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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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Putten, The Netherlands
1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent 2,5 weeks in the Jack. Absolutely loved it. Atmosphere is great, rooms are good, gets very well cleaned, fridge in every dorm room, showers are big. I just loved every bit of the hostel. Free meal is good quality, but not the biggest portion. For me as a girl, I got used to the portion sizes and it was... More 

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Essen, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The hostel is located in one of the best places in Cairns. Easy access to the main road and the marina. The hostel provides a quality free dinner every night but it is not big enough. The curfew does not function as informed, especially if you're in the front rooms and is very noisy till very late. Hostel very clean... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ideal hostel for backpackers. There's a Motel side as well as a Hostel. We stayed in both and both are completely worth the money. Loud music some nights but not on till too late and is obviously to be expected! Very very clean! Housekeepers and reception staff so lovely and always happy to help. Free wifi (500mb per day)... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Worst night of my life. Me and my girlfriend booked a double room for 3 nights at the Jack Backpackers but we left after just one night. Awful experience people singing, laughing, screaming and listening music with the smartphone in front our room from 3 am till 4 am, than they continued partying in their rooms till 7 am. Two... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic little hostel stayed for a week with 3 other friends. i stayed in a twin private room upstairs and two others stayed in one of their deluxe rooms downstairs. Both sides had their ups and downs. But overall we all loved the jack! made friends with many other travelers/staff. Rooms were fantastically clean. Also the free food wasn't half... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is very nice and also the rooms are not that bad. The hostel is pretty cheap and you have one free meal every night. There is only one problem, the hostel can be very loud at night, since it is a disco pub first of all. Naturally they inform you before booking the room, but some night can... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good things first, the check in was fast and efficient and the staff lady was very helpful and friendly. Housekeeping is good. You get free wifi (which most of the hostel give though), discount at the bar and free meal (small portion) which is the novelty of the place. ..and that's it. Awful experience people laughing and screaming at the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Centrally located, the staff is very nice. They have a booking agency that was quite helpful. When we tried to book a green island trip, they called every possibilities to find one. The bed was a big old and had markings all over. Diner is free but very simple. I liked the bar which has discount.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great Stay at the Jack Hostel! I stayed in an 8 bed mixed dorm and it met all the requirements for your typical backpacker; always clean, contained comfy beds and a fridge (haven't seen this in any of Australia's hostels as of yet - huge plus). Having a free meal at night and being able to bring your own alcohol... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Had best time of my life in the Jack, free food in the evening free WiFi. The reception staff so cool and friendly and always willing to help. Lots to do at night and prizes to be won. Got stuff going off during the day like sports so get to meet a lot of cool people. Definitely the best hostel... More 

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