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JJ's Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #7 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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11 reviews
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“Great place to stay!”
Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay. The rooms were tidy on arrival, bathrooms were clean and tidy. Great bang for the buck! Also a lot of help on booking trips on the front desk. Many recommendations and they always wanted to hear how'd it gone. The kitchen i didn't use it much but it had all the essentials in it. Breakfasts were good. Didn't expect to have dinner included which was a bonus!
They've got a bus that goes regularly into town.
Worth every penny!

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
You are a superstar and thank you so much for this great review, we really appreciate it!!
We hope this will help others to choose to come and stay with us in the future.
Happy travels!!!!
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

As far as hostels go, this was a pretty cool, relaxed place to stay. No frills but its the people staying there that make this hostel what it is. Helpful staff and a kitchen area. More party atmosphere than quiet place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
Thank you for your review! We try to cater for everyone's expectations if we can. We love it if our guests have a good time at JJ's and enjoy their stay.
Safe travels from us all at JJ's.
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Homburg, Germany
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

The hostel lay a nice short walk away from the esplanade and the beach and a 20 minute walk to the centre of Cairns. The room was nice, toilets and showers were clean as well as the kitchen. All in all a good hostel which has got everything you’d expect from a backpackers.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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jjsbackpackers, Manager at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to add your comments. We are very proud of our little hostel and will definitely pass on your comments to our cleaners, who keep JJ's nice and sparkly :o)
Your comments and feedback always help us to ever improve JJ's and we thank you squillions!!
Safe travels x
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Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for a few weeks and loved it! They helped me out with so many different trips. Breakfast and dinner included small and clean dorms. Very quiet and easygoing but if you want to party and have fun then they will help you with that too!!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
Hee Hee is that you Mr Giraffe??? Great that enjoyed your time at JJ's with us. Yes, we do like to cater for party animals as well a those who prefer a quieter atmosphere :o)
It was a pleasure to meet you, we are glad you chose to stay with us at JJ's. You are one very fun and friendly guests we know x
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Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed in JJ's for one night in the hostel, and the after we picked up our campervan, we stayed for another night on the parking lot. The atmosphere is great, they offer free transport to and from the city, free breakfast, free dinner in the city and great advice on tours and trips! The bathrooms are very clean as well. We booked our tour on the whitsunday's (Camira) and Fraser island (fraser explorer tours) there. Both tours were awesome and well organised. We also got a great price and they looked for the best price for us. I would really advice JJ's to everyone visiting Cairns.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
YEAH!!!! Glad you had a fabbo time down the coast and that the trips we booked were fun!
Thank you for taking the time to add your comments on TripAdvisor to help others choose where they would like to stay whilst in Cairns.
Have fun in the van down the coast xx
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Duisburg, Germany
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Quite simply the best hostel I've stayed in so far and after traveling around Australia for about 2 years I did stay in a lot of different places, trust me on that.
When I first came to Cairns a few years ago we were staying in one of the busy "party hostels" right on the esplanade and back then I did not like the city that much to be honest. So when we got to Cairns again I was not looking forward to it that much and we only planned to stay there for about a week. Needless to say that this time we were looking for a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle and came across JJ's and thought we'd give it a try - and that turned out to be one of the best decisions of our whole holiday. We ended up staying there for 3 weeks and it really changed my whole perception of Cairns which is now one of my favorite places in Australia. The rooms/bathrooms as well as the kitchen were all clean, the outside area was really nice and the staff was not only very welcoming but also helpful with planning our trips and tours (thank you Jordan for the Stony Creek tip!). We met lots of nice people there to chat with, it was never boring but without being too busy/loud. The BBQ and fireshow were just the icing on the cake ;-) Alright 'nuff said I guess, I can highly recommend JJ's to anyone who is looking for a nice place to stay without feeling like sleeping in a nightclub.
Thanks for a great time & greetings to Tracy, Simon, Jordan, Luisa and all the other nice people we met @ JJ's!
David

Room Tip: Have only seen the inside of one room so hard to give some advice here
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
WOW, WOW, WOW thank you sooooooooo much for your fabbo review! It really can make a huge difference if you have somewhere pleasant to stay and can get that "locals" knowledge of what is around to see and do. We are so happy that you now love Cairns as we do! We love sharing our amazing part of Australia with our guests, especially those who like to explore that little more than just the city area.
We look forward to seeing you both when you move here, wink, wink :o)
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Really lovely staff, good accommodation at a great rate as well. The free shuttle is really useful and the area is quiet enough for you to get some sleep as well! Being only 15 minutes walk from town is great. There's a pool and a tv room, and good kitchen. The staff go the extra mile to help you out, and the rooms and bathrooms were pretty spotless. I would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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jjsbackpackers, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
Thank you for recommending us to other travelers as a great place to stay. It is good that you found JJ's to be nice and clean. We love our staff and glad that we could be of help to you whilst yuo was here.
Safe travels, from us all at JJ's 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 #7 of 85 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):
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 & WiFi 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 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; Fully equipped kitchen & BBQ facilities * Swimming Pool & Table Tennis * Games, X Box, DVDs, TV room & Book Swap * Air Conditioning for summer * Blankets for winter * Photocopy, printing & scanning * Laundry * Towels ($2 hire) * Free Safety Deposit & Backpack Storage* Hair-dryer/straigheners * Free tea & coffee. Close to Esplanade, gym, supermarket, takeaways and pub. ... more   less 
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