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“Very basic hostel but great location and best service!” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Corona Backpackers
Ranked #38 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Very basic hostel but great location and best service!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2011

The hostel is only 15 dollar and it's very basic. There is no light in the toilets, only 2 on each floor and I think other people can look into the showers. But you get what you pay for I guess.

You get a free meal voucher for the woolshed every night, it's a nice backpackersbar and with the voucher you can choose between: chilli concarne, spghetti bolognese and vegetarian. Not much choose, but hee, its for free:)

The hostel also offers 10% discount if you book a tour and ofcourse you need to go snorkeling or diving on the great barrier reef so quit easy you save 15 dollars.

The dorms are small but only 4 people sleep on a dorm. It was a but loud at night due to the gilligans who was across the road. There was no aircon in the room so you needed to open the window and stay awake till 4 at night. Best option was to party yourself so it wouldn't bother you that much.

The location is really good, like I said across the road from gilligans where you pay 25 dollar for a dorm. The city centre and the lagoon is 5-10 minutes walk same as woolshed.

The service is very good. Angelo was extremely helpful and really wanted to help you. I forgot to get my luggage out of the luggage room before 7 and when I arrived at 8 there was nobody there. My flight to New Zealand was leaving in 3 hours so I really needed to go. Fortunately Angelo came while he was in the cinema to give me my luggage. I didn't missed my flight but got very stressed out.

The hostel is basic but its very cheap and very good costumer service. I would definitly go back to this hostel!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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York, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2011

i got recommended this hostel by a friend and i am pleased i took her advice, it did say $15 on the internet when we got there it was $10 a night which included a free meal at the woolshed. the meals are very basic but you can upgrade for a few extra dollars. the rooms are clean and are all 4 bed share. the 2 girls on reception are really friendly and helpful, if you book any tours with them they will give you 10% discount. its right opposite the famous gilligans party hostel and they are paying about $30 a night, you can hear the music from the hostel (it had a night club inside) but the fan in the room drowns the noise out. you get to meet loadz of amazing people, i had the best time ever.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ellenad_8
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2011

Corona backpackers has got to be one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Hannah and rthe office staff are amazingly helpful, way beyond what you normally get in any hostel. They book any trips and organise anything you need (with a 10% discount). The rooms are spacious and the whole hostel is clean -and cleaned thoroughly every day. All rooms have large ceiling fans, there's a kitchen as well as free evening meal coupons to get every day. It's a brilliant, friendly place. I stayed here for two weeks and would go back again without a second thought!!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Backpacker25
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Cairns, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2011

The owner of this place is the most obnoxious person i have ever met, which is a shame because the girl he employs is such a nice person.

The reception is closed most of the day so it makes it really hard to check out and he then uses this as an excuse to keep your deposit.

My sheets had dried blood on them so I had to ask for some new ones, I dont think the room had been cleaned.

There is a fan which does not really work so the room is very hot and uncomfortable. You can stay at other hostels nearby for the same price for cheaper which have swimming pools and air conditioning

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2010

At one of the lowest prices in Cairns CBD ($16), this little place across the street from the famous, or infamous, Gilligans really surprised me. The manager is Hannah, and she is so amazing, really makes the place for what it is. She'll remember your name, and even asks how your trip to XYZ went. Couldn't ask for more help and flexibility.

The rooms are very spartan, there is no main sitting area, and you will have to use one of the crazy, unisex, dual stall showers with no divider between the showers. The kitchens are not fun, and there is no air con. But, for the price and cleanliness, as well as free dinner, the place was a hidden gem.

On the inverse, there are several great options for Hostels that are very comfortable and nice, but the price will be around $30. For $16, you got about as much as you can cram into the price.

Pros:
+Price Price, and Price
+Front Desk
+Super Clean
+Location is VERY central
+Free Dinner at Woolshed

Cons:
-No AC
-One outlet for the room
-Strange bathroom/shower configuration
-No main sitting area to socialize

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank NoSleepTillMnhtn
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Additional Information about Corona Backpackers

Property: Corona Backpackers
Address: 72 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Corona Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Corona Backpackers is situated in the heart of Cairns city, close to all amenities and attractions. We are 2 minutes from the shopping centre and Woolworths and a hop, skip and a jump from all bars and clubs in the city. The Esplanade and famous lagoon are an easy five minute stroll away; you really couldn't ask for a better location! Our clean and comfortable dorms accommodate 4 people and include a private fridge (don't forget your BYO alcohol); A discounted evening meal deal is provided to all guests at a famouis local venue just 2 minutes from the hostel. We have a fully equipped kitchen, state of the art laundry and ironing facilities and a common area with a widescreen TV. Secure luggage and valuable storage is also available. Getting onto the net is easy with fast internet and WIFI available; our computers are equipped with webcams and headsets, making it easier to stay in touch with family and friends. CORONA BACKPACKERS OFFERS 10% DISCOUNT OFF SELECTED TRAVEL, TRIPS, TOURS, BUSES AND PACKAGES WHEN PREBOOKED THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA!!!!! Our friendly and experienced staff are happy to help in any way that they can. We provide honest and informed advice on all tours and even give a 10% DISCOUNT to ensure you get the best out of your stay in Cairns. Reception is open from 8am-12pm and 1pm-8pm every day. If you are arriving outside of these hours, please call or email us prior to your arrival and we will do our very best to accommodate you. Thank you! We look forward to seeing you soon at Corona Backpackers! ... more   less 
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