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Reef Backpackers Hotel
Reef Backpackers Hotel
Reef Backpackers Hotel
Reef Backpackers Hotel
Reef Backpackers Hotel
Reef Backpackers Hotel
Reef Backpackers Hotel

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5.8

Review score

42 reviews

42 reviews

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7.4

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Cairns Aquarium

190 m

Cairns Library

220 m

Cairns Electorate Office

230 m

Munro Martin Parklands

270 m

JUTE Theatre Company

290 m

Popular landmarks
Night Markets

350 m

Michaelmas Cay

430 m

Esplanade Boardwalk

430 m

Muddy's Playground

540 m

Cairns Esplanade Lagoon

550 m

Closest landmarks
Cairns Skin Cancer Clinic

250 m

Bull Bar

290 m

IGA Xpress

330 m

Night Markets

350 m

Michael Seebeck Gallery

370 m

Reef Backpackers Hotel

140 Grafton Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in Cairns City Center, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Esplanade Boardwalk. Indoor pool and outdoor pool are among the special facilities that will enhance your stay with on-site convenience.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Cairns

Check-in/out [express]

Free airport transfer

650 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

Facilities

Transport to airport

Shuttle service

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Check-in/out [express]

Swimming pool [indoor]

Game room

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cairns every 23 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money6.0
Distance to city center0.5 km
Location rating7.4
Nearest airportCairns Airport (CNS)
Distance to airport5.3 km

Rooms available at Reef Backpackers Hotel

6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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10-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Dormitory
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 4 single beds
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Dormitory
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 4 single beds
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Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 single bed
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Private Double
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed
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Bed in 8-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 45 m²/484 ft²
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Standard Twin Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
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Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Reef Backpackers Hotel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Reef Backpackers Hotel?

Reef Backpackers Hotel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind -- it's free! Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want a complimentary ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Reef Backpackers Hotel also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hostel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Reef Backpackers Hotel has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Cairns with private transportation, the hostel can arrange car rental for you.

Is breakfast offered at Reef Backpackers Hotel?

Adults can enjoy breakfast at no additional charge. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hostel.

What is the smoking policy at Reef Backpackers Hotel?

Reef Backpackers Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Reef Backpackers Hotel?

The closest train, metro, or bus station is Cairns Railway Station, 640 m away from Reef Backpackers Hotel.

What restaurants are nearby Reef Backpackers Hotel?

Reef Backpackers Hotel’s neighborhood is Cairns City Center which includes popular restaurants such as Lake Street Cafe, Cafe Terrazza and Bobby's Restaurant.

What popular shopping places are close to Reef Backpackers Hotel?

Reef Backpackers Hotel is located in Cairns City Center area which features shopping places such as Night Markets, Rusty's Market and DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets.

What are popular attractions near Reef Backpackers Hotel?

Reef Backpackers Hotel is located in Cairns City Center area, which is famous for attractions such as Cairns Botanic Gardens, Green Island and Cairns Aquarium.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Reef Backpackers Hotel?

Reef Backpackers Hotel is located within Cairns City Center, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Esplanade Boardwalk, Michaelmas Cay and Cairns Holiday Park.

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What people love about Reef Backpackers Hotel

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "(manager) that make this place awesome !!"

    Nina

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    July 6, 2019

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Everything is perfect, the facilities, the people, the location, the rules, the staff etc."

    Nina

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    June 24, 2019

  • 10

    Exceptional

    "Probably the best hostel I’ve stayed at during my travel around Australia."

    Nina

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    June 24, 2019

Overall rating:

5.8

Review score
42 reviews
Cleanliness
5.0
Facilities
5.1
Location
7.4
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More about Reef Backpackers Hotel

More about Reef Backpackers Hotel

Reef Backpackers Hotel

See the best of Cairns with a stay at Reef Backpackers Hotel, which puts you right in the city center amidst the many sights and landmarks. With its convenient location, you can easily access to the city's must-see destinations.
The facilities and services provided by Reef Backpackers Hotel ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the hostel's free Wi-Fi internet access. Pre-plan your rides to and from the airport with the hostel's easy to book transportation services. The hostel provides car hire and shuttle services to help you get to where you want to go in Cairns.
Parking is always available, provided by the hostel for their driving guests. While lodging at this wonderful hostel, the helpful staff at the front desk can assist you with multiple services that include express check-in or check-out and luggage storage. If you want seats to city's best entertainment, you can get help through the hostel's ticket service and tours. The hostel's on-site laundromat helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less.
In-room conveniences include daily housekeeping, so you can relax and enjoy your stay. The hostel is entirely non-smoking, ensuring a clean air environment. Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
Experience high-quality room facilities during your stay at Reef Backpackers Hotel. The hostel provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests.


