Calypso Inn


Calypso Inn

5–9 Digger Street, Cairns North QLD 4870
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(07) 4031 0910 or 1800 815 628
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No Frills, bright and clean. Good Bar.
23 August 2010
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Expensive breakfast!! $2 for two slices of toast!
Pros
On site licensed bar (No BYO), internet
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Definitely no Frills!! clean tidy, but poorly maintained. Next door to a building site (as at 24/8) which starts work at stupid o'clock in the morning, so if you're unlucky enough to get a room near it, don't expect a lay in! Conversely, if you get a room away from the building site, you'll be next to the cock & bull bar, which is noisy as hell until early hours, so dont expect an early night! Bar OK - $4.50 schooner, but upgrade to jugs and its only $11 - $9 in happy hour which is twice a night - bonus! Rooms clean, basic, beds not that comfy but ok - thin foam mattresses. Showers crap - lukewarm at best, and general toilet facilities a bit shoddy. Has a pool, unheated, nice enough but not luxurious by any stretch. over all - great if you're spending 1 or 2 nights, any longer, find somewhere else.

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Extraordianaryily Stupendous!!!! Home from home
21 January 2009
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That i couldn't stay longer
Pros
The staff, atmosphere, friendliness, hospitality, vibe, and the funky groovy times!!!!!
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This place rocks!!!!!! There are so many words i could say to describe my stay here. The main way of describing my stay is talking about the staff!!!! They are so welcoming and make you feel at home!!!!! You'll feel like you're old friends with Buds on the front desk, Vee will feel like your sister. Axel will be the guy you can never beat at pool, but love to play!!! Rina is at the bar where you can get all the gossip from. And if you wanna a good time-definitely go see Alex and Nate on the front desk, they know how to have a good time!!!! Just take my word for it, some of you may already of experienced it!!!! just have fun!!!!!!!

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Highly recommended!
16 May 2008
Cons
Out of town - this may be an advantage
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Helpful staff, spotlessly clean, good value food
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Stayed here in May 2008. The hostel is just under 15 minutes walk from the centre, but there is a regular free shuttle. I liked the location as Cairns town centre is noisy anyway. The staff here was incredibly helpful with tour booking, but I didn't feel like they were at all pushy (I even cancelled a tour I had booked through them as I changed my mind and they had no problem with doing this at all). The hostel itself is full of character, great atmosphere with lots going on and a decent all you can eat buffet every night which was good value. Only downside was the kitchens - too small, not enough fridge space and not as clean as the rest of the hostel. Overall I loved this place and would stay again.

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Best hostel I've ever stayed in.
7 December 2007
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A little out of town.
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Fantastic atmosphere. Great bar. Friendly staff.
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The best hostel I've stayed in. The staff is really friendly and the place has a lot of atmosphere. Free shuttle service into town. Cheap all you can eat buffet every night and great bar. Recommended for everybody looking for a good time.

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Great atmosphere, DONT WORK IN KITCHEN, drunken nights aplenty
9 August 2007
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Mum the bully chef, showers
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Atmosphere, backpackers who are employed as staff, bar
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Great hostel, had a good time, the best part is they employ backpackers to work as staff so those staff are cool as they know what backpackers want, the bar can be a bit quiet but its good to start a night out, cheap bar, the food is ok, different each night. All i can suggest if you need a job, dont work in the kitchen, work behind the desk or anything else but the main kitchen chef "Mum" is a nasty piece of work, twice he had me in tears for something minor (i forgot to check knives and forks), he also had a few other of my close friends whilst there (also workers) in tears. All i can say is your on a working holiday, you dont deserve to feel like shit whilst staying at a hostel just because they pay your accomodation, work elsewhere, but definately stay here!!! the atmosphere is fab. 99% brilliant hostel, sack mum and this hostel would be 100% class! :D

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Very clean, very friendly staff and an excellent atmosphere
27 April 2007
Cons
nothing. i love it here.
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Calypso is an extremely nice hostel. The staff are excellent and the guests are generally very friendly which can be attributed to the great atmosphere here. They offer a $9 all you can eat buffet every night & the food is outstanding. And $8 jugs of beer during happy hour. Crazy! Definately a great place to stay.

