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“Far from town and needs AC”

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Caravella Backpackers
Waimanalo, Hawaii
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“Far from town and needs AC”
Reviewed 21 November 2013 via mobile

We arrived early in the morning and were told the room was not ready and to return later. We can back at 2pm and were checked in with our keys. When we got to the room it was obvious it had yet not been cleaned. After explaining this to reception, they responded with "the girls will get to it soon". I understand that it might not have been ready because of the official check in time was 3pm, but I wish they had not let us go into a dirty space. It was not a good first impression. Once in, the AC unit did not work and there is a standing fan that had been placed on the ceiling. It was not enough to keep the room cool. The bed was comfortable enough, the bathrooms were kept very clean. There is a huge pool and lots of outdoor seating. If the hostel wasn't a ten minute walk from town and had AC, we might have been more inclined to stay there longer than one night as it was a good price.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Cairns
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Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

Great hostel. With all facilities. Super friendly professional staff. Clean! There is a reason why this hostel won so many prices! The pool area is top class, feels very luxurious. Right on the esplanade. Best hostel I ever stayed in. Suits all backpackers. Two big kitchens.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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St Kilda, Australia
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We stayed in a twin room for 4 nights. From the arrival to the departure we felt well cared for. The twin room had a good size and more important the mattress was comfy. The room spotless and we had our own clean fridge.The gave us every day fresh towels as we had only carry on luggage. The aircon worked fine and the shared bathroom was kept clean. Water was hot, even a huge number of people were using the showers. They have two big kitchen. The pool has a nice size and also this area is kept clean. Compared to many other hostels,this is the cleanest I have been to. The hostel is quiet and you get sleep during the night. The location is great- 10 min walk to the centre and a public bus station is straight behind the hostel- great for trinity beach visits. Overall, i would recommend this hostel to young and old. Great value for money. The only little thing I missed- free sugar/salt/ pepper supply for short term visitors.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Mold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Stayed at Caravella for 6 nights at the end of September into October. First off let me say the staff really make this place, they were pleasant, attentive and extremely helpful.

It's budget so don't expect the Ritz, but we had a private room it was clean and tidy, had its own fridge and a nice bathroom/shower room.

And of course the location - it's a bit away from the strip but still right on the esplanade. Literally 30 seconds walk sees you right on the sea's edge, and about ten minutes right into the hubbub of Cairns day and nightlife. So if you want to get out it's right there but with the quiet that let's you sleep well at night.

Would definitely stay there again if I was back in the Cairns area.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

It was a decent place to stay - it was cheap which is why we chose it.
We stayed in a mixed dorm

Pros:
The staff were all really nice
The other backpackers there were all a nice bunch too
Our dorm had a bathroom and there were also public bathrooms for anyone to use, so you never really had to wait for the bathroom
It was a very good price as we had a voucher coupon to get a couple of dollars off

Cons:
Our room had a funny smell, I think this was because one of the guys in the dorm never left the room, and the curtain and window were always shut.
As there was no storage in the kitchens all 6 of us had to share the mini fridge. One person in our dorm left dirty dishes in the room for days and they smelt
The distance to Caravella's from the Greyhound stop wasn't far to walk but it feels pretty far when you have a heavy backpack!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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The Netherlands
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Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

Getting a room with your own bathroom right on the Esplanade for 65 dollars was not a bad deal. The room although was small with a noisy aircon and the only window was in the bathroom. It was no problem for us. After getting back from a dive trip, we got a lot bigger and nicer room. So if you're lucky...

Staff was okay. After we made a mistake regarding the openingtimes of the luggage storage, and some confusion with the onsite staff, the receptioniste had to get back around 9.30pm. She gave us a bad attitude, which made us feel very unconfortable. But was friendly when we saw hear again 2 days later.

If you use the mealtickets for the woolshed: if you upgrade your meal and have something to drink, you'll pay around 12 dollars and have a good meal. Or you can use the kitchen, but the utensils are very hostel-like... (old, broken, wet towels, no dishwasher liquid left late in the evening).

All in all, we did have a good time here.

  • Stayed October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

Really clean, relaxed hostel with good facilities. The staff are lovely and the owner even came round to ask us if we were enjoying ourselves and if there was anything he could improve - the only hostel I stayed in to do this! Theres a curfew at 11pm so its perfect for people who actually want to get some sleep! Amazing swimming pool and free wifi - would definitely recommend it to anyone staying in Cairns!

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Caravella Backpackers
Address: 149 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #8 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Caravella Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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