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Dreamtime Travellers Rest

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189 Bunda St Parramatta park, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#3 of 100 Specialty lodging in Cairns
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Dreamtime Travellers Rest Guesthouse - The original since 1990. Clean and comfortable private rooms with Free public Wi-Fi. A tropical oasis, perfect for relaxing by the pool or our funky lounge room meeting like-minded travelers. Our local staff advising and helping you book the best trips and tours. We are here to help you have an unforgettable travel experience.
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Free parking
Public wifi
Outdoor pool
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
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Street parking
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
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Pauline C wrote a review June 2022
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
My room was fine . Given Im in a motorised wheelchair , I was really happy to have assistance from other holiday makers on a couple of occasions ,when needed, without even having to ask. Thank you to Paul. great facility. Close to everything
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Date of stay: June 2022
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bellissimoalec wrote a review Apr 2022
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The hostel was good! My problem is with the cleaner that works there. My partner went to the kitchen at 11am to fill up some water, The cleaner was in the process of cleaning the kitchen. He then decided to glare at her to make her feel unwelcome, Whilst staring at her he then dumps a bucket of water on the floor in her direction. Next confrontation I was making breakfast in the morning and putting away my dishes after cleaning them. There was a small bin in the drying rack that was already there not thinking much of it I put my dishes into the drying rack. He saw this and proceeded to grab it out and slam it on the other side of the kitchen and question me about why I didn't put it away Then he lectured me about how you need to clean up after your self and not make a mess. after these incidents every time we went to the kitchen he would come out of his room (which was right beside the kitchen) and walk around you with a passive aggressive/intimidating strut. Which made us feel unwelcome and uncomfortable to even go to the kitchen And there was a lot of ants This is all quite unfortunate as the hostel is very nice as is the location. The rooms where nice and spacious. The pool was extremely refreshing in the hot cairns heat. I feel bad to write this as the owner was really great to us and was very helpful to us.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Martine wrote a review Mar 2022
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I was booked to stay at Dreamtime Traveller’s Rest for seven nights, however, chose to vacate after only four nights due to an unpleasant experience I had there. Initially I was very happy with the room I was provided and the property surroundings, with its beautiful trees, quiet location and good facilities. That changed on the fourth night, however, when an ant infestation occurred in my room and I was bitten throughout the night by ants that had invaded my bed, luggage and laptop. My laptop bag was teeming with ants and they had even invaded inside the bar fridge provided in the room. I did not have any food in my room apart from a bag of chips (that were clipped shut and did not have ants in them) that had been opened only a couple of hours before this incident. I discussed the experience with the owner Paul the following morning and he attempted to remedy the issue by applying ant powder in the room and changing the bedding. I was unable to accept the offer of insect spray application due to breathing issues. The application of ant powder and change of bedding was very unlikely to counteract the ant infestation in my luggage and laptop nor prevent me from another night of bites, and I felt it was inevitable the ants would re-infest the bed and space given the room perimeters were surrounded by them. In discussing the issue with Paul I did not receive an apology, just an indication that ants are an issue there and they do what they can to control them. In Paul not owning the experience I had at his hostel as the service provider, I felt it was implied that I was the cause of the infestation. Paul himself indicated that he had ants around his computer in the hotel reception area, and other reviews suggest ants are an issue at the property, so I found it odd he would not draw a link between my experience and the evidence presented to him in his own experience and that of previous guests. I accept Paul did somewhat try to help, though unsatisfactorily, and I want to preface this by saying that I have spent a lot of time in the NT and QLD tropics and am well versed in ants and other critters - I was not expecting an entirely ant-free property. I did, however, expect not to be bitten by them whilst sleeping and not have them invade inside the bar fridge, my luggage and laptop. At that point I felt I had no choice for my own personal wellbeing than to move on to other accommodation. Paul refunded me for a portion of my remaining booking, however, despite only being 1.5 hours after checkout time and having dealt with the cursed ants all morning, I was not refunded for the cost of the coming night, nor compensated for the experience of the previous night. I then moved onto another hostel. Unfortunately, the ants that had invaded my laptop and luggage at Dreamtime came with me to the new hostel and I spent the bulk of the next two days dealing with ants crawling around the new room (dozens were coming out of my laptop). To say it was unpleasant and stressful would be putting it mildly. I reached out to Paul after I checked out however I was told “unfortunately some things are completely out of my control” and my last email went unanswered. To make matters worse, I have now returned home to find that I am having significant issues with the functionality of my laptop’s keyboard, which I’ve read can be common as ants affect the inner mechanisms of a computer. I've never had any issues with my laptop prior to this, and my laptop is only one year old. I am annoyed and frustrated with my experience at Dreamtime, and will likely facing costly laptop keyboard repair. Lastly, for any prospective travellers, please note that Dreamtime runs only intermittent, unpredictable reception hours. I had no issues checking in, but not long after doing so I was locked out of my room with my keys and phone left inside the room (my error). Paul had told me he was always carried his phone on him, however, I spent the next almost 1.5 hours locked out of my room asking other hostel guests to phone him and leave voicemails asking for his assistance. Of course, I acknowledge my error in locking myself out of my room, however I expected a more responsive owner in these instances, and less of a wait to get back into my room.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Tim T wrote a review Mar 2022
