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Cairns City Backpackers
Ranked #68 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
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“If you have to...don't...”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Although Cairns City Backpackers has a decent location in relation to Cairns city central, there was not much else that was positive about staying there. The kitchen and bathrooms were dirty even though we coughed up extra cash to stay in a private room. Not to mention there were ants crawling all over our room. With a broken fan and broken ac unit we were still excited about the free wifi, but unfortunately it was so dismal I couldn't use a single app what so ever on my phone. When WhatsApp and Viber are my only means of communication on my phone this does not sit so well with me. After an ant filled night of sleep, my girlfriend and I decided we would sacrifice 2 nights worth of money to have the other 3 nights refunded as listed and explained on their website's refund policy, but when we proceeded downstairs we were refused a refund due to the fact we had a private room. When your traveling around with minimal money 100 plus dollars goes a long ways and it really dampers your mood and restricts other travel opportunities when it is not refunded after terribly poor kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom standards. I've stayed at much nicer hostels at a much better rate shared with 10 plus other people. Their 'private rooms' are a joke. Don't waste your money

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Osaka, Japan
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

For the price this backpackers is really good value. I paid just $96 for a week in a 6 person dorm, which included free internet. Rooms were clean enough and people were all very nice. Just a short walk to the esplanade, and even closer to the shopping centre.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Chamonix, France
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

I originaly booked just a couple of nights as wanted to see how the hostel was first. Ended up staying nearly 3weeks. It has a geat gardn'en area with hammocks nezxt to the pool. The cleaners cleaned our room every day and shock horror , the kitchens actually had lots of crockery and cutlery.would loved to have stayed longer but have the travel bug again.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

I originaly booked just a couple of nights as wanted to see how the hostel was first. Ended up staying nearly 3weeks. It has a geat gardn'en area with hammocks nezxt to the pool. The cleaners cleaned our room every day and shock horror , the kitchens actually had lots of crockery and cutlery.would loved to have stayed longer but have the travel bug again.

  • Stayed April 2014
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

My boyfriend and i looooved this backpackers. So authentic,so nice to get a real backpackers where you can get to know the other guests and where staff know your name. We were in a budget double, cheap at $40 a night. It was clean and bed was comfy. Wifi was free (necessity nowadays) and they give you good discount on tours. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

So the rooms could be a little bigger I guess but besides that you really can't complain for the price. Especially with free internet (compleetly free, no limit applied). Hostel cat was very popular and very cute. I liked the kitchen upstairs the most as it was the least used. Used their tour booking service to get a discounted reef trip.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Channel Islands, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

Overall ok, though the room and toilet/shower needed cleaning! We also had stained sheets! Free Internet was appreciated! Nice receptionist. Would have preferred to have stayed closer to the centre. Overall you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Property: Cairns City Backpackers
Address: 274 Draper St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Gone Walkabout Hostel)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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Ranked #68 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
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Hotel Class:2 star — Cairns City Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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