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“Quaint and homely” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dreamtime Travellers Rest
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Quaint and homely”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Dreamtime for 4 nights prior to flying to New Zealand and were recommended the hostel by someone we met on our travels.

The staff are friendly and helpful and it is clear from reading the 'Dreamtime story' that a lot of thought and effort has gone into making the hostel a cosy and comfortable environment with a charitable ethos.

Although the layout of the hostel promotes a 'family feel' we were unlucky to get a double room right next to the courtyard, meaning we didn't really get any good nights sleep despite choosing the hostel for it's name and reputation. One night a group were playing music and were very loud until 4am - we understand that backpackers are the way they are but it was a shame that we personally didn't have the best experience.

Additionally we paid quite a lot per night for our room, which was very small and didn't really reflect the photos on the website/on hostelworld. I would recommend this hostel to other travellers but would advise that anyone wanting to stay in a double room asks to be put at the back of the building rather than next to the courtyard. Also the reception closes from 12 - 4, which is a little inconvenient, so make sure any questions, requests or laundry (for change and powder) is done outside those hours.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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41dug, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Hi Maddie , thanks for your feed back while staying with us glad to know you would recommend , sorry to hear about your experience with late night quests making noise unfortunately some people are less considerate, your right the budget double is smaller and the only one facing the courtyard. next time we will upgrade you to a large one at no extra charge.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Cairns, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

By far the best hostel i've stayed in during my stay in australia. Me and my girlfriend were upgraded to a double room, got free wifi etc. Rooms are clean, kitchens are great, good atmosphere and helpful staff! I recommend this hostel to everyone planning on visiting cairns.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jakob N
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41dug, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Hi jakob , thanks for your review great to know you enjoyed your stay and thought we where the best so far . once your budget doubles fill up we always like to give free upgrades, have a great trip.
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Essen, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

I stayed for a week in Cairns. Dreamtime was recommended by a friend. I had a single room, which was small, but clean and nice.
The hostel took care about all the bookings I needed and I had a great time.

I would definitely recommend to stay there. It's a quiet and familiar hostel. Not a party place at all, but the BBQ and the movie nights were really good.

Some rooms which are near the kitchen might be not that quiet.

Room Tip: I had room in the back of the hostel, which was a single or double room which was at the other end o...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank meski257
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41dug, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
HI Meski,
Thanks for your review nice to know you would recommend us and thought we where a cosy hostel . happy travels
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Cairns, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Dreamtime is a great little hostel to stay in Cairns if you don't feel like being in the city centre where the partying is. It has a really cosy atmosphere with a bunch of palm trees and hammocks all around the property. The staff is super friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 459Traveller
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41dug, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
HI 459 ,
Thanks for your comments glad you enjoyed the cosy atmosphere i agree the staff are super friendly . Dream on .
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

Dreamtime is a friendly and relaxed hostel just behind the train station.. The social areas are pretty and chilled out. Rooms are clean and airy. The facilities are good and the staff are friendly. Would recommend!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Scarophion
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41dug, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Hi Scarophion,
Thanks for your review of our Hostel , i'am please to know you thought we where friendly and relaxed it really means a lot .
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Perfect location! Clean facilities! Good energy! Nice staff!
Me and my friends had a really good time at this hostel. Is really
close to the beach, and just on the other side of the train station.
They keep everything clean and organised, even with the large
amount of people passing by. And you always feel safe!

The staff is very friendly. In particular Chris. Who helped to find
the proper car for us. And provide us with tents, balls, esqui...
everything we needed. Thanks so much for that!

Really nice place. I totally recommend it! :)

Room Tip: If you want to have a good sleep try to find the room with less beds available.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sasha E
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41dug, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Hi Sacha
Thanks for your review glad you enjoyed the energy that we create at Dreamtime and thought we where safe . Chris really is a great staff member he will go out of his way to provide a great service,
hope you enjoyed the camping .
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Really good overall. Good facilities. Rooms are quiet and clean, environment is lovely. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Lots of activities during the night. I enjoyed the Wednesday BBQ and fireshow in particular :)

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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41dug, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Hi Chang ,
hey thanks for your review of Dreamtime Hostel, glad you enjoyed the fire show during your stay and thought the facilities where good see you again sometime .
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Additional Information about Dreamtime Travellers Rest

Property: Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Address: 189 Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Dreamtime Backpackers)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 89 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Dreamtime Travellers Rest 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dreamtime hostel is 3 beautiful, bright Queenslander homes located just minutes walk from the centre of Cairns. Free wifi 24 hours plus You will find a tropical oasis perfect for relaxing and meeting like minded travellers. Our service is supreme local staff advising and helping you book the best trips and tours. We are here to help you have an unforgettable travel experience.Join us on one of our BBQ nights, fire shows or movies under the stars. Come see why Dreametime is voted #1 best hostel Australia 2012 by hostelworld customer reviews. Do yourself a favour and join in the fun. ... more   less 
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