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6.5

Good

87 reviews

87 reviews

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9.2

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
FREE
Walkable places
Michael Seebeck Gallery
30 m
Esplanade Boardwalk
40 m
Michaelmas Cay
50 m
IGA Xpress
110 m
Night Markets
120 m
Popular landmarks
Cairns Aquarium
350 m
Green Island
420 m
The Reef Hotel Casino
520 m
Muddy's Playground
600 m
Cairns Botanic Gardens
3.5 km
Closest landmarks
Rattle N Hum
10 m
Cairns Square
130 m
Australian Leather Company
210 m
Cairns Library
210 m
Esplanade BBQ
230 m

Waterfront Backpackers

83 The Esplanade, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Strategically situated in Cairns City Center, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Esplanade Boardwalk. Restaurant, indoor pool and outdoor pool are among the special facilities that will enhance your stay with on-site convenience.

Highlights

Located in heart of Cairns

Check-in [24-hour]

Airport transfer

910 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

Facilities

Airport transfer

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Swimming pool [indoor]

Check-in/out [express]

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cairns every 9 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money6.7
Distance to city center0.0 Km
Location rating9.2
Nearest airportCairns Airport (CNS)
Distance to airport5.5 km

Rooms available at Waterfront Backpackers

Dormitory
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Dormitory
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Single Room
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 single bed
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Double
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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Twin
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 single beds
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Shared Dormitory room for male, female mixed
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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4 Beds Female Dormitory
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    Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room with Shared Bathroom
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          Frequently asked questions

          Does Waterfront Backpackers provide airport transfer?

          Waterfront Backpackers offers airport transfer service upon request with an additional fee of 15 AUD in local currency. To request, check the box on the booking form just before the payment page.

          Does Waterfront Backpackers offer shuttle service for getting around?

          For your ease of travel around the city, Waterfront Backpackers offers None right at your doorstep making it simple for you to get to places effortlessly.

          Does Waterfront Backpackers provide laundry services?

          Yes! Waterfront Backpackers features laundry service at your disposal and even hot water linen and laundry washing for whenever you need your favorite outfits clean and fresh all throughout your trip. Please contact the property for more information.

          Is car parking available at Waterfront Backpackers?

          Waterfront Backpackers has car park onsite free of charge for customers with vehicles to choose from when staying at this property. In case the car park is full, this property also has and nearby as well. Please contact the property for more information, or log into your Agoda account and contact the property through Agoda's direct message chatbox.

          What public parks are in close proximty of Waterfront Backpackers?

          While staying at Waterfront Backpackers, cherish your morning or evening walk at nearby park which include Cairns Skate Park, Les Davie Park, and Parramatta Park.

          What is the minimum age requirement for visitor at Waterfront Backpackers?

          Waterfront Backpackers only allows visitors that are over 18 years old to reside at this property. In case you're looking for child- or family-friendly properties, please navigate to property facilities filter feature and select the "family/child friendly" filter for more selections.

          What restaurants are close by Waterfront Backpackers?

          Waterfront Backpackers’s local community is Cairns City Center which comprises of popular restaurants such as Oasis Kebab, Bavarian Beerhouse, and iyara by Sakare.

          What well-known shopping venues are close to Waterfront Backpackers?

          Shopping options in Waterfront Backpackers’s Cairns City Center neighborhood comprises of Night Markets, DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets, and Rusty's Market.

          What time is check-in and check-out at Waterfront Backpackers?

          Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may ask for early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Visitors checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee.

          What is the closest airport to Waterfront Backpackers?

          The nearest airport to Waterfront Backpackers is Dunk Island Airport, 119.0 km away.

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          What people love about Waterfront Backpackers

          • 8.4

            Excellent
            Location

            "Everything is close ."

            Vineet

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            3 December 2019

          • 8.4

            Excellent
            Location

            "Premium location to stay in cairns."

            Vineet

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            3 December 2019

          • 10

            Exceptional
            Location

            "Waterfront backpackers is the place to be in Cairns, great location on the esplanade right across from the lagoon and everything so close at hand."

