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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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86%

Rating
739 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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94%

Lovely hostel! I stayed in an 8-bed dorm and had good fun! Common areas of the hostel were all kept spotless but felt our room needed more than a good clean at some stages. Best nightclub in Cairns attached but the staff here were a bit on the grumpy side. Only other negative was the long queues at reception which meant you were waiting a while when you just want to buy internet access or rent a hairdryer.

  • 7th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


94%

Great how a kitchen was on each level!! Some staff were so nice and helpful!! Some were rude!! I didnt even want to ask again for help when that member if staff were there! Was next door to bar and great dicounts! Also being next to a bar wasnt that loud at all.in rooms! Aircon was great in rooms as very humid, maybe a bit too cold? Overall great stay


63%

Poor check-in efficiency,rude staff swimming pool could do with an sti check and some chlorine. Dj ruined some great club tunes with the likes of s club 7 halfway between tracks other than that great aircon in room 220

  • 4th Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


83%

Great facilities. delux room was awesome. Events on every night, definitely a party hostel.


94%

Stayed In Gilligans first week in January, had the time of my life! Best Hostel I have ever stayed in… big beds, really clean, kitchen on every level, huge balconies, ensuite, swimming pool, nightclub, cheap food, friendly staff, it's never ending!! I have just booked to come back in May for my birthday with a girl I've met travelling who has a mutual love to Cairns :) It is a party hostel though FYI.


66%

The staff is so rude! They dont even look at you when you are speaking with them. They are not service minded at all! How hard can it be to SMILE!

  • 3rd Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

Loved it. The club downstairs is brilliant!!


80%

kitchen was clean as well as rooms. rooms were spacious. bar tender was nice, man with the dreads, we loved him. pool was great and clean as well. the only thing bad we have to say about this place is that the front staff was absolutely rude and unprofessional. they could care less about you....but u dont have to deal with them too much so all in all gilligans was great! a huge upgrade compared to other hostels.


100%

Everything is perfect if you are a backpacker. Nice bar and nice partys but you can sleep quietly if you want. Kitchen are really clean and organized. Lot of space.


80%

One of the best hostels I've ever been, except for not having free wifi!

  • 15th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


69%

It is a good hostel with a nice layout but it has got a limited focus on people who only one party a lot. So not the best fit for me but maybe a perfect one for some one else. The backpacker scene in Australia is different than in other countries and that atmostphere is very visible in gilligans. Not much the hostel can do about that


74%

Staff was busy and a bit rude. Younger crowd for sure (18 - 24), conveniently connected to a busy night club. Fun place to stay if you want to party, rooms are spacious w/ balconies- does not allow alcohol in rooms. Great location in Cairns, convenient. Charges are higher for everything, towels, internet, laundry, etc.


83%

Stayed three nights in 4 dorm deluxe. That was perfect with own fridge, tv and bathroom incl shower as well as a large balcony. The Staff was very friendly and helpful. Good for all who like to party, own Club with lots of Events and live bands.


86%

If you've got day trips booked & need a good nights sleep to be up early, be careful. I had some very inconsiderate people in my dorm, stumbling through the door drunk at 5am, turning on lights, banging into things, making lots of noise, playing loud music. This happens in ALOT of rooms! 8 people in a 6 bed dorm... one girl brought her backpacker friends in, they shared a bunk, split the price between 3, made more mess than we thought was possible! Luckily, they checked out before i complained!


83%

Great place for young and party people. Beautiful rooms and bathrooms. Clean. Hot showers. Helpful staff. No free internet.


91%

This was one of the cleanest hostels I stayed in in Australia. Facilities were great and felt safe. Was not too easy to socialise with new people due to the size of the hostel. Would recommend everyone to stay there!


97%

I had a brilliant stay at Gilligan's, the staff were friendly, the rooms were hygienic and the party atmosphere was the best you'll find for a hostel in Cairns (which is awesome!). The room lockers were a bit small for an item like a computer but otherwise safe and suitable.

  • 29th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

This was like going to spring break. The "Hostel" is really an ent. complex that also offers a place to stay. Massive nightclub and outdoor bar w/ activities happening daily including things like "jello wrestling Tuesdays", "Wet T shirt Contests Sundays". Huge pool with waterfall. It was an unexpected surprise which we were into but I could see how some backpackers but not be into the whole club/spring break thing. Definitely suited for the 18-mid twenties crowd. Request St side 4 quiet rooms

  • 22nd Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


80%

Everything was very new, the beds comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. This is a place you go to if you want to hide (as it's so big) or if you want a party. The common areas are a little crappy, but they have the bar downstairs and the pool area to make up for it. Slight discounts for drinks and food. Really not a bad place for a large hostel. The one big let down were the staff, why aren't you happy working in a hostel? A least be a little interested in your guests and customer service.


83%

Best hostel in cairns. Almost just like a nice hotel. Very clean and sick nightlife!!

  • 20th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


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