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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia

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86%

Rating
1268 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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89%

HUGE party hotel. The music was thumping into my room until 5am on a Saturday night. Gilligan's labels itself as "backpacker hotel" and not a "hostel" for good reason. The place is massive and very impersonal. If you are shy or a solo traveler, you may find this place hard to make friends. No free wifi and it doesn't reach most rooms. You need to go to the lounge to get a signal. Staff were kind of rude (especially security). Only come here if you're looking to party. Cheaper options closeby.


97%

Had a great stay!! Excellent staff good service and awesome party! Met some really cool people, defenently would recommend.


80%

Definitely a party hostel. You'll want a room that doesn't face the bar if you're trying to sleep.


54%

Incredibly rude bar staff, experienced staff swearing at me In the bar, bought it to the bar manager of duty mangers attention but just made excuses for their behaviour.


97%

Awsome Party hostel! Something going on everynight and a reel nice pool area. Surprisingly i got some pretty decent sleep and its really clean:) The DJ has ahard time playing an entire song and doing good transition though haha but after a couple beer you dont notice it anymore :P


97%

Great that each floor had a kitchen, air con wasn't working in the room so it was slightly hot but other than that had a great stay here!

  • 30th Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


46%

Hallways and rooms had an unpleasant stench and very difficult to get to sleep with the nightclub and bar staying open until the early morning.


89%

I loved this hostel! Amazing staff, clean facilities, such a fun party atmosphere! Thanks for a great time.


89%

Great hostel for those looking for a great night out and to meet new people. Not the best location as its a bit of a walk from the esplanade but still fine. Staff are very helpful sorting you out with trips, airport shuttles etc. 8 bed dorm was pretty cramped when full but otherwise clean and in good order. Facilities are good and the bar/pool area at the rear of the hostel is a great place to soak up the sun and relax with a few drinks and friends.


100%

Great location, great staff, lots of space in the room, very clean, great bar! Would definitely stay again!


86%

Ithought the hotel was great! It was clean and inviting. The staff were friendly and the facilities were good. The only negative for me was that you had to pay $2 a day for WiFi when most other hostels offer that for free.

  • 18th Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


77%

Positives: Good place middle of the main road and near a Coles, staff very friendly helpful and security very good. Negatives: two power points for a six bed dorm in this day and age is terrible. Had to use another floors toilets one morning about half 8 as they were all covered in sick. Not directly hostels fault, but would be nice to have them clean by the time of waking up!


63%

Party hostel - don't stay here if you want to sleep undisturbed. The hostel is huge with a nice bar.


100%

Stayed in a 8 Bed dorm. private balconay and Bath. Clean Place. Definitely !! Stay there again


80%

Typical industrial hostel. Unfriendly environment where it is hard to meet other travellers. They will charge you for everything trying to milk out every single dollar out of you. That being said the rooms were great and clean, the beds confortable. I would recommend it if you come as a group but not for solo travellers like me. They also had a cheaper price on site than on hostelworld, but they refused to give me this price instead of the one Stated on my reservation...


97%

Brilliant hostel to meet people and very central as well, loads of stuff to do.


94%

Honestly Gilligans is one of the nicest hostels I have ever stayed in. Not to mention their bar is so much fun and I was able to meet so many new people. Location is unmatched as you are able to get to anywhere else you need to in Cairns and they also have great staff to help arrange any tours or activities you are interested in. I highly recommend Gilligans, can't wait to visit again someday!

  • 3rd Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


86%

Great hostel for groups of friends but also for people travelling alone who want to meet people! I stayed in a 6 bed female dorm and it was really clean. Only downside is if you are wanting an early night the place is pretty lively! But would definitely go again.


97%

If you're looking for a good time in Cairns, Gilligan's is the place to go to. The staff is really helpful and friendly, the rooms are nice and clean and the atmosphere is full on party. Everyone is looking to meet people and have fun. If I ever go back to Cairns in my twenties that's where I'm staying for sure.

  • 24th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


91%

Such a fun place to stay if you're looking for a party-oriented hostel! The music wasnt overly loud during the night for me but this also depends what room you're put in. 8 bed dorms have their own shower and toilet connected. Beds are so comfortable (in backpacker terms) and kept very clean. Loved having a pool. The kitchen has good food and really good dinner deals for backpackers on a budget. Not a terrible price for what you get overall compared to other hostels.

  • 22nd Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


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