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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia

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1010 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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Free Wi-Fi is a must!!! Can t believe You have to pay for it!!!


Gilligans complex is cool, the hostel itself is just okay. Gorgeous pool area. Had some trouble with the others in our room but not the hostels fault, although you're more likely to get dirty people in a place with a party reputation than not. Staff were helpful and when moved rooms it was much better. Would stay again if had to but cheaper options seem as good. Great place for a weekend away or stag party.


Very nice hostel (overall high quality) but too much directed to young partying generation. I would not recommend, if you have more than 30 or you are not in the mood clubbing/partying.


Gilligans is a hostel for the ones looking for fun and party in Cairns, they have something going on in their bar/club every night. I've stayed there because my group of friends booked there. Its nice to have the private bathrooms etc. all connected to the dorms. Downstairs its pretty noisy, but you can ask for a bed on the top floor where it is quiet for sleeping.


After coming from Asia it seemed really expensive. But you pay for the social life of it. The rooms are good, kitchen facilities and lounge on every floor are great. But you have to make your own beds and take them off, pay for wifi, pay for computers, the dinner deal is quite good. And you get discount on drinks. But they charge you to get in friday Saturday. And the rooms are extra on Fri sat sun than weekdays. Everyone knows this is the place to go so that's why they can charge so much.


Absolutely loved this hostel, have nothing bad to say about it! The staff were welcoming from the minute I arrived, rooms were big and clean - loved the beds, most comfortable I've stayed in so far! It is a party hostel but I did manage to stay in a couple of times for trips the next day so it's possible! The club is really good & I had a really good time! Deffo will be coming back at some point


Nobody control people who are constantly drunk and it was always messy in the room. Except that, too many people in the kitchen so hard to cook something.


Great fun hostel to stay at, decent sized dorm and bunks. Staff at reception a pretty slow with checking in and checking out but they are freindly enough.


everything perfect except staff... but who cares?!


Absolutely loved Gillian's. We were in a 4 bed female dorm with ensuite, the room was big and shower was incredible. Honestly it felt more like we were in a hotel than a hostel. We did the buy a drink get a free meal deal in the bar on our first night and while the meal wasn't massive it was nice and you had the option to pay a little bit more if you wanted something a bit more substantial. I also sorted out my trip to Fiji with the tours desk who were super helpful. Perfect start to our trip!

  • 20th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Party hostel full of loud annoying people.


If you want to party this is the place to be. Make sure to sign up for Monday Mission.


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


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...


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!)


Great party hostel


If u wanna party, go to Gilligans


Loved it. Stayed 2 weeks. Know what you're getting into, though. Gilligan's is referred to as a nightclub with a hostel attached, and that's not far from the truth. If your room faces the back, you'll hear the club until the wee hours. The rooms that face the street are quiet though. It's the ultimate party hostel, and I loved it for that. If that's what you're looking for, you will too.


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


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

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