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Friendly staff, bright colors, and helpful booking info
16 April 2007
Cons
The rooms were a little dim and only one of the shared showers worked.
Pros
The people who work here! Really nice and helpful and at your level. Actually like what they do
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They have good, cheap all-you-can-eat dinner buffets every night, and they also serve a pretty good breakfast/lunch and a welcoming atmosphere. We were told we can order sandwiches for $5 the day before and have them ready for pickup the next morning so we can take them with us on our tours and things, but we never took advantage of that. The staff jokes around with you and is really nice. They have a free shuttle that goes to and from town pretty often, as well as to and from the airport (also free, so that's nice!). Everything is brightly-colored, but the rooms were not very brightly lit. Everything was pretty clean, the maintenance lady cleaned every morning. They had safe storage at the office, both for wallets and our big bags for after we checked out. Downstairs there were a bunch of computers with internet set up that were $4/hr to use, and multiple payphones. There's a kitchen a few feet from the room with a fridge you can use, a sink, stove, utensils, etc. There's also a grocery store just around the block and a 24-hr convenience store too. There are restaurants closeby if you don't want to go into town. They have lots of brochures and the staff know what to recommend, and they can book and confirm your bookings for you. The people who stayed there while we were there were pretty friendly. Cairns is a great town!

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Cracking atmosphere, the perfect hostel!
23 October 2006
Cons
Not a lot, but some of the beds are pretty creaky
Pros
Atmosphere and friendly knowledgable staff
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We arrived here just over a week ago, on the recommendation of a mate that passed through last year. We've been delighted. The place just looks cool to start with. With a nice pools, palm trees dotted all over. We've been staying in dorms, the seem to range between 4 and 8 people, and they're fine. Some of the beds are a little creaky, so it's hard to move around without making a lot of noise. Air con in some rooms works better than others. We're not doing this trip on a budget, so haven't even attemted to cook, so I won't comment on the facilities. The food onsite is excellent though. Both the breakfasts and the evening ll you can eat are excellent. The hostel is about a 15 minute walk into town, but don't let that worry you. They run a regular free bus into town. One of the best things bout this place is Glenn, Axel etc behind reception. We've bokked everything through them so far, they have extensive first hand knowledge of most of the trips they sell, and in some cases offer discounts. We've booked everything from 3 day trips to Cape Trib, to our 6 month Greyhound ticket. Come here and have a great time!

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JC.
exactly the same as the brochure
11 June 2006
Cons
treck into town!!!!
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Everything
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Been here twice now and its a really nice hostel, one of the best! clean, great facilitys and good nites! with the lack of cooking space its always good to have the all u can eat $7-8 themed food nites... unless ur the noodle, spag bog travelers($2 per week) They have a nice bar there which does offers on booze so enjoy the happy hours! :grin: and good areas to relax/lay down and do nothing... but overall its exactly the same as the brochure says and trust me thats a first out in oz!!

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Great atmosphere
23 April 2006
Cons
25min walk into town
Pros
Top atmosphere and colour lit garden/bar eat area
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Not much kitchen if I remember but nightly cafe... good internet, nice pool great place to stay. The place comes into its own in the evening colourfully lit outdoor area, with alternating meals... well subsidised if I remember right... Pool good with the heat... :D

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A Tropical Paradise
12 March 2006
Cons
The Mozzies
Pros
The Best Atmosphere
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This is about the only hostel I've ever stayed in that lives up to its borchure. The pics on the brochure portray a really nice relaxed atmosphere with people lounging by the pool and thats exactly what you get. During the day there is plenty of communal space to kick back and read either by the pool, in Zanzibar's or in the hammocks (just need to put on the old Aerogard first as the mozzies are everywhere) The kitchens are clean and tidy as are the bathrooms and laundry. The staff are helpful and efficient especially when it comes to recommending tours on the Great Barrier Reef or around Cairns and will even reserve tours for you. The shuttle bus into town is a great idea and runs every hour during the day- could do with it at night too as town is just too far to walk and it would save on taxi fares. Every night there is a different all you can eat buffet for $8 which is worth it. There is also a great atmosphere in the bar, everybody talks to everyone else whether it be over a game of pool or just at the tables. Met so many great people here. Most nights there is something to do in the bar, National flag fae painting, drinking games and the like with oppurtunities to win reef trips. The only problem is that these start about the same time as the bar crawls in town. I would highly recommend this hostel to anybody staying in Cairns and would definately go back there myself!

