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Cairns Waterfront Backpackers

3.0 of 5
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83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

rooms are clean and tidy, hostel has a great atmosphere. best thing about the hostel is the staff Lee and Benny are friendly and helpful. wifi is good and free bbq on thursday nights. Would recommend anyone who is young and fun to stop here.

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Dijon, France
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would never recommend this hostel. Nothing was good. They took on our credit card without our permissiona tax for the air conditioning that we did not use. Cold Water in their discusting bathroom. It's even better to wash yourself in the public bathroom on the esplanade... And the people their are just unfrindly at all !

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Leigh D, Manager at Cairns Waterfront Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi guys We are really sorry to hear you had a bad stay at the hostel. We are unsure exactly what was the problem as our bathrooms are cleaned twice daily, and at no point was anything reported to any of the staff that you where unhappy about anything. As for the air con charge every guest is informed on... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is great for location - right in the middle of the Esplanade, but aside for that there are no real other redeeming features. The staff are friendly, but our room was horrible. The door was completely punched through, and was not repairable. Apparently no one had noticed it was destroyed, so on a Thursday afternoon it wasn't going... More 

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Balmoral, Australia
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25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hostel is very noisy, due to thin walls, lack of windows... (only wooden shutters), close proximity of stairwell and clubs around. You don't hear the clubs, but the people who are coming and going from them at the hostel. The rooms are ok, no extra's but all you need. Toilets and showers fine. Kitchen is very cluttered, as in... More 

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Cairns, Australia
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was made to feel very welcome when i came to this hostel. Still staying at this hostel and met a lot of friends, there can be a lot of noise at night on occasions but overall it is a great hostel...

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I would have to say that the highlight of my trip to Australia would definately have to be the stay at waterfront backpackers.. The staff were truly amazing and they made sure that our stay in cairns was a truly locals experience. They were friendly ,polite, and they had a great sense of humor yet still keeping it professional. The... More 

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Cairns, Australia
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Cozy feeling hostel with a cool party vibe at night! you'll meet loads of fun friends to hang with during your stay in Cairns, the hostel has a pool with the perfect chill out area next to it, nice kitchen with plenty of utensil and free stuff in the free shelf (one morning I even found a full package of... More 

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Cairns, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Really cool hostel with a relaxed vibe & a great crowd. Feels homely both cuz of the people and the friendly staff, plus the awesome living room area with a flatscreen teve & a group of sofas where there's always someone watching movies, like literally always :) Been staying here for 2 weeks and I've had such an awesome time,... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Stayed here for about a week, the two guys that own it are very friendly and helpful. Location is great, just across the road from the lagoon and a few minutes walk to the boat terminal. The beds and rooms aren't the best but they are what you pay for and you can (if in a twin room) get a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Old dirty run down place This place is old and run down. The kitchen and all equipment is old, there isn't an single good and clean pan. The kitchen hasn't get any proper scrub in like 10 years. The layer of oil is disgusting. Nobody really gives a damn about cleaning so around the noon the tables looks like after... More 

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