Dining and things to do

Reef Backpackers Hotel has vending machines that provide round-the-clock refreshment, at low cost. If you're truly selective about eating, you'll be grateful for the in-house BBQ facilities and shared kitchen available here.
To fill your days, be sure to check out the fantastic facilities offered at Reef Backpackers Hotel. The hostel's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps. In a competitive mood? Get sporty with your travel group or other guests at the dart board and ping-pong table in the hostel. Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the library, games room and shared lounge and TV area.


Around the property

There are many attractions to discover within close proximity to Reef Backpackers Hotel. If you're a fan, you'll want to relive the greatest sporting moments of the local team at Cairns Esplanade Lagoon located 550 m away. Pose in front of Green Island located 750 m away, and you can always show your friends the time you went to Cairns.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms here are cheaper than 94% of accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities
Review score
Facilities

5.1

Most talked about facilities

Swimming Pool

2 mentions

Internet

2 mentions

Breakfast

1 mention

Housekeeping

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German

Internet access

  • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Billiards
  • Dart board
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool [indoor]
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Table tennis
  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • Daily cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Laundromat
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area

Access

  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Pets allowed

Getting around

  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Transport to airport

Available in all rooms

  • A/C
  • Complimentary drinking water
  • Fan
  • Shared bathroom
Location
140 Grafton Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870
Very good
Location

7.4

Airports

  • Cairns Airport (CNS)
    5.3 km
  • Dunk Island Airport (DKI)
    119.5 km

Public transportation

  • Cairns Railway Station
    650 m
  • Freshwater
    8.0 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Cairns Skin Cancer Clinic
    250 m

Shopping

  • Night Markets
    350 m

Convenience store

  • 7 Eleven
    360 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    120 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Cairns Aquarium
    190 m
  • Night Markets
    350 m
  • Michaelmas Cay
    430 m
  • Esplanade Boardwalk
    430 m
  • Muddy's Playground
    540 m
  • Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
    550 m
  • Green Island
    750 m
  • The Reef Hotel Casino
    770 m
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens
    3.2 km
  • Gallo DairyLand
    5.2 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Cairns Aquarium
    190 m
  • Cairns Library
    220 m
  • Cairns Electorate Office
    230 m
  • Cairns Skin Cancer Clinic
    250 m
  • Munro Martin Parklands
    270 m
  • JUTE Theatre Company
    290 m
  • Bull Bar
    290 m
  • Cairns Family Court
    290 m
  • KickArts Contemporary Arts
    310 m
  • Cairns Museum
    320 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).

Others
  • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until19:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee0 AUD
  • Distance from city center0.5 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)10

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)0 AUD
  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 AUD

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of rooms 18
  • Most recent renovation2009

Parking

  • Daily parking fee0 AUD

Reviews of Reef Backpackers Hotel from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
5.8
/
10
Review score
Cleanliness5.0
Facilities5.1
Location7.4
Room comfort and quality6.0
Service5.7
Value for money6.0
High score for Cairns
Rating
9+ Exceptional (3)
8-9 Excellent (4)
7-8 Very Good (4)
6-7 Good (4)
<6 Below Expectation (24)
Time of the year
Mar - May (4)
Jun - Aug (21)
Sep - Nov (9)
Dec - Feb (5)
All guests (42)
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4.4
Javiera from Chile
Solo traveler
Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - No Air-conditioning
Stayed 7 nights in June 2019

Honest review”

I lived here for 3 months. This review is for backpackers that plan to stay long term. Installations are beautiful and well mantained. It has comfy common areas and a nice garden with pool. The biggest problem here are the owners. They come 2-3 times a week to check the hostel, with a non-friendly appearance. When they see a guest they dont like they just kick them out. I saw around 15 guests being kicked out of the hostel for no logical reason, many of them my friends. Sometimes you can hear her yelling at guests and even see the police at the hostel, all this trouble made by her only. They need some management lessons, sometimes I doubt if they got any education really. I hope this review can help them improve, but they don't care what customers think anyway. Sad for them, feeback can be a powerful tool for any customer service business that wants to grow and prosper.

