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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights whilst in Cairns. Nice enough place. The only down points however was that the place needs some sort of air con installing downstairs in the kitchen / lounge area. It was unbearable to sit in. Our room had air con which could be left on whilst out so this was good. Also, if you...

Thank Fayelx
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Fayelx. Thank you for your time and positive comments.. However here are the answers to your negative comments. The kitchen and lounge open plan design area has 5 fans. It is not an enclosed area. It may be warm in the peak of Summer time, however for 10 to 11 months of the year it is comfortable. There for...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my 2nd time in this hostel. It's a quiet hostel and very cheap comparing to other hostels. The rooms are pretty big and clean! The staff is friendly and they always want to help you. Also the location is good. It's next to the shopping centre and only a 10 minutes walk to gilligans and woolshed and 15...

Thank Patrick2596
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Good day Patrick It is so great to see you come back again. Yes we are very good value for this type of accommodation. I am always looking at better ways to improve in the whole picture. We wish you well back home and take good care from your Geckos friends.

Rossendale, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hostel is in a good location, away from the noise of central Cairns but only an easy 20 minute walk to the harbour. The hostel operates a no alcohol policy which works well and means you can get a proper nights sleep. There is hostel next door and a pub not far down the road if you fancy a...

Thank Danny A
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Danny. Spot on my man, you do get a very good nights sleep here due to the fact of the no alcohol policy. Geckos Team appreciate your review and it was a pleasure to help you with the good value Tours. All the best from the caretakers.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 3 January 2017

I am from South Africa and sceptical by nature, but when I booked in and met Peter the owner of Geckos I knew this was going to be a good vacation. He made everything so easy and laid back from checking me in to showing me my room and where all the facilities were. The rooms are really well sized,...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Henk I appreciate your nice description of your check in and our facilities. It was really nice to see that you were comfortable in the nearly 3 weeks of your stay. Thanks heaps for your excellent review and we do look forward to seeing you again one day. We wish you and your son all the very best back...

Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Good place for a short stop. Nice quiet environment. Has all the basic communal ammenities. Cute little salt water pool. Situated directly across the road from the central shopping complex and rail station. 10 minute stroll to the town centre.

Thank Hazzanguyen
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Good day Hazzanguyen. Thanks a lot for the nice photos. Yes our style here is exactly as you say - nice quiet environment. All the best from your Geckos friends.

Hsinchu, Taiwan
Reviewed 23 December 2016

I booking this backpackers by booking.com website. This time, I live here for 2 night, the clean and comfortable environment is very important to me, and in Gecko's, I can enjoy my trip. The backpackers manager Peter is very nice man. He always patiently and kindly to answer my question.

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Storm. It was great to see you come back again and was a pleasure to help you. We may see you again one day in the future. Thank you and take care from the caretakers.

Reviewed 11 December 2016

This hostel is not directly in the city centrum but you can walk there and it takes like 15 min. The services are just average, the same as rooms. In there you have the necessities. But it was enough for sleep. And in front of it there is a huge supermarket

Thank Eli-ška K
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Eliska. We wish for you to be special. I promise I will look further into the necessities and improve. Have a Marry Christmas and a happy positive new year.

Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I lived here for a few months and it was wonderful. Quiet and comfortable, the atmosphere was relaxing and easy-going. It was clean and the workers were nice and very accommodating. I had a wonderful time. Thanks!

Thank Sarah M
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sarah. Thanks so much for staying with us for a while. We call it living in harmony the best we can. We really appreciate your wonderful review and we wish you all the best. Regards from the Geckos Team.

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 November 2016

Great location, great value, great hostel. We stayed for a month as a couple. It's not a party hostel but met great people here. It's kept clean and good wifi everywhere which is amazing for a hostel. The best wifi we've come across in a hostel in Cairns and we've stayed at 3 others before here. The owner is friendly...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Emm & Dave. It was an absolute thrill to see how comfortable you were and that you kept extending your stay. Happy and safe travelling down to Brisbane Thank you very much and all the very best from our Team.

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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Geckos Backpackers is a nice hostel in cairns with a really good location. The mall is only 200 m away and also the city centre can be reached by foot in 10 min. Another awesome thing about this hostel is that you have food lockers, two fridges and a community kitchen. The rooms are not that big but are adequate...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you very much for all your positive feed back. I realised recently that the pool pump was not coming on as it should be. All back to normal and the floor vacuuming will be carried out more frequently. With kind regards and all the very best from the Geckos Team.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Geckos Backpackers is a magnificent Historical, Heritage building perfectly positioned 1km west of the Cairns City centre. Beautiful Queenslander style building with very interesting architecture, all made of wood. Some rooms have 5 meter ceilings, just amazing how they built these buildings nearly 100 years ago. The property is very spacious with no bunk beds at all, large swimming pool and lush Tropical Gardens. Just across the road is Cairns Central Shopping centre including Coles Supermarket, Train Station, Transnorth bus services to the Tablelands and Premier Bus services to across Australia. Totally very quiet place ideal for those looking for a peaceful stay and also great for families as it is a totally no alcohol place. On site tour desk for all your requirements. Staff are well trained, are very helpful and very friendly. So for your budget holiday we invite you to stay at Geckos Backpackers, Cairns, Queensland, Australia - The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding World Heritage Rainforests. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gecko's Backpackers

Address: 187 Bunda St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: €18 - €46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gecko's Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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“All rooms are good and spacious to cater for your needs.”
 of 5 bubbles HenkSnyman, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We had one room on the right side,almost next to the bathroom”
 of 5 bubbles isabelso, 26 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Stay at Caravella's instead!”
 of 5 bubbles Sian88, 19 Jun 2016 | Read review
“all rooms are very good a must stay backpackers.”
 of 5 bubbles 20daved, 11 Feb 2016 | Read review
“sydney to cairns”
 of 5 bubbles markrN8568ZA, 20 Nov 2015 | Read review
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