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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a good hostel, you get a free evening meal included which is served in the Union jack bar next door. There is also discount on drinks if you show the bar your key. The rooms are a good size ( I was in a 4 bed dorm with ensuit) and are kept clean. Th staff are also friendly... More 

1 Thank Claire Y
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't recommend this place. Does not feel homely. The room smelled bad and there was a scent sprayed automatically from an electronic scent dispenser every hour, this smelled terrible. The bunks are cheap and squeaky, you can't turn off the air-con, the blinds didn't close properly, the bathrooms need renovating. Very loud.

Thank Alexandra R
Rouen, France
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been 3 time in Cairns, and every time was at the Jack. All you need is there ! The rooms are good, the kitchen and showers are cleaned. The staff is really nice, from the receptionists to the house kipper ! I recommand it 100% !!!!

2 Thank Blondelfe
Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first hostel i stayed in on my trip down the east coast. Being a solo traveller I was worried about making friends but Jacks is probably the most social hostel i've stayed in so far! You're allowed to bring your own drinks and the balcony area is huge. The kitchen facilities are good, they have a common... More 

Thank Courtney K
Dublin, Ireland
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61 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This place is great if you are on a budget and looking for a party. Free dinner & discounts in the pub for the guest. Seemed like there was a Party on overnight. But we stayed here for 1 night, before catching a bus early in the morning. End up getting very little sleep, as the party downstairs was going... More 

Thank Lizzy T
Stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed in a private double room for 3 nights. When we checking in you have to sign a disclaimer to say you accept that there will be noise until 2am, but at check in is a bit late when you can't necessarily find anywhere else. All private rooms are very close to the outdoor area of the bar and... More 

1 Thank purplepolarbear
Quebec City, Canada
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Private bathroom in 4 beds room, Clean lockers: holes are too small for normal padlock Very Noisy by night on the week-end Front desk open 9-20h, which is not pratical 15-20 minutes walk of the lagoone and centre, which is far

1 Thank Valllll
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed here twice in private rooms, each for two nights. The first time we were in room 2, which was fine except the air con was very loud. The second time we were in room 6 which had fabulous air con in comparison, however was right by the communal hostel kitchen. The location was great, short walk into the centre... More 

1 Thank Roisin_Som
unionjack1926, Front Office Manager at The Jack Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for your review :) We really appreciate your feedback. We just wanted to clarify that we actually have a vegetarian option every night for the free meal. The person serving the free meal redirects all vegetarian guests to the restaurant. We are really pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay & wish you the... More 

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23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed in a double room for 5 nights and we enjoyed our stay in cairns. Nothing to say about the hostel, clean, free wifi, good position, the only thing we were a bit disappointed was the small portion that they give you for dinner. I mean the food was good but if you decide to offer this service you... More 

1 Thank sara m
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank Gabriela 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: ₹ 2,043 - ₹ 3,013 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Jack Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 34
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“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
“Avoid the motel side if you choose to stay here”
 of 5 bubbles dannyalder88, 29 Sep 2015 | Read review
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