The Espy Hostel

2.0 star property
Hostel with outdoor pool, near Cairns Esplanade

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The Espy Hostel

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Free WiFi, bed sheets
King Private with Ensuite
Free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of The Espy Hostel

7.0 out of 10 Good
7.0/10 Good

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Air conditioning
83 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 4870
Main amenities
  • Housekeeping once per stay
  • Outdoor pool
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Fridge in a common area
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • TV in a common area
Feel at home
  • Cookware, dishware and utensils
  • Terrace
  • Laundry facilities
  • Limited housekeeping
  • Outdoor swimming pools

Room options

King Private with Ensuite

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

1 Bed Mix 3 Bed Dorm with Ensuite (18-35 Age Only)

  • Sleeps 1
  • 3 Single Beds

1 Bed in Mix 4 Bed Dorm (18-35 Age Only)

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bunk Bed

1 Bed in Mix 2 Bed Dorm (18-35 Age Only)

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bunk Bed

Double Private with Ensuite

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Single Private Share Bathroom

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bed

Double Private Share Bathroom

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

1 Bed Mix 6 Bed Dorm (18-35 Age Only)

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bunk Bed

1 Bed in Female 4 Bed Dorm (18-35 Age Only)

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bunk Bed

1 Bed Mix 6 Bed Dorm with Ensuite (18-35 Age Only)

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bunk Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Cairns Central Business District
  • Cairns Esplanade - 1 min walk
  • Reef Fleet Terminal - 2 min drive
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre - 2 min drive
  • Cairns Marlin Marina - 3 min drive
  • Palm Cove Beach - 26 min drive

Getting around

  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 11 min drive
  • Cairns Station - 13 min walk
  • Freshwater Station - 16 min drive
  • Redlynch Station - 18 min drive


  • Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum - 7 min walk
  • Imm Thai Cafe - 4 min walk
  • Prawn Star - 7 min walk
  • Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant - 16 min walk
  • Salt House - 8 min walk

About this property

The Espy Hostel

The Espy Hostel offers a fantastic location, putting you only steps from Cairns Esplanade. An outdoor pool and a terrace are offered, and in-room conveniences include fridges and microwaves.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
The property is disinfected using an electrostatic spray
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 17 rooms


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Guests will receive smart lock details
  • Guests are required to download the property's Goki mobile app before check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms (speed: 250+ Mbps (good for 3–5 people or up to 10 devices))


  • No on-site parking

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities


  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Complimentary wireless Internet access (speed of 250+ Mbps (good for 3–5 people or up to 10 devices))

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop
  • Toaster
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils
  • Kitchen island


  • Housekeeping (once per stay)
  • Cleaning supplies

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guest room doors are sealed after cleaning.

Social distancing measures are in place.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


This property does not have lifts.
Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit on site.
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

The Espy Hostel Cairns
Cairns Waterfront Haven
The Espy Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
The Espy Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns

Frequently asked questions

Does The Espy Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, The Espy Hostel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at The Espy Hostel?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at The Espy Hostel?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at The Espy Hostel?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at The Espy Hostel?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at The Espy Hostel.
What are the check-in and check-out times at The Espy Hostel?
You can check in starting at 2:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
Is there an on-site casino at The Espy Hostel?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Reef Hotel Casino (6-min walk) and Cazalys Cairns (5-min drive) are both nearby.
What is there to do at The Espy Hostel and nearby?
The Espy Hostel has an outdoor pool.
What's the area around The Espy Hostel like?
The Espy Hostel is in Cairns Central Business District, a short 1-minute walk from Cairns Esplanade and 4 minutes' walk from Esplanade Lagoon.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Perfect Hidden Gem
As much as i want to keep this hostel a hidden gem, they deserve all the business possible. A simple yet welcoming environment, this place completely changed my prospective on hostels. It's not a party place and everyone respects one another, a very relaxed place. Location is centeral to everything in town on the waterfront, but the sounds of outside arent heard. I cannot recommend this place enough and cannot wait to return.
Katielynn, 8-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Suzanne, 7-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

4/10 Fair

We paid for a room to be on the Esplanade. It was a Hostel, not a Hotel so the expectation wasn’t high. The room and amenities were clean and tidy. The cleanliness m
Vaia, 2-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

4/10 Fair

Most people would probably call it a ‚cheap spot in the city center‘, but tbh it‘s really just a cheap spot because of the very cheap beds and matresses they provide. Yep, the matresses are dogs***. The whole place is more or less a hole. If you don‘t keep the AC, which is probably 50 years old, on for the whole night, you‘d probably sufficate. The AC is extremely loud (I had better sleeps in airplanes). Apart from that the rooms are tiny and the facilities are in really really bad condition, especially the toilets and showers. The permanent or longer-staying tenants are all a little bit sketchy and strange and one of them leaves tons of hairs in the bathroom everyday. The only (!!!) good thing this place provides is being close to the city.
Felix, 2-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

I was so impressed at the quality for a low budget place. The guests were very respectful, friendly. The kitchen facilities were good. I would stay again. I did notice someone was sleeping kitchen when I woke up at 5am. Not sure if he was guest in the hotel.
Clifmond, 2-night trip
Verified Orbitz guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

You can enjoy a free life. The staff cleans it every day, and you can make friends with other users.
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

The room and facilities were nice. Check in was the only issue because coming from out of the country I don’t receive SMS messaging in order to receive the code to access my room. Therefore I was standing outside for a while trying to call but no one answered a couple of times. Other people visiting helped me to call the emergency number in which the employee then came to give me my code. There should be a better system knowing that there are many international travelers who don’t have a SIM card to work in Australia as other visitors said they had issues as well.
3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A hostel with everything I needed, a great location and a friendly staff.
Jason, 7-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

2/10 Poor

Van, 4-night trip
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