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“Quiet and cozy” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gecko's Backpackers
Ranked #11 of 89 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
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Zemst, Belgium
2 reviews
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“Quiet and cozy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

We stayed here for 2 weeks and it was definitely a good choice. Nice kitchen always clean. Also a nice pool which was cleaned daily. It's a very quiet hostel without bunk beds. Highly recommended for backpackers traveling to Cairns!!

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same. Max 4 person room without bunk beds
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Andries_Rutger
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Hello Andries. Good on you mate. Most of our guests end up staying longer as they really enjoy it here. Thankyou very much from the caretakers & crew.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bourg-en-Bresse, France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

I really enjoy my stay in here.
Dorm really comfy, clean, manager really helpful, close to the city center, next to cairns central, calm and peacefull. Really good place to stay and rest. I will come back here! One of the best backpack i did!!

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank Gwenlala
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review, 16 May 2014
Hi Gwenlala. Thanks a lot for your very nice review.We are glad you enjoyed your holiday here and look forward to seeing you again. The caretakers & crew.
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Cairns, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

We are 4 Belgian guy's staying for 2 weeks at this hostel. It is a really nice hostel , one of the best we've been to so far. It is really quiet and so clean. Peter the manager is so helpfull. We booked 3 things with him and we have always got a discount. If had a question he tooks the time to answers it , Even when he had things to do. The biggest room in the hostel is a 4 persons room wich is also a good thing. There is a pool and a bbq. The beds are just single beds so you don't need to climb always up and down.

Good price for a good hostel!

If we come back to cairns we certainly sleep again in this hostel!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jochen A
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review, 11 May 2014
Hi Jochen and friends. Thanks a lot for your review and for staying for a long time. Your right, here there is lots of space per person with no bunk beds at all. We make it all about comfort. Safe travelling and see you again soon. The caretakers & crew.
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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

We stayed at Gecko's for 1 night in April 2014. My husband and I arrived in Cairns early in the morning and took a shuttle to Gecko's, arriving before 7am. We were wanting to drop our bags off before check in, but they were able to check us in early which was incredibly appreciated after a red eye flight. Online, I had booked the private queen room, but upon arrival we were put into a smaller room with two single beds. This didn't bother us though, because we were exhausted and were only planning to stay one night. However, a few minutes later the manager advised us that the other room we booked was available and promptly moved us. This room was nicer with a window and air con, still with a shared bath. It was clean, and the bed was comfortable. The shared bathroom and kitchen were in good order.

We received 2 "backpacker meal vouchers" for Gilligan's backpackers. You either had to purchase a drink with the meal, or spend $3 dollars each to upgrade the meal size. As a result, we ate a good sized, well prepared meal for $6.

We later found out that this is the only dry backpackers in Cairns. It was nice and relaxed as a result which we enjoyed. We highly recommend this backpacker's.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Mike_Amanda2014
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review, 9 May 2014
Hi Mike and Amanda. Thanyou very much for your review. We enjoy checking in our guests early when possible as we know how convenient and more comfortable it is for you, especially after a lomg flight. Its always a pleasure to help. With kind regards.....caretakers & crew.
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Brisbane, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

A colleague and I stayed here on a business trip. We basically wanted somewhere relaxing to stay, and somewhere that we could feel comfortable. The accommodation is brilliant, very clean and relaxing. Would highly recommend!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Heidi-Louise S
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review, 3 May 2014
Hi Heidi & Thomas. Thankyou for choosing to stay at Geckos. We really enjoy making it comfortable here. Also a big thankyou for your inspiration and wonderful advise. We wish you all the best and happy days....... the caretakers and crew
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

5 of us have just left after a stay of almost 3 weeks at geckos.
From the moment I booked geckos and spoke with Peter over the phone I knew it was going to be great.
Peter gave us discount on a triple and a double room which were both amazing. Mine and my partners double room I can honestly say was more like a hotel, great mattress which meant a great nights sleep, a fridge, chair and table and plenty of space. Our rooms were in a seperate annex at the back with a lovely bathroom which is only shared between 2 other doubles and a triple.
The rest of the hostel is also great, it is spotless with free tea and coffee, free condiments for cooking and a very well equipped kitchen. There is also a sitting area with a flat screen to relax in the evening.
This is a small hostel with 2 staff, George looks after the place when peter isn't there and I can say that both men are great at their jobs, will help you with anything and are very knowledgable of the local area.
The hostel is also in a great location, walking distance to everything but just far away enough to not hear the noise from all the bars in the centre. Again meaning a great nights sleep.
The only suggestion I would have is for them to get a card machine at reception as they only accept cash. My group are terrible for carrying cash. But this isn't even a big issue at all as the mall is only 1 minute across the road.
Would recommend this hostel to everyone!!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kimy30
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Hi Kim and Friends. Thankyou for staying with us for nearly 3 weeks. As you experienced we really give our best efforts to keep this place in top condition. We wish you and your friends all the very best....... happy & safe travelling from the caretakers and crew.
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Nenzing, Austria
1 review
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

Very nice, little hostel in Cairns. Peter is very friendly and helps you with everything you need. No alcohol allowed, so you have a peacefull sleep. Wifi! and Tee/coffee is included. Good value for money.

Room Tip: 4 bed dorm is nice and spacious.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 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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1 Thank 497Mani
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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review, 22 April 2014
Hi Nani. Thankyou for your very good review. We try our best to help as much as we can. All the best from the caretakers and crew.
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Property: Gecko's Backpackers
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 #11 of 89 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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