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Tiptree, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago 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.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 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 6 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
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Let's start off on a positive, the wifi was good. Don't get me wrong, I know what to expect from hostels, however, I still expected a basic level of living standards.... Kitchen area, well this looked like it hadn't been cleaned in about 4 weeks. Imagine about 30 teenage kids without their mothers to clean up after them, get the...

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Checked in to waterfront in January 2016, good first impression with friendly Benny (the owner) on reception. warm happy welcome to the hostel. !! got settled in the room quickly and got along with the girls in the room which i now call my best friends, room was bigger enough with comfy beds and clean bathrooms! :) the people i...

Thank Kate A

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public 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: €14 - €43 (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”
 of 5 bubbles marcmU2339FC, 3 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Room 61 supposedly is the best 4 bed room and 52\53\54 have the best views”
 of 5 bubbles benjeffcairns, 18 Oct 2015 | Read review
“We were in a room at the end opposite the Pool area, and slept soundly with no disturbances.”
 of 5 bubbles DancesWithGoats, 7 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Stay away from the stairwell and you could possibly have a good night rest.”
 of 5 bubbles Leeuw605, 11 Jul 2015 | Read review
“all the rooms are perfect”
 of 5 bubbles OLIVL2015, 21 Mar 2015 | Read review
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