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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

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3.5 of 5
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57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Ranked #24 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone saying Gilligans is the place to be has got it right. Yes gilligans is a party hostel which includes nearly everything you will need. I called to make a reservation and I spoke with middi she was very helpful making sure my dates were correct middi was singing away to her self whilst taking my booking. Upon arrival I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great stay here, had an 8 bed dorm. Great balcony, clean comfy beds. Met so many great people and there's a lot of social activities. 2 negatives; you can't bring your own alcohol (annoying as we are backpackers and need to pre drink a lot) and you have to pay for the wifi which has the worst connection ever. Other... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have stayed and as I write this I am staying here and now. I have experienced so many problems with the staff especially the supervisor MARC on my arrival this guys attitude stank! It's only as the days passed I was told by other member of staff in there own words he was a moron. And to the other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I didnt actually stay here but i did come to the night club nearly every night of my trip and I loved it! Such an awesome vibe, amazing music and great drinks. And always busy! We came on Tuesday night and had so much fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A group of us stayed here for our last few nights in Australia and it is one of the best hostels we have stayed in. Perfect location. The facilities are fantastic with a pool and club attached, kitchen for every floor, balcony with the rooms. The rooms are comfortable with great bathrooms and lockers for valuables. The staff are really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great hostel, it busy and lively and great for meeting people. The rooms are clean as are the bathrooms and communal kitchens (one on each floor so they do not get crowded). The bar is a little crazy but good fun. They do great food and drink deals and the food is very tasty. The live music in the early... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in a 4 bed private room for the first leg of our travels in Australia. Not much to complain about. Housekeeping clean the bathroom every day, (the housekeeping team deserve a lot of praise!) clean sheets every 5 days and the travel desk downstairs are so helpful! Always able to give advice/tips on how to save money. The... More 

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

Thank you for your review, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Gilligan’s. We pride ourselves on providing cleanliness and a comfortable stay for all of our guests, so we are glad to hear that this exceeded your expectations and your comments will be passed on to the relevant departments. Our security staff are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's nothing much to say - Gilligans is just awesome! If you go to Cairns then definitely go there, the rooms are super clean, every floor has its own kitchen so it's not super crowded, the pool area is nice and it is located very central. Even people who don't stay at Gilligans always end in the Gilligans bar on... More 

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

We love hearing about our guests awesome experiences with us, so thank you very much for taking the time to send us your feedback! Our spacious clean kitchens on every floor provide a great spot to mingle with fellow travellers, however if you don’t feel like cooking our talented chefs are on hand in our bar (and don’t forget our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited a while ago and it's a nice clean hostel with really good facilities! Would recommend to anyone who is looking for fun and partying with lots of like minded people! Probably not the best choice of you are after a decent sleep every night as it can be quite noisy. The food was good value and although it... More 

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

It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at Gilligan’s and our fantastic facilities. We do recommend that for a good nights’ sleep to book a higher level floor, however earplugs are also available for purchase at our 24 hour reception. Thank you for taking the time to submit your positive review! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very good hostel, feels almost like a hotel. The rooms are clean and spacey as long as you're in a 6 bed dorm. These rooms are on a higher level, which also means you don't have any problems with the noise from the bar/club. I was a bit afraid this was only about partying but even if... More 

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

Wow what an awesome review! Thanks so much for sharing your comments on Tripadvisor, I’m sure other travellers will find your feedback useful when planning their travels. Spacious kitchens are available on every floor as well as a chill-out communal area, which makes Gilligan’s a great spot to meet fellow travellers! En-suite facilities are also included in all of our... More 

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