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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Its well located, near the centre and just a 5 min walk from the Greyhound bus stop and the harbour where the boats sail to do the reef tours. We enjoyed the fact that there was a free meal for dinner every night (excellent food, by the way!) and the room was spacious, comfortable and clean.

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Bordeaux, France
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I stayed twice in this hostel, the first night was correct. I was in a room behind, so didn't hear any noise and everything was correct. The second time though has been a nightmare, I arrived at 9pm after 11hours of bus and had to wake up the next day at 4 am. When the night manager brought me in...

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unionjack1926, Manager at The Jack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your review, we really appreciate your feedback and are sorry to read that you didn't enjoy your stay with us. We apologize for the inconvenient caused by the loud music. However, we would like to mention that we always make sure our guests are aware of the loud music coming from the pub during the weekend....

Miami, Florida
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed at The Jack in Cairns for 4 nights and had a good time. It's centrally located which is great. We had a private room, not in the hostel. It has good accommodations such as a kitchen, bar, booking office for tours AND free dinner every night which was great. The only downside is the loud music nightly. If...

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3Thank Stephanie S
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 18 June 2016

I spent a week there, the staff is absolutely lovely, the rooms clean and comfortable, something really nice is there's a fridge in each room, it's pretty useful. There's 2 buildings, one more silent than the other, so you can move from one to the other depending if you're in a party mood or if you need calm at the...

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3Thank Chatpeaudpaille
Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 18 June 2016

I really enjoyed my stay at the Jack Backpackers. The rooms and all the facilities are so clean and comfy! Everyday different specials, games and Party. Cheap drinks, life music, prices to win. Never had so many offers and such a clean and nice room for such a good price. Everyday free dinner! and it taste good as it is...

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3Thank ninabenitz
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Nice clean rooms, with good facilities including complimentary dinner, always great when on a budget, would recommend doubling up for 4dollars as meals are a little small but very tasty. Unfortunately live bands play every night from 7 till late, booking.com states it is only on the weekends, the music is played on the property not next door,most rooms are...

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3Thank Greiginnes
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Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

So happy with everything about the jack hostel, it was super clean and the staff were more than happy to help you with anything you needed. Ended up staying for a month when it was only supposed to be a week - a really really great hostel! I will definitely be going back when I travel back up to Cairns!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
Reviewed 1 June 2016

Six of us travelled to Cairns in Easter and stayed at the Jack. The room was spacious and clean, and had lockers, a fridge and enough plug points for everyone, which was a plus. There was a large TV, books and DVDs in the common area, perfect if you wanted to just chill inside after a tiring day out. Free...

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Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

The Jack is a very comfortable and clean hostel, in a great location. The staff were very helpful, friendly and approachable.. It was nice to be provided with a free meal every night and the service was very efficient. One night the music from the bar was a little bit loud, and echoed into the room. But it stopped at...

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Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Stayed two nights in a very clean 6 bed dorm and enjoyed lots! The room had a fridge and lockers, the staff and people were really nice and toilets/showers clean. Good location,big balcony and a free dinner! I would totally recommend this place :) Might be a wrong choice if you can't stand loud noises (bar downstairs) but I didn't...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Jack Backpackers is newly refurbished pub-style backpacker accommodation. The accommodation has 120 beds, ranging from 8 bed dorms with shared bathrooms, to four bed dorms and private double rooms with ensuite. The massive pub downstairs has three different bars, a beautiful outdoor undercover beer garden, top quality meal deals for the budget traveler, our famous Friends With Benefits VIP guest discount card, SETANTA & FOX sports action shown on our BIG screens daily 7 days a week, pool tables, a CASINO gaming lounge, plus free entertainment & activities 5 nights a week from Wednesday to Sunday, between the hours of 6pm & 12am. Entertainment on offer ranges from some of the best local & national live bands and DJ's, themed parties, crazy games, beer pong, open mic nights, + much more ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Jack Backpackers

Address: 48 Spence St | Corner Sheridan and Spence Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shenannigans)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $22 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Jack Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 34
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“If there's a way to get a room not on the outside balcony, try that to avoid the noise”
 of 5 bubbles oneinfivebill, 12 Jan 2017 | Read review
“the best rooms are the smaller dorms that are behind reception.”
 of 5 bubbles 751clairey, 22 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are quite good”
 of 5 bubbles ninabenitz, 18 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Private rooms with the lower room numbers are quieter, as they are slightly further away from the kitchen area and nightclub speakers.”
 of 5 bubbles Supaatravelaa, 14 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The motel side has better equipped rooms and is quieter and less crowded.”
 of 5 bubbles D9104RVjamesg, 25 Jan 2016 | Read review
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