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Massapequa, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dirty, Muggy, AC did not work, and man at the front desk was constantly smoking! The whole place reeked of BO and they claim that there is free breakfast, well there is some store brand white bread, lard and jam down in the kitchen that serves as breakfast, and the wifi is HORRIBLE. literally didn't get it to work once.... More 

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Valencian Country, Spain
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very chilled place, the workers were always smiling and helpful and we just loved the outside sitting area. Free fast wifi always, unlike other places we have stayed at which was great. It is cheap but the location is pretty good, only a five minute walk to the city centre and the mall. I had a blast in Cairns and... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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6 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hostal was very well located, near everything. The staff working there at the time of my visit where really friendly and helpful, they even helped us choose the tours we wanted to do. The swimming pool is a must, very cool and clean. The hostal has a really good vibe :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed at Reef Backpackers for 10 nights. I moved there from the waterfront because a dorm bed is only AUD 17. In my dorm room there were 10 beds in total but each "unit" of 2 bunk beds was separated by a wall which gave really good privacy and the feel of a 4-bed dorm. Also, there are plenty... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

It's one of the cheaper hostels in Cairns and you soon see why as soon as you walk in. Don't get me wrong, it's clean and the staff are all pleasant and helpful but it does need a little re-investment. The 'free breakfast' for example is warm milk and cereals or bread left for you to toast with butter sometimes... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The only redeeming qualities of this hostel were the internet speed and the 1 friendly member of staff encountered. This place was disgusting, filthy, messy and completely unkempt. By far one of the worst hostels I've ever stayed in. If i had the funds to move somewhere else, I would have in a heart beat however it was my last... More 

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Constanze N, Manager at Reef Backpackers, responded to this review

thank you for staying with us and leaving a review i was expecting this sort of review after you were extremely rude to the female staff as you demanded a upgrade to a Private room at time of check in and was refused stating it was your last 2 days and you wanted the privart room for the same price... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

We got a private room and it was actually comfortable if you aren't worried about hygiene. Filthy yellow marks all over the sheets, pillows, walls, and floors. Absolutely disgusting kitchen, and the furniture was obviously picked up off the side of the road. "Free breakfast" is a loaf of bread and a jar of jam. Pros Free air con in... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

My daughter who is 16 is travelling with a friend and we paid for a couple of nights at the hostel. When they arrived entry was refused despite the website stating that people aged 16 to 18 could check in with guardian permission ( which she had). Just sent them away. I rang to discuss, manager had no reply to... More 

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Constanze N, General Manager at Reef Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving feed back after reviewing the situation regarding your 16 year old daughter as it was explained on the phone to you we are in peak season for the year and it is very hard to accommodate under aged guests as it is a busy international hostel and the liability of having your sixteen year old daughter... More 

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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff - made time to communicate with you on where you wanted to go that day or after your stay. Cleanliness was okay. Good location to town. Good size pool. Massive rooms with single beds, NO bunk beds!! Woo!! Nemo fish in reception!! Unlimited and free wifi, quite fast. After hours staff were lovely, helped carry heavy suitcase upstairs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Cheapest double room in town The hostel is more quiet than other backpackers hostel in town Washing machine, minimal free breakfast (muesli, toast, tea and cofee) The style is a bit rough though, the wood terrace is broken and could be dangerous Common bathroom wich is clean Tv room also available

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Additional Information about Reef Backpackers

Address: 140 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $13 - $41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Reef Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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