            Krissie

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            6 November 2019

          Property ranking|Compared to 518 Cairns properties
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          Location score
          9.2/10
          Room comfort score
          4.8/10
          Value for money score
          6.7/10
          Room size
          25 sqm.
          Better than
          92
          %
          of Cairns properties
          Better than
          80
          %
          of Cairns properties
          Better than
          75
          %
          of Cairns properties
          Bigger than
          74
          %
          of Cairns properties
          Overall rating:

          6.5

          Good
          87 reviews
          Cleanliness
          5.3
          Facilities
          5.5
          Location
          9.2
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          More about Waterfront Backpackers

          More about Waterfront Backpackers

          Waterfront Backpackers

          For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Cairns, Waterfront Backpackers is the perfect choice. Its convenient location right in the city center allows you more time to see all that Cairns has to offer.
          At Waterfront Backpackers, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Free internet access provided within the hostel keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. Exploring Cairns is made even more convenient with the shuttle services available at the hostel.
          For guests arriving by car, parking is provided free of charge. Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including express check-in or check-out, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the hostel's ticket service and tours. For longer stays or whenever you need it, the dry cleaning service and laundry service keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available.
          Feel like doing nothing? Available services like room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the Waterfront Backpackers. For health reasons, smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hostel. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
          All rooms at Waterfront Backpackers are designed and decorated to make guests feel right at home. Enjoy your stay even more at the hostel, knowing that some selected rooms include air conditioning.


          Dining and things to do

          Every day at Waterfront Backpackers begins with a delicious complimentary breakfast. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the hostel assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
          At any time of the day or night, you can serve yourself a snack at the hostel's vending machines. Are you a great cook? Make your own meals in-house at the hostel's BBQ facilities and shared kitchen.
          Enjoy the countless activities offered at Waterfront Backpackers. Don't forget to make a visit or two to the hostel's pool. Challenge your travel group members or other guests to competitive fun, with the hostel's ping-pong table. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the hostel's shared lounge and TV area.
          Got someone special waiting for you back home? Then easily pick up a memorable gift at the shops.


          Around the property

          Don't spend all your time inside while in Cairns! Cheer on the local team at Cairns Esplanade Lagoon located 140 m away, or just buy some authentic gear and memorabilia to show your support. Be sure to visit Green Island located 410 m away, an item on every checklist of those who travel to Cairns.


          Reasons to stay here

          Find rooms here that are cheaper than 92% of all other options in the city.
          Guests who stayed at this hostel have scored it higher than 91% of accommodations in the city.

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          Amenities and facilities

          Review score
          Facilities

          5.5

          Most talked about facilities

          Breakfast

          1 mention

          Swimming Pool

          1 mention

          Check in/Check Out

          1 mention

          Housekeeping

          1 mention

          Languages spoken
          • English
          • German
          Internet access
          • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
          • Internet
          • Wi-Fi in public areas
          Things to do, ways to relax
          • Garden
          • Swimming pool [indoor]
          • Swimming pool [outdoor]
          • Table tennis
          • Ticket services
          • Tours
          Cleanliness and safety
          • Daily disinfection in all rooms
          • Daily disinfection in common areas
          • First aid kit
          • Hand sanitizer
          • Hot water linen and laundry washing
          • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
          • Protective screens in common areas
          Dining, drinking, and snacking
          • Bar
          • BBQ facilities
          • Breakfast [buffet]
          • Breakfast [continental]
          • Breakfast [free]
          • Coffee shop
          • Restaurants
          • Room service
          • Shared kitchen
          • Vending machine
          Services and conveniences
          • Cash withdrawal
          • Daily housekeeping
          • Dry cleaning
          • Elevator
          • Laundry service
          • Luggage storage
          • Safety deposit boxes
          • Shops
          • Smoke-free property
          • Smoking area
          Land sports
          • Golf course (within 3 km)
          Access
          • Check-in/out [express]
          • Check-in [24-hour]
          • Front desk [24-hour]
          • Pets allowed
          • Security [24-hour]
          Getting around
          • Airport transfer
          • Car park [free of charge]
          • Car park [nearby]
          • Car park [on-site]
          • Shuttle service
          Available in all rooms
          • Air conditioning
          • Free bottled water
          • Internet access – wireless
          • Non-smoking
          • Seating area
          • Shared bathroom

