We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Not impressed but bareable...just”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 5 more sites!
Global Backpackers Waterfront
Ranked #72 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not impressed but bareable...just”
Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

Was pretty annoyed after paying for 6nights here only to find my room of 8 beds with not one plug socket. Complained ti reception and its due to it being an old building. Electrician perhaps. Anyway I charged my room in the extremely sweaty lounge. You can smell the sweat from the stinky sticky sofas. None of the corridors are airconed so its extremely sweaty when coming in from the heat. Only plus was good aircon in rooms and comfy beds. Bathroom and sinks disgusting. Showers good. I think this is ok for one or two nights max. Good meal deal too.

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
Helpful?
2 Thank AMB8410
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

128 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    22
    26
    22
    23
    35
See reviews for
Families
0
32
42
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (28)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Manchester
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2014

We booked for four nights as you get a nights stay free. I would rather pay extra somewhere else. The double room is like a cell with no window, we both had marks every morning from the springs in the mattress poking up. The layout is like a prison and if you sneeze, everyone know about it. People come in and out throughout the night and the noise just echoes across the whole building.

There is one small sink which you can not wash in as it is so tiny, this sink is for the whole floor so there is a queue every morning to brush your teeth.

If you manage to get some sleep then Global will not let you have a lie in. The music starts blasting in the corridors from 9am and if that doesn't wake you, housekeeping will at 10am sharp to empty your bin.

There is also a booking company downstairs to book tours etc. but we didn't bother due to the attitude of the woman on the desk. If she can be bothered to break away from swearing constantly at her computer to serve you, she will then give you prices for the tours but will not let you right the prices down!

Terrible place

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Emma025
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers are raving about these Cairns hotels

Sarnen, Switzerland
1 review
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Noisy, smelly little dark rooms with a bed and that's it. Bathrooms are not really tidy but you get used to it. Kitchen is all right but no real place to sit and eat (the balcony is as well really dirty).
The staff takes their time so be sure to bring a lot with you.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Jonas L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Perth, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

Rooms are literally like prision cell which was a common joke between guests. Grey,shabby and not the cleanest by a long way. On arrival we got key to our 4Bed dorm three floors up when we opened door the room was already occupied with people asleep inside. Second room had spare bed, cigarette butts chewing gum stuck to beds and a suspious vomit like stain on wall of bottom bunk. At$25 could do better. Bathrooms ok pretty smelly toilet showers were fine. Saving graces were the good aircon relax friendly staff and location is good directly across from lagoon. Didn't use kitchen as we got vouchers for $6.50 dinner nd drink every night for pjs irish bad which was very good. Lounge area was decent.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank becre
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Paris, France
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 December 2013 via mobile

Was worried other reviews were not that good but my room was fine and hostel 30% cheaper then others. Lovely people working and made our stay fun. Must see reef and check Port Douglas!

lots to do around hostel and realy nice pizza shop next door. Great swimming pool near by

  • Stayed November 2013
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank ogy86
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Norrkoping, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

This hostel seem to let people work for free accommodation. This shows in bad service because no one knows anything about their job or their routines. The room we got, 101, was smelly and dirty. When we left a complaint, we got the attitude "too bad for you". The kitchen crawls with small cockroaches. The beds are squeaky. The showers are both smelly and dirty.
Worst hostel I've stayed in here in Australia, without a doubt.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Albin F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cairns, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 7 September 2013

I booked a double room at Global Waterfront in Cairns to avoid sleeping on a cramped bunk bed. I wished I had stayed in my previous hostel!

The staff were fine, but everything else about this place is bitterly dissapointing. It is poorly laid out, incredibly noisy, toilets and showers are woefully inadequate. I was amazed such a shoebox of a room could contain as much filth as mine did! The bed was hard and uncomfortable and had a broken spring poking through. The noise from the bar downstairs was audible all night despite being on the 3rd floor, and there was no enforcement of the out of control noise levels coming from other travellers.

Avoid at all costs!!

Room Tip: Don't stay here!!
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Roy H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cairns hotels
0.1 mi away
The Bellview
The Bellview
#31 of 64 in Cairns
150 reviews
0.2 mi away
Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
#6 of 64 in Cairns
508 reviews
0.1 mi away
Cairns Waterfront Backpackers
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.1 mi away
Jazz Cairns Backpackers
Jazz Cairns Backpackers
#48 of 84 in Cairns
48 reviews
0.1 mi away
Global Backpackers Central
0.1 mi away
Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Global Backpackers Waterfront? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Global Backpackers Waterfront

Property: Global Backpackers Waterfront
Address: 67 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Hotel Style:
Ranked #72 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Hotel Class:2 star — Global Backpackers Waterfront 2*
Number of rooms: 57
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, HostelWorld, Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your Global Backpackers Waterfront reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing