i have been travelling and backpacking through south east asia and australia for 13 months and this place is by far the most disgusting place i have ever stayed!! The only positive is that the staff we pretty friendly, and it is quite a good place to meet people if you are travelling alone but apart from that its the most awful place i have ever stayed. It may be cheap, but there are plenty of other hostels just as cheap as this one in Cairns and they are a lot closer to the cbd and aren't disgusting and dirty! My bedroom was gross, people has there crap everywhere, there were really small lockers that were infested with mould and rust so i didnt even touch them not that they would've been much use anyway, the room stank, it smelt so bad and didnt go away the whole time i was there, the air con didnt work properly and the one time we actually tried to make it work and put it on the owner came round and told us to turn it off during the day because she obviously wants to save money, the cheek, what does she think we are paying for? because it certainly wasnt a great room at great value. My mattress was covered is dirt and mould, and the beds are SO squeaky, you actually feel like they are about to collapse, also one night when i stayed in on my laptop, rain was hitting the roof hard, and there was mould falling from the celling right above me (i was on top bunk) onto the keys of my laptop! Peole were constantly having sex in the rooms and there was always a lot of noise (which i actually wouldnt usually complain about but it just made a bad experience a whole lot worse). The bathrooms were flooded when i got there so i could only use the outdoor bathrooms, which were disgusting, i would actually save going to the toilet in a public place because it was bound to be far more pleasant than going at assylum. The kitchen was quite well equipped i give it that, but was dirty, washing up was never done properly, and the kettle, toaster and fridges didnt work!
I like drinking and going out and socialising, but doing it every single night just isnt my thing, it doesnt really appeal to me, but after being invitied out a couple of times i felt rude declining and thought i may aswell try it, so i joined in on the 'mad monday' night they do, (the only good thing that came of this was the free internet) we went to woolshed and had a meal, pretty basic but pasta and sauce and then we did get some free drinks after, which is good, but everyone was wearing the same assylum t-shirt, and jumping on tables doing stupid things and chating and stuff and i was just embarassed, everyone else in the bar was constantly staring, i felt like an idiot being with them, i felt like i was 16 years old again and part of like a summer camp or a school trip after my GCSE's, and i wasnt the only one who felt like that, so i decided to bail on the night after about an hour and returned back to the hostel. I left the next day after staying there for 4 nights, i must admit that i did start to get used to the place a bit more after a couple of nights but once i left i realised i shouldn't have had to put up with such bad conditions, especially after i moved to another hostel right in the center of the cty, which was $13 a night and so clean and spacious with a lot more facilities!
I know this is a pretty harsh review, and i really am not some snobby stuck up girl who cant rough it or handle a bit of dirt, but asslyum was just a new level of dirty and unhygenic and i just cant beieve that they expect people to pay to stay in such poor conditions. I wouldn't reccommend this place to anyone unless they change, there are plenty of other cheap places you can stay in Cairns.
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