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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia

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830 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Great party hostel. Stayed in both a 4 bed and then moved to an 8 bed - four bed was nice on a very quiet floor and quite relaxing. 8 bed was on the second floor which was considerably louder and the music of the bar could be made out, but barely. If you are concerned about noise and party atmosphere consider a smaller dorm room. Both rooms were clean and spacious with their own bathrooms. I would definitely recommend Cairns and Gilligans to younger backpackers looking for a good time.


this was a really nice hostel. Great options to keep you entertained while staying there and lots of activities to do. I love this place.


Very nice hostel, better than some hotels I've stayed in. Not the easiest place to make friends, I relied on friends I'd made further down the coast to keep me company. But overall it's nice enough and it isn't too bad to sleep considering it is above a club (I was on 2nd floor and I slept fine)


Gilligans is nicely located in the centre of Carins, beside Rusty's market and a short stroll to Coles or Woolworths and the Lagoon. There is a big bar/nightclub downstairs but I couldn't hear this from my room. There are cheap meal & drink offers in the bar which is nice for backpackers on a budget. The rooms are nice with most having a balcony area and separate shower/toliet/sink areas. Storage lockers in the rooms would be a nice to have but there are only small lockers available.


This is a party hostel. Very young crowd. If you are looking to sleep go somewhere else.


Had a very fun stay, the staff were friendly and the people we met in our room were really friendly and good Fun!! The food deal in the evening was a good idea apart from it would have been nice to have a normal sized portion! Would deffinatly go back!!


I loved my stay at Gilligans. The location is awesome, you can easily book tours next door, they have a 'buy a drink, get a meal for free' thing going on . Its more a hotel with key cards and housekeeping then a hostel. Go there!


It was good, but if you are alone it's not a good backpacker to find friend! There a lot of other backpacker more friendly! If you are in group, it's a good place to party

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


Best hostel if you are looking for luxurious and clean stay..Very friendly staff especially Kimberly and megan make you feel welcome and ready to party.. A bit expensive than other hostels but the facilities and cleanliness are worth it.


I felt that because this hostel had won so many awards, the staff lacked in general helpfulness. I checked in and wasnt told where my room was and there where no room number pointers. A quick 'into the lift and turn right on the third floor would have been nice. Other that that, amazing hostel. Loads to do and very clean with kitchens and lounges on every floor. Having A bathroom and shower in each dorm was good too


The rooms were great, but very loud in the early hours due to the bar. The $3 meals were a great part. Only negative would be the bar staff were quite miserable and sometimes rude. Great pool!!


Very good party hostel!! Stay in the 8 bed dorm if you want to be up every night until 5am (2nd floor) - stay on the third floor if you want to have some quiet but also a good party! Reception is pretty good if you have a complaint. Beautiful facilities and bar - great location!! Will definitely come back :) No better place to stay as a backpacker in Cairns!


This hostel was amazing! Felt like you were at a hotel. The price was super cheap for what you get. The pool was a great feature super nice and a good place to just chill out for the day. A kitchen and lounge on each floor made for little crowding. Also they had an amazing supper deal where you would pay 3 dollars for a pop and get a home cooked meal! Or pay another 3 dollars to supersize it. Staff was really friendly and there are nice places to hang our while waiting for check in. Goodlocation

  • 24th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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