments. Shower doors couldn't be locked. Stupid heater pipe system going through the whole place that couldn't be turned off. Wifi was not free even though the wifi signal was usually so weak that it was non existent. Impossible to connect from our room. Twin... More 

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1 Thank NimbleNeil
1 review
Reviewed 1 July 2016

Me and my girlfriend spend a couple of nigths there. Terrible. When we arrive we found glasses with urine in the lockers of the room, plugs didn´t worked and it was a very very tiny room (hopefully we were alone there). The kitchen was big but the other guests (some i suppose lived there) didn´t understand that they have to... More 

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Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Me and a few of my International friends stayed at the Cactus Jacks Backpackers for a night, it was great, friendly staff, beds were comfortable, nice and cheap, a great place to spend the night. Highly recommended no complaints 10 out of 10 👍🏽

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Rooms are basic, wifi not great, kitchen big but didn't use it, people who were staying there were odd but my place was memorable & interesting for all different reasons Would i recommend it - only if there is no where else, there for a night or want a different kind of stay haha

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Thank Charlie S
Madrid, Spain
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Overall, good. Wifi was extremely bad!!!!! Kitchen was big and nice. Alot of old and weird people..but that kind of made the stay funny and interesting. The 8 bed dorms were so tiny, there was no room at all for our bags. We will always remember this hostel anyway. Not a mainstream hostel, we assure you!

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Thank Annorna C
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

This hostel is definitely one of my most memorable. The facilities aren't bad and the outside courtyard is cute. The atmosphere was brill - friendly residents and staff as well as bright paintings and artwork. Loved it! My only criticisms would be that the room I was in was kinda cramped! But thanks for squeezing me in at the last... More 

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Paris, France
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335 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016

This was a last minute purchase as it was raining and we were tenting. When we got into the room, the window had no screen to keep out bugs, the sheets were really dirty, kitchen closed at 9pm so we were not able to cook a hot meal as we came in late...for $60 I would expect a lot more... More 

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Henfield
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

Our stay at cactus was great! The family who run it are wonderful along with all the resident guests. We stayed here for 4 weeks while working and enjoyed every minute. The place is very clean, showers are great especially the ones by the spa pool. The kitchen is well equipped and has free tea, coffee and sugar. There is... More 

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Thank LakerFam
Rotorua, New Zealand
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13 reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2016

This is the second time I have come to stay at Cactus Jacks. It is an old accommodation (Heritage I believe), but is built with a Western kind of theme. Atmosphere is very relaxed & management are very informative of places to visit, see, & where to eat. Due to being old, in places it may look a little dirty,... More 

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Thank Amandaf69 F
Hamilton, New Zealand
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47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

The atmosphere in this quirky hostel is relaxed and cosy. It does not look quite as nice in reality as in the photos though. Quite a bit of the property needs a bit of work and touching up. The room we stayed in was clean and pretty comfortable but did smell like smoke. Overall, you get what you pay for... More 

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  • Paid Wifi
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Additional Information about Cactus Jacks Backpackers

Address: 1210 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
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Price Range: £13 - £47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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“Be a cleaner to reduce your living costs, but be good at it.”
 of 5 bubbles amandaf69f2016, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Make sure to take the rooms away from the main road, to avoid late night foot traffic noise.”
 of 5 bubbles noelh533, 11 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Rooms inside are quieter. Very sociable around the courtyard.”
 of 5 bubbles nicholef42, 26 Dec 2013 | Read review
“We shared a 6 person room for $22, but we had the option to stay in another large room for $20.”
 of 5 bubbles natalieb48, 9 Jul 2013 | Read review
“Book the 4 bed dorm if you have a family with you.”
 of 5 bubbles LeanneA770, 24 Jun 2012 | Read review
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