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Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel

20 - 26 McLeod St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Hostel has a really nice feel about it. Staff are friendly and very helpful with tours and information. The pool and outside area is great. Kitchen is very clean and has a good amount of equipment for cooking meals. We stayed in a 8 mixed dorm which was spacious but small lockers. Lots of plugs but were all in one... More

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London, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is conveniently located next to the main shopping centre where there is a Coles, K Mart and Myers and it is not too far from the Esplanade. I was greeted by a lovely lady on reception and offered a seat whilst she checked me in. I asked her about coffee shops in the area and although she was not... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my stay here, nice rooms. Helpful staff. Little pool in middle of garden which lots of backpacking people hang out at. It was sitting by this pool that I was on my own travelling at 18 and I plucked up the courage to make a friend. Cairns is a beautiful place as well. Definitely recommend going diving in... More

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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good Location. Mall with food shops etc over the road, weekend fresh food market nearby. Railway Station nearby. 10 minute walk to the CBD/Esplanade. Reception staff were pleasant and helpful - especially with regards to booking barrier reef tours. Reception often seemed to be understaffed. The room (which slept 6) was clean but very warm as the Air Conditioning unit... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I stayed here with several friends as part of a large booking and we all found it was a good place to stay for the two nights we were there. The rooms and toilets / showers and kitchen facilities were unexpectedly decent and it was in prime location to walk the ten minutes up to the Cairns Esplanade and across... More

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Lovere, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I spent a weekend in this hostel. The building is right in front of the main Cairns mall, 5 minutes from the Esplanade. Rooms are very clean and comfortable. Even if you have to share bathrooms, they're very clean and there are shower cabins that give you some provacy. The central yard is very beautiful with a little swimming pool... More

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I've always been comfortable staying at YHAs and my stay at the Cairns one is actually pretty good, except that it's probably one of the most unremarkable I've had (not really sure why, but maybe because it's the impersonal way the staff dealt with me as a guest). Anyway, I thought it was pretty good value for money and a... More

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Melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This hostel is good, the thing that really lets it down is the noise at night! I was on the ground floor and I could actually hear peoples conversations in my bed it was that loud! It was the same group of people every night and I'm sure some of them were actually staff members. I can understand abit of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is exactly what you come to expect of staying at YHA. The staff were friendly and helpful and the rooms and facilities were clean. It is reasonably well located and has a good atmosphere. Didn't really exceed expectations at all however and hence 4 stars.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

My partner and I booked two nights here, but once we checked in we tried to get a refund for our second night. It's very dirty, our duvet was vile - I wouldn't even let my dog sleep in it. The kitchen was very bare and extremely dirty, wifi costs money and is EXTREMELY slow (couldn't even Skype), was EXTREMELY... More

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

Dear Ash, Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Cairns Central YHA. We are incredibly disappointed to read of your negative experience and have immediately raised these issues with our team. We do of course strive to exceed our guests expectations- whether this be regarding the cleanliness of our hostel or the efficiency and friendliness of our... More

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Address: 20 - 26 McLeod St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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Cairns Central YHA winners of the 2012 Tropical Tourism North Queensland Award for Best Backapckers is conveniently located opposite the Cairns Central Shopping Centre. The hostel has multi-share, twin, double and family rooms are available, all with keyless entry, air-conditioning and many with ensuites. Facilities for backpackers include a large outdoor games area, kitchen, laundry, indoor and outdoor dining area, internet cafe, TV room with large-screen TV, secure luggage storage and YHA Travel office at the hostel reception. ... more   less 
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