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The Jack Backpackers
Ranked #29 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

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 and helpful. PC's are available in reception for use. Having everyone meet in the bar at night is also a good way for solo travelers to meet more people. The kitchen also had a good vibe and there was a meeting area next too it.

Room Tip: the best rooms are the smaller dorms that are behind reception.
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

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.

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

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% !!!!

  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Blondelfe
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 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 room but most people spend time socialising on the balcony. You get a free evening meal every night and 9/10 it's really good! And you can't complain at free food. The bar downstairs also does ladies nights, pub quizzes etc. So always something to do! It can be a bit loud at night time but that can be expected when you stay at a hostel that's attached to a bar.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
Thank Courtney K
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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 on till all ours in the morning. Worst part, no cluttery in the kitchen and no electricity before 9 am, so there is no way of making a cup of coffee or tea.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Lizzy T
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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
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: ₹ 1,831 - ₹ 3,051 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Jack Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 34
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 Please be aware that The Jack Backpackers is a licensed venue until 2am. Entertainment can be heard in the beer garden from 6pm until 2am ... more   less 
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