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Caravella Backpackers

149 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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English, Chinese, German, Italian
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Free public parking nearby
Free internet
Pool
Coffee shop
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
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Street parking
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Paid wifi
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Wine / champagne
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Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Self-serve laundry
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007John007828 wrote a review Aug 2022
Queanbeyan, Australia135 contributions50 helpful votes
The room was large, spacious and clean . Like the pool and area . Could use a bit TLC on the grounds , kitchen and building. Great location to town . No TV room that's a good thing. Only thing is looking ahead seems heavily booked . I differently go back . Thanks for a enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Francesco L. wrote a review Nov 2021
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I spent a lot time at this place, very good service, big rooms with bathroom, amazing pool and good kitchens Great place if you want to spend some time in cairns Perfect for families on holiday The owner is very available and easy going Thanks
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Aaron Y wrote a review Aug 2021
Vancouver, Canada5 contributions
My girlfriend and I are backpackers living and travelling in the van across Australia, and booked couple tours in Cairns and decided to book our accommodation. We found Caravella Backpackers very cheap and was a reasonable location, which was 15min walk to the Lagoon. We booked this place also because the advertised as having free parking, but in front was only 3hr free parking, but there was free parking at the back which wasn't as private or secure at all, just in the middle of a 2 way street. We got to our check-in 30mins late and realized that the check-in time was earlier, so no one was at the reception. The place seemed dead and no one seemed to work here except one cleaner of Bagus Cafe. She told us that we needed to call the number on the sign for after hours, so we did and no answer. We left a message but never got a reply. We were supposed to get an email for our check-in but never got one and they were supposed to give us a code for the safe box for our key. Luckily another guest helped us out and knew the same code and we got our keys. Room 69 was the suite we got, and it was at the very back corner of the hostel. As we entered it was fairly clean, had a private bathroom, couch, fridge, kettle, and aircon. After a night when we took a shower the drain in the bathroom started to overflow, the drainage for the shower and the sink wasn't good, but slowly drained, also the toilet had a little leak as well and wasn't pleasant. We tried to call the reception and after hours phone number, but no one ever answered. We decided to wait the morning to catch them at the reception hours like they posted, but still no one seemed to work here. At the end of our reservation we had to check out and give in the keys, but yet again no one works here so we had to toss the keys inside the reception, and never to return here again. The have a trip advisor 4 star 2012 sticker on their window. I think it's time to take that down. New management needs to be taken.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Caravella Cairns, Other at Caravella Backpackers
Responded 10 Aug 2021
Hi Aaron, Extremely disappointed in the way in which the room was left upon check out. Rubbish everywhere and looks like a urine soaked mattress. We had a lot of noise complaints coming from this particular room to the point where I had to move other guests away. I left a note on your door to come and see me and several times and knocked but you no one was there. I will be forwarding this complaint to booking.com to seek compensation as well as circulating to other hostels in Cairns
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olly255 wrote a review Feb 2020
Surfers Paradise, Australia22 contributions3 helpful votes
My girlfriend and I stayed in a private room for a few nights and were very impressed with the hostel! Aircon and a fan in the room really helped us relax from the heat during the day! Quiet hostel and no fight for the kitchen at dinner time either! Staff were very helpful too!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John Doe wrote a review Jan 2020
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USA tourist visiting with group. Upon arriving was initially put off by appearance. However, breakfast is very good, pool is great, and rooms while minimal were clean and air conditioned. Decent proximity to city, some restaurants and pubs are a bit of a walk, ask at front for great meal deal vouchers. Staff was friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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bobby20172017 wrote a review Dec 2019
Houston, Texas156 contributions74 helpful votes
Good hostel in a good location near the activities. An average hostel with pool and plenty of space and laundry too. Price was good. The service was fine. Not a view but did have balcony and air conditioning and other standard.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Cassandra K wrote a review Dec 2019
Darwin, Australia43 contributions33 helpful votes
Arrived after a flight to great after hours check in details. However, that's where the positives ended. It's not near the shops or clubs. Was put in a room with 3 men (one is at least 50 and Australian. Homeless?) No lockers either so my stuff was not secure and have to sleep hugging my laptop. Pay an extra $2 and stay in town. I feel so uncomfortable. I asked to change with the night staff member and she couldn't.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Caravella C, Front Office Manager at Caravella Backpackers
Responded 12 Dec 2019
Dear Cassandra, we are pleased to hear that you like our after hours checkin instructions, but we are disappointed to hear that your first night at Caravella Backpackers did not live up to your expectations . You have booked a budget mixed 4 share dormitory room accommodating male and female guests . We don't discriminate against age and nationality and we can not accept your complaint that you were sharing with two male Koreans and with an older male "Australian" ( who is actually a very active Swiss) being Australian yourself. When you asked to extend your stay with us we happily changed your room to our female only room type and trust that you will enjoy your stay at Caravella Backpackers. Your Caravella Team
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karin_marwick wrote a review Oct 2019
Durban, South Africa33 contributions20 helpful votes
An excellent value for money accommodation. Very well located. Airport shuttle that you need to confirm once on your flight with arrival time. We were delayed so asked them to send a later bus. A very well run establishment. They upgraded us to a full bedroom lounge toilet and bathroom accommodation with aircon and a fan. A lovely pool. An easy walk to all highlights and shops and one block from a main bus route. No sea view which really did not matter as the beach is across the road. Staff super friendly. Very nice restaurant downstairs for simple meals. Delicious scrambled eggs! Very helpful with advice and booking of local attractions. A real gem. Strict rules about noise levels so a very quiet accommodation.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Carry your own suitcases which we did upstairs. Much accommodation is up one flight of stairs.
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Otteryman wrote a review Oct 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom137 contributions72 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed for two nights as we were visiting Cairns to go snorkelling on the Gt Barrier Reef. We arrived at the hostel via the free airport transfer they provided (via an online code they provided after booking). Check in was easy, as a more mature couple we booked an en-suite room which was located on the ground floor. There were lots of places to sit on outside both around the pool and out of the sun. We got to chat to lots of people who were travelling and working in Australia. It was a 15 minute walk to the Reef Terminal and the main town centre however there were also many bars and eating places closer. As others have said it’s great value for money.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Bill N wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom20 contributions10 helpful votes
On arrival quickly showed around the facilities. Had room with private bathroom. Fridge, bedding and towels. Swimming pool with loungers, tables and chairs. Use of safe in reception. Wouldn't hesitate in recommending this place for budget minded people. So close to everything Cairns has to offer.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AU$148 - AU$160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Caravella Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Caravella Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Cairns Aquarium (0.4 km), Muddy's Playground (0.08 km), and St Monica's Cathedral (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Caravella Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, airport transportation, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Caravella Backpackers?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Caravella Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Caravella Backpackers?
Yes, free public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Caravella Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dundee's At The Cairns Aquarium, Bagus Cafe, and Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Caravella Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Caravella Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, Caravella Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Caravella Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Caravella Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Caravella Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Italian, and Chinese.