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“Cheap, clean, friendly staff and close to everything.”
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Koala Beach Resort
Ranked #62 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
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“Cheap, clean, friendly staff and close to everything.”
Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a couple of nights, was a great price for a basic but clean 2 bedroom appartment. Pool was clean and front desk lady was very nice and let us do a late night check in and late check out. Bonus is its close to everything in the centre and short walk to the lagoon.

  • Stayed September 2013
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South Normanton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Booked 4 nights here with some trepidation due to the rather mixed reviews, but really glad I did. To be honest the place does look a bit run-down, but no more than many a motel we have stayed at over the years. The 2 bedroom (7 bed) apartment, including kitchen, was basic but entirely adequate for the 3 of us and gave us far more space than a typical family hotel room. It looks like there hasn't been much spent on the place for a while and there was some obvious maintenance which needed to be done, but the housekeeping (sweep floor and empty bins) was done every day, and when some extra dusting was requested it was done straight away. The desk staff were excellent, really friendly and helpful with booking trips out to the reef and rainforest, and also getting on the phone and tracking down a late arriving tour bus. In fact it seemed like Theresa on the front desk was more or less running the place and making a pretty good job of it considering the limited resources at her disposal. The location is spot on, not right in the thick of the town but till only a couple of minutes walk away. The discounted meals in the Irish Pub would be very good value in the UK - for Aus they were unreal.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Really enjoyed my stay, the staff were super helpful and friendly and really went the extra mile. The room was everything I needed, nothing too flashy but perfect for the price. I could walk in less than 5 minutes to everything in Cairns, the location is really ideal - it's quiet at night, but you can walk safely to all the nightlife in about 50 metres distance, so the best of both worlds. Highly recommend this place to other travelers!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Brunswick, Ohio
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

I stayed at this hostel on three seperate nights only because of the cheap price (and I had a free night voucher from a Whitsundays tour). I honestly didn't mind the rooms. There are a lot of them and not a lot of people staying there from the looks of it, so I had a whole 6 bed to myself most of the daytime hours. I only ever shared with two other roommates max. The beds were comfortable, ensuite bathroom is a good bonus, and it was spacious. One or two nights the music and noise coming from a bar behind the hostel was really loud and distracting, but closing the window mostly helped.

However, the exterior was a nightmare. Like actually, I felt like I was walking into a potential slasher flick set at night. There is barely any lighting out in the courtyard aside from an eerie blue light above the sign and some dim lighting near the kitchen. The kitchen is dirty and cramped too. You need to hire out your dish sets and even pots and pans if you need them, but reception has such limited hours that this is a pain if you are checking in late or out early. The whole place seemed in disuse, like somebody left a creepy motel to abandonment. Also there seemed to be little to no social atmosphere, just people quietly making their meals sometimes and then keeping to themselves to eat at the picnic table or retreat to their rooms. I never saw anyone just hanging out outside. Since the whole place is set up motel style as well with about three-four stories (can't remember exactly), you need to drag your luggage up the stairs if you are anywhere but on the ground floor.

Reception was friendly and helpful, however, and the location was good. My advice though- only stay here if you're seriously tight on cash and just looking for a calm night of sleep. If you want to make any friends at all or even just hang out outside, it's too depressing.

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Enjoyed 2 nights.. Close to everything especially the restaurant area money for value excellent. Staff very helpful when we arrived and needed an extra room. Nothing was a problem. Room was basic but clean and tidy. Even offstreet parking for our car. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Townville, South Carolina
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

The location is great and the staff were really helpful. We liked that we didn't need a car, walk to all the restaurants and bars and get picked up for our tour to the great barrier reef. The hotel is not brand new but clean and comfortable. The rooms are apartment styled with small kitchens so we saved by eating in some days. Woolworths just a few hundred meters away. We would stay again for location and price. They do a weekly rate that saves even more.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed May 26, 2013

fresh, clean ,affordable ,
full ensuites , crisp rooms more than satisfactory for the amazing low price,. close to carins night life walking distance to town.staff were excellent so friendly and assisted in making our stay memorable gave excellent local information to assist in the choice of tours! couldnt ask for better , thanks guys we will be back for sure!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Koala Beach Resort
Address: 137-139 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #62 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
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Hotel Class:3 star — Koala Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 57
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