"Cheap, great location, clean enough"
July 8, 2018
910 meters to public transportation
Located in heart of Cairns
Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
|Value for money||6.6|
|Distance to city center||0.0 Km|
|Nearest airport||Cairns Airport (CNS)|
|Distance to airport||5.3 km|
"The location was very good and staff was friendly."
August 11, 2016
For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Cairns, Waterfront Backpackers is the perfect choice. Set 0.0 Km from the excitement of the city, this 2-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Michael Seebeck Gallery, WetRez, Cairns Convention Centre.
Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Cairns hotel. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.
Step into one of 19 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, fan, refrigerator which can be found in some rooms. The hotel's golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, table tennis, garden are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Waterfront Backpackers.
"Pros: good venue"
December 9, 2017
Children and extra beds
Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).
Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please ask the property for more details.
Pros- - Great location Cons- - Noone available at reception after 6 pm until 8 am in morning - Untidy kitchen. - Luggage room has no lock. - No lighter in kitcher with gas top.
Cheap place ”
Cheap place, good location, but the staff wasn’t very helpful, the lady was approachable but the guy had no smile or put an an effort to be friendly at all. No response at all when I requested airport shuttle (emailed them 2x). Toast/jam basic cereal for bfast. Cool lounge area with “free stuff pile” so you can take/donate stuff. Wish there was a water dispenser. Otherwise ok stay.
Should supply free soap to drop in shower”
Set out like a jail with similar cells. There's a reason there are no photos on the website. Twin room (bunk bed!?) has no room for luggage and the aircon is only available between 5 and 9. Worst backpackers I have seen in 20 years as a professional traveller.
Really great location facing the Esplanade in Cairns. Friendly staff, It's a bit run down and things like piles of washing and drying around the front entrance. Our room was basic but had a nice view. We'd stay there again just for the great location.
Good location, staff was nice and friendly.
Less than AUD 9 a night! Best deal in town (though I haven't seen that deal there since).
What a joke!!!! they should be shut down. I was virtually homeless and was treated that bad from the male manager I ended up paying to stay somewhere else. The place is filthy
Not as bad as some of the other reviews suggested”
Cheap, great location, clean enough
You get what you pay for”
The facilities are aging and it shows. More often than not the shower clogged up. The bed I got was creaky and swayed a fair bit (top bunk). And the pool was virtually unusable in the time that I was there. The reception is manned only intermittently so trying to get any help from the reception is a hit and miss. This is true even during regular working hours. They have what I though was a wonderful bus tour to the waterfalls every Wednesday which I booked even after I moved to a different hostel. The travel desk booked me for the tour, I paid the cash but when I came back 2 days later to enquire what time I had to arrive at the hostel to take the bus I was told that the bus was full and I couldn't go which was hugely disappointing cause I was given the impression that I had a place on the bus and even paid two days in advance. They refunded my money to be fair but it threw my itinerary out of whack and even led to missed opportunities for traveling with people I met. I did book a reef tour with them and that was fine and I even got a good rate from them. Overall it was a very passable experience. I probably won't come back here and I'll probably find a different agency to book my tours but if you're on a tight budget it's not too shabby given the location which is excellent.
not opened 24hr”
The front disk is not opened for 24hrs. We arrived early morning, but nobody was there. Even I tried to call them but no answered. We wanted to leave our big baggages until check-in time, but they were totally closed. We gave up to leave our stuff. They opened after 9am that was not saying anywhere when I booked this back packers. If you book this hotel and arrive early or late, you should ask them before you leave. The location was perfect though.
Cons: dirty corridor, limited a/c access (only available after 5pm), bad airflow in room, required to get early check in but didn't allow to. Pros: good venue
I couldn't sleep well”
Air conditional was so weak and have time limited. Even In the night room was so hot and humid. Most bad thing was not enough air flowing. Hot and smelly toilet and I felt so disgusting because of someone who had bad smell. I know that it is bad to tell someone smell but I couldnt endure that. Worst experience ever
The kitchen and bathroom are filthy! ”
I get that this is a hostel and it's cheap! But I've stayed in places a similar price which are much better than this place. The kitchen and shower room are filthy. The appliances in the kitchen are all plugged into one extension lead so cut off it you try to use the kettle and microwave at the same time (can't be safe). If you get up for breakfast before the cleaners you'll be welcomed by tobacco all over the tables fag buts, empty bottles and over flowing bins. The wifi doesn't work in the rooms at the front on the building. Air conditioning cuts off between 10am and 5pm however ours turned off at 9am every morning. There are buckets in the hallway catching water from the air conditioning units. Location is brilliant but other than that I would not recommend this hostel.
location is good”
The location was very good and staff was friendly. They requested $20 key deposit by credit card. It's been more than a week but I haven't got my money back. I will contact them to ask about this issue. It is very troublesome. The other backpackers that I stayed asked me to pay $20 cash as key deposit. I think cash is better since I can just get the money back when I return the key.
soso but location is good”
i think there is so so.. not bad.
Right on the Restrurasnt Strip!”
This place has a great location, that's true, right in the middle of the busy restaurant strip where you can get gelato from about50 different shops! Its across the road from the lagoon, and a easy walk to the wharf where all the tourist boats are. That's the good, the bad, although not so bad was I rocked up before their closing time and the door was locked. I had to ring to get the manager to let me in. The "ikea style" bed was falling apart, it was "fixed" with some milk crates, which was "ok", I hope they replace it. Lastly to finish on a good note we got an awesome discount on our reef trip, 20% cheaper than anyone else for the same tour, and it was great!
Very poor backpackers ”
so cheap but dirty”
so so dirty. unkind worker
book to sleep only”
Good place to sleep-and-go. Spent 20usd per night, grab a bed, sleep and move on the next morning. As it is a shared room, for security reason, try not to leave your valuable in the room.
didn't really enjoy , no electricity IN ROOM ”
if you are looking for a real clean and comfort this hostel isn't a good choice. Rooms are way too different than what you see from the pic. there were much noise after 10:00pm even those there was a notice saying 'No noise after 10:00pm'. the hostel ONLY have 2 unsex shower rooms. The worse thing is there was no electricity in room from 9:00am to 6:00pm (or sometimes 7:00pm, depends on when they switch it on and off) so we couldn't charged any devices . Reception said it is because many people are out at that time so they can save electricity and help the environment which i understand ONLY IF you said it first before I booked my room. if I had known this, I wouldn't have booked this hostel. But the hostel is in good location, have free wifi and value for money. if you are a backpacker, I would recommend this hostel. Otherwise, certainly NOT.
Cairns City Center
Cairns City Center
Cairns City Center