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“I'd rather stay on the streets all night and not sleep. This place was disgraceful”

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Asylum Cairns Backpacker Hostel
Ranked #57 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Reviewed March 6, 2009

I travel alone, i know who i trust and who i dont and i didnt want to even get in the bus from the airport but it was midnight and i had nowhere else to go. That's how dodgey the guys driving were. i got to the hostel and the office was a shack... the 'front gate' was one of those railing you put up when building and was literally held on with rope. I had to pay for 3 nights as i'd already booked. This place was streaming with cockroaches - it pretty much just looks like a crack den. i went up too my room past the toilets which were absolutely disgisting i couldnt even clean my teeth with the water. they gave me a bedroom with 2 beds andi was the only one in it which was fine because i was absolutely knackered . i lay down fully clothed and tried to sleep and was kept up by someone on her phone shouting abuse down it. which i was not happy about at all. i was too scared to open the cupboard in case there were more cockroaches in thre. at about 2 am they let someone else into the room but i was already so annoyed by not being able to sleep i didnt care. she turned out to be pretty sound, my age, so it wasnt so bad. in the mornin i had to get a refund for the night i stayed at the further few nights i was so disgusted and headed to the airport with the girl i met - while i was waiting for the shuttle at the hostel some guys who were drugged up/drunk started abusing us. when i got to the airport i called Bohemia Resort Cairns and stayed there - the best place i stayed in australia. I would NOT recommend Asylum to anyone - it's absolutely disgusting.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled solo
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7  Thank AmyBayley
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Reviewed October 13, 2008

When I was 18, I squatted for a short while with friends because we couldn't afford rent....this reminded me of that time, except this time, I was paying cash for it!

If you don't mind sleeping in an old lumpy bed, in a dusty room with broken windows and a door that's too big for it's frame so it has to be slammed to be shut......go ahead and stay here!!

I woke up one morning to find I'd been sharing my bed with a cockroach. I was shocked, not so much at the cockroach, but at the fact that I had woken up which meant I'd actually fallen asleep despite the noise!! Then I saw that it was 2pm and I'd missed the day....again.

One of my room-mates was eaten alive every time she slept, by mosquitoes (the landlady told her to shut the bedroom window at night to prevent this, which showed how often she visited the rooms to inspect them/clean them - the window was so old it had rusted open and looked like it had been like that since the 1940's!)

The kitchen was over-run with flies, most of the fridges didn't work and were just rusted lumps of strange-smelling metal. The kettle sat in a constant pool of water, (it was old and knackered and leaked) and was just an accident waiting to happen.

The only good thing about this place was that the people that run the place were friendly (but ineffective), there was free internet for 15 minutes a time and the 'Mad Monday' nights out were fun - but you can still attend the Mad Mondays even if you're staying at another hostel - they just ask that you pay $5 more.....not much of a price to pay for sanity!!

This place was a noisy, dirty, slum. I'm sorry to say and looks nothing like it does in the pictures on it's website.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled solo
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6  Thank turtleonfire
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Reviewed April 11, 2008

Basically this hostel is for real travelers, i loved it to bits, ended up staying for 5 months. The staff are second to none, they give you free impartial advice on any matter or tour. There is always something going on MAD MONDAY IS A MUST!!, but on the other hand if you want to just chill you can.
A great hostel with REAL people, big up Jay, Simone and Sean.
I would seriously recommened staying here

Stayed: September 2007
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Reviewed November 19, 2007

Please do not stay at this hostel if you can avoid it! We stayed here as we thought a party hostel might be fun, major mistake. We arrived, got shown around the place, went to our room and then immediately went out looking for somewhere else to stay. The room was filthy, the bed was not even stable and the window and door didn't shut properly or even lock. We ended up sleeping in our sleeping bags and leaving first thing in the morning as the bathrooms were too disgusting to use. The pool, if you can call it that, was not fit to use and the kitchen was worse then any i've ever seen.
Got a room in Global Palace the next day, grea hostel!!!

Stayed: October 2006
5  Thank blah999999999999999
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kazzaCairns, Manager at Asylum Cairns Backpacker Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2008

I have taken over the management of this property as of 1st October 2007. Unfortunately when this guest stayed we were and still are going through a refurbishment of the property. While still keeping the friendly atmosphere of the hostel we have been fixing up areas that needed to be done. Anyone staying now will find that the hostel has changed condition wise over the past few months. We also still have the super friendly atmosphere that has people coming back.

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Reviewed January 2, 2006

We stayed in a double room in the Asylum in Oct 05. It was only for 1 night and it was a really cheap 3rd choice, so we took the gamble.

Wished we hadn't now though! The room was dirty and the bed was well past it's best. The communal bathrooms were too small for the number of people using them, and dirty too.

All the staff were really friendly enough but it's very much a party hostel, probably because it seems better if you're drunk!!

Try all other hostels before staying would be my advice.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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5  Thank zoecallaghan
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Reviewed November 8, 2016
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  • Stayed: December 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2016
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  • Stayed: October 2016, traveled solo
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Thank thbec123
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Address: 149 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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Ranked #57 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: $13 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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