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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
    3.5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Staff was very friendly, familiar atmosphere and not as selling-orientated as the rest of the city... ;) Rooms always clean and big enough, reception gives very good advises and location is awesome directly in front of the lagoon and very central. P.S. Best coffee in Cairns only 2 Dollars if you stay there! Absolutely recommendable!

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Essex, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had originally planned to stay here for 3 nights however it was so bad we left after the first one to stay at a much nicer and actually cheaper hostel. The kitchen was a joke! Very dirty and only had 1 hob worked. We had a private room and the floor was filthy as well as the wooden bed... More 

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Cairns, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

LOVED THIS HOSTEL! The staff are friendly and helpful! The atmosphere is amazing, met so many great people who are now friends for life. The lady at the travel desk helped me organise all my tours and gave me a greats package deal as well. The rooms are clean and the hostel is tidy through out. Incredible stay! I would... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved this place soo much, that I went all the way home to Denmark, to come back again on a working holiday visa. The owners are pretty chill, and always there to give a helping hand if you need it. I love the fact, that it's not the biggest hostel, so you get to know everyone pretty quick. Every... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have $ 20 (cash) key deposit given when I arrived. And when I left the reception was not open yet because I had to take a flight from 05:00 in the morning. The reception is there only open from 07:00 in the morning until 17:00. Sometimes they are not open during the day which is very bad. A day... More 

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

Hi Yolande As i have said before we are more than happy for you to go to the police as we DO NOT take CASH DEPOSITS. We only ever do credit card pre authorisations on all our booking. As it is only a pre authorisation we only charge money if the key is not returned. In your case the money... More 

Tamworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

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 

Surfers Paradise, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

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
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

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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