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Honestly the best hostel in Australia!
18 February 2006
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:laugh: I had the best time at this hostel, we heard about Calypso back down in Sydney (word of mouth) We were not planning on staying in Cairns long but we fell in love with the staff and vibe at Calypso and ended up stayin 2 months.Ive met some really good people here that I am going to keep in contact with. The Zanzibar is fantastic the best dinners (all you can eat) for only $8 and a perfect busy little bar with great music! The pool is average but good and deep so you can dive in! There a beautiful plants and tree all around the hostel.They have all the usual washingrooms, internet, kitchens and a good choice of different rooms at good rates. Dont let the fact it is 10 minute walk away from town-its away from the noise, there is great free bus runnin all day and the walk home after a night out helps sober you up!!You wont stay at another hostel as individual and special as this one!!! * * * * *

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Amber and Adam
overall great stay
26 July 2005
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These guys know what they're doing. After being picked up from the airport (free of charge) we arrived at Calypso to discover that they had us booked in on the wrong days...okay everybody makes mistakes...but the manager and staff went out of their way to book us into a dorm room free of charge for that night. We moved into the "honeymoon suite" for the next 2 days which definitely was A LOT cleaner (and had airconditioning). We ended up staying here for just over a week when we intended on 3 days. The staff assisted us in our travelling plans as we booked our trips and they did so with outstanding customer service. The down sides are that it is a little noisy at night if you want to sleep and the evening buffet-although it is only $7 and 30 steps away, it is very repetitive (same salad bar every night we were there), but an okay meal if you are feeling a little lazy and don't want to run out. The only other thing that Calypso is missing is perhaps a lounge area. It would be nice to sit and relax watching a movie after a long day rafting on the Tully River (a must do with Raging Thunder). Overall, a great place!

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Carey
Good, But Not Great
2 January 2005
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This hostel was very nice and friendly but a little overated I think! Our double room was very small and we had no where to hang anything and not even a mirror in the room. It was way too far out of town for the money we paid.

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spaynter
Ok if you want to party but too big and dirty
29 August 2004
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Calypso is for the young, party crowd. I found the place too large and disconnected. The food sucked and the people weren't that helpful. It's a great place is you want to get drunk- they have their own bar. There were lots of broken things in all the toilet and shower rooms. Overall it was boring .

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Leigh2
Bloody Excellent!
14 July 2004
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What can I say - these people know what hospitality is all about!!!! All the usual amenities are available ie:- internet,washing facilities,pool,safe,shuttlebus,small shop for personal items, but this place is HUGE on atmosphere!! -Knowledgable long term staff, who are friendly and helpful. You can be sure they will help you book your trips/tours wisely and your money will be well spent - they know their stuff!!! -Being fussy with my taste buds I was extremely impressed when I tried the great food and ended up eating there every night with it's different theme- italian, mexican etc, all you can eat for $7!!!Try the Sunday roast - it's just like being at home and even the locals eat here! -The bar area has a totally tropical feel with the palm trees, pool, great lighting and funky tunes played every night. Two happy hours, pool table and the bar staff make everyone feel welcome.Everyone picks up the vibe and I made some great mates here. The place is always clean - was very impressed with the bathrooms. The rooms are great have air con. If you go to Cairns go Calypso, because Calypso is Cairns!!

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meloddy69
The best!
27 May 2004
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Stayed in Calypso for nearly three weeks, last year, but thought should let everyone know what a fantastic place it is! Brilliant staff, great food and always something to do! Clean rooms and kitchens, would love to return again, hopefully soon!!

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Anonymous
Awesome!!!
14 April 2004
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Excelent. Clean, Safe, Fun and Friendly. Has a great atmosphere and outgoing staff. I would recomend this place to anyone who wants to have a great time. I look forward to returning to calypso during my next stay.

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Liliana Narino
exceeded my expectations
15 March 2004
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The atmosphere is so cool and friendly, the music is always funky and fresh, and the food is awesome! The free bus to town/airport is a bonus, and the staff there are so cool. The guy at the tour desk knew so much about all the local tours, I felt I was able to make an informed decision, and I was never disappointed with his advice, I had a BLAST!

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Anonymous
Pleasant stay, nice staff and atmosphere
4 March 2004
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Stayed at Calypso for 10 days. Really nice atmosphere. The staff were friendly and helpful. Really good, cheap all you can eat buffet dinners. Cheap drinks at the bar. Nice crowd. Free shuttel into town (although the walk is only 10 minutes) Nice clean pool. Some of the cleanest bathrooms/showers we have seen to date.

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