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“Nice burger good atmosphere bit pricey” 3 of 5 stars
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The Jack Backpackers
48 Spence Street | Corner Sheridan and Spence Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shenannigans)   |  
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Ranked #28 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Nice burger good atmosphere bit pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Went here at lunchtime s d it's much nicer inside than it looks from the outside. Lovely beer garden. Good food but a little over priced compared with other local foodies. Fresh salad. Annoying that food ordered separate to drinks.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

A group of 16 of us stormed the castle in search of a laid back atmosphere.what we found was friendship. The jack provided an ideal venue in which to drink large amounts of boxed wine and shoot pool. It was a joy to start the day each morning with a glimps of the cleaning staff who are not only beautiful and captivating at the art of conversation, but also great at their job. I'd stay here again as I like tidy hostels.

Room Tip: Go for room 8 with the balcony and the TV.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

6 nights for $20 in a 4 share...
Rooms are okay & ensuite.
You get a discount for their own pub / nightclub.. Cheap beers, cool live music & helpful stuff (book our skydive there)
Best Price/Value hostel we've been in Australia..

2 bad points: music fron the pub is extremly loud & the kitchen is really poor.. But you get free dinner (small portion) & cheap normal size dinner.. Really cool place all in all

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

AMAZING value for money, as well as free wifi you get a free evening meal every night, bar next door with good music playing so you can sit on the balcony and chill out.
Rooms are big and open, had a tv with dvd player, amazing air conditioning and a full length fridge.
Best thing about this is how clean the rooms are, cleaners work hard every day, rooms are regularly cleaned, me and my friend both said that at the last hostels we have been at were so grubby and depressing that we couldn't stay anymore, but with this hostel we felt like we could have stayed in all day and been happy.
Not only are cleaners reliable but they are lovely people, very chatty and made us feel very welcome. All staff are very welcoming and friendly.
If we could stay longer here we would, would recommend it to anyone, AMAZING.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

It is really sad to make such a good hostel bad just because of a boring bar with loud music right in the middle of the hostel.

Good beds, clean toilets, good price, good staff, free internet, everything is clean, free diner, in the centre of the city!!
But noisy noisy noisy noisy from 5 pm to about 12 am sometimes longer. If you have no problem with that this might be the best for you, but the bar is right in front of your door (maybe 20 meters) and no sound protection at all.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Room was clean and tidy, got free dinner each night & discounts on all our other meals which was great. We were drinking jugs of beer for $8!!! Awesomeness! Great place if you want to get your dance on to the live music...was great service and atmosphere all night.Would definetly stay here again

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Adelaide, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I highly recommend this fabulous place if you want great accommodation, hospitality, a free travel agency and live music. They offered free dinners, extremely cheap meals, live music as well as a secure and friendly place to stay. the staff were all incredibly generous and organised all of our day trip bookings for us and gave us local tips for great things to do around cairns. if you want an early night then this probably isnt the place for you because the live music went on long into the night, but sleeping is overrated, especially in this town!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 48 Spence Street | Corner Sheridan and Spence Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shenannigans)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jack Backpackers is newly refurbished pub-style backpacker accommodation. The accommodation has 120 beds, ranging from 8 bed dorms with shared bathrooms, to four bed dorms and private double rooms with ensuite. The massive pub downstairs has three different bars, a beautiful outdoor undercover beer garden, top quality meal deals for the budget traveler, our famous Friends With Benefits VIP guest discount card, SETANTA & FOX sports action shown on our BIG screens daily 7 days a week, pool tables, a CASINO gaming lounge, plus free entertainment & activities 5 nights a week from Wednesday to Sunday, between the hours of 6pm & 12am. Entertainment on offer ranges from some of the best local & national live bands and DJ's, themed parties, crazy games, beer pong, open mic nights, + much more ... more   less 
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