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Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 15 February 2016

jjs is a small and clean hostel really nice staff and so helpful in every way. booking tours and even trying to bring people together buy organising get togrthers by bbqs pizza nights. They also help plan the rest of your trip in or out of Australia . Help find transport plane or bus or hire vans.As the staff have...

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks you so much for taking the time to share your experiences of JJ's with others, you are a superstar! Five stars, we can't ask for better than that ;o) We do have great staff who enjoy what they do and love sharing their experiences with others. Thank you again, Tracy, Simon & Lia x

Townsville, Australia
Reviewed 13 February 2016

I enjoyed staying at JJ's a lot! I am recommending it along my travels as we speak and would recommend to anyone! Staff are lovely and very friendly and sooooooo helpful. Nothing is too much of an effort for them! Room was fine although I braved it with a fan but I'd recommend going for aircon for that extra money!...

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

You are a superstar, thank you so much for this lovely review. Thank you for recommending us. We also think you was mental for not going into the air con ha ha!!! Glad you had a good time at JJ's and in Cairns. Have fun down the coast. Love from us all at JJ's x

Bled
Reviewed 12 February 2016

Great location to start your adventures at coral reef or natural forest hiking! Super value for money spent! Clean, tidy and practical premises with all advantages, feeling like at home. Special attention and kindness of friendly employees. Special thanks to Tracy and Simon!

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

You are very welcome and thank you for giving us a mention x As we are on the edge of the city, we have all that lovely outdoor area where all our guests can meet and make new friends. Home from home, just how we like it. Thank you so much x

Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 11 February 2016

Great Hostel, very welcoming and warm hearted people, very clean (rooms and kitchen) and it's not only great for people who are staying for a couple of days but also for people who just found a job and want to have cheap accommodation.

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Wonderful review, thank you so much for sharing. We love you, we do x

Munich, Germany
Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

We had 3 nice days in your hostel! Staff is very friendly! The room/ kitchen area and toilets are really clean! Free wifi is working well. One of your staff had a good tip for a car rental company around the block, where we got our car for a cape tribulation trip!

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review, we really do appreciate this :o) We are so happy you had a good time here and have shared this experience with others. Happy travels, from us all at JJ's !

Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

Adequately clean rooms and easy access from the airport. Had a late check-in, but the staff had left clear instructions how to do it myself. Super friendly and professional people at reception. They even booked all the activities I wanted to. Big plus for their free transport in and out of the city centre and free breakfast!

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Wonderful review, thank you so much. We are very happy you had a good experience at JJ's and the staff were courteous and helpful. We are here to help wherever we can to make your stay as comfortable and to gain the best knowledge and experiences of Cairns that you can :o) Safe travels from us all at JJ's.

Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

Negative's : This hostel is very expensive considering how far it is away from the town centre. (About 30 minutes walk) They don't offer any discounts for long term stayers. (One of the main reason why we left). Their free shuttle bus doesn't always run to their so called schedule. The living room area is very dated as are the...

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

It is such a shame you resorted to writing a bad review on Tripadvisor. You chose to move into a unit after being offered a weekly rate in the double room. Many times you and your boyfriend continued to visit a friend who had been staying at JJ's long-term. After several nights of being asked to leave for late night...

Munich, Germany
Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

This hostel is family. When I came there, I have only booked for one week.. I ended up staying 5, what made it even harder to say goodbye. Simon and Tracy and all the other staff are without exception always friendly, rooms are always clean, same as the kitchen, pool and smoking area. You see that they really care about...

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this wonderful review, we love you we do!!!! We are so glad you chose to stay with us at JJ's and that you loved staying with us. Your review is lovely and it was such a pleasure to meet you! Take care and we look forward to seeing you again when you make...

Ulm, Germany
Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

This hostel truly is home. When I first arrived I planed to stay for 5 days, but I ended up staying for 5 Weeks. It is quite small, but therefor quiet and family like. The rooms are not too big and clean and the outside area is perfect for simply relaxing in the afternoon sun at the pool. But the...

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you thank you thank you for this lovely review! It really was a pleasure to meet you and we are glad you stayed with us at JJ's. It was sad to see you go and we hope you are settling in OK to your job out west! We miss you we do!!!! Take care, keep in touch, safe travels!...

Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Small and friendly hostel. Very hospitable and everyone was very helpful and accommodating. Room was roomy and gave some good tips for local spots. Good Wifi. Also they arranged transport to and from the centre if one wasn't keen on a short walk.

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Another wonderful review, thank you so much! It is always good to read feedback like this. We are very happy you enjoyed your time here with us at JJ's. Safe travels.

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hostelbookers Awards for Excellence "Best Staff Oceania" 2012 & 2013! One of the few smaller hostels in Cairns, JJ's offers a friendly, social atmosphere and fantastic service. This owner/operated hostel is perfect for meeting people, having fun and has that family feel you are looking for. Breakfast included, all bed linen is provided and dorms are only 3 or 4 share! Doubles, twins & singles available and a free courtesy bus, train and city pick up! Secure off street parking also available for those self-drivers. All you will need for a safe and comfortable stay whilst in Cairns. JJ's operates a comprehensive Tour Booking Service offering discounted tours and adventures. Local, experienced Staff will give you honest advice on tours, transport options, where and what to see and do in Cairns, Queensland and the rest of Australia. Other services available at JJ's include; * Free WIFI * Fully equipped kitchen & BBQ facilities * Swimming Pool & Table Tennis * Games, X Box, DVDs, TV room & Book Swap * Air Conditioning for summer * Blankets for winter * Mobile, Internet & Phone card Recharge * Photocopy, printing & faxing * Laundry * Towels ($2 hire) * Free Safety Deposit & Backpack Storage* Hair-dryer * Free tea & coffee. Close to Esplanade, gym, supermarket, takeaways and pub. ... more   less 

Additional Information about JJ's Backpackers Hostel

Address: 11 - 13 Charles St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: RM75 - RM235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — JJ's Backpackers Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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“get the aircon rooms, otherwise you are going to regret it”
 of 5 bubbles 637marceg, 22 Mar 2017 | Read review
“reach out to JJ's to make sure they can accommodate you!”
 of 5 bubbles 213MAS-1954, 9 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Dorm or private, you can't go wrong”
 of 5 bubbles TravelinAlan, 4 Feb 2017 | Read review
“all rooms are good and optional air con or fan dorms twin double and single”
 of 5 bubbles 443liap, 14 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Double room with AC”
 of 5 bubbles Zame21, 11 Feb 2016 | Read review
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