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Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront Reviews

149 The Esplanade, Cairns, Australia

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84%

Rating
1717 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 79%Facilities

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80%

The room at Caravella was great and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The only issue I had was that there were no non-smoking areas. The smoke also drifted into the dorm windows as there were so many people smoking. As a consequence I became sick. It would be great if the smoking areas were away from the dorm roms and if there was at lesst one area that non-smokers could sit in without having to inhale cigarette smoke. Thanks.

  • 8th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


60%

The two kitchens had almost no pots of a reasonable size. This meant that you had to wait for others to finish their meals to cook your own, and often no one washed up so you were left washing up other people's pots just to eat. It was rather disgusting. Everything else was pretty average. The toilets could do with an upgrade. If you're a solo traveller it's difficult to meet others, as there's nothing organised and no real social area, only the communal benches where people simply eat and leave


83%

Wifi shut off at 10:30 which was annoying. Facilities not the best but would recommend this hostel. Great atmosphere.


86%

Great atmosphere and location. Shame the bothroom door in out shared dorm didn't have a lock however this is just a minor thing that nothing a little spruce cant sort out.


94%

We had a double room with Air-Con which was great. Good atmosphere for those looking to meet other travelers. Kitchen and toilets could be a bit dirty, especially kitchen. Not enough burners for cooking during the busy times in the kitchen. But nice enough for the price.


66%

Good for 20 dollars per night. No lockers in the rooms. No fridge in the kitchen just a little one in your own room. If you have to stay few days it's a good hostel.


89%

Caravelllas is a lovely place to stay. Staff made our stay very enjoyable and we booked an extra 3 nights! The location is about 10 minutes walk from the heart of cairns but right on the promenade which is ideal and very beautiful.


89%

Staff very welcoming and friendly. All the team answered all our questions and helped us about our stay in Cairns. We really enjoyed our week in this backpacker!

  • 1st Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


80%

Great hostel to stay while spending time in Cairns. Good and relaxed atmosphere where you can drink your own alcohol in the outside area. Has everything you need and the staff are very helpfull and friendly. Would recommend this hostel to everyone who wants good value for money and stay close to the beach.


94%

Pretty good location right near the water and not too far from the night market! In a quieter part of town if you're doing lots of early tours and need rest. Great kitchen and rooms were nice.


91%

Great hostel - the double room with ensuite for $70 was great value, having a separate room with a couch in it.


83%

The private rooms were well worth the slight cost increase. Very happy with the room quality.

  • 17th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

Brilliant hostel friendly staff great communal area! Very clean, good washing, kitchen facilities very short walk from cairns centre Good clean swimming pool Best hostel I've stayed at in Australia! Plenty of plug sockets and a free wifi in the communal area with a strong connection I highly recommend a stop here when in cairns!

  • 13th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

Love this place, booked 5 nights and stayed for 14! Great environment, very good kitchen facilities, friendly and helpful staff, perfect location. Close to everything you need, very short walk from the lagoon and the main part of the city. Only negatives are the fact that there is no hand soap (do people not wash their hands?) and that the bottom bunk is rather small, you can't sit upright as the top bunk is too close.


60%

A place to rest your head, and cook some food, but nothing more.


83%

The girls that work here are amazing!! The were kind helpful and made me feel welcome, if I'm luckily enough to visit cairns again I'll stay here again. Thanks!!!


97%

I first booked 3 days and finally extended 2 weeks. I really loved tbis hostel, felt like at home. The hostel is really clean, 2 kitchens, staff is very friendly and helpful, you can chill out during day time and have some beers with your mates at night. Really easy place to make friends. The location is perfect, on the esplanade, just 10 minutes by foot from the town center, walking along the ocean. maybe internet connection could be a bit better... I definitely recommand Caravella


71%

The safe in reception seemed to be left open a lot- not very secure

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, The safe is always locked when the office is unattended and the office is also secured with security cameras and alarm. Nothing has ever gone missing from the safe in the history of caravella backpackers !!! You could have felt completely at ease.

97%

It was great, lovely people and lovely friendly staff. Kitchen and rooms were kept very clean, was very quiet as well. We also got a free upgrade which was awesome so my friend and I had our own room to share together. Definitely would stay here again if I come back.

  • 8th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


80%

Overall, a good hostel to stay in. The major negative was that the wifi was extremely poor and only worked well next to one table, while also being outside. Some positives were the location, cleanliness, and a free towel upon checking in.


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