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Koala Beach Resort
Ranked #63 of 65 Hotels in Cairns
Cairns
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3 reviews
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“Great for visiting around this area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

Great location for a visiting around this area. A friend and me stayed here for 4 nights last week. Our room was clean with nice beds, the girl on the counter was so helpful and nice. The walk to the shops and lagoon was really short, also was handy when walking home from the pubs. We had all our excursions leaving Cairns to go to Daintree for rainforest and mission Beach for our wicked skydive. Bus pick up was from out the front and back again to the door, our reef trip went from down the road so we walked to the pier as it was close.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

Stayed here at the beginning of our backpackingjourney through Australia, which was a huge misstake! The rooms are crawling with ants and bugs of all sorts and cockroaches are everywhere in the kitchenarea. We are not talking the small kind... After a few days we got red spots on our arms and legs, turns out it was bedbugs....Hideous bathrooms which left you feel dirtier going out of it than going in. Don't even want to talk about the filthiest kitchen I've seen.... We got recommended to stay here by kilroy, a travellingagency in Sweden, whom obviously have not been to this rathole. Please do not stay here, stay at Gilligans instead and save both money and your health!

  • Stayed November 2012
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

Known locally in Cairns as Koala Back-packers this establishment claiming to be a Resort is anything but.
They should not be allowed to advertise as they are currently, More 1 Star Quality than 3.
Dirty bathroom, Dirty interior and exterior facilities, free wi-fi (If you like the walk to the local McDonalds for it), Kitchenette should be advertised as 'Microwave Supplied'....
You have been warned!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in mid November, 3 adults and 2 kids. The 2 bedroom unit was clean and tidy albeit a bit dated. A small kitchenette provided everything we needed, extra large bathroom and generous bedrooms ( 2 singles in 1 room, and a queen and a single in the other). The location is fantastic!!! 2 blocks to the esplanade, 2 blocks to Cairns Central and railway and only a short stroll to everything else a tourist could want!! The grounds were neat and tidy and secure and even though half of the complex is dedicated to backpackers we had no noise problems. The only downside was no door seperating the bedrooms from each other. Staff were friendly and helpful and we would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in a ground floor unit and found it very satisfactory.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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christchurch
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

The photos should be overlooked as they are completely misleading. To call the premises a Resort is a joke. The whole unit is disgracefully filthy, even to the point of used condoms on the path surrounding the pool. Evidence of rodents mean that the rubbish bags throughout the bar area are a breeding ground for further filth and livestock. We would have found alternative lodgings had we not arrived in Cairns so late. In my opinion the place should be closed until improved standards are met.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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4 Thank crackr
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Mittagong, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Yes, resort is not the best description. It is a convenient basic hotel with fairly clean rooms but the outdoor areas and the pool are in great need of a clean-up and renovation. A quick dip in a hotel pool is something to look forward to in the hot weather but I certainly did not feel like going in. The young backpackers working there are friendly and helpful and it was good to be able to walk to all the restaurants on The Esplanade. It was reasonable value given that all the major hotels were heavily booked and had put their prices up a lot because of the solar eclipse. However, I would not stay there again.

Room Tip: Check that the showers are working OK.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank HelenS45
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is no resort the photos are totally untrue, it is dirty, very run down and you would have to be a total idiot to venture into that POOL! The staff were very pleasant. The location is convenient for downtown Cairns but there is some rather colourful establishments around. Not cheap for what you get, look around there is MUCH better!

Room Tip: Don't t think there can be any as they are all really out dated and had nothing done to them for...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Koala Beach Resort
Address: 137-139 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #63 of 65 Hotels in Cairns
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Hotel Class:2 star — Koala Beach Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 57
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