“ Address: 83 Esplanade / Cairns City / QLD 4870 / Australia / Tel: (07) 4031 4411 „
I stayed in this hostel for 2 nights in Cairns. At $21 a night and $19 if you book a week all at once its one of the cheapest for the standard.
Theres a little tv lounge, with a lost property box, book swap and small tv witha few sofas. Its open planned but the guests never turned it up loud. In fact there was hardly anyone ever watching it.
The hostel is in a great location right on the esplanade, next to bars, restaurants and within a short walking distance of the main clubs. Despite all of this, its got great security at night with 2 doors with different keys to even get into the building. Then you have your room key. Its also very quiet all the time, as I think a lot of people live there long term and work.
It seems like quite a small hostel but there are a lot of rooms, and you can get private rooms if you pay more.
We booked 2 beds in a 4 bed dorm. They tried to give us the smallest one, but my friend made a fuss and they put us in an empty 4 bed with an ensuite. It was great! We had our own room that was cleaned everyday, and we slept so well after our nights out.
The staff here were friendly and helpful after we nagged a bit to get the room upgraded. They can book tours for you here but I booked everything through my old work to get a discount.
The hostel is also very well maintained. Its very clean, theres global gossip internet. The only thing they could do with would be some luggage storage, as you just basically leave it next to reception and anyone could just walk in and take it.
I can recommend this to anyone who wants a good nights sleep, but also wants to be in the thick of everything with no transport costs. I was very sad to leave to go back to the boring YHA