We stayed one night at JJ'S and couldn't wait to get out. A bit of background: We have been backpacking across NZ and AUS for the past 2 months and have stayed at about 8 places now. This was easily the worst.
We chose it because of its relatively high rating on TripAdvisor and were very disappointed.
Friendly staff - polite, welcoming, and very helpful.
Reliable transport to town: Bus leaves on a regular schedule and is generally on time.
Dinner and Breakfast included is a good bonus.
Our room was like something out of a prison camp. The carpet was shredded and falling apart, the walls were badly patchy, stained. The furniture was old and musty. We had to kill a roach too! Not to mention the mattress was springy and lumpy. Bed sheets were ok, but certainly not totally clean - we slept in sleeping bag liners. Not acceptable for $54!!!
The shower had no hot water at night which was very frustrating
The kitchen was small for the crowd at breakfast. I'm never going to complain about a free meal, but if your just giving frozen bread and cereal, at least have more than one toaster. There were about a dozen people waiting to toast their bread in an old dingy toaster.
On a personal note, the owner asked me the next morning how my stay was. And I told him we weren't happy, and that we were heading to another place. He first mocked our choice for our next place saying JJ'S was way better (which as it turned out was completely and utterly wrong), then said that he was renovating rooms and that ours wasn't done yet. I personally believe that if you pay 100 percent you should get a 100 percent. If he knew he put us in a crap room he should have discounted it
I would certainly warn anyone considering a place in Cairns to look elsewhere, you have LOTS of options
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the few smaller hostels in Cairns, JJ's offers a friendly, social atmosphere and fantastic service. This owner/operated hostel is perfect for meeting people, having fun and has that family feel you are looking for. Breakfast & WiFi included, all bed linen is provided and dorms are only 3 or 4 share! Doubles, twins & singles available and a free courtesy bus, train and city pick up. Secure off street parking for those self-drivers. All you will need for a safe and comfortable stay whilst in Cairns. JJ's operates a comprehensive Tour Booking Service offering discounted tours and adventures. Local, experienced Staff will give you honest advice on tours, transport options, where and what to see and do in Cairns, Queensland and the rest of Australia. Other services available at JJ's include; Fully equipped kitchen & BBQ facilities * Swimming Pool & Table Tennis * Games, X Box, DVDs, TV room & Book Swap * Air Conditioning for summer * Blankets for winter * Photocopy, printing & scanning * Laundry * Towels ($2 hire) * Free Safety Deposit & Backpack Storage* Hair-dryer/straigheners * Free tea & coffee. Close to Esplanade, gym, supermarket, takeaways and pub. ... more less
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