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Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel

20 - 26 McLeod St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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  • Location
    4 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
    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of help with tours, went to the reef. Nice room. Friendly staff and great location. Thansk for the great stay guys! definitley reccommend to other visiting Cairns. Always stay at YHA hostels and this one does not disappoint

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some maintenance issues bothered me. My private room aircon was broken and the "free wi-fi" was to remain out of action for days. I found the grounds to be beautifully vegetated and the fountain kept the noise level lower. At the street end of the building this is an issue with traffic and with people talking in the open area... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an excellent hostel to stay in. The staff really went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. We stayed for 2 nights over New Years 2013-2014. The accommodations were clean and well kept and the common area was not too noisy, even for New Year's Eve. The air-conditioning worked fine and the shared bathroom was clean... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hostel locates in the center of Cairns. It has a small swimming pool. We stayed at a family room which was very clean and newly renovated. Staffs were very nice and helpful. Ask for YHA member discount when you buy tours. The only negative thing is that wifi did not work well, even I paid for it.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Think we'd been spoiled by the YHA in Port Douglas (which was excellent) and this ended up being a disappointment. Cold Spa. Noisy at night. Had to pay to use pool table. 'Free' Internet only works in reception area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Suggested to try this place out from the yha at cape tribulation - well done ! Location perfect and staff friendly . Rooms were clean and great hostel ! Well worth the stop over - family left early for home so stayed a day later in cairns. Glad I did !

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

As far as backpackers go, this place is great. Loads of nightly events, free food, cheap drinks, great atmosphere. Private rooms with ensuites are great for low costs getaways, stayed for 4 nights here and loved it,

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a standard good quality YHA: clean, well equipped, helpful staff. The beds didn't have individual reading lights but were otherwise good. Lots of seating in the common areas, which is great. YHA never really encourages a party atmosphere but I found it easy to meet people here, mainly because of the big central seating area. I would stay... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

No sleep in the dorms, we had to pay extra for a private room, which wasnt actually much quieter due to people partying every night in the 'communal area' which is in front of every rooms door! They tell people to be quiet at 10.30 but it doesnt happen, i suggest they tell people they cant drink at the hostel... More 

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YHA_Hostels, Manager at Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Dear Sammy, Many thanks for choosing to stay at Cairns Central YHA. Of course, I was disappointed to read of your dissatisfaction. While we like our guests to have a great time, we definitely recognise the need for a good night’s sleep and do endeavour to ensure that our guests receive this during their stay with us. I have passed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We stayed at the central YHA for 3 nights. As we had stayed at YHA's in NZ and had really good experiences we expected a lot better than what we got in Cairns. The site is quite open therefore as our room was directly over the pool area we were kept awake quite late due to other guests noise and... More 

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