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The Jack Backpackers
Ranked #29 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Checked in here from moving from Gilligans, the reception staff were very helpful and pointed us in the right directions. Room large and have own lockers and box for under your bed. The cleaner was a bit of a grumpus she was going mad at the smallest ammount of mess.. dont mess with Harriet! Great atmosphere everyone together in the evening drinking and planned nights out.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Great hostel and fantastic price!

Not only is this hostel lovely and clean you only have to pay $22 for a night which also comes with a free meal. The staff are all very kind and treat you like family and try to help you out where ever they can.
At night time the whole hostel comes together and we play some activities such as beer pong, trivia, and other fun games wile getting quite drunk

Room Tip: 8 bed dorm is $22
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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5  Thank 246archer246
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I stayed for a week in a single room which had a double and single bed, shower, toilet , fridge and TV. Very clean, excellent staff. The only thing to be aware of (which didnt worry me) is live bands play in the adjouning hotel 4 nights a week until midnight which is 20 metres away.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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2  Thank Mark A
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

The staff is nice, the free dinner is a little light but okay, the rooms are clean.
I stayed 2 nights with my boyfriend in a double room and we were very satisfied. We didn't try the shared kitchen though.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Clémentine R
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Jack's is awesome, booked in for 2 nights and ended up staying for 2 weeks! It's extremely clean, safe and the staff are the friendliest I've come across. The wifi is not only free but works in your room. The free meals never let us down and being able to double up for $3 is really good value. There's nightly deals and activities in the bar, we ended up winning an amazing waterfall trip entering a beer pong comp for free, and there's always a night out or social activity to join. It's also really good for the nights you need to sleep, anyone drinking is moved on by the night security guys that walk around all night from 12am making sure no one that comes in drunk late are disturbing anyone. It's extremely good value, we had a budget double that was absolutely amazing for the price and I really couldn't recommend the place highly enough!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Nat N
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I stayed here for a few weeks in May, I've been travelling for 5 months so I've stayed in a lot of hostels this was hands down the cleanest hostel I've stayed in. The housekeeping staff especially the house keeping supervisor do an incredible job the place looks amazing!

The hostel provides free evening meals which is a massive bonus when travelling not great food and small portions but hey it's free and you can pay $3 and get a double portion.

The music entertainment in the evening is amazing some really talented bands and singers I'd say even if you weren't staying there go down in the evening to check the bands out.

The girl with the dark hair behind reception is lovely really welcoming.

Not sure if I'd stay again nothing massively wrong with the hostel and as I've said hygiene wise it can't be faulted, but the crowd of people there isn't for me, if you were travelling on your own I wouldn't suggest staying there.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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2  Thank Aussietraveller9114
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

We were here for over a week and on the whole really enjoyed our stay here.

Had a private room which was well worth the extra few dollars. Showers are big, bathrooms are fine. There's a nice outdoor balcony to chill on. And the staff are really good, and super helpful. Wifi is really good, fast connection, though you do get a 300mb allowance.

If you aren't going out, the hostel can be quite noisy till midnight, then the noise curfew kicks in and it's fine. The pub, bar, venue downstairs is good on a weekend with live music, and really good musicians.

You get a free dinner in the evening which is great. Ladies night on a Thursday was great, free champers!

Recommend if you want somewhere fun to stay.

Room Tip: The dorm rooms looked a bit wild, for a few dollars extra I would always go for a private room
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank R987R
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Additional Information about The Jack Backpackers

Address: 48 Spence St | Corner Sheridan and Spence Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shenannigans)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: £25 - £34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Jack Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jack Backpackers is newly refurbished pub-style backpacker accommodation. The accommodation has 120 beds, ranging from 8 bed dorms with shared bathrooms, to four bed dorms and private double rooms with ensuite. The massive pub downstairs has three different bars, a beautiful outdoor undercover beer garden, top quality meal deals for the budget traveler, our famous Friends With Benefits VIP guest discount card, SETANTA & FOX sports action shown on our BIG screens daily 7 days a week, pool tables, a CASINO gaming lounge, plus free entertainment & activities 5 nights a week from Wednesday to Sunday, between the hours of 6pm & 12am. Entertainment on offer ranges from some of the best local & national live bands and DJ's, themed parties, crazy games, beer pong, open mic nights, + much more Please be aware that The Jack Backpackers is a licensed venue until 2am. Entertainment can be heard in the beer garden from 6pm until 2am ... more   less 
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