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Asylum Cairns Backpacker Hostel

149 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I should have known with a price so low it wouldn't be the best of places but the photos looked so nice! Don't be fooled by the pictures it's much different in person. The staff were pretty good but everything else was subpar. Bad location safety wise but not bad for walking distance to waterfront.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

People there make me feel like home! Joe was very helpful! He will try his best to help! And he can give some diving advice. And can get free night if booking tour thru Asylum. Asylum encourages people hang out there and get to know people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I stayed in this hostel back in 2011, I know this is a long time after to leave a review, but sometimes I'm just lazy. I look back at my two months here as the best of my life. The staff are very good and fun, the rates are very good, I met the best people of my life here.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Had a great stay at Asylum, Cairns, by far the most welcoming, helpful and friendly place I have ever stayed, thanks to Annie, Ty and the team! Wouldn't hesitate to go back! Helped us book the best tours and day trips, greeted us with a smile every time we saw any of them! They couldn't do enough for us! An... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Booked this place online because I was coming to the end of my travels and needed a cheap place to stay. Good points - friendly welcome, BYOB. Bad points - room had no curtains so sun was shining in very early in morning, hostel was dirty, the pants down party looked pants (couldn't bring myself to take part). No atmosphere.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Lots of social events and chances to meet people, cheap rooms, hot showers and communal computer available for free. The rooms were a bit shabby but then it's a backpacker hostel and super cheap so you cant really complain. If you're looking for a place to meet people and see Cairns for cheap then this is it. Anything else any... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

So after 10 months of travelling and staying many different hostels none of them have left me with the memories and friends I got at this place... I'm shocked at the bad reviews and felt it was right for me to write a review for the place I lived in and called home for 3 months. Okay so the rooms... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

It's cheap, it's cheerful and it's decent. The rooms are not 5 class, but what should backpackers expect? I thought they were ok to be fair. The kitchen is decent and big so loads of people can get in. The staff are brilliant. Friendly and nice people. They make you feel welcome right from the off. It may not look... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 via mobile

When our bus pulled outside the hostel my first thought was OMG look at the state of this place. Walking into check in, was very clustered with stuff everywhere however the staff seemed very friendly. Took quite a while to check in but probably because there was a group of us. Got to the room, very basic however had no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I booked into asylum for 3 days and ended up staying for just over 3 weeks. I was traveling alone and the staff made me extremely welcome I made loads of friends on my first night with their $4 all you can eat barbecue that brings the whole hostel together. I went on snorkelling tours through their help and discount... More 

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Address: 149 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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