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Asylum Cairns Backpacker Hostel

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved being invited to join everything!! And when I couldn't participate they were genuinely hoping I could for the next activity. It will always be my preference when I travel to Cairns - best bits of all my backpackers experiences in one place 😎

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You get what you pay for. You could at least clean the rooms and the bathrooms. When I first enter in my room it was dirty and there were ants everywhere!! Bathrooms awful and the building is old. Like REALLY OLD. I would never stay here again. But like is said if you pay 15$ per night this is what... More 

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Kolding, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I specially chose this because I have seen that some people absolutely loved it and others hated it, so i wanted to see where to I stand. Drum rolls please... I absolutely LOVED it. The staff was friendly and helpful, but no non-sense and direct, something I like. The best aspect of the hostel is the crowd there they will... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Love this hostel- it becomes your home so quickly and I'm really sad to be leaving! The people are all amazing- especially that Canadian guy who works there... I think his name is alex? If you ask him nicely, he'll change your bed for you and dance for you whenever you want! Best part of my days!!

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Cairns, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

this place is super chilled but the parties are good too. It's a really welcoming vibe, feels like a second home. The staff are all really helpful and fun, especially Alex. He's the boy I love him. Miss you dude.

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Thank canadalove2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

So me and my friend both stayed in the Asylum in Sydney and that was amazing! But then we found out that there was one in Cairns too! Ended up staying here for 9 days and it was the best time we had in Australia!!! If I was coming back I would defiantly come and stay here no question about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Great hostel, at least when I stayed they let you bring your own booze which saves you a lot of dollar. Dorm beds were quite nasty, but being the cheapest in town cant really complain. They offered a fridge for your drinks which was great and arranged all kinds of tours and social activities everyday! Good place to meet other... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

The staff here are super friendly, they always seem to be in a good mood and you can tell that they enjoy working there. The place is basic but fairly clean (at least they try to keep the kitchen clean: the staff do a good kitchen clean up every night but there were a number of slobs staying there so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

This place is wonderful, all staff are really welcoming and couldnt do enough for me! Alex and i went to the lagoon too for the afternoon, which was lovely. Free tea, coffee, short distance from bus stop and esplande! Great atmosphere and very resoniable on prices. Would recomend to anybody. Regards

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

Cool location,staff were cool and best place to stay if spending some time in Cairns!! The lady owner could not do more for us,totally recommend this place if visiting cairns! Rooms are cool and kitchen area is cool!! A must stay!

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Address: 149 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $13 - $40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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