Reviewed August 13, 2019

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7.2
Very good
Nina from Australia
Solo traveler
Bed in 8-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 5 nights in July 2019

Where is the Nutella ? ”

I have been staying here for over a month and things are changing ! Not the same breakfast, weird rules, etc.

Reviewed July 16, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Nina from Australia
Solo traveler
Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - No Air-Conditioning
Stayed 3 nights in July 2019

Exceptional”

Best hostel ever ! Except when the owner comes around and throw away your belonging. Other than this, everything is perfect ! Thanks to the people and Leo (manager) that make this place awesome !!

Reviewed July 06, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Nina from Australia
Solo traveler
Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - No Air-Conditioning
Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

Homely hostel”

Probably the best hostel I’ve stayed at during my travel around Australia. Everything is perfect, the facilities, the people, the location, the rules, the staff etc. Honestly, you won’t be disappointed if you stay at the reef :) I’ve been there for couple of weeks already and don’t wanna move to a share house !

Reviewed June 24, 2019

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3.6
johan from Netherlands
Couple
Double Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 5 nights in June 2018

Check you bank statement ”

They might hit you with additional charges which you notice days after you have left.

Reviewed February 18, 2019

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4.0
Aline from Australia
Solo traveler
Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - No Air-Conditioning
Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

Do not go there!!! It's absolutely disgusting and a danger for your health!”

The hostel is the cheapest you can get in Cairns and I definitely know why now! This hostel is ready to be closed. The bathrooms were absolutely dirty, rubbish, toilet paper and wet used towels all over. No hot showers, only cold water. The toilet paper is stored on top of the filthy bin and there was bird poo on it!!!The kitchen is dirty and filthy, cockroaches everywhere (which is not unusual, I know and it's not what I'm complaining about). Brown Water dripping from the ceiling in the kitchen. Matress in the room mouldy. People who are staying long term taking drugs next door and everywhere else in the hostel, getting very aggressive during the night. It was a nightmare. Even the price I paid for it was too much. I stayed one night and complained the next morning. It is overall NOT acceptable. I have some very disgusting pictures too, but I guess I can't upload them. What a shame. Be warned backpackers! I went there even though I've read some bad reviews. Big mistake.

Reviewed March 19, 2018

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7.2
Very good
Jean from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

Very Nice”

Price n location is very nice for backpackers. Very comfortable place for stay, people is friendly there. Enjoy

Reviewed November 02, 2016

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2.8
Beatrice from Sweden
Solo traveler
10-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 5 nights in October 2016

Unclean and old”

Looks really good in picturew but in real life it is almost gallring apart. Not good cleaned (or at all), felt lika a cold prison/old hospital and really needed a renovation. The hangout area was dark and the furnitures looked like they were ripped apart or found on the streets. In our room we had an exit door that couldn't be shut so it was like 1-2 centimeter opened towards the street. When me and my friend wanted to unbook (because I paid beforehand and booked 5 nights) we wouldn't get money back and would have to pay 100$ instead. Worst hostel I stayed at and I've stayed in plenty! Would not recommend this hostel to anyone.

Reviewed October 11, 2016

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5.6
WING from Hong Kong SAR, China
Group
Dormitory
Stayed 4 nights in April 2016

The rooms and bathroom n2/f are dirty”

If you have lots of luggage, you need to carry them upstairs. Pool wifi Reception close at12-1600. But you can phone them. One of the worst backpacker hostel I stay!

Reviewed May 05, 2016

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3.3
Louise-Anne from Gibraltar
Couple
Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 1 night in June 2015

Appalling staff and cleanliness”

Location was good

We were shocked at the staff service. There was no cleaner at the time so everything was dirty and untidy. It had a pool which was good but we had to leave because we cousins stand staying in a dump like this. Shame because it could work well of staff were on form

Reviewed September 22, 2015

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3.0
Veronica from Sweden
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in December 2014

Dirty but cheap.”

