The Calypso Inn was the first place my girlfriend and I stayed in when we arrived in Australia. The hostel had a mixed bunch of reviews but I am pleased to say we had a good time whilst staying there.
The hostel staff were always friendly and helpful during our stay, arranging a free airport pick up on arrival, and booking us onto a great barrier reef tour (Ocean Free). They also refunded our first night as we had been delayed in Singapore by 24hours so didnt arrive in Cairns till the a day later than planned.
The hostel itself is a fun place with a big communal area where there is a pool, bar/restaurant, games room and the hostel puts on a different event each night such as live bands, karaoke, and pub quizzes. We stayed in a private room which was just big enough to contain the double bed but its all we needed so no complaints there. The communal washing areas are big and reasonably clean. The location of the hostel isnt the best but there is a very frequent hostel shuttle bus to and from the town centre meaning you shouldnt ever have any worries getting about Cairns.
Cairns itself wasnt as great as I was expecting, but the lagoon was a great way to spend some time, and to be honest it was all about the barrier reef for us! All in all we spent a great couple of days here and the Calypso Inn is great place to stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Calypso Inn Backpackers Hotel Cairns