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Cairns Waterfront Backpackers

3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice hostel, and good value for the money. nice staff, and I see that from this photos here that they have done some redecorating! Air-con and free Wi-Fi, what's not to love ! very central and close to everything! I would recommend this to everyone going to Cairns :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

here is very nice. tidy and comfortable friendly staff. i couldnt find backpacker like this even i had stayed in 4 of other backpackers you can use free wifi, free internet by their laptops goooooooooooooooooood

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Just spent our first few days in Cairns at the hostel - Great atmosphere, friendly staff and clean rooms. Location is great, the managers were really welcoming and great in sorting out the best places to go. Would highly recommend to any backpackers considering visiting Cairns!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

love the hostel - one of the best I stayed in Australia - and the cheapest! Definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cheapt hostel with great location. Rooms are clean, staff is friendly. You can also book all your reef tours & rainforest visits plus other action through reception, makes it super easy :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

is been the best backpacker in cairns i totally recommend, very clean, nice staff, just front of the esplanade and near everything. i had a very good time and make a lot of friend very good experience!!!!!

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Lubeck, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

If you're looking for a cheap place to stay and don't care too much about how clean it is, the Waterfront Hostel is to recommend. The location is absolutely great and the managers are very friendly. Unfortunately, the Wifi didn't work while I was there and there are no activities to get to know other people in the hostel.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Stayed in this hostel for just over a week. Didn't get off to a great start - when we checked in the blonde female receptionist was rude, and didn't seem to have a clue about what she was doing. The rooms aren't particularly well maintained, and the 'cleaners' are actually other travellers/backpackers that get accommodation for free in return for... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We were 4 friends traveling, and booked a 4 bedroom for 4 nights. The room was located on the third level, and the interior of the hostel looks like the inside of a prison. The room was rather dirty and old, as you can see on the pictures. There were some old stains on the floor, and it looked like... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We crazily made a stupid mistake of paying for 2 nights here without seeing the rooms. It was cheap but that's as good as it gets, the rooms where filthy, I don't expect the ritz after coming through Asia for 4 months but this was the dirtiest place we had stayed and we spend a month in India! We quickly... More 

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Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Booked in for two nights after being on the road in Cape Trib for a week. Rosie at the front desk was very friendly and helpful and the Hostel is front and centre for Cairns, but thats as far as the good stuff goes. The whole hostel just has a dirty, dingy and dark feel to it (maybe a lick... More 

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Address: 83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairns Waterfront Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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