Compared to the other hostels I've stayed in in Australia, this one just didn't measure up. Cairns was my first stop and I didn't really know what I was looking for when choosing a hostel, but I soon learnt.
My room was a 6 bed mixed dorm with an en suite.
Good things first, Caravella's is a very cheap, lively place to stay. Young travellers or those on a tight budget will enjoy staying here. It is a good place for meeting people with the large communal areas and pool. A free meal is provided each night at a backpacker style bar in the centre of town. I ventured here once with some people I met in my dorm, but the place just wasn't for me.
The location is perfect, out of the busy town centre, right on the esplanade and a short walk to the shops and restaurants.
Reception staff are friendly, enthusiastic, professional and really full of useful advice on things to see/do in the area.
However, for me the negatives outweighed the above. The whole place just felt old, a bit run down and dirty. The bed linen I was provided with were flimsy with blood stains on, quite disgusting really, so I ended up buying a couple of sarongs and using these. The room had an en suite, but this too just felt a bit dingy, so I preferred to use the communal showers.
A girl from one of the double rooms came running out of her room screaming one night as there were several cockroaches in her room, which a few of us had to try and remove.
The wifi is only available close to the reception, which is a bit of a pain sitting there late at night on your own.
After staying here, I realised that it is definitely worth paying an extra $5AU a night to stay somewhere nice, so I'm glad in a way that I had this experience at the beginning of my trip.
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