Location. Price.

Rooms are dirty, kitchen is dirty, but it's cheap. The air-condition stop working in the middle of the night so you wake up all sweaty.

Reviewed December 30, 2014

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6.3
Good
YU-HSIEN from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in February 2013

Not bad!”

Clean, convenient, quiet
Reviewed November 02, 2014

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7.3
Very good
Aaron from United States
Couple
Private Double
Stayed 1 night in November 2013

Vey easy and cheap. great location and friendly st”

price location staff

Great service but dirty sheets. No wifi that I could find. Room was average and faced a wall.

Reviewed November 13, 2013

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7.3
Very good
TSUNG-HSIANG from Taiwan
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in June 2013

it's very noisy at night”

good staff clean room and close city
Reviewed September 01, 2013

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8.3
Excellent
jyunpei from Japan
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

Great location,clean,friendly,free meals”

free meals

clean rooms free meals useful kitchen big garden swimming pool service with smile nice

Reviewed December 02, 2012

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4.3
Jerome from France
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

Great location, cheep but ...”

good location, badge acces, BYO, bugs in the kitchen, limited breakfast

Reception was good, my room was clean, as I arrived just few minutes after the reception closure so I had no pillow and couldn't ask for one. the locker in the dorm was all brocken, so there was no locker. the kitchen was realy dirty with bugs every where so I didn't use it. The shower's floor was like black, not very well clined. Even not the outside area and tables. There are a lot of clothes dryer strings, space for everybody. The hostel was full booked and ther was only 2 times 1$ tost of 24 slices for all (60 peoples?), that means after 25 minutes it was empty and not filled again as "there was two big toasts, it should be enought, there is no more". There was an "Free pizza" evening at Woolshed, but we get only one slice of "pizza" for each, pizza was dought with tomato and cheese. Free wireless was nice and worked well, even in my dorm. I didn't try the swimming pool as the lagoon is close.

Reviewed November 26, 2012

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2.7
Rui from Portugal
Solo traveler
Dormitory
Stayed 7 nights in October 2012

Dirty rooms dirty sheets no service rude workers”

None

Everything from room to toilets absolute filth Arrogant staff only two bathrooms worked As the other two had to leave one night before Because could not take it any more I thought That was minimum standard but not here

Reviewed November 03, 2012

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5.3
Barbara from Ireland
Couple
Private Double
Stayed 2 nights in August 2012

Badly in need of refurbishing ”

Good location. Friendly, helpful staff. Reasonably cheap.

This place badly needs a good clean. Bathrooms and kitchen were filthy. Furniture in common area looked like it had been found on the street. Gaps in the wall of our room were stuffed with newspaper and the window was broken. Also there was no sound insulation and a lot of people were talking loundly and drinking late at night. The free breakfast is some cornflakes. We weren't expecting anything too fancy but it's definitely the dirtiest hostel I've stayed in. It's bearable if there's nowhere else in town available but otherwise there seemed to be nicer places for the same price.

Reviewed August 18, 2012

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6.0
Diego from Mexico
Solo traveler
10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
Stayed 5 nights in July 2016

Sucio e incómodo ”

Viaje por varios hostales a lo largo de Australia y sin duda este fue el peor de todos, súper sucio y las camas súper incómodas

Reviewed July 31, 2016

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2.4
Elodie from France
Couple
10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

Décevant ”

Chambres sales c'est une honte: ca sentait le renfermé, les sols étaient deguelasses (pardonnez ma vulgarité), nos chaussures restaient collées au sol, ne parlons même pas de ce quil yavait sous les lits. Odeur de vomi dans la cuisine, très rustiques. Petit déjeuner plus que limite et ouvert de 8h30 à 9h30 (tard et si peu vu le nombre de pensionnaires) Une cuisine fermée de 22h à 8h30 autant dire que quand on part tôt vous oubliez de pouvoir vous faire un café. Les salles de bain, pas de porte -donnent directement sur le salon donc pour l'intimité on repassera. Tout est détériorié : carreaux du sol cassé, robinets cassés. Pour la piscine vous pouvez oublier, l'eau est jaune !!! Ce backpack mérite un grand nettoyage ! Parce que sanitairement il y a des risques

Reviewed September 11, 2016

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