I stayed 4 nights here, and completely regret it. JJ's is very old, the rooms are very small and many don't have air conditioning, the windows don't shut completely, there are insect infestations, cobwebs, an aweful stench to the rooms, horribly stained carpets and decades old bed linens... the list goes on. The people that stay at JJ's are rude, abnoxious, and inconsiderate, and will party and drink themselves silly all night long so don't expect to sleep (and the night staff party along with them, so they aren't any help to those of us wishing to actually sleep). I notified the property managers multiple times about the noise (one time I had to call the police it was so bad), bed bugs, and other complaints (someone had been stealing the food I had labeled as mine from the kitchen), and they said they would take care of it but it never got any better. The free breakfasts and dinners were a joke - soggy bread and stale cereal at the hostel, and then oily, tasteless dinners at a place called the Wool Shed which was dark, musty, and crawling with drunk students. The bus was another joke, the door fell off of the van and it stunk like a dead animal, and half the time it was late or didn't show up. I asked for a refund and they completely ignored my request. I would NEVER, EVER return to this hostel. Mind you I've been in hostels in Tokyo, New York City, San Francisco... this one was absolutely the worst, most disgusting place I've ever set foot in.
- 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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