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I lived at Dreamtime for a few months throughout this past summer as I was working on one of the dive boats. My stay here was amazing! Even though it is a hostel, it is quiet and comfortable enough to pass as a large share-house and it really does feel like home. Paul is super friendly and helpful, whether its at check-in, check-out, or just for a casual chat. The rooms are cozy with unique and homely furnishings, the beds are comfortable and the kitchens, bathrooms and common areas are always clean. I think I have stayed at almost all hostels in Cairns this summer and in my opinion dreamtime is the only one that takes recycling and sustainability seriously. They even have a compost bin! Thank you Paul and dreamtime, I will be back for sure.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Irina R wrote a review July 2021
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I booked a double room for a few nights and sadly I got the one next to a water pump that was making terrible loud sounds! They told me its just few hours a day and starts in the morning so I should cope with it. So I checked out to move to another hostel! They didnt refund me the first night. I didn't use the room and they anyway made me pay. There was no one at the reception to talk to as they dont have a non stop reception service. Horribe service horrible place. I would not recomend it to anyone. They are not resonable
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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paulinetrn17 wrote a review June 2021
Sydney, Australia6 contributions1 helpful vote
I spent four nigths in a private room and I really enjoyed my time in Dreamtime Travellers Rest. I had to wake up early in the morning to go to my tours and was looking for a nice and quiet hostel. I spent a while looking at all the different hostels online before choosing this one and I wasn't disappointed! It had everything I was looking for : ecofriendly, quiet in the evening, clean shared areas, nice little pool and garden. The owners are lovely, give good recommandations and also have a great taste in decoration. You can see this place is loved and that they paid attention to every details. I also had a look at the shared rooms and they look very cute and comfy too. I would not hesitate to go for a shared room next time I travel to Cairns.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Daniel B wrote a review Apr 2021
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Stayed for 4 nights in a privet room, very spacious and comfy for the price payed. Extremely friendly staff, Pedro was a very polite host. Thanks for the room! highly recommend, Will be staying again in the future
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: Personally i would recommend private rooms so you can have a comfy sleep. But get what you can...
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Response from steve Douglas, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Responded 12 June 2021
Hi Daniel, Thanks for recommending us.
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Darren M wrote a review Apr 2021
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions3 helpful votes
Run down, filthy, and full of down and out Australians who will rob the fillings out of your teeth whilst you sleep. The owner Steve is selling the hostel, so believes that he can get away with treating his guests with comtempt. Most utilities advertised are no longer there - no pool table, no snack machines, and most recently a smoking and drinking ban on the premises (which I'm convinced is part of a tax rort, by deliberately running at a loss). AVOID LIKE IT'S COVID!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from steve Douglas, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Responded 12 June 2021
Hi thanks for your feedback. Since coming out of the COVID restrictions we have been working hard with renovations. We choose to be a non smoking, social drinking quiet venue for the peace and harmony of our guests. We you wish happy travels. kind Regards Steve and Sally.
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Shinny101 wrote a review Feb 2021
Brisbane, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
All the staff here were super helpful and friendly. I stayed in a private room and it was great especially for the price! I’ll definitely be back Best back packers stay in town Clean rooms. Air con available for $1 coin for 3hours so $2 a night and your good to go
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from steve Douglas, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Responded 12 June 2021
Thankyou so much for your review glad to hear you would come back steve
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Francesca d wrote a review Dec 2020
Milan, Italy9 contributions17 helpful votes
This was the perfect stay to explore Cairns and its surroundings. Staff was friendly and very helpful with me having to leave my stuff in storage in between my trips around the area. Confiest bed I've had in a while in hostels! Big spaces, great prices and perfect place to rest. Recommended!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from steve Douglas, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Responded 12 June 2021
Thanks for your recommendation Dreamtime
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USD 27 - USD 40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Which popular attractions are close to Dreamtime Travellers Rest?
Nearby attractions include Cairns Central Shopping Centre (0.3 km), Grand Hotel Cairns (0.4 km), and Cruze Coffee (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dreamtime Travellers Rest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, an outdoor pool, and self serve laundry.
Which room amenities are available at Dreamtime Travellers Rest?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a stovetop.
Is parking available at Dreamtime Travellers Rest?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dreamtime Travellers Rest?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pete & Paulz Breaky Bar, Jimmys Burger & Co., and Lafew Teahouse and Kombucha Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Dreamtime Travellers Rest?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool during their stay.
Is Dreamtime Travellers Rest located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Cairns.