Stayed here for 4 days, I think it was definitely the best place out of all the hostels I could have chosen. It is a bit far from the center of town and Esplanade - about a 25 minute walk. But it has the best outdoor area with tables, chairs, a pool, ping pong, a bar that opens at 4pm and TV. Everyone was able to watch music videos and the Olympics at any hour! Tons of tropical trees made you feel away. The other hostels I passed closer to town all looked so small and dirty from the outside. Plus, Cairns get busy and loud at night so I was happy to be in a more quiet area. There's bars and hotels all on Sheridan Street so it's easy to find food and drinks.The free Wifi outdoors and in the lobby is great, sometimes it had to be rebooted.
The only negative thing to note is that it was always a hassle with scheduling the free shuttle rides to the marina and airport. I wouldn't have stayed here if it wasn't for that because I scuba dive so there was no way I was walking 25 minutes with gear on my back. They need a better system and should scheduled this into their computers or hang up a schedule of who's getting driven when. The first day, the lady came at the wrong time thinking we missed our dive.
Second time, I asked for a shuttle in 10 minutes, and come out to find out the owner took it to go shopping for 45 minutes. no biggie since it was the owner, but there was no courtesy in knocking on our door telling us it was gonna leave for so long. Third time, getting a ride to the airport at 5am. I always double reminded the female staff about our shuttles everyday. so when I go to double remind her about our ride to the airport the next morning, she really flat out forgot. and i called it, i knew she would forget. then I would have been screwed, thankfully, the two men who work there took care of me, the overnight guy worked and woke up the guy to drive us and he wasn't late. but seriously, how do you forget? you obviously don't write it down and memory does not work if you're at a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High standards of quality and comfort are now available in our Hostel. We are now cleaner and better but we still have the same concern: offering you a place where you can feel at home, have fun and be safe. We appreciate the importance of clean facilities therefore we'll be cleaning all day long, making sure everything is spotless. Located just 1600 metres from the city centre and Esplanade Lagoon and all major transport. The free hostel shuttle leaves hourly (7 till 7) for a quick ride to town if your feeling lazy. At The Beach house you get a great nights sleep and if you want to party it's a short walk away. Close to the ocean and parks with supermarkets etc close by...Whether you are in Cairns to dive the Reef or visit the Daintree rainforest and then Party then night away in the city clubs and just chill by the pool the next day with a drink, The Cairns Beach House is the perfect base for your holiday. With a variety of accommodation options, from dorms, budget double & twin, to en-suited king and family rooms - from individuals to group bookings there is something to suit all budgets. Enjoy a friendly, fun and intimate atmosphere for young travellers, hopefully making you feel at Home. Free WiFi, breakfast and dinner is included! ... more less
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