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Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Mixed feelings ....”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Nice chilled communal area for cooking and that, was really enjoying it but then got money stolen from our private looked room, watch your stuff even if only cooking downstairs for a short time. Location ok, walk able to town if you like walking and can handle the heat or free bus is good but sometimes gets very busy. Free airport drop off also very good. Would rate this hostel much higher if hadn't been stolen from. Some staff are very nice and helpfull.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Stayed here for three nights while on a scuba course. Staff are very helpful with questions, restaurants, transportation, travel, etc. Was one of the dirtier hostels I've stayed in throughout Asia Pacific. Booked a shoebox sized private room and barely got any sleep each night due to 'frisky' neighbors on all sides, thin walls and very creaky floorboards above us. They must put something in the drinks because there were A LOT of people getting lucky. If you're looking for a place with atmosphere and to meet other young backpackers (18-25) this is probably a good option. If you're looking for a few drinks and a good night's rest, go somewhere else.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mackay, Australia
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

Had an awesome stay. Staff were really friendly and welcoming and the room was clean. The staff helped me book some tours I wanted to do. The shuttle bus to town was convenient and went regularly. The bar was loads of fun, there was a snake show where I got to hold a big snake! I met lots of people and would definately go back!

Room Tip: Double rooms at the back are quiet and cheap!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

I just wrote a book-The World As I Know It. and in it I highly advised to stay here. I backpacked throughout Australia and thought that Calypso was the only place where the staff wanted you there. We had a double room with a little porch. We could see the main area(restaurant/pool table), being so close, I didn't hear anything. It seemed to me that people left the area around 10pm. The location was great. 30 min walk to beach and mall one way and 30 min walk to the botanical gardens/forest, the other way. The meals were cheap and they have a travel/tourist spot. They will organize your trips to the Daintree Rainforest, Snorkelling/diving the Great Barrier Reef... They have a place where you can store your luggage when you're not staying and doing these excursions, which was nice. You can just take a smaller bag. We all know that those big backpacks get to be a bit annoying after a while. The buffet meals were good and I enjoyed the social games they organized at night. Hope you like it as much as I did.

Room Tip: I travelled with my husband and we paid $5 each extra a night and got a double bed with a little por...
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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Calypso staff are super friendly and the facilties here are good but overall the hostel is run down. I guess this adds to the charm of it all and I enjoyed staying here. If you are wanting to meet other travellers I would definitely recommend it. The kitchen area opens up to the bar area so its an extremely sociable hostel. Location is a little bit further out but the free shuttle bus into the centre of Cairns is an awesome amenity. At night the bar has really really loud music so if you want somewhere to relax at night and you prefer peace and quiet sometimes I wouldn't recommend Calypso to you. Also, the showers are right next to the bar so you have to walk past everyone in just your towel! If you're okay with that then I guess it's a cool hostel for backpackers.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort

Property: Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
Address: 5 - 9 Digger St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,101 - ₹ 2,850
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It’s a tropical paradise mon! Come soak up the chilled global vibe at Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort, Cairns’ coolest crashpad. Any more relaxed we’d be horizontal! Swaying palms, smooth tunes and swinging hammocks, that’s the Calypso way. Chill poolside with new friends in the Queensland sunshine by day then check out free nightly entertainment at Zanzibar Bar & Grill, our friendly hostel pub. When the taste buds bite, enjoy a pool-side breakfast or Aussie BBQ dinner at Zanzibar, or whip up your own masterpiece in our great communal kitchen. The Calypso crew are here for you and we know our stuff. Between us all there’s over 65 years of hostel and travel know-how so you’re in expert hands from the moment you arrive. We go the extra mile to make you smile, with a free tour booking service, free return transfers to the airport, bus station and central Cairns and WiFi now available in all rooms. Come catch some Calypso chill vibe when you pass through Cairns! ... more   less 
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