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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good value for money and location next to the train station and shopping center. Helpful staff! Clean and comfortable facilities and relaxed environment. We got a private triple room for 75$au. It has laundry and shuttle service to the airport.

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Thank FranGrancelli
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi FranGrancelli Thank you very much for your very good review. We do try our very best to keep the place clean,quiet, calm and excellent value. All the best from the Geckos Team. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The first time we stayed it was nice and clean not a bad room (double room) kitchen was big and clean, supermarket just across the road. Showers are terrible though I had to crouch down to get underneath the head. Me and my partner were quite satisfied with the experience so when we went on a diving trip we left... More 

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Thank Benjamin C
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Benjamin. Again I need to say sorry for my mistake and there really is no excuse, yes I am wrong. You should not of been in this situation in the first place and I know me saying sorry did not fix the problem and also should not be acceptable. I did assure you of a double early morning ready... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a clean comfortable stay close enough to the action but far enough not to keep you up at night this is the place. Ive been traveling for months now and the beds here were the best yet. Forgot I was even staying in a hostel. Peter is cool too.. He runs the place...Really awesome. Booked us a... More 

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Thank Rick T
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Rick. We are excited to receive your review. Thank you for excellent feed back and for taking my advise on the tours for you. Spot on about the beds, yes I spent a few $$$ on getting comfortable mattresses as I know how important it is for everyone to get a great nights sleep. Take care and all the... More 

Hsinchu, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We booking this backpackers by booking.com website. We live here for 5 weeks already, we like here for the clean and safety environment~ But the free Wi-Fi will be slow when too many people using it. I want to come back again.

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Thank Storm_Yu
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Storm_Yu It was great that you and your friends stayed for 5 weeks. Its really nice to know that you were comfortable and that you felt safe. We have a new stronger router on the way so hopefully we will overcome this problem soon. Best Regards from little daring Yvonne & The Geckos Team. More 

Ipswich, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Geckos is not for me. It was clean and quiet but the bathroom needs fixing up a bit as well as the kitchen is average at best. You get what you payed for. Will not be back but if you want cheep and quiet room with no entertainment and a bed with no blanket and just sheets there are better... More 

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Thank Sam4301
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sam. Can you please call me directly on 0418183661 to be specific in what exactly you mean by the bathrooms and kitchen needs fixing up a bit as they are perfectly fine. So please contact me as I am very interested in what your specific reasons are? There was absolutely no need for you to be cold at night... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

clean but average hostel. we enjoyed our stay here although food was stolen from our spot in the fridge. location is good and quiet. bed was comfortable but the room a bit cold. train station closes at 6 pm then u have to walk around it.

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Thank 706stefanieh
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Stefanieh. Sorry to hear about your food missing. We do advise our guests to bag their food and put a name on the bag. We have plenty of blankets at reception for those guests that need them. You do not need to walk around when the train station is closed, just walk up the ramp opposite Geckos, through the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Geckos is very good situated in Cairns, with restaurants, shops, harbour, beach, etc. within walking distance. It's not only suitable for backpackers, but you can see it as a simple hostel. So if you don't mind not having a private bathroom and don't want to spend too much money, I can advise this place. The kitchen could be completer and... More 

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Thank Frank v
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Frank. Thank you for choosing to stay at Geckos and for taking the time for your review. Unfortunately you must of not had a proper look at our kitchen as there are 6 hot plates to cook on and a classic example there were 5 people cooking at the same time last night with ample preparation space and cooking... More 

Meilen
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

A really good, clean and friendly hostel. Provides everything you need: kitchen, clean bathrooms and decent rooms. Especially the people, who stayed at the hostel we're really friendly and it was always fun meeting them in the evenings. Location is perfect: Right at Cairns Central, supermarkets and pubs nearby. Can definitly recommand the hostel. Cheers

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Thank Simon H
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Simon. We are really thrilled to receive your review. The place is run and designed exactly for your type of experience. It is great how we get this type of feed back. May you have a safe and happy holiday with a big thank you from the Geckos Team More 

Boulder, Colorado
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

This hostel caters to a different kind of traveler than most, and was great for me, but will not be for everybody. It is absolutely not a party hostel, and you will get great, uninterrupted sleep (depending on roommates of course). None of the rooms have more than 4 beds, and the 2 I stayed in were fairly spacious. The... More 

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Thank Emily M
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Emily. Thank you for your description of our facilities. I may add that we have a lot of free books in our exchange book shelf as well. Modification/ renovation has taken place to the cooking facility. I have designed and installed a more efficient and practical cooking area consisting of a stainless steel bench top with 3 by 2... More 

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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Great staff, very helpful answering all of our questions. Very basic rooms (it is a hostel!) but they were clean. The showers and toilets were always clean and so was the kitchen. It was a little disappointing to see the no alcohol sign but there were places nearby to go and have a few quiet drinks. There were some really... More 

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Thank Jess E
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Jess. We are glad we could help you and that you had a good stay. Thank you for all your positive feed back. Just a little reminder of our room contents. - Comfortable recent brand new mattresses and bed frames. - polished timber floors or cool coloured cement. - Repainted recently. - Proper curtains. - Table, chair or chairs,... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Geckos Backpackers is a magnificent Historical, Heritage building perfectly positioned 1km west of the Cairns City centre. Beautiful Queenslander style building with very interesting architecture, all made of wood. Some rooms have 5 meter ceilings, just amazing how they built these buildings nearly 100 years ago. The property is very spacious with no bunk beds at all, large swimming pool and lush Tropical Gardens. Just across the road is Cairns Central Shopping centre including Coles Supermarket, Train Station, Transnorth bus services to the Tablelands and Premier Bus services to across Australia. Totally very quiet place ideal for those looking for a peaceful stay and also great for families as it is a totally no alcohol place. On site tour desk for all your requirements. Staff are well trained, are very helpful and very friendly. So for your budget holiday we invite you to stay at Geckos Backpackers, Cairns, Queensland, Australia - The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding World Heritage Rainforests. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gecko's Backpackers

Address: 187 Bunda St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $21 - $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gecko's Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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