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“Great Location, Service & for Socialising” 4 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 #30 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
London, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great Location, Service & for Socialising”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Checked in here from moving from Gilligans, the reception staff were very helpful and pointed us in the right directions. Room large and have own lockers and box for under your bed. The cleaner was a bit of a grumpus she was going mad at the smallest ammount of mess.. dont mess with Harriet! Great atmosphere everyone together in the evening drinking and planned nights out.

Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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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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Cairns, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great hostel and fantastic price!

Not only is this hostel lovely and clean you only have to pay $22 for a night which also comes with a free meal. The staff are all very kind and treat you like family and try to help you out where ever they can.
At night time the whole hostel comes together and we play some activities such as beer pong, trivia, and other fun games wile getting quite drunk

Room Tip: 8 bed dorm is $22
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I stayed for a week in a single room which had a double and single bed, shower, toilet , fridge and TV. Very clean, excellent staff. The only thing to be aware of (which didnt worry me) is live bands play in the adjouning hotel 4 nights a week until midnight which is 20 metres away.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The staff is nice, the free dinner is a little light but okay, the rooms are clean.
I stayed 2 nights with my boyfriend in a double room and we were very satisfied. We didn't try the shared kitchen though.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Jack's is awesome, booked in for 2 nights and ended up staying for 2 weeks! It's extremely clean, safe and the staff are the friendliest I've come across. The wifi is not only free but works in your room. The free meals never let us down and being able to double up for $3 is really good value. There's nightly deals and activities in the bar, we ended up winning an amazing waterfall trip entering a beer pong comp for free, and there's always a night out or social activity to join. It's also really good for the nights you need to sleep, anyone drinking is moved on by the night security guys that walk around all night from 12am making sure no one that comes in drunk late are disturbing anyone. It's extremely good value, we had a budget double that was absolutely amazing for the price and I really couldn't recommend the place highly enough!

  • 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I stayed here for a few weeks in May, I've been travelling for 5 months so I've stayed in a lot of hostels this was hands down the cleanest hostel I've stayed in. The housekeeping staff especially the house keeping supervisor do an incredible job the place looks amazing!

The hostel provides free evening meals which is a massive bonus when travelling not great food and small portions but hey it's free and you can pay $3 and get a double portion.

The music entertainment in the evening is amazing some really talented bands and singers I'd say even if you weren't staying there go down in the evening to check the bands out.

The girl with the dark hair behind reception is lovely really welcoming.

Not sure if I'd stay again nothing massively wrong with the hostel and as I've said hygiene wise it can't be faulted, but the crowd of people there isn't for me, if you were travelling on your own I wouldn't suggest staying there.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We were here for over a week and on the whole really enjoyed our stay here.

Had a private room which was well worth the extra few dollars. Showers are big, bathrooms are fine. There's a nice outdoor balcony to chill on. And the staff are really good, and super helpful. Wifi is really good, fast connection, though you do get a 300mb allowance.

If you aren't going out, the hostel can be quite noisy till midnight, then the noise curfew kicks in and it's fine. The pub, bar, venue downstairs is good on a weekend with live music, and really good musicians.

You get a free dinner in the evening which is great. Ladies night on a Thursday was great, free champers!

Recommend if you want somewhere fun to stay.

Room Tip: The dorm rooms looked a bit wild, for a few dollars extra I would always go for a private room
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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 #30 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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