Checked in for wo days as the hostel I was staying at next door had no more availability. The owner Peter instantly made me think the hostel stood out with his generous offer of supplying me with his wifi code so I could use even the day before I had checked in. Free wifi is a rarity in hostels and having spent a small fortune next door on wifi I was very happy to see this was offered at Geckos, a instant great start. I had no time for tours but had I been able to there was a wealth of information available at the hostel. The common areas were extremely clean, the bathroom has recently been renovated and again was of a very high standard for a hostel. The bathroom was kept clean all day too as the manager seemed to take care of this often. The twin room I had was perfect for a nights rest, clean and practice with rubber bungs in all furniture to keep the noise down against the wooden floors. With the no alcohol after 10pm rule you can get a good nights sleep and I for one loved the queenslander house style and layout, full of character. The manager never seemed to stop working and been in the hospitality industry myself I understand how much effort has to go into running a business and this guy exceeds himself from what I seen in my short stay, I'd of bought him a beer if there was a bar there. Will defo return, great place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gecko’s backpackers is under new management and it's also a Cairns City Council historical building, located in the heart of Cairns; with big rooms and high ceilings. Gecko’s is a very quiet and relaxing resort for backpackers. We have spacious indoor and outdoor areas, crystal clear water pool, gardens and mango trees around. Great resting place for planning tours; no bunk beds, all city attractions within walking distance - 1km to Cairns city center- Coles supermarket and Cairns Central Shopping Centre next door. Discounted tours for all customers, free airport or bus pickup, free internet, free tea & coffee all day. Free cereals and milk for a healthy breakfast and also a free meal from 5pm at the new Tequila Bar!! Large kitchen, laundry facilities available! and of course excellent backpackers' atmosphere. By the way this is not a party hostel so you’ll be able to have a good and safe rest that’s why we are proudly a quiet hostel, thanks for your support. ... more less
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