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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Ranked #21 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Cairns, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hostel has some of the best facilities I have seen in a hostel, and the price is cheap at $22 a night for a dorm room. The pool is awesome, the rooms all have an ensuite and there are several kitchens and common areas. Very clean hostel. The noise from the club wasn't too bad either. Only downside is... More

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Galway, Ireland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great hostel with everything you need, one of the best in australia. very clean, great place to meet other travellers and very central. staff were quite unfriendly though and not very helpful but it was busy period so may have been busy. Bar/nightclub is great criac.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly and helpful staff! Club/bar is good and reasonably priced great central location! Forgot the names of the 2 darlings who sorted me out on the desk but very helpful and nice bit of eye candy !

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far the best hostel in the whole of Australia/the world that I have visited so far. It will take some doing to beat Gilligan's. They have plenty of staff on reception who are pleasant and helpful. We stayed in at 8 man dorm and at $22 it was well worth the price. The beds were extremely comfortable and the... More

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Rome, Italy
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699 reviews 699 reviews
142 hotel reviews
1,549 helpful votes 1,549 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have never been to a place like this. everything seems very well organized and there are tons of teenagers ready to party everytime. Wi-fi 2 AUD per day. Our room was excellent, huge, clean, comfy and with a great bathroom. the only problem we found and that has spoiled quite a bit our staying has been the A/C. You... More

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Paris, France
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chose that hostel for 5 nights stay after a long road trip. We were so happy to discover that beautiful place with the swimming pool, restaurant and bars. That's a great place ! The room is great with big beds and nice bathroom in the room. Everything is clean and comfy. Party is great too, food is good and... More

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Cairns, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gilliagns is quite a big hostel and you could easily get lost in it. Found it to be very clean and nice and cold. However it was very hard to meet people around the hostel. The bar and pool were very big plusses. They always have something going on in the bar. Wet t shirt nights, foam parties etc. wouldnt... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place never fails to disapoint. Its everything you want in a hostel and all under one roof! Nightclub, pool, large screens, simple rooms and all clean and welcoming. We watched all major sporting events here over the grand final weekend too. Pool bar has an awsome all day atmosphere and the nightclub is mental. Bar and reception staff are... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very surprised at how clean and modern gilligans were! not a very personal hostel but then again its a huge hostel! its the ideal place if you want to party hard but if you want a few quiet nights here and there not so good. we were on the third floor and had a pool view stayed in... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Massive Not friendly No charm Impersonal Very very noisy with the night club in down of the building Good localisation, the rooms are clean and equipped The staff it's ok but not particularly nice. I waited 1 hour for checking Nothing more to add.

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Address: 57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 120
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