I don't know what we were thinking when we booked with this hotel, it's right there in the name, "Caravella BACKPACKERS." However, I have stayed at some backpackers in the past where if you get a private room it can be quite nice. Needless to say that is not the case with this place. This hotel was extremely run down, the bed was disgusting, the air con made me SICK, and I don't even think we had clean sheets, and we certainly weren't provided towels. The room was depressing, no radio or TV (again different from other hostels I've stayed at when having a private room). The location was not fantastic, after a long day at the reef, the last thing I want to have to do is walk out of the way to go to dinner.
The bright spot in our entire experience at Caravella was the guy at reception in the mornings. He was very friendly and helpful for us when trying to decide what to do while in Cairns. He even spent some time with me to figure out the next time I go back to the reef, knowing full well I wouldn't be booking it through him.
I can see that if you were truly a backpacker this place would be fine. There is a pretty nice pool, and a large kitchen area to make your own food. It was simply not for me, and I would definitely not stay here again.
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