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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

#25 of 83 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
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57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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#25 of 83 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Price per night is fantastic value & includes the night meal...a rice or pasta dish. You can add more or not! When busy there is plenty of room around the bar area to mingle & have a beer...spirits or cocktail. Luved the pool area...yes it has a pool! Each floor has its own stainless steel kitchen with big fridges... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Remember that this is a hostel, not a hotel! And located in a resort/party city. If you want to stay in the most popular place, it will be loud, it will be crowded, and the staff have likely dealt with a lot of crazies throughout the day (and more at night). The pool was great and the bar area was... More 

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Ellensburg, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at Gilligans for a total of two days... I ended up checking out early and going to another hostel. The rooms were okay, if you don't mind an Aircon set to 'hot and humid that you're not allowed to adjust', and noise. My room wasn't above the nightclub, it was above rustys but i could still hear the... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything with this hostel was great but you're aloud to drink alcohol in the hostel, but if you're rich you can spend your money in the bar. Other than that it's a great hostel with rooms with balconys.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a honest review ..After travelling for 3 days from the uk arriving at 6am.. I was greeted with a rude Mr arsey receptionish after traveling for 3 days not what you hopes for sure he was called Scott ... He told me rudely come back at 2 and that was the end of that and asked if there... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went to Gilligans backpackers for a night out great venue for live bands out the back bar heard a really good band named Dr Elephant worth a listen cheap drinks and a great atmophere definately a great place to start a night out no cover charge either if your early enough :-)

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff was friendly. A famous lounge bar is located at ground floor of the hostel, so there was a lot of noise. Even if my room was located far from the club, I could still hear the bass booming from the club. The other things were nice. There's a bathroom in each dorm room. And the kitchen and living room... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place. Travelling solo, I tend to notice where I stay more intricately than when I travel with others, and Gilligan's was brilliant. Helpful staff, great laundry and kitchen facilities, clean dorms with an en-suite bathroom and big comfortable beds, cheap beer (for Australia) and full of friendly people. There's always something going on for those looking for fun and... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much fun here, it's exciting lots of people to meet friendly atmosphere fantastic nightlife great location, rooms are clean and fairly modern. if your backpacking in cairns you'd be a fool to miss out on this one !

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here for around 5 nights and really wasn't impressed. The staff were quite unfriendly/unhelpful and even confrontational with regards to a booking. I think the reputation of the hostel being the biggest/best in Cairns may have gone to their heads. It appears that the hostel attracts a certain type of backpacker, and would say that if you don't have... More 

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Vanessa S, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for the review about your recent stay with us at Gilligan’s. Our reception staff do their upmost to assist our guests so I will look further into your comments and pass them on to Management. We have two entertainment venues our Gilligan’s Bars and The Attic nightclub. Gilligan’s Bar has always hosted international acts, had bar games for... More 

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Address: 57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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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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