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Cairns Waterfront Backpackers

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I just copy the email sent to the management. "Hello, I stayed in your hostel from friday to sunday. The check in time was till 11.30pm but when i arrived with my boyfriend the reception was closed. I called the number but no one answered me.. after few minutes a drunk guy, i think an hostel guest, opened me the...

Thank Deborah T
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I have been traveling for several months now, but I have never experienced such a terrible hostel before. The daily manager/owner got quite tipsy and started to get very rude and offensive. The hostel itself is dirty and have a bad smell to it. In room 5 there was several cockroaches and we had to buy our own bug spray....

Thank Mathias Y
Leigh D, Front Office Manager at Cairns Waterfront Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi guys your review is very interesting as we Don't actually have a room 5 at our hostel. We are wondering if you might have got the hostel mixed up with another hostel.?

Tiptree, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Firstly I'd like to say that the staff are so so friendly. Very welcoming when we arrived, throughout our stay and were lovely when we checked out too. It is also in a fantastic location, right on the esplanade. However this does mean it's very noisy at night (we expected that anyway). The wifi was very good. I hate to...

Thank rosiethomas2707
Odense, Denmark
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We were staying at the waterfront hostel, where we were told that ALL the rooms was air conditionated - including ours! When we first get up to the room, there was like 40 degrees inside - so we tried to turn the air conditioner on, but it was already on and there was this little breeze of hot air comming...

1Thank maggerhei
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

I stayed at waterfront backpackers for 2 nights and felt very comfortable and welcome! The staff were all very friendly and accommodating! A staff member had asked me why I was up so early and I made a comment saying it was too hot in my room, later on that day, they had brought two fans into the room for...

Thank Kat L
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for a week and the location was great, but that was pretty much it. Extremely dirty kitchen and bathrooms. The bedsheets were stained and the rooms were super small. The staff doesn't seem to care about anything. This was by far the worst hostels we stayed at in Australia.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This is the most chilled hostel we have stayed in, there is no strict rules and the staff are all so chilled and friendly! We stayed in a 6 bed dorm, we literally turned up at the hostel and they were very helpful and accommodating which is why we chose to stay here! Our room had aircon, it's only on...

Thank ZoeSmith2131
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Go to this venue with caution. We were in a private room and after a couple of days noticed water coming up through the floor between the tiles. After close inspection and a good sniff, we noticed that was in fact sewerage. We told reception who were extremely helpful in moving us to a different hostel, as they were full....

Thank Benjamin E
Leigh D, Manager at Cairns Waterfront Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Benjamin The water was not Sewerage at all it was caused from a crack in a pipe in our neighbors cold room refrigeration water drain. The water had soaked into the concrete causing it to pop up the tile. The issue was fixed quite quickly from a plumber the day after we moved you to a different hotel. It...

Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Just arrived here to find that is definitely no think like what is advertised , I booked a double room & a rate of $50 Australia, not really a double room actually a double bunk bed , there is know on suite which to be fair I was aware off but the shared bathroom is quite traumatic Awful in fAct...

Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Great location right in the center. Good fast WIFI. Lockers In refrigerator. Clean. Horrible Air conditioning. Good people. Stayed for a week and a half, and was suitable for my needs. has a possibility to work for accommodation.

Thank mendeloppenheim

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Airport Transportation
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Cairns Waterfront Backpackers

Address: 83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $20 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairns Waterfront Backpackers 3*
Number of rooms: 19
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“Room 43 is great”
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“Room 61 supposedly is the best 4 bed room and 52\53\54 have the best views”
benjeffcairns, 18 Oct 2015 | Read review
“We were in a room at the end opposite the Pool area, and slept soundly with no disturbances.”
DancesWithGoats, 7 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Stay away from the stairwell and you could possibly have a good night rest.”
Leeuw605, 11 Jul 2015 | Read review
“all the rooms are perfect”
OLIVL2015, 21 Mar 2015 | Read review
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