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JJ's Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #5 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Delta, Canada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A glass half full”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Overall, I had a positive feeling about the hostel. The staff were friendly, and managers were very keen on making sure guests got good value out of seeing Cairns' many attractions. For an older facility, it was also quite clean.

That said, there were a few nagatives. The wifi was very expensive and slow. It is very remote from the main tourist area of Cairns, although there were budget shops and eateries across Sheridan. The free shuttle helped this, but it only runs every hour, meaning that some planning is required to take advantage. Finally, I would not recommend it based on their free breakfasts and dinners, both of which are not really substantial enough to qualify as free 'meals'. It also burns me when I am in the first world and there is no soap in the washroom.

Did these negatives make my stay miserable? No, I actually enjoyed my stay and the setup was also very condusive to socializing. For me, that makes it a bit easier to see the JJ's glass as being half full.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dray17
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Thank you for your review, it is great to have feedback whether it be good or bad as we can use this to ever improve our little hostel. We are only a 15 minute walk to the centre and we thought the hourly bus runs were enough times?? Please remember we offer pick ups from the bus & train stations and the airport so we have to allow for this in between. The dinner is served at The Woolshed and is a basic meal for "free". You have the option to upgrade to larger meals for a small additional cost ($5,$7,$8) if you choose. Our breakfast is a help yourself to cereals, toast, jams, tea & coffee and is endlessly topped up from 7.30am-9.00am. I am not sure why this would not be a sufficient meal. WIFI is a one off fee for your entire stay. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets ;o)
Overall, we are happy you did enjoy your stay and are glad you offered your feedback. We have taken everything on board. Safe travels.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Super clean, comfortable and tidy!The staff and managers very friendly and helpful. Especially Jordon on reception who booked all my tours for me. Free breakfast,dinner and town shuttle service makes for excellent value! I would definitely recommend this hostel,

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maria155_13
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! We think Jordan is a superstar too, hee hee.
We are so happy you had a great time at JJ's and that you was offered some good advise for your trips whilst with us.
Safe travels and thank you again x
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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

I've stayed multiple times now at JJ's and always look forward to going back. The most relaxing and non-hostile hostel in Cairns. It's small yeah but you want that when backpacking or looking for bed for a few nights. The tour desk is run really well and never short of advise and some banter. Shuttle bus is awesome and the free meal in town is pretty good for a free meal.

If you're in a group or traveling alone I highly recommend this place.

Room Tip: Block 5 & 7 are the best in my opinion
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Jonny L
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Thanks squillions for your review, we really do appreciate it!!
Yes, we have been in Cairns for a longggg time and so are happy to share our knowledge and "banter" as you say ;o)
We love what we do and hopefully this shows to our guests :o)
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Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

BEST hostel in Cairns. I stayed there the first time in January 2012 and when I got back to Cairns I chose JJ's Backpackers again and ended up staying there for almost 5 months. The managers care about you and help you with everything you need. At that time I was desperate to find a job in Cairns and they helped me where I could apply and if they have heard anything. Also the hostel is very clean and you get free breakfast and a free bus shuttle into the city (which is not too far anyway) and a free meal at a restaurant in Cairns. I had a few lovely BBQ's at JJ's and they even picked me up from the airport when I arrived the second time in Cairns.They make you feel welcome and at home.

Room Tip: the 7th block is awesome.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nicole546829
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
What a lovely review, thank you!
That's what we are here for, to help you have the best time in Cairns/Australia where we can :o)
We are so happy you did come back to stay x
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

Fantastic ! Where do I start , me and my girlfriends first destination in Australia . We booked online for a two week stay and ended up staying for 2month !! Being 1st time travellers we were made to feel really welcome and we couldn't of asked for more from the staff , jjs provided the best deals on all of our trips beating or matching everyone else's ! The staff went out of there way to organise car rentals/reef trips/and any other queries we had !! Great local knowledge . Jjs also included free breakfast , toast cereal tea coffee and evening meals which were good . Jjs was about a 15-20 minute walk into town but an enjoyable walk along the esplanade but if you were not up for that a free shuttle bus into town throughout the day and evening was another plus !! Don't let the distance from the centre put you off , it's a good thing as the city centre is busy n loud 24/7 7 days a week ! The hostel was full of like minded people , made loads of friends , nice pool and seating areas with separate smoking and a great kitchen with everything you need . Can't fault the place , secure comfortable rooms, friendly, well ran , helpful and overall a top notch start to our Aussie adventure !!! 10/10

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Brimhole
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 23, 2013
Wow, this is brilliant, "thank you" sooooooo much for your fantastic review!!!!
We are so happy you felt welcome and at home for your introduction into Australia. You sure have mentioned a lot of things we do at JJ's and hopefully everyone who reads this now know how much we can help you have a fabbo time whilst here.
Thank you again and we wish you all the best in your travels xx
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27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

Bit far out but free shuttle service, friendly and helpful staff. Basic rooms but all you need, great price, free breakfast. Stayed a few times and recommended also. Nice and quiet which makes a change from other hostels.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Pommieaussie1981
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
You are a super star for adding your comments, thank you!
We are only 15 minutes walk to the city centre but remember our super duper shuttle bus is always available if you don't fancy the walk.
It is great that you stayed with us a few times too, thank you, we love you we do!
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Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Really cant fault JJ's for anything but the icing on the cake is the staff. The most friendly team and owners you could hope to stay with. Dinner nights, great guests and good facilities. Free ride's into town, pick ups from the airport and activity evenings planned. I've been to hostels all over Australia and New Zealand and this one is the pick of the bunch.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank tom w
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, May 26, 2013
YEAH!!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for your AMAZING review. We have owned JJ's for 10 years and still love every second of it!!! It really makes us so happy and proud of our little hostel especially when we get feedback like this. We are glad we could make your time in Cairns special!
Thank you x
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Property: JJ's Backpackers Hostel
Address: 11 - 13 Charles St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — JJ's Backpackers Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostelbookers Awards for Excellence "Best Staff Oceania" 2012 & 2013! One of the few smaller hostels in Cairns, JJ's offers a friendly, social atmosphere and fantastic service. This owner/operated hostel is perfect for meeting people, having fun and has that family feel you are looking for. Breakfast included, all bed linen is provided and dorms are only 3 or 4 share! Doubles, twins & singles available and a free courtesy bus, train and city pick up! Secure off street parking also available for those self-drivers. All you will need for a safe and comfortable stay whilst in Cairns. JJ's operates a comprehensive Tour Booking Service offering discounted tours and adventures. Local, experienced Staff will give you honest advice on tours, transport options, where and what to see and do in Cairns, Queensland and the rest of Australia. Other services available at JJ's include; * Free WIFI * Fully equipped kitchen & BBQ facilities * Swimming Pool & Table Tennis * Games, X Box, DVDs, TV room & Book Swap * Air Conditioning for summer * Blankets for winter * Mobile, Internet & Phone card Recharge * Photocopy, printing & faxing * Laundry * Towels ($2 hire) * Free Safety Deposit & Backpack Storage* Hair-dryer * Free tea & coffee. Close to Esplanade, gym, supermarket, takeaways and pub. ... more   less 
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