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“Simple, friendly and well-located” 4 of 5 stars
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Caravella Backpackers
149 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia   |  
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Ranked #26 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Warsaw, Poland
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25 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Simple, friendly and well-located”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I stayed 3 nights in the private room. Free wifi around the kitchen. In addition you can use a hot spot in your room (3 nights-10 AUD). The room was ok, air-conditioned (plus a regular-size fridge), with a small but clean bathroom. The staff is very friendly and helpfull. The hostel is located just on the city esplanade. It also offers a free transfer from the airport. The reception has a good choice of different tours, bus tickets and other local attractions. Overall, a very pleasant and easy-going atmosphere.
In its class - fully recommended!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Hi there!! I should say that was def not the best experience of my life...I got to Cairns late therefore and after a very quick search on google I decided to stay in this Hostel. I requested a 4 bedroom share since Im terrible to fall asleep with a lot of people in the room, they ask me for $23 which is not bad and showed me where the room was...well I must say first impressions do count, and I never seen so many in a Patio in a hostel (first bad sign) hthe went to the room, very basic, dirty, on the groundfloor and one toilet and shower for 5 rooms with 4 beds each - which by the way were full. Found a much better one and for less. Def not recommended.

Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I stayed here in a private room for 5 nights. The room was nice & spacious with really good air conditioning. Bathroom wasn't far away & I never had to wait for the toilet or a shower. Some advertising materials & reviews mention free breakfast & evening meal but this is no longer offered. They do give you a voucher each day though for a meal & a drink at a nearby pub for $6.50 - this is a really good deal as the food is delicious. There is always a massive queue though as a lot of hostels have this deal. Location is good - only a 5-10 minute walk down the esplanade to the main area & lagoon. There isn't a big supermarket very close by, it's about a 15 minute walk. There are 2 kitchens which are really big with all the basics you need. Wifi near the kitchen area is good. Pool is nice and clean. The owner is a really nice guy - he even stopped us & asked if we were happy with everything. I would definitely recommend

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I stayed a couple of nights in the privat room. Very pleasant atmosphere. Free wifi around the kitchen which is also a good spot to meet people. Good kitchen faciliteit and I loved the garden, very nice. Staff is very friendly and helpfull. Will definitely go back there next time I visit Cairns.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Had a wonderful time in this place. We stayed as a couple in a private room. Great facilities, helpful staff, clean and organised.
We could rent a go pro camera through the help of the staff, which is definitely a plus.
Great location, a short walk to everything you need....
Owner is very friendly and on top of everything which makes you feel comfortable.
Definitely recommend it.
Only thing that can be improved in the private room could be the isolation of the toilet from the room, a better wall system possibly =))

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We had such a nice time at Caravella's. The atmosphere is really good, it's a social hostel and plenty of backpackers who enjoy the nightlife of Cairns, but because of the curfew everyone can get the amount of sleep they want.
2 kitchens is very handy and there is plenty of space for everyone to cook.
Free pooltable, swimming pool and free internet! (Not really skype-internet but you can buy global gossip for that)
Staff is very friendly and have an answer to all your questions.


All in all great hostel and would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Fab little hostel feels like a proper hotel compared to most hostels I've stayed. Plug sockets everywhere, lovely swimming pools and very spacious rooms with good air con! Staff were friendly and 10 min walk to all shops/bars. Very happy with my choice!

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Address: 149 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 48
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