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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia

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85%

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813 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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83%

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.


94%

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


91%

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!!


89%

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!


97%

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)


60%

The hostel staff ruin this place. They seem uninterested in guests and appear to be quite snooty the majority of the time. Check in is at 2Pm and the queue to actually get checked in is at least an hour long. I think that's quite cheeky considering the fact they have a ridiculous 10am check out policy. The actual hostel is incredibly Cringey - jelly wrestling and the likes. I've stayed at party hostels throughout Oz and SE Asia but this one was just too much.


100%

What a place - a backpacker institution! Thanks for having us, we had a ball!


89%

Gilligan's is definitely the party-hostel in Cairns. The bar is the party place to go in Cairns, therefore if you want to go out, you're right at this place. There, you can meet locals as well as backpackers from other hostels. The hostel itself is good as well, nice clean rooms with bathroom ensuite and lockers for your valuables. Although the bar is right next to the hostel the rooms are quiet. But like all big hostels, it is not that social like a small one. Still a good place to stay.


80%

Was good to stay in a central location so close to everything. had a great vibe with other patrons also.

  • 18th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

Off tap!!!

  • 15th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


100%

What a great hostel! Felt like we were staying in a hotel! Rooms were spacious and spotless. Atmosphere amazing. Staff really went the extra mile when Cyclone Ita was on it's way and let us use their phone for 45mins to change our flights. It is a party hostel so I guess there is a lottery to who's in your room, so long as you're aware of this before you go, then you'll be fine!


97%

Best place to stay in cairns!

  • 28th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


97%

Cheap, fast wifi! Fun, clean hostel with a great backpacker vibe. Nightly events in the bar, big kitchens, and nice common areas to hang out in. Staff were very helpful and friendly, but checking in/out takes a long time. The girls at the travel desk were SO helpful and booked all of the best tours for me! The daily Gilligan's tours are fun and end with drinks in the bar with your group. The female bartenders were rude and never smiled: they gave awful service. Great party hostel & cool people!


83%

Hostel that thinks its a hotel. Clean rooms and facilities, But staff seemed put off and above you, especially solo travelers I found. There was a large amount of groups of travelers which made it a little more difficult for the solo traveller but regardless a good place to stay if you want to party. The pool and bar deck was the best part


86%

Bring Ear Plugs or get drunk enough to pass out ;-)


89%

Really enjoyed our stay here, the hostel was very clean and had plenty of facilities. If you're looking for a big hostel with a party scene then this is the one to go to.


83%

This is one of the best hostels in Cairns. Very comfortable beds for a start, good rooms, en suite showers and toilets. Staff are helpful and friendly, no need to pay a deposit for plates or cutlery which is good. Location is excellent. If your looking to party, here is the place to come. Great nights out in the hostel, good parties, wet t shirt competition and was a modeling competition on when I was there. Also if you dont want to go out the rooms manage to keep out the noise from the club.


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