The owner was unwelcoming and unpleasant. I can't fault the hostel itself, but the owner single handedly emptied the place after he started an argument with 3 guests about the drinking curfew. It's ok to have rules, but going in guns blazing rather than just calmly asking them to drink up is not the way to treat paying guests! After a late check in, we paid our bill in the morning, only to be greeted with "Oh, I was wondering who the hell you were". Myself and my friend checked out ASAP and at least 5 others did the same, we bumped into them all in the same place we moved to. Plenty of other places in the area with a chilled out rather than party vibe if that is what you are after, just don't go to Gecko Backpackers.
- 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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