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Gecko's Backpackers
Ranked #12 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

Had a fantastic stay at geckos. The manager, Peter, was helpful and accommodating. Free wifi, cereal, tea and coffee too. We stayed in a twin room, it was clean, nicely decorated and comfy beds. Would definitely recommend and would come back if staying in cairns again!!
Hayley & Lizzy - England

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2013

Good day Hayley and Lizzy. It was really nice that you lovely girls had a grand stay here. Our refurbished rooms are looking great and very comfortable. It would be nice to see yous again someday.With many thanks Peter & crew.

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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We arrived late at night and only expected to stay one night, but thanks to Peter for talking us into staying, we were there a week and loved it. We got a nice quiet room to ourselves, stocked the refrigerator with food from the shopping center across the street and ended up getting great deals on tours and the room. Wi-fi worked well. Guests were polite and friendly, location was off the drunken path but still close to town and a stone's throw from the Green Ant, which became a favorite of ours to have a beer. Peter was so accommodating, we had many chats during our stay. The room we got was renovated and very clean, airy and cozy. Renovations to the showers upstairs while we were there, but there were enough available that it wasn't an inconvenience. Peter and his family have done a great job to make this into a welcome guesthouse. I would most definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Our room was on the southeast side and had a window, which was great. Our very first night we stayed...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2013

Hello John and Mark. It was really nice to meet you guys. I reallly appreciate that you stayed longer. We try our best to make the place as comfortable as possible. Glad you enjoyed the tours and discounts. Yes the rooms are great now with the very comfortable hotel beds.Thankyou very much for the great photos. All the best from Peter&family&crew.

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Reviewed 16 August 2013

On a whole, Gecko's is a very quiet hostel which allow you a good rest at night. The whole hostel had a lovely communal and homey feel to it. Everyone we met there was really nice. The owner Peter is a very friendly man who helped us book some of our activities. We discovered there really wasn't any need to pre-book your tours/activities beforehand because Peter can do that easily for you.

Location wise, it's fantastic because it's right opposite the mall and only a 15 minute walk to the heart of the city area where there's plenty of food options!

However I feel that the bathrooms could be cleaner. To be fair, I've used the bathrooms in the morning when it was freshly cleaned and that was a good experience. However, whenever I came back at night after a long day of activities, I always found the toilets filthy and unpleasant. That and the wifi could be a tad faster too.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2013

Hi Catherine. Thankyou for your valued feed back. It always helps us a lot. Unfortunitely sometimes the bathrooms may apppear a little out of the usual which is very clean as some guests may leave a mess than usual but rest assured the bathrooms are serviced 3 to 4 times every day. All the best Peter & crew.

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

I've Travelled to Cairns a number of times and visited most of the hostels around the area,
I find Geckos to be one of the best,being a nice & quiet hostel giving me a good nights sleep,
so i had no problem getting up early for tours in the morning.
I see the owner always making an effort to ensure the place is clean & tidy and just finished renovating the upstairs bathroom.

great location at a good price 5min walk to cairns city centre :)

Steve.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2013

Hello Steve. I must say you are one of the record holders for staying here for such a long time. I really appreciate your support and comments on how we constantly keep the place in order. The new bathroom upstairs looks great. With many thanks and take care. Also all the very best with your new job and you are wecome back any day. Peter & crew.

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Very nice and quiet place. in the recepcion is a nice man, how is helpful and can bookt every trip in this town and will provide you with all the information. In the garden is a big swimmingpool with a lounge chairs. Rooms is clean and new, like a bathrooms. Its a very nice place with a great people. And wifi is great, you can talk on the skype on every time on the day.Everywhere is near, but is a nice, quiet place not like downtown.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2013

Hi Aleksandra. We are always improving our property to higher standards every day. The objective is to provide the best we can so our guests get maximum value for there expense. Yes the wifi 24 hours for free is a real bonus. Take care and with many thanks. Peter & crew.

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

Great place to stay if you want to relax.
Its not a party place the gests had a few quite drinks a night and were very friendly.
Nice for a bbq or great gas stove cooking facilities
Peter the manager was great and a wealth of information about the best tour options in cairns
He also did all the bookings from the hostel which was great.
Had a great stay and would highly recommend it.
Very clean and locate right in the city

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2013

Hi Usee. What a fantastic review. Your absalutely right we are definitely not a party hostel infact we are a perfect place for a relaxing time and a very quiet nights sleep with very comfortable hotel mattresses. Take care and see you again soon. Peter & crew.

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Cons:
Like what another reviewer, Vicki said below, Peter's attitude really ruin the experience of the stay, his rather unfriendly and mean ( I mean just look as his replies towards bad review!) This was evident when we need his help like storing his luggage, getting back our luggage and deposit, he would always tell you to wait for 5-10minutes (even when he knew the bus picking us up to the airport was coming!). And at times, when we couldn't find him and gave him a call as per said on the desk, he scolded us for calling him and we should have wait instead.

Rooms, facilities and common room seems rather run-down
Small basins and toilet facilities
Adamant to book tour for you to earn commission or in his term "deposit"
Unsafe to walk back to hostel at night for girls.

Pros:
Free breakfast and wifi provided
Owner often seen cleaning the common room
Able to leave your baggage in storage room for a few days

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Peter H, Guest Relations Manager at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2013

You had your luggage stored safely.

You had a great discount for your tour in which i did not have to discount.

The hostel is not seems run down. If only you could be specific in what you are talking about?

We are in a superb location and very safe and its common sense in any part of the world for females not to walk alone anytme in the later hours of the night.

The false information you have provided is like water under a bridge.

I accept that some people we can not please.

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Address: 187 Bunda St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: £20 - £30 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gecko's Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Geckos Backpackers is a magnificent Historical, Heritage building perfectly positioned 1km west of the Cairns City centre. Beautiful Queenslander style building with very interesting architecture, all made of wood. Some rooms have 5 meter ceilings, just amazing how they built these buildings nearly 100 years ago. The property is very spacious with no bunk beds at all, large swimming pool and lush Tropical Gardens. Just across the road is Cairns Central Shopping centre including Coles Supermarket, Train Station, Transnorth bus services to the Tablelands and Premier Bus services to across Australia. Totally very quiet place ideal for those looking for a peaceful stay and also great for families as it is a totally no alcohol place. On site tour desk for all your requirements. Staff are well trained, are very helpful and very friendly. So for your budget holiday we invite you to stay at Geckos Backpackers, Cairns, Queensland, Australia - The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding World Heritage Rainforests. ... more   less 
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