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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am from South Africa and sceptical by nature, but when I booked in and met Peter the owner of Geckos I knew this was going to be a good vacation. He made everything so easy and laid back from checking me in to showing me my room and where all the facilities were. The rooms are really well sized,...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Henk I appreciate your nice description of your check in and our facilities. It was really nice to see that you were comfortable in the nearly 3 weeks of your stay. Thanks heaps for your excellent review and we do look forward to seeing you again one day. We wish you and your son all the very best back...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good place for a short stop. Nice quiet environment. Has all the basic communal ammenities. Cute little salt water pool. Situated directly across the road from the central shopping complex and rail station. 10 minute stroll to the town centre.

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Good day Hazzanguyen. Thanks a lot for the nice photos. Yes our style here is exactly as you say - nice quiet environment. All the best from your Geckos friends.

Hsinchu, Taiwan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booking this backpackers by booking.com website. This time, I live here for 2 night, the clean and comfortable environment is very important to me, and in Gecko's, I can enjoy my trip. The backpackers manager Peter is very nice man. He always patiently and kindly to answer my question.

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Storm. It was great to see you come back again and was a pleasure to help you. We may see you again one day in the future. Thank you and take care from the caretakers.

Reviewed 11 December 2016

This hostel is not directly in the city centrum but you can walk there and it takes like 15 min. The services are just average, the same as rooms. In there you have the necessities. But it was enough for sleep. And in front of it there is a huge supermarket

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Eliska. We wish for you to be special. I promise I will look further into the necessities and improve. Have a Marry Christmas and a happy positive new year.

Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I lived here for a few months and it was wonderful. Quiet and comfortable, the atmosphere was relaxing and easy-going. It was clean and the workers were nice and very accommodating. I had a wonderful time. Thanks!

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sarah. Thanks so much for staying with us for a while. We call it living in harmony the best we can. We really appreciate your wonderful review and we wish you all the best. Regards from the Geckos Team.

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Great location, great value, great hostel. We stayed for a month as a couple. It's not a party hostel but met great people here. It's kept clean and good wifi everywhere which is amazing for a hostel. The best wifi we've come across in a hostel in Cairns and we've stayed at 3 others before here. The owner is friendly...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Emm & Dave. It was an absolute thrill to see how comfortable you were and that you kept extending your stay. Happy and safe travelling down to Brisbane Thank you very much and all the very best from our Team.

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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Geckos Backpackers is a nice hostel in cairns with a really good location. The mall is only 200 m away and also the city centre can be reached by foot in 10 min. Another awesome thing about this hostel is that you have food lockers, two fridges and a community kitchen. The rooms are not that big but are adequate...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you very much for all your positive feed back. I realised recently that the pool pump was not coming on as it should be. All back to normal and the floor vacuuming will be carried out more frequently. With kind regards and all the very best from the Geckos Team.

County Kildare, Ireland
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We stay here for three nights and it was ok. The location was great, really close to a supermarket and the lagoon. The wifi was really good and it had hot water which was great. The only thing is it's a bit dirty and has a bit of a strange vibe, but I think this was more to do with...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Carmex. Sorry to hear about the a bit dirty experience and the unusual vibe as we do have strict cleaning procedures and most of the time it is a pleasant relaxed vibe here. Thank you for all your great comments and have a happy holiday. The caretakers.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Good value for money and location next to the train station and shopping center. Helpful staff! Clean and comfortable facilities and relaxed environment. We got a private triple room for 75$au. It has laundry and shuttle service to the airport.

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi FranGrancelli Thank you very much for your very good review. We do try our very best to keep the place clean,quiet, calm and excellent value. All the best from the Geckos Team.

Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

The first time we stayed it was nice and clean not a bad room (double room) kitchen was big and clean, supermarket just across the road. Showers are terrible though I had to crouch down to get underneath the head. Me and my partner were quite satisfied with the experience so when we went on a diving trip we left...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Benjamin. Again I need to say sorry for my mistake and there really is no excuse, yes I am wrong. You should not of been in this situation in the first place and I know me saying sorry did not fix the problem and also should not be acceptable. I did assure you of a double early morning ready...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Geckos Backpackers is a magnificent Historical, Heritage building perfectly positioned 1km west of the Cairns City centre. Beautiful Queenslander style building with very interesting architecture, all made of wood. Some rooms have 5 meter ceilings, just amazing how they built these buildings nearly 100 years ago. The property is very spacious with no bunk beds at all, large swimming pool and lush Tropical Gardens. Just across the road is Cairns Central Shopping centre including Coles Supermarket, Train Station, Transnorth bus services to the Tablelands and Premier Bus services to across Australia. Totally very quiet place ideal for those looking for a peaceful stay and also great for families as it is a totally no alcohol place. On site tour desk for all your requirements. Staff are well trained, are very helpful and very friendly. So for your budget holiday we invite you to stay at Geckos Backpackers, Cairns, Queensland, Australia - The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding World Heritage Rainforests. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gecko's Backpackers

Address: 187 Bunda St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $25 - $63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gecko's Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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“All rooms are good and spacious to cater for your needs.”
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“Stay at Caravella's instead!”
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