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England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The hostel was great, there is a big common area, pool and a bar selling breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests of the hostel also get free toast, tea and coffee in the morning. The rooms were basic but clean and bathrooms were clean too. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The hostel isn't close to town- a good half... More 

Thank Charlotte W
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing either special or awful about this hostel to report really. It's been one of the nicer cheap hostels I've been in - better than Base on Magnetic Island for example. My only complaint is that this was my first stay on my Base Hostel pass and therefore I had to collect the physical pass card from the Reception here.... More 

Thank Amy K
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7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have no words. Public bathrooms are cleaner than the rooms or bathrooms. I've changed rooms cause the first one smelled so unbelievably disgusting. I thought my nose hairs were going to burn away..the second room was even worse ! The reaction of the reception and management was like "if you're to girly to live in a backpacker place you... More 

Thank Sjadil

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rooms were not that clean, they said there would be free breakfast but you're not allowed to get more than 2 slices of bread. Far away from the city centre, but there is a shuttlebus every hour. Kitchen was okay.

Thank Bram J
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2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I arrived the girl at the desk was very nice and helpful with my problems. But then it only went down hill... My bed was not cleaned when I arrived in my room. As the girl at the desk was very helpful I didn't mind and asked for clean sheets myself. But then we found used cotton tips under... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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99 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I stayed in a number of Nomads while in Australia because it was part of my "tour up the East Coast" package I did with a tour company. TBH, I don't know if I'd pick these if I had a chance... The location in Cairns where I was in a mixed room of 10--> PROS: - the staff were nice... More 

Phuket, Thailand
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Felt like I was camping on the end of Gatwick's runway for the night, I don't know how many planes fly in and out but one thing for sure its a lot. Hostel facilities were clean and bar was busy with drink and food promotions on. Food was OK, girl on the opposite table at the time had a pizza... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Cairns was my last stop up the East Coast. Picked Nomads as it had been reliable in other places. When off the greyhound bus I had no idea where to go, so had to get a cab to nomads which was miles away! at this time I didn't know the hostel had a free shuttle service to central cairns hourly.... More 

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Guadalajara, Mexico
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Its a simple place. Not to dirty, but not clean, not to noisy, but not quiet, not to far, but not close to town. Nothing special. The people in the front desk were very nice, thats always a good thing

Thank DudeGaribay
Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This hostel was the first hostel I ever stayed in so I didn't really know what to expect or what made a good or bad hostel. After 6 months of living in hostels I realised that this one is just average, the staff were friendly and the rooms and toilets were clean enough. The hostel wasn't located very close to... More 

Thank Lois J

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nomads Cairns backpackers resort is a 4 ½ star AAA rated budget accommodation with resort style facilities and onsite Serpent Bar, and has been designed to provide you with a great night's sleep. Located only minutes away from the Cairns Esplanade, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it includes everything you need to enjoy Tropical North Queensland in style. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar

Address: 341 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: €25 - €43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar 2*
Number of rooms: 20
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“Bad location decent hostel”
 of 5 bubbles loveshotels4, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Book well ahead of time. Sometimes there's tour groups that book, and rooms are not always available.”
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“Any of the 4-bed dorms were better than the rest”
 of 5 bubbles lucydriver925, 23 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Do somthing else if you want a good room.”
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“Don't shut yourself away in your room.. go to the bar and drink..then go to whoolshed...”
 of 5 bubbles R5186UHgeorgep, 18 Jul 2016 | Read review
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