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Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
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Kintbury, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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“Great stay”
Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

We were warmly welcome at the airport with a free transfer to Calypso Inn. On arrival the staff were very accommodating and filled us in with all the info we needed for our stay. The evening entertainment is good and the place is very communal if you're looking to meet people. It's a lively place but within reason. Nothing too mental so great if you're heading into town or having an early one. It's about a 25 min walk to town centre or alternatively you can grab the regular shuttle bus service provided. Ang was fantastic and booked everything for the next 2 weeks of our journey down the east coast all whilst we were out diving for the day. Enjoy your stay!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

My fiance and I stayed here about two weeks ago in a shared room. Very friendly, helpful staff. The shuttle to and from town and the airport was a Godsend. Always seemed very clean. Thankful for the air-con in the rooms, the nights would have been unbearable without. Entertainment every night which we, luckily, couldn't hear once we'd gone to bed. It was a shame somebody decided to steal from the fridges, which put a downer on our final days, but the staff were very considerate and gave us a ten dollar voucher to spend in the bar. Overall we had a lovely stay, felt really welcomed into our holiday to Cairns and would recommend.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Very cool hostel!!!! It has a nice lounge, excellent poll and a great environment!
It's not the closes to the lagoon, but they have a excellent shuttle that leaves you at the right spot at each hour. They do every thing to help you! They are 5 starts as it regards to book busses and activities/ tours at honest prices.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

Me and my bf stayed in a shared room while we were travelling. The room was so clean and if you wanted an early night, although you could hear the music from the bar it ended at 10pm so it wasn't too bad. The shared Showers and toilets that we used were very clean too. Overall the vibe in Calypso is chilled but also the staff were sooo helpful, for example giving us tones of advise on day trips and excursions on their own previous experiences and also the trips to avoid which helped a lot!! I felt the reception staff to be very genuine. It also helped that every hour a member of staff would drive a bus to the local town, this saved us so much on walking and taxis that we didn't budget for.

In all Calypso is a brilliant Hostle I would definitely stay here again :)

  • Stayed January 2014
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Brad F, Manager at Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Hi Shaunamcc,

Thank you for your review. I shall let the cleaners know that you were happy with the standards of cleanliness here. It is always good to hear.
The vibe at Calypso is chilled which is just how we like it!

All the staff see these reviews so thanks for the compliments and please come and see us again!

Take Care,

The Calypso Crew..
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We stayed here in December 2013 and loved it; mostly because of the fantastic staff who are so helpful. It feels like the staff are a mini travel family and the hostel has a great vibe with the bar regularly full. The rooms were perfectly adequate and the location was amazing. The hostel shuttle was great and picked me up from the airport and dropped us into town numerous times. Can't recommend this place enough. We loved Cairns so much partly due to the great time we had at the hostel - in fact my friend wanted to give up on returning to the UK to finish her degree so that she could stay and work at Calypso !! Thanks to everyone who works there for making our stay awesome - especially Jesus ;)

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Brad F, Manager at Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Hi Jodie,

We are all really happy after reading your review. We are a happy family here made up of people who are or have been travelling during parts(or all) of our lives. I think this really adds to the hostels atmosphere as we are all here for the same reasons!
We love meeting people from around the world and where better than Calypso?!
You are always welcome to return to our happy family.

All the best,

The Calypso Crew..
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Really, really enjoyed my stay at Calypso (4 nights). The friendly staff were really helpful and very knowledgable about all the day trips/reef trips on offer. I always took their advice on the excursions and wasn't disappointed on one. My single room was clean and comfortable.
I have just hosteled through South America and other parts of Australia and Calypso is up there with my best experiences. The free pickup to and from the airport and into town/Reef terminal was a complete blessing. I would and have recommended Calypso to my friends and family already. It's always the people that make a hostel and these guys made it me. Thank you and well done. Lv Rich

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Brad F, Manager at Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Hi Rich,

It is great to read your review and see that you had such a good time. The staff here all get to try the local tours so when we recommend a tour we have exprienced it and know it is good!
Thank you so much for recommending us to your family and friends!

Take Care!!

The Calypso Crew...
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed April 2011 (only just started my trip advisor) honestly one of the better hostels we stayed in while travelling. We booked a double room and it was fab, we stayed there for (I believe) 5 nights. The room we were in was just over the little bridge.
Yes it's out of the centre, but if you want to be right in the centre and where the party is at stay at Gilligans. The bar is awesome and the large kitchen is too, make friends with the other people staying and make massive meals for all!!
There was no complaints about the staff, one morning one of the showers weren't working, come evening, fixed.
If (when) I get myself back to Aus, I'd definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brad F, Manager at Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Hi Hannahfb,

Thank you for your awesome review!!

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. Please do come back when you are next in Australia.

Cheers

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Property: Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
Address: 5 - 9 Digger St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It’s a tropical paradise mon! Come soak up the chilled global vibe at Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, Cairns’ coolest crashpad. Any more relaxed we’d be horizontal! Swaying palms, smooth tunes and swinging hammocks, that’s the Calypso way. Chill poolside with new friends in the Queensland sunshine by day then check out free nightly entertainment at Zanzibar Bar & Grill, our friendly hostel pub. When the taste buds bite, enjoy a pool-side breakfast or Aussie BBQ dinner at Zanzibar, or whip up your own masterpiece in our great communal kitchen. The Calypso crew are here for you and we know our stuff. Between us all there’s over 65 years of hostel and travel know-how so you’re in expert hands from the moment you arrive. We go the extra mile to make you smile, with a free tour booking service, free return transfers to the airport, bus station and central Cairns and WiFi now available in all rooms. Come catch some Calypso chill vibe when you pass through Cairns! ... more   less 
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