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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I lived here for a few months and it was wonderful. Quiet and comfortable, the atmosphere was relaxing and easy-going. It was clean and the workers were nice and very accommodating. I had a wonderful time. Thanks!

Thank Sarah M
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sarah. Thanks so much for staying with us for a while. We call it living in harmony the best we can. We really appreciate your wonderful review and we wish you all the best. Regards from the Geckos Team.

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location, great value, great hostel. We stayed for a month as a couple. It's not a party hostel but met great people here. It's kept clean and good wifi everywhere which is amazing for a hostel. The best wifi we've come across in a hostel in Cairns and we've stayed at 3 others before here. The owner is friendly...

Thank EmmP22
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Emm & Dave. It was an absolute thrill to see how comfortable you were and that you kept extending your stay. Happy and safe travelling down to Brisbane Thank you very much and all the very best from our Team.

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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Geckos Backpackers is a nice hostel in cairns with a really good location. The mall is only 200 m away and also the city centre can be reached by foot in 10 min. Another awesome thing about this hostel is that you have food lockers, two fridges and a community kitchen. The rooms are not that big but are adequate...

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello. Thank you very much for all your positive feed back. I realised recently that the pool pump was not coming on as it should be. All back to normal and the floor vacuuming will be carried out more frequently. With kind regards and all the very best from the Geckos Team.

County Kildare, Ireland
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We stay here for three nights and it was ok. The location was great, really close to a supermarket and the lagoon. The wifi was really good and it had hot water which was great. The only thing is it's a bit dirty and has a bit of a strange vibe, but I think this was more to do with...

Thank Carmex7254
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Carmex. Sorry to hear about the a bit dirty experience and the unusual vibe as we do have strict cleaning procedures and most of the time it is a pleasant relaxed vibe here. Thank you for all your great comments and have a happy holiday. The caretakers.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Good value for money and location next to the train station and shopping center. Helpful staff! Clean and comfortable facilities and relaxed environment. We got a private triple room for 75$au. It has laundry and shuttle service to the airport.

Thank FranGrancelli
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi FranGrancelli Thank you very much for your very good review. We do try our very best to keep the place clean,quiet, calm and excellent value. All the best from the Geckos Team.

Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

The first time we stayed it was nice and clean not a bad room (double room) kitchen was big and clean, supermarket just across the road. Showers are terrible though I had to crouch down to get underneath the head. Me and my partner were quite satisfied with the experience so when we went on a diving trip we left...

Thank Benjamin C
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Benjamin. Again I need to say sorry for my mistake and there really is no excuse, yes I am wrong. You should not of been in this situation in the first place and I know me saying sorry did not fix the problem and also should not be acceptable. I did assure you of a double early morning ready...

Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

If you want a clean comfortable stay close enough to the action but far enough not to keep you up at night this is the place. Ive been traveling for months now and the beds here were the best yet. Forgot I was even staying in a hostel. Peter is cool too.. He runs the place...Really awesome. Booked us a...

Thank Rick T
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Rick. We are excited to receive your review. Thank you for excellent feed back and for taking my advise on the tours for you. Spot on about the beds, yes I spent a few $$$ on getting comfortable mattresses as I know how important it is for everyone to get a great nights sleep. Take care and all the...

Hsinchu, Taiwan
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We booking this backpackers by booking.com website. We live here for 5 weeks already, we like here for the clean and safety environment~ But the free Wi-Fi will be slow when too many people using it. I want to come back again.

Thank Storm_Yu
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Storm_Yu It was great that you and your friends stayed for 5 weeks. Its really nice to know that you were comfortable and that you felt safe. We have a new stronger router on the way so hopefully we will overcome this problem soon. Best Regards from little daring Yvonne & The Geckos Team.

Ipswich, Australia
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Geckos is not for me. It was clean and quiet but the bathroom needs fixing up a bit as well as the kitchen is average at best. You get what you payed for. Will not be back but if you want cheep and quiet room with no entertainment and a bed with no blanket and just sheets there are better...

Thank Sam4301
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sam. Can you please call me directly on 0418183661 to be specific in what exactly you mean by the bathrooms and kitchen needs fixing up a bit as they are perfectly fine. So please contact me as I am very interested in what your specific reasons are? There was absolutely no need for you to be cold at night...

Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

clean but average hostel. we enjoyed our stay here although food was stolen from our spot in the fridge. location is good and quiet. bed was comfortable but the room a bit cold. train station closes at 6 pm then u have to walk around it.

Thank 706stefanieh
Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Stefanieh. Sorry to hear about your food missing. We do advise our guests to bag their food and put a name on the bag. We have plenty of blankets at reception for those guests that need them. You do not need to walk around when the train station is closed, just walk up the ramp opposite Geckos, through the...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Geckos Backpackers is a magnificent Historical, Heritage building perfectly positioned 1km west of the Cairns City centre. Beautiful Queenslander style building with very interesting architecture, all made of wood. Some rooms have 5 meter ceilings, just amazing how they built these buildings nearly 100 years ago. The property is very spacious with no bunk beds at all, large swimming pool and lush Tropical Gardens. Just across the road is Cairns Central Shopping centre including Coles Supermarket, Train Station, Transnorth bus services to the Tablelands and Premier Bus services to across Australia. Totally very quiet place ideal for those looking for a peaceful stay and also great for families as it is a totally no alcohol place. On site tour desk for all your requirements. Staff are well trained, are very helpful and very friendly. So for your budget holiday we invite you to stay at Geckos Backpackers, Cairns, Queensland, Australia - The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding World Heritage Rainforests. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gecko's Backpackers

Address: 187 Bunda St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: RM89 - RM209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gecko's Backpackers 2.5*
Number of rooms: 23
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“We had one room on the right side,almost next to the bathroom”
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