As the titel says this place in nothing less than amazing. Me and my girlfriend stayed here for a week 6th-13th of april 2014 as a part of a longtime backpack holiday.
The hostel is small with a comfortable atmosphere and is own and driven by Steve and Sally Douglas for about 20 years (as far as I recall). It is located 2 minutes from Coles and not much more from the City center.
The staff was very friendly and helpful and we were always met with a "Hi, how are you?" in the reception. Furthermore the reception staff can help you with booking trips with a book-in-house discount or bookings for traveling the coast and etc.
We stayed in a budget double room which included a fan and towels. It was very clean and nice and it locked like it had just been painted. Great value for 30 $ per person per night.
There are as far as I know three kitchens and the one we used was a little small but always very clean, in my opinion cleaner than the average hostel kitchen.
The hostel has also plenty of toilets and barhrooms which are also held very clean.
The hostel also arranges various events throughout the week. They arrange: BBQ-night, pizza night, fireshow and movie nights on a big screen in the covered yard between the reception and the accomodation unit. They also have a small swimmingpool and free wifi.
During our stay Cairns was hit by the cyclone Ita which meant that we had to extend our stay due to fligth cancelations. That was not a problem and I think that we even got a free upgrade from the budget double room to the double room. They nevet said anything but our second room was bigger and had a fridge.
To comfort us during the many warnings and the time up to, Steven and Sally hang up posters with their number un case anyone felt uncomfortable and told us about what happened last time a cyclone hit Cairns which eased our minds greatly.
On the day of the cyclone Steven and Sally were aware that many of the guest had extended their stay and therefore might were in lack of food supplies because all stores were closed. So in the morning Steve went out and bougth fresh baked bread from the local bakery and hosted a free morning BBQ with sausages, fried onions and of course the fresh bread. After that Steven put on a film at the reception so we could sit and relax plus we were provided with popcorn.
For dinner Sally had made us pumpkin soup and they took so good care of us. It was like being a part of one big family!
All in all we were sad to leave this fantastic place and we would give this place our best recommendation and we wish Steven and Sally the best luck!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dreamtime hostel a small backpackers hostel set between 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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