          Food and dining

          Breakfast options
          • Continental

          Location

          83 The Esplanade, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870
          Exceptional
          Location

          9.2

          Airports
          • Cairns Airport (CNS)
            5.5 km
          • Dunk Island Airport (DKI)
            119.4 km
          Public transportation
          • Cairns Railway Station
            900 m
          • Freshwater
            8.3 km
          Hospital or clinic
          • Cairns Skin Cancer Clinic
            510 m
          Shopping
          • Night Markets
            120 m
          Convenience store
          • NightOwl
            100 m
          Cash withdrawal
          • ATM on-site

          What's nearby

          Popular landmarks
          • Esplanade Boardwalk
            40 m
          • Michaelmas Cay
            50 m
          • Night Markets
            120 m
          • Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
            150 m
          • Cairns Aquarium
            350 m
          • Green Island
            420 m
          • The Reef Hotel Casino
            520 m
          • Muddy's Playground
            600 m
          • Cairns Botanic Gardens
            3.5 km
          • Gallo DairyLand
            5.5 km
          Nearby landmarks
          • Rattle N Hum
            10 m
          • Michael Seebeck Gallery
            30 m
          • Esplanade Boardwalk
            40 m
          • Michaelmas Cay
            50 m
          • IGA Xpress
            110 m
          • Night Markets
            120 m
          • Soho
            130 m
          • Cairns Square
            130 m
          • Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
            150 m
          • WetRez
            180 m
          Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.

          Property policies

          Children and extra beds

          Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

          Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).

          Others
          • Airport transfer is available from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM at no additional charge.
          • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

          Some helpful facts

          Check-in/Check-out
          • Check-in from14:00
          • Check-in until23:55
          • Check-out from00:00
          • Check-out until10:00
          Getting around
          • Airport transfer fee15 AUD
          • Distance from city center0.0 Km
          • Travel time to airport (minutes)15
          The property
          • Number of floors2
          • Number of rooms 19

          Reviews of Waterfront Backpackers from real guests

          Provided by verified guests of Agoda
          6.5
          /
          10
          Cleanliness5.3
          Facilities5.5
          Location9.2
          Room comfort and quality4.8
          Service6.2
          Value for money6.7
          High score for Cairns
          Rating
          9+ Exceptional (4)
          8-9 Excellent (1)
          7-8 Very Good (7)
          6-7 Good (11)
          <6 Below Expectation (26)
          Time of the year
          Mar - May (10)
          Jun - Aug (13)
          Sep - Nov (16)
          Dec - Feb (10)

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          Krissie from Australia
          Group
          Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
          Stayed 6 nights in November 2019

          Beautiful location, great people”

          Wasnt so sure about staying at a backpackers, but the accommodation was great, clean and the staff friendly and helpful. Was great to meet so many different people from different countries and swap stories. Waterfront backpackers is the place to be in Cairns, great location on the esplanade right across from the lagoon and everything so close at hand.. beds comfy and air con cold!!

          Reviewed November 06, 2019

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          8.4
          Excellent
          Vineet from Australia
          Group
          Double Room with Shared Bathroom
          Stayed 3 nights in November 2019

          Great location to stay”

          Premium location to stay in cairns. Everything is close .. be it food , lagoon , marine terminal .

          Reviewed December 03, 2019

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          6.8
          Good
          Rebecca from Australia
          Couple
          Double Room with Shared Bathroom
          Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

          Great location.”

          Really great location facing the Esplanade in Cairns. Friendly staff, It's a bit run down and things like piles of washing and drying around the front entrance. Our room was basic but had a nice view. We'd stay there again just for the great location.

          Reviewed January 04, 2019

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          7.3
          Very good
          Tsz from Hong Kong SAR, China
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 4 nights in March 2013

          Good Location with Economical Price”

          Next to a swimming pool and park, convenient to wharf and with air-con and wi-fi in room under a backpacker hotel

          It is a really nice hotel. Regardless of the room size, it has free wifi and air-con in each room which is important in backpacker hotel. It is next to a large park and a well-managed free swimming pool meaning that you can just wear your swim suit and head there without any embarrassment. It is a really worth-stay resort.

