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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 #24 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I phoned Gilligans before my stay to inquire on how to get there with a 1 am flight. I got told to take a taxi, "I should be able to afford it". Staff doesn't have to comment about