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“Tidy little Gaff”
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Caravella Central
Ranked #43 of 83 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Reviewed 28 October 2011

Only spent 2 weeks in Cairns, And spent 1 week here. Not much from the outside but neat little gaff on the inside. Couldnt complain really was the cheapest i could find and was smack bang in the city cental. Gave a free meal at a bar in town and the lady at reception was helpful and sometimes funny. Cleaner lady ended up knowing me by name and was a good laugh too. Was a little bit hot though, at least it was only 3 mins from the lagoon

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 October 2011

Didnt expect much but i found a great little hostel up the stairs, Ive read some other reveiws about this place and thought id check it out, when you check in your told exactly what it is small, clean and basic. O.k cool so far. 4share dorms are spartan but very clean, bathrooms were tidy and cleaned 2 times a day. Absolutly great location, girls on reception were friendly and helpful and the guy with the strange glasses was awesome too. Office hours are kind of limited but they do make you aware when you checked in. Did get a discount off my trips too. This is how hostels should be, small comfortable and clean without being so large thats its sterile(only wanting us Backp'ers to go eat and drink at bar). And p.s they dont have a bar so you can bring in your own drinks which theyre cool with. Definatly a must. Well done guys

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

Check in was super quick and easy and we got put in a 4 bed dorm which was nice. We paid $16 for the night which seemed pretty reasonable. I'm not sure if it included breakfast as we left first thing in the morning.

Bathrooms were clean and spacious, although I'm not sure why some hostels still don't have soap in the bathroom.

Great location to surrounding bars and restaurants. Also near bus station and malls.

Only negative thing is, there reception is only open during certain times of the day. We were aware of this and didn't think it would affect us, until we were checkin out at 7am for a pickup to goto Mission Beach, and no one was in the office to give us our key deposit of $20 back.... This is something they should probably remind you of if you are checking out early. Luckily a guy in our room, gave us $40 for our keys and he would collect the deposit from reception. But not an ideal position to put guest in. I tried calling the number on the office door several times and no one ever answered.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 August 2011

The best (and cheapest) hostel I have stayed in Queensland. Smack in the middle of Cairns city and literally only a 3 minute walk to the nightclub strip & casino.
Rooms and facilities are basic, but for a backpacker they are perfect and the price reflects.
Our room was cleaned daily. Angelo at the reception was great and gave better prices than other tour operators around town. People were actually coming to his reception in the hostel to book tours and activities that weren't even staying here, which we found pretty funny (not to mention rare). Free meal every night at a local bar - good food & beer. Overall the stay here was heaps of fun & had some hilarious chats about our common friend 'Starcraft' with Angelo. Definitely the best hostel receptionist I have met, and deserves this review.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank KirbyOS
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Reviewed 24 July 2011

Great budget accommodation, excellent price and friendly staff. Met so many cool people over a few nights. Free meal vouchers (meals are really bland but atleast you save money). Room was cleaned each morning and floor was even washed once in the 3 nights we were there.
Definate pluses were that there is a fridge and a sink in the room (they are all 4-share).
Negatives: welds on the beds were concerning and probobly unstable! Also, there are only 2 toilets per floor, and the shower are weird! 2 showers in ssame changing area with 1 outside door, remember to lock this if you are wanting to shower alone! Also one evening there was no hot water but in the morning it was toasty!.Quiet most evenings which was great for us as gilligans accross the road is your typical loud dancy nightclub and hostel which definately isn't for us. You can use their pool and laundry machines though!
Stay here if your on a budget, want to meet people and go on tours (reception have wide variety of leaflets and can book for you with 5 or 10% discount).

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 72 Grafton St | Shop 6, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Corona Backpackers)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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Ranked #43 of 83 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: $17 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Caravella Central 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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