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Global Backpackers Waterfront
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is without doubt the worst accommodation I have stayed in. Paid for 4 nights and stayed for 1. As above I have actually been in better cells after being arrested. No joke. Not a good place for a couple especially if you need to be up early. Doors slamming and people screaming all night. The toilets and showers are disgraceful. Our room stank of urine. Dust all over the bed. Find somewhere else would be my advice. Much nicer places a bit further up the esplanade.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We decided to stay there because it was so cheap (15$/night) and the location is perfect (1min to the lagoon and 5mins to nightlife).
The room was big enough for 6 people and it was clean.
Only he kitchen is way too small! Not enough seats and in addition you always have to borrow cutlery and plates from the reception which was annoying.
BIG advantage was the huge balcony on which you can chill out, watch a movie or have some drinks. And there's so much to do in Cairns that you better stay in a cheap hostel and spend your money for great nights out in some clubs;-)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank florencemarion
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

The inside of this hostel look like a prision, with long corridors and a central patio, not cozy at all. The kitchen is small and has only a few seats for having lunch. In addition, the pots and pans are scarce and you have to borrow cutlery and plates from reception. It seems that they indirectly encourage people to eat in one of their restaurants.
The place is not clean, neither dirty, it all depends on your tolerance for dirt. Bathrooms are usually clean and showers have not pressure. The staff is young and don't care too much.
In my opinion this hostel has the best location of all the budget accomodations in Cairns. Just across ther road is the Lagoon and the sea front.
It's a young backpackers hostel, so all the thing above aren't important if you spend the mornings sleeping and the nights out. Not a party hostel itself, but good for meeting "party people".
We also spent a night in the Global B. Central, the same company, and it´s far better than this one.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Hoihe
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

When checking in to this hostel they told me they didn't have my booking, which then i assumed they would sort something out of me as it was there mistake i didn't have my booking. The receptions eventually found me a room at the hostel. She was rude thought out the whole thing.The kitchen would be shut for cleaning at prime times. The room i had was a single room, it had no windows so was very claustrophobic.
The location was really good that was the only thing i like about this hostel it was very central for a backpacker.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank katiex13_13
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We were pleasantly surprised by how clean and friendly Global Backpackers is. It definitely has a party vibe and is a fantastic spot to meet other travelers. All of the staff are really friendly and helpful, were willing to offer advice for our group, and always helped out with good information on nearby restaurants, activities, and clinics. Clean kitchen, clean linen, clean bathrooms and a nice central location on the Esplanade.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Avy8
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