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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia

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1040 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 87%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

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great location, rooms with ensuite bathrooms that are cleaned daily, big kitchen but not enough possibilities to sit and eat. more like a hotel than a hostel. includes a massive pool, a bar/ Club/ Restaurant (you get a cute little bowl of food with every drink purchase), travel agent, ... twice a day annoying and loud announcements in the rooms but besides that a great place to stay :)


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 location, good place to meet people - as very easy to go for a drink with roommates at gilligans. Very clean felt almost like a hotel.


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...


Party Hostel :) This is probably the best party hostel I've been to along the east coast. It feels more like a hotel than a hostel though due to the size and the professionalism among the staff and organisation. It is a great place to party with its own nightclub. Not so easy to meet people though since there is not really a common area like in other hostels. Luckily I wasn't there on my own which made it a lot more entertaining.


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


Everything is awesome here!!!


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.

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