Cairns City Backpackers is one of my favorite hostels I've stayed in! it's a small hostel with a really friendly and chilled vibe.
The reception staff are really lovely! Though the pool isn't very big, it is clean and good to dip in to cool off.
There are three kitchens, so there's always a spare stove to cook on. The computers in the hotel aren't too fast, but they are free to use. The wifi is good in the mornings, in the evenings it slows down. Then again, it's free so you can't complain.
It is about a 10 minute walk from the city, 25 minutes to the lagoon. It's close to Coles which is good because you don't have to lug your shopping across the city.
I'm surprised seeing some of the bad reviews on here because I've only had positive experiences! It's basic, but great value for money :)More