I stayed at Asylum for a bit over a week and loved it. But would'nt recommend it to everyone, you'll find that all Asylum "inmates" are all similar in the sense that they're all very laidback, chill, love to party hard, very social, and kinda crazy.
Jeremy, Dave, and everyone else at reception are all very nice. From the moment you walk in you feel welcomed and part of the family. It's a small hostel so everyone gets to know everyone, there's quite a few long term stayers which is great if you wanna make close friends. There's always people sitting around drinking on the patio at any time of day. And by evening everyone in the hostel is gathered around getting drunk. Sometimes a bunch of people go out and sometimes just a few. No one hangs out in their rooms everyones always downstairs with everyone else, you'll never be lonely here. This hostel is unlike any other hostel I've ever stayed at.
Mad Monday is fun and known as one of the most wildest pub crawls in Cairns. Plus if you sign up for Mad Monday (which you will because everyone else is going) you get free wifi for the week for only $5 extra.
The actual building is kind of old and grimey, the washrooms/toilets arent the nicest. Some rooms are really small and some are fine, you can't really be picky. So if you're someone that's bothered by that kind of stuff, and likes their privacy, and isnt that social, and doesnt like being around drunk people, then Asylum isnt for you.
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