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The Jack Backpackers

48 Spence Street | Corner Sheridan and Spence Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shenannigans)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cairns, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Jack is a backpackers place but also a hotel where live bands play all the time. The outdoor area is immense and there are LCD screens showing sports and plenty or areas to smoke (if you are a smoker). Perfectly designed for the topics and the heat, very casual, always fun, open late.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Jack Hotel has an excellent bar and feel to the place. Lovely staff and excellent clean rooms. Very professional and easy going staff!! Best hostel in Cairns!! Great live music and events!! I really enjoyed my stay there for a few months. Would always go back when in cairns.

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Perth, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

You get a free meal that's not too bad but there is usually live bands that is screaming all day until at least 12 which is horrible since its not possible to close the window all the way. The guy in the reception told us we could check in at 10am but when we got there we had to wait... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Without doubt the best hostel I have stayed in during my year long stay in Australia. Extremely clean, sociable balcony, free evening meals and helpful,friendly reception staff. Can't fault in any way

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Cairns, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Stayed at the jack for three months during nov 2014-jan 2015 and absolutly loved it. The technical: REALLY friendly staff, sociable place, good size rooms, clean, personal lockers and bins, a/c, FREE FOOD and wifi! Good stuff, hey? But more than that the jack is a wonderful place to feel like a part of a family when your own is... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Terrible beds that wake everyone up when you so much as move. Never had such a bad nights sleep. Air con broke in room and temperature got up to 35℃. No compensation. Disrespectful guests. Awful security guard, stranger was allowed into the room at 4am to sleep in my friends bed as they were still out and woke me up... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Stayed here a few times. The rooms are nice and clean, the cleaners come through every day and pay attention to detail. Did have a room that stank the first time and a room that the Air-Con was broken in too. The Air-Con only works from 3pm - 12pm, isn't that bad as you'd normally be out. Kitchen is good.... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is one of the nicest and friendliest hostels I've stayed in, also one of the cleanest as it gets a thorough cleaning every day :) All the staff are lovely and the free evening meal is a great money saver. I will definitely stay here again when I'm in Cairns as everyone is so welcoming that it feels like... More 

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Queensland, Australia
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I have stayed in a few hostels in Cairns and this is the best by far. - You can drink your own alcohol - Free meal each night - Great Live Music bar attached - Excellent value for money - Free Wifi - Location - Drinks deals for guests - Guests from other hostels allowed in hostel until 10pm. And... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

READ THIS REVIEW!! This hostel is the best one I've stayed in by far! It is cleaned everyday and everyone who stays there respects it because it's so clean, Harriet (head housekeeper) is such a lovely lady, she takes good care of you and makes sure you are living in a comfortable and clean room! You get free dinner every... More 

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