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Waterfront Backpackers Cairns Reviews

83 Esplanade, Cairns, Australia

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42 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 100%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 63%Cleanliness
  • 67%Facilities

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I was very disappointed in this hostel. The showers have hardly any water and water stops while having a shower. To place the luggage on your leaving day in the storage room you have to pay half a day fee, which should b included in the money you paid for the nights already. Also it was about having luck to meet someone from the stuff at the reception. I spent my nights in a female dorm, but during the day male stuff members came Into the room without knocking or any other sign.

  • 21st Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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Hi Lisa we are sorry you did not enjoy your stay at the waterfront. Our day half day charge only applies if you are staying past check out time and using all facilities after check out. In the case that you are just leaving luggage their is no charge at all.


Good hostel if you're staying for one or two nights. No lockers available for bags or valuables. Double security doors at the front, but our room door was flimsy and had a massive crack in it (as if someone had punched it) and didn't lock properly. Very thin glass window separating room from corridor and on our last night we were kept up til 4am as people were screaming and shouting in the corridor. Aside from that, great location close to lagoon, market and restaurants.


Hostel had a good location and good atmosphere. However, in a room With some people that lived there so was pretty messy. Air con stopped working and when it was in it was like having a car engine running in the room.


The location of this place is prime, right by the Esplanade and walkable to anywhere. Rooms were good prices and the kitchen, common area, tv area, and pool were all in pretty good shape. Clean and standard. The staff was helpful, if a bit condescending to us as young women from the U.S. Definitely a good place if you want to hang in the backpacker crowd.


Very Nice chilled hostel. Not too big, which I really liked. Gives a nice atmosphere. Very friendly people. Recommend it definitely.


Great place to stay in cairns, friendly people and very clean.

  • 21st Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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