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Global Backpackers Waterfront
Ranked #75 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

I had heaps of fun here. for budget accommodation you have everything you need. you cant get much better than the location. backpackers really social friendly place. staff always helpful. standard rooms but cant expect much for price. good stay

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Shenae O
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

The receptionnists don't care about the customers, the only thing they do correctly : take your money. Never smiling, never helping even if you just ask some change for the laundry... Terrible staff partying all night so they cant clean well in the morning. Bed bugs in some room, bugs in the food in the kichen, no doors in the showers...
If you want to spend a good time in Cairns go anywhere else there is numbers of good located backpackers.
If you go there try to catch a smile from the receptionnist then make a wish !

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank chlono
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Booked into a room for 3 nights at $45 a night for a private double room (4th night free); wasn't aloud to see the room before we paid. When we went into the room it stank of damp, the mattress was damp; both the mattress and bed sheets were covered in hair. (It looked like someone had shaved over the bed)
The ceiling fan was half hanging off and did not look safe, the light casing was hanging off.
We went down to reception and asked if we could have another room or the problems could be fixed; we were told there were no more more rooms, but they would change the bed sheets. They said they couldn't address the other problems.
We said that because of the state of the room, we did not want to stay there and so wanted our money back. (at this point we had been there 5 minutes)
We were told that we couldn't have our money back, but after arguing the receptionist called her manager (Angelina) and they decided to give us back the price of 2 nights stay, but would keep the first nights price. This is not fair, and not legal despite the No refund sign they display, as we hadn't even stayed there, and the fault was the hostels, not ours. The fact that it was the hostels fault that the room was terrible, means we should have been refunded.
Staff were rude.
Angelina said to us 'I will not refund you the cost of one night, ($45) go tell trading standards if you want.'
She wouldn't give us a contact address of her superior, until we had pestered enough; and even then she would just give us an email address.

DO NOT STAY HERE!! STAFF ARE MISERABLE, ROOMS ARE DISGUSTING!! THEY STOLE OUR MONEY DESPITE THE LAW, WHICH WE TOLD THEM AT THE TIME!!

You are in breach of the 'Competition and Consumer Act 2010'

I will be taking this to fair trading standards.

Room Tip: Don't stay here, choose a different hostel. Pay slightly more for a different hostel because it...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank wackyjack9
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Galway, Ireland
Level Contributor
70 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Some of the reception staff have vrery poor english so check in was a challenge and also when trying to find out about the area. No lifts so not very accessible. Went to watch some tv at 10.15pm and the tv room was locked??? The rooms are big but not very clean and also NO PLUGS in the rooms, arent we paying enough to be able to charge our phones in the room? Location is good but much cleaner hostels in Cairns so wont be returning.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Lis_2Kelly
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Verona
Level Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Hostel located in a very good position on the beachfront, close to many pubs, shops and the lagoon. The staff is friendly and helpful. The only problem is the cleanliness. The kitchen is spacious but always dirty. The floor of our bedroom (a double) was dirty when we arrived and remained dirty all the other days we were there. The shared bathrooms are small and obviously dirty. The staff only changes the trash bags. In my opinion this hostel would be great if they only increase cleaning!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank bimba86vr
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Berlin
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

It was the dirtiest backpackers during my trip down the coast to melbourne. It was loud, dirty, hot, the fan was turning the hole night. I found no power supply in the room and the bathroom was on the floor and dirty with hairs in the sink. Take better the gilligans for example.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank TiasBerlin
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Valparaiso, Chile
Level Contributor
25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Good things about this hostel: location and price. Everything else is pretty much average. On arrival, staff don't really show you around. If you explore for yourself, you'll find small toilets, a kitchen and a sort of relax living room to hang out. No free breakfast, but you can get a voucher to eat a meal for $5 at P.J. O'Brian's which is pretty convenient. A really bad thing is AC, and that most rooms don't have plugs to recharge or connect electrical devices, which sucks.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank chrisolito
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Additional Information about Global Backpackers Waterfront

Property: Global Backpackers Waterfront
Address: 67 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Global Backpackers Waterfront 2*
Number of rooms: 57
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