          Reviewed April 15, 2013

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          6.8
          Good
          Hyo from South Korea
          Couple
          Stayed 1 night in August 2016

          location is good”

          The location was very good and staff was friendly. They requested $20 key deposit by credit card. It's been more than a week but I haven't got my money back. I will contact them to ask about this issue. It is very troublesome. The other backpackers that I stayed asked me to pay $20 cash as key deposit. I think cash is better since I can just get the money back when I return the key.

          Reviewed August 11, 2016

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          5.7
          Hiu from Hong Kong SAR, China
          Couple
          Stayed 3 nights in May 2014

          didn't really enjoy , no electricity IN ROOM ”

          free wifi, good location and value for money.

          if you are looking for a real clean and comfort this hostel isn't a good choice. Rooms are way too different than what you see from the pic. there were much noise after 10:00pm even those there was a notice saying 'No noise after 10:00pm'. the hostel ONLY have 2 unsex shower rooms. The worse thing is there was no electricity in room from 9:00am to 6:00pm (or sometimes 7:00pm, depends on when they switch it on and off) so we couldn't charged any devices . Reception said it is because many people are out at that time so they can save electricity and help the environment which i understand ONLY IF you said it first before I booked my room. if I had known this, I wouldn't have booked this hostel. But the hostel is in good location, have free wifi and value for money. if you are a backpacker, I would recommend this hostel. Otherwise, certainly NOT.

          Reviewed June 17, 2014

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          6.7
          Good
          Steven from United Kingdom
          Couple
          Stayed 2 nights in February 2013

          Good Basic Budget Accommodation, on the sea front”

          Location

          Good,basic accommodation for those travelling on a budget. Management and fellow travellers were friendly, can be a bit noisey at weekends - but that is young people having fun, you have to expect that if you stay in a Backpacker place.

          Reviewed February 14, 2013

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          5.0
          Brittany from United States
          Group
          Stayed 2 nights in December 2013

          Definitely better places nearby”

          The only thing we liked about the hotel was it's location

          We were greeted very poorly by their front desk staff (blonde dreads). He started off by immediately insulting our last minute booking and saying it was our fault he did not have a room available to us. I then informed him not to offer online bookings if he was not able to keep up with the bookings. That ended the conversation. We were placed in a room that was filthy and were not given pillows. After requesting pillows, we still never received them. The fridges smelled terrible and barely kept things cool. The AC in the rooms do not get turned on until 5 pm, so don't expect to cool down from the hot summer sun in the afternoon. We were very dissatisfied with our stay and certainly will not stay here again. You certainly get what you pay for here. We went into another backpackers two doors down and wished we had stayed there just from the friendliness of the staff.

          Reviewed January 07, 2014

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          7.6
          Very good
          David from United States
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

          Very good”

          Less than AUD 9 a night! Best deal in town (though I haven't seen that deal there since).

          Reviewed October 17, 2018

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          7.7
          Very good
          Mark from Australia
          Couple
          Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

          Right on the Restrurasnt Strip!”

          Location, Price, Cheap tours

          This place has a great location, that's true, right in the middle of the busy restaurant strip where you can get gelato from about50 different shops! Its across the road from the lagoon, and a easy walk to the wharf where all the tourist boats are. That's the good, the bad, although not so bad was I rocked up before their closing time and the door was locked. I had to ring to get the manager to let me in. The "ikea style" bed was falling apart, it was "fixed" with some milk crates, which was "ok", I hope they replace it. Lastly to finish on a good note we got an awesome discount on our reef trip, 20% cheaper than anyone else for the same tour, and it was great!

          Reviewed August 27, 2015

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          4.4
          Jjef from Australia
          Solo traveler
          Twin
          Stayed 1 night in January 2019

          Should supply free soap to drop in shower”

          Set out like a jail with similar cells. There's a reason there are no photos on the website. Twin room (bunk bed!?) has no room for luggage and the aircon is only available between 5 and 9. Worst backpackers I have seen in 20 years as a professional traveller.

          Reviewed February 12, 2019

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          4.8
          Lauren from United Kingdom
          Couple
          Double Room with Shared Bathroom
          Stayed 4 nights in November 2016

          The kitchen and bathroom are filthy! ”

          I get that this is a hostel and it's cheap! But I've stayed in places a similar price which are much better than this place. The kitchen and shower room are filthy. The appliances in the kitchen are all plugged into one extension lead so cut off it you try to use the kettle and microwave at the same time (can't be safe). If you get up for breakfast before the cleaners you'll be welcomed by tobacco all over the tables fag buts, empty bottles and over flowing bins. The wifi doesn't work in the rooms at the front on the building. Air conditioning cuts off between 10am and 5pm however ours turned off at 9am every morning. There are buckets in the hallway catching water from the air conditioning units. Location is brilliant but other than that I would not recommend this hostel.

          Reviewed November 19, 2016

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          6.0
          SAORI from Japan
          Group
          Twin
          Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

          not opened 24hr”

          The front disk is not opened for 24hrs. We arrived early morning, but nobody was there. Even I tried to call them but no answered. We wanted to leave our big baggages until check-in time, but they were totally closed. We gave up to leave our stuff. They opened after 9am that was not saying anywhere when I booked this back packers. If you book this hotel and arrive early or late, you should ask them before you leave. The location was perfect though.

          Reviewed February 21, 2018

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          9.6
          Exceptional
          jenny from Finland
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in October 2018

          Nice”

          Good location, staff was nice and friendly.

          Reviewed October 18, 2018

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          5.2
          Alankar from India
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 3 nights in April 2018

          You get what you pay for”

          The facilities are aging and it shows. More often than not the shower clogged up. The bed I got was creaky and swayed a fair bit (top bunk). And the pool was virtually unusable in the time that I was there. The reception is manned only intermittently so trying to get any help from the reception is a hit and miss. This is true even during regular working hours. They have what I though was a wonderful bus tour to the waterfalls every Wednesday which I booked even after I moved to a different hostel. The travel desk booked me for the tour, I paid the cash but when I came back 2 days later to enquire what time I had to arrive at the hostel to take the bus I was told that the bus was full and I couldn't go which was hugely disappointing cause I was given the impression that I had a place on the bus and even paid two days in advance. They refunded my money to be fair but it threw my itinerary out of whack and even led to missed opportunities for traveling with people I met. I did book a reef tour with them and that was fine and I even got a good rate from them. Overall it was a very passable experience. I probably won't come back here and I'll probably find a different agency to book my tours but if you're on a tight budget it's not too shabby given the location which is excellent.

          Reviewed May 08, 2018

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          5.6
          SUJIN from South Korea
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

          I couldn't sleep well”

          Air conditional was so weak and have time limited. Even In the night room was so hot and humid. Most bad thing was not enough air flowing. Hot and smelly toilet and I felt so disgusting because of someone who had bad smell. I know that it is bad to tell someone smell but I couldnt endure that. Worst experience ever

          Reviewed February 14, 2017

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          8.0
          Excellent
          Jasmin from Germany
          Group
          Twin
          Stayed 1 night in November 2019

          Very good”

          Aircon didn't really work at night so it was really hot. Good value for money though

          Reviewed November 23, 2019

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          10.0
          Exceptional
          L
          Couple
          Twin
          Stayed 1 night in September 2019

          Great location, Great Price, Good rooms”

          I will stay again here

          Reviewed September 25, 2019

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          5.6
          Lingo from Australia
          Solo traveler
          Twin
          Stayed 1 night in December 2017

          Awful place”

          Cons: dirty corridor, limited a/c access (only available after 5pm), bad airflow in room, required to get early check in but didn't allow to. Pros: good venue

          Reviewed December 09, 2017

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          5.0
          Alan from Singapore
          Solo traveler
          Stayed 1 night in July 2014

          book to sleep only”

          cheap, centralized, accessible

          Good place to sleep-and-go. Spent 20usd per night, grab a bed, sleep and move on the next morning. As it is a shared room, for security reason, try not to leave your valuable in the room.

          Reviewed July 14, 2014

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