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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia

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89%

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976 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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94%

awesome. most people stay here so bump into lots of east coast mates there. always something on. nightly free food (when buying a drink) is great value as you can just buy a softie. don't forget to use your keycard to get discounts at the bar tho!! clean rooms and kitchen with lockers and every room has balancing doors


97%

We really enjoyed our stay at Gilligan's, the staff were always really helpful and friendly. The atmosphere was great, the bar downstairs was a highlight of a night out, you were able to meet lots of people, have cheap alcohol and a short trip back up to bed! If partying is not your seen the rooms were still really quite at night and you couldn't here the bar downstairs at all- which is great if you have to be up early for a flight or trip! Overall it was a GREAT time...


37%

In three months of travelling I have never had worse customer service. The staff are absolutely terrible. It's worth noting that if you are travelling with someone, it's in no way guaranteed you will be put in the same room (most people I met were separated despite it being such a big hostel.) Rooms not particularly clean either. The only good thing about the hostel is the bar- I would recommend staying elsewhere and just coming to the hostel at night (even guests have to pay entry anyway!)


100%

Great party hostel


66%

If u wanna party, go to Gilligans

  • 28th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


86%

So clean! Most staff are good. Bar staff are useless and inefficient! Good hostel.


86%

Clean your room everyday, nightclub downstairs is cool if you're trying to get wasted every night but there are good ways to save money and it's pretty much one of the best nightlife spots in the area. The pool is a nice touch. But in the bar area during the day people come in and try to sell you pub crawls like basically every other commission based travel sales person on the streets of Cairns

  • 25th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

Everything is awesome here!!!


86%

Loved that there were bathrooms in each room, there was a balcony and the beds were rather large. The $3 AUD backpacker meal (after purchase of a schooner of coke - or $1 extra for a beer) was fantastic and really helped the budget.


83%

I expected Gilligans to be a non stop party hostel but in fact was pleasantly surprised that it was a lot more relaxed than I envisioned. They could do with more toilets on each floor as if someone is using the bathroom in your room, you just have to wait until they're finished. Staff were ok but didnt really give me any info when I checked in on any of the facilities. Best part was the free meal with the purchase of any drink.


89%

Great loved this hostel one of the best I have stayed at! But was I shame I had to queue forever to check out as they had next to no staff checking people out and they where taking a long time doing so


97%

Rooms were very comfortable with a kitchen on each floor. Great staff down stairs to plan out your trip and make bookings. BEST BAR area I have been to. They have a club down stairs with a different theme each night. Pool is always closed it seems like, but nice. Short 5 min walk from the Lagoon.


80%

Massive hostel!! More like staying in a hotel! But each floor has its own kitchen. The rooms were a little bit cramped but clean. And although it has a massive bar/club - you don't hear the noise from it at night. Really good atmosphere in the bar, with good value drinks! :)


86%

One of my favorite hostels I've ever stayed at.


89%

When I first arrived at the hostel, the staff checked me in in quickly and politely. They also gave me information on where to go and what to do. Room was on the first floor above the office, so nights were loud because of the club. To be expected, they do tell you that there's a club downstairs. Just remember earplugs.


86%

Great hostel, easy to meet people, incredibly clean. This place looks and feels kind of like a resort but the staff are incredibly rude and unhelpful. From the cleaners to security to the front desk I had nothing but bad experiences from them.


100%

Loved my stay here, more like a hotel than a hostel, so clean, and great atmosphere

  • 1st Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


77%

Lively atmosphere where there's always something going on. It's a big hostel so not for people wanting a bit of a chilled one. Had an amazing time there but their security are awful, aggressive for no reason and power mad. Lots of rules there, especially with drinking your own alcohol in the hostel


66%

Good location, close to shops and the lagoon. staff aren't very helpful, check in takes a long time and there were ants in the kitchen. also annoying having 1 shower between 8 people.

  • 27th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


94%

One of the best hostel I've stayed in! The bar is great and they have free dinner if you buy a drink (that is 4 or 5,5 dolars). The facilities are perfect! But you have to pay for the internet (and try on the time otherwise if doesn't work they can't do nothing and you have to pay again). But is definetely a great place to stay, i'd come back for sure!


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