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Asylum Cairns Backpacker Hostel
Ranked #44 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Darwin, Australia
2 reviews
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“i would never stay here again!”
Reviewed 1 May 2012

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.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Asylum was a blast! It was so much fun, do not go here if you want quiet. The staff are amazing, so much fun. This is a very social hostel, great hostel for first time travelers too. The best thing is the price, you cant beat it. Overall, fantastic! www.asylumhostelcairns.com

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2012

Great Place! Great People!
Recommend to all Backpackers great price for $12 including breakfast and dinner!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

I stayed at Asylum for a bit over a week and loved it. But would'nt recommend it to everyone, you'll find that all Asylum "inmates" are all similar in the sense that they're all very laidback, chill, love to party hard, very social, and kinda crazy.
Jeremy, Dave, and everyone else at reception are all very nice. From the moment you walk in you feel welcomed and part of the family. It's a small hostel so everyone gets to know everyone, there's quite a few long term stayers which is great if you wanna make close friends. There's always people sitting around drinking on the patio at any time of day. And by evening everyone in the hostel is gathered around getting drunk. Sometimes a bunch of people go out and sometimes just a few. No one hangs out in their rooms everyones always downstairs with everyone else, you'll never be lonely here. This hostel is unlike any other hostel I've ever stayed at.
Mad Monday is fun and known as one of the most wildest pub crawls in Cairns. Plus if you sign up for Mad Monday (which you will because everyone else is going) you get free wifi for the week for only $5 extra.

The actual building is kind of old and grimey, the washrooms/toilets arent the nicest. Some rooms are really small and some are fine, you can't really be picky. So if you're someone that's bothered by that kind of stuff, and likes their privacy, and isnt that social, and doesnt like being around drunk people, then Asylum isnt for you.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Wales
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

We had the best time in Asylum it was the first and only hostel where we've been made to feel really welcome. It's almost like one big family, although it's not the cleanest of hostels that didn't bother us, the amazing time we had totally made up for it.

The mad monday night out was brilliant, one of the best nights out we've had so far. All the staff are really helpful and friendly. It is amazing value for money at $18 a night which includes free breakfast, free dinner, free internet and a damn good time. One thing we also loved was no bunk beds!

We are over half way down the east coast and this is by far the best hostel for us yet :)

  • Stayed October 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

Asylum is most definitely a party hostel, although thankfully there's no bar to keep you up to the wee hours, meaning that I got a pretty decent night's sleep.

As soon as I walked through the doors, another guest handed me one of his beers and persuaded me to come out on the 'Mad Monday' bar crawl. As you can tell, it's a really friendly hostel. The mad monday bar crawl was great value, as it came with a t-shirt, three drinks, a meal, a pizza slice and free unlimited internet all week. FYI if you don't do Mad Mondays, then there's still free internet in 15 min sessions, or $3 for an unlimited session.

The hostel is not sparklingly clean but it was far cleaner than some of the reviews on here had lead me to believe. Even the kitchen lacked the pile of dirty plates in the sink that seems to characterise some hostels (although bizarrely there was no kettle?)

The staff were really nice and friendly, and seemed to know everyone by name.

I have to say that it's pretty cheap all things considered - $18pn for a 4-bed dorm - I've paid far more for far less elsewhere.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Airlie Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

the table of death, time out and mad monday!!! Evryone has fun at Asylum!!! There is a curtsey bus to town but a little far out but to make up for it there is a free meal at the Woolshead for dinner!!! Very good value for money!!!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Asylum Cairns Backpacker Hostel
Address: 149 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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