This place isn't bad, but i agree with some of the other reviewers who've mentioned certain less favourable points... what IS that smell in the bedrooms??
there were a fair few horror stories when we were there too... a whole gang of complete chavs who were there at the same time as us managed to completely destroy the experience for one of our friends (we were in a female dorm whereas he was in mixed) - let's just say that they didnt keep their nocturnal intimacies very quiet, and their mates were cheering them on, smashing up furniture (literally) etc ALL NIGHT. needless to say, our poor friend could not be talked out of checking out the next day. we later found out that the exact same thing had happened three or four times already, with the same gang of people, and i immediately lost respect for a hostel which is so clearly incapable of throwing out people who are completely ruining the experience of other guests.
this hotel is also way out of town, and we were fooled into thinking that this would be ok due to the proudly proclaimed shuttle bus running in and out of town. however, this shuttle bus runs irregularly, infrequently (ignore the timetable - it is not followed!) and serves Serpent's two sister hostels too... we had rather a nasty experience of being left stranded in the town centre too (they couldnt fit everyone in the minibus, and refused to come back for the 6 of us left behind because - and i quote - they needed the minibus for the staff night out). the town centre of cairns is about one of the most unpleasant and unsafe places in the world to be stranded in. basically, the shuttle bus is not the most efficient of 'services'.
on the plus side, the pool is very nice (and clean), most of the reception staff are friendly (one older bloke who i think is the manager was exceptionally jovial), and there's a great system of daily alternated cheap meals in the bar. the bar has a good happy hour too, and it's a nice size and plays music videos, and has a reasonable atmosphere which somehow avoids the chavvy style of most hostel bars. there were some fun things like pub quizes too.
not sure i'd stay here again if i was ever unfortunate enough to be re-visiting Cairns, as there were some other hostels in the town centre which might be worth a try instead for convenience (although - as i said - the town centre is not necessarily a nice place to be anyway!!). probably worth a look if you're looking for a place to chill out with a nice pool and bar though, especially if you're with a group who could afford to book out a private dorm between you and avoid potential nocturnal disturbances from strangers!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nomads Cairns backpackers resort is a 4 ½ star AAA rated budget accommodation with resort style facilities and onsite Serpent Bar, and has been designed to provide you with a great night's sleep. Located only minutes away from the Cairns Esplanade, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it includes everything you need to enjoy Tropical North Queensland in style. ... more less
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