I ended up staying at Dougies for 4 nights in January. The place is awesome - great swimming pool, plenty of outdoor shades space and hammocks, great bar, pool table, rooms with air con, big shower and toilet block, helpful staff that can help with numerous tours and a 10 min walk to the beach. The bar is great too, with some good happy hour offers and ready-to-go food late at night if you get hungry.
The Zai cafe is a big bonus too - great breakfasts and lunches to enjoy here at a reasonable price.
Downsides - not many, but it's a good 20 / 25 min walk into the main town or you could take the bus. The wifi isn't free and the costs rack up if you're there for a few days. And lastly the kitchen. Not very clean. Nor are the tables you eat on. They aren't cleaned regularly, so I'd recommend giving them a wipe down before you chow down.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dougies is run by a bunch of us who had lots of fun backpacking around places of the world before, so we decided to start a hostel ourselves. We have the pretty relaxed atmosphere, without all of the formal procedures that some hostels have. Our philosophy is 'kick back and relax at Dougies'. We have all of the facilities that a fun loving backpacker could ever need, including a bar, refreshing swimming pool, free bbq facilities, shop (coke, ice-creams, chockies, etc), a huge self-cook kitchen, laundry, internet, satellite TV (really big one), hire bikes, fishing rods, tour desk and of course accommodation (doubles, twins, share rooms, camping, van sites and our own stylish canvas tents). But once you see our tropical gardens and cruisy front lawn you might just want to lay back and relax under a palm tree, kick back in a hammock, by the pool or you may even like to unwind on the grass and soak up some of the Far North's warm tropical sunlight. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dougies Backpackers Hotel Port Douglas