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Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
Ranked #5 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Berlin, Germany
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9 reviews
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“The best!!!!”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Calypso is what backpacking is about! Awesome/friendly/helpful staff,Shared facilities, funky atmosphere, cheap beer and service! This place is a home away from home with "family" too. The bar is relaxed and the hostel sparkling clean,with someone working all the time to keep it that way. They offer tour bookings and are not one of those awful agencies that just want your money, they want you to have the best time. If you want to meet people, relax and have a great time, then this place has it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Bray, Ireland
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

Very chilled and friendly atmosphere. Staff are nice but there's seems to be a lot of staff working there just so they can stay there so there seems to be a click of people who all already know each other. In the kitchen it would be these people who would actually leave it very messy which was annoying as there friends would have to clean it up. They have gr8 cooking facilities as its an open kitchen beside the bar and eating area which we really enjoyed using, we would recommend cooking early in the morning b4 it gets left in bits then just reheating ur food as the day goes on. They hold different ngts, quiz ngts, BBQ etc which r gr8 fun and a gud way 2 get to know people also pubs crawls r held. The run a mini bus service in2 the city every half hour which is free. Is a bit out of the way of the city it is walk able but it's much better to use this service. We had a private double room which was basic and very run down the sleeping facilities aren't the best neither are the toilets. But all in all for the price it's a gud backpacker place, it has a nice pool area and communal areas, staff are helpful with tours etc, and the provide entertainment at ngt. When we stayed here we were unlucky to have a solid wk of rain but if the sun shines I'm sure it's much better. Make sure to get to know the staff as they'll take u along with them on their ngts out, have fun

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Leeds
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

Lived and worked here for 3 months. The rooms are comfortable and cleaned daily - with a choice of girl/boy only rooms or mixed and a selection of room size. There is a very fun atmosphere, the bar is great with reasonable, competitve prices and a good selection of drinks. There is also a pool table. They have themed evenings and the food is also great. 10 minute walk from the centre, or there is an hourly bus to town free service (and free airport pick up/drop off service) which runs from aroun 9-11pm.

Great staff and excellent location. Only negative would be the smallish pool, but the lagoon is very local.

Would definitely return and recommend.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Edinburgh
2 reviews
Reviewed June 1, 2012

A really nice hostel in Cairns. The rooms are clean and airy. There are two kitchens so you have space to prepare meals. The staff are just lovely, they can't do enough for you and will help book any trips and store your luggage. There is a nice bar where they hold competitions, live music and quizzes every night. The music is never on past 12 each which is a good compromise for those who want to stay out and those who want to sleep. They run a free shuttle to and from town as well. Theres a pool, which i have to admit we didnt use, but the hostel is only a 15 min walk from the lagoon. We stayed here twice in November and back in January and loved it both times. I stayed with a group of friends first time and as a couple second time and would definitely recommend it. It's also awesome value for money, we paid a lot more for much worse hostels and this was surprisingly cheap. Nice atmosphere :)

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed May 24, 2012

I stayed for two and a half weeks and had a brilliant experience. Comfortable dorms and showers, helpful knowledgeable staff, brilliant atmosphere. Every night the entertainment was a lot of fun. The kindness and the friendliness of the people there cannot be overstated. Calypso at Cairns was BEST thing about my trip around Australia.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

Cheap, good atmosphere, free shuttles to town and airport (both ways!), very friendly and helpful staff.
No free WiFi, paper-thin walls

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
1 review
Reviewed April 30, 2012

Nice Staff, helpful with any problem. Problem with bathrooms almost everyday, we should use others available. There is a parking lot beside, sometimes you can't sleep. The shuttle bus is very useful but if you arrive at the airport at night it won't get you there. About the bar when is available is good, after midnight you can't drink, sometimes you can by dinner there. The rooms are clean but the walls are too thin (plaster) and you can listen everything on the room beside.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
Address: 5 - 9 Digger St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It’s a tropical paradise mon! Come soak up the chilled global vibe at Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, Cairns’ coolest crashpad. Any more relaxed we’d be horizontal! Swaying palms, smooth tunes and swinging hammocks, that’s the Calypso way. Chill poolside with new friends in the Queensland sunshine by day then check out free nightly entertainment at Zanzibar Bar & Grill, our friendly hostel pub. When the taste buds bite, enjoy a pool-side breakfast or Aussie BBQ dinner at Zanzibar, or whip up your own masterpiece in our great communal kitchen. The Calypso crew are here for you and we know our stuff. Between us all there’s over 65 years of hostel and travel know-how so you’re in expert hands from the moment you arrive. We go the extra mile to make you smile, with a free tour booking service, free return transfers to the airport, bus station and central Cairns and WiFi now available in all rooms. Come catch some Calypso chill vibe when you pass through Cairns! ... more   less 
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