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.
- 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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