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“Great staff, clean hostel, Great stay in Central Cairns”

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Global Backpackers Central
Ranked #69 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We had a wonderful two nights here. The staff were more than hospitable, and very kind to us. We had a private room that was exceptionally clean. The bathrooms and kitchen were all clean and maintained well.
The beds are spotlessly clean, and the mattresses are SO comfy. AC is nice and cold. Very nicely located, a short walk to everything you will want to get to in Cairns. and its stay 3 nights get the 4th FREE....i know..FREE! A heck of a deal in a city that will squeeze your wallet dry pretty fast.
You must know, this is a big hostel- like a school dorm in many ways. A little lacking on the cozy warmth of smaller backpackers, and the kitchen can get packed at meal times with everyone cooking and eating at the same time. However the place does very well to ensure it's cleaned between meal times, and a genius idea of having to hire out your utensils (give them id and rent utensils for 2 hours) allows you to ensure you will always have a full set of utensils and not stress about finding them in the kitchen. 90% of the time our utensils were clean, we had to rewash it a few times though. We ate a little later than others, and showered early morning and late at night and were pretty much always had the place to ourselves
The place is very spacious though, plenty of nightly entertainment, and chances to mix around with others.
The best things about staying here:
Upfront, honest travel booking advice and 10% discount on packages (no [--])
6.50 meal deals at the next door irish pub, which is a HECK of a deal - includes a beer or wine with the meal
And again the staff, who are all so nice. If you're lucky, the wonderful Lauren or Chris will be there to welcome you and ensure you will at home.
The worst:
It is a little noisy at night as backpackers come back from the pub, but hey - its a backpackers...that's normal
Kitchen utensils can use a major upgrade (especially the pans)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

The hostel was new, spacious and bright. They had a nice common room with a great balcony. The kitchen modern and big with a good choise of kitchen utensils but you have to borrow cutlery and plates from reception.
The place was quite clean in overall. The staff is not very friendly. It seems to me that most of them are temporary workers and don't care too much about the guests. Anyway they were nice with us.
The hostel was very cheap for the area, and is part of a big company, so they had good promotions for long stay people. They had another hostel in the seafront, better location but definitly worse.
Good place if you like to party, not so good for sleeping.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Very big hostel in the city. Small bathroom for the all girls !!!
You need to leave your ID at the reception to have the staff for cooking (and you have just 2 hours), so it's very annoying when you stay 1 week...
There is a rooftop with pool. It's just 5 min walk from the bus station.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
1  Thank Marjorie C
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

If I had read the bad reviews on here prior to booking I probably would have steered clear of this place, but it's really not that bad! We stayed for 2 weeks at a brilliant rate of $12 per night. The room was clean and comfortable. We had some problems with the aircon being far too cold and dripping, but it was better than no aircon at all, and the staff were very apologetic that they couldn't resolve the problem. The $5 food voucher for local bar PJs is excellent - and a drink is included too! If you do want to cook yourself then yes it is a bit frustrating having to traipse downstairs to get a box of cutlery and plates, but we've experienced that in other hostels too so it's not just this place. As for the noise issue, they've definitely stamped that out. The common areas close at 10pm without fail, and if you are drinking/being noisy in the rooms after 10 they will come round and ask you politely to go out. They are really quite strict on this, so looks like they've taken some of these comments on board. Brilliant location right in the middle of town - if you're looking for somewhere sociable, clean and central on a budget then this is definitely it.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Rachel S
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

really unfriendly and unwelcoming place, with a relentlessly long and slow queue no matter what time you enter reception. prepare to live with your passport in your back pocket and to have to hike all the way up and down stairs whenever you plan to eat- simply because there is no way to do so without providing photographic identification and being issued a prison-style box of goods. big clean kitchen, clean small rooms which smell of damp, central location.

Room Tip: if you end up with one with a broken and leaking air conditioner, anti-social roomies and a broken b...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Rooms and bathrooms clean, air con dodgy, in normal double room but ok in delux room! Go to dougie at travel desk for tours he was very helpful! Pool area nice and $5 voucher for dinner at pj I briens was very handy!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Fantastic value at this friendly and helpful backpacker hotel! Rooms and bathrooms are clean and the staff is honest and quite helpful. The guests are respectful of each other and help each other out. We would stay here again and again! In fact we extended our stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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Address: 9b Shields St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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Ranked #69 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: $15 - $46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Global Backpackers Central 2*
Number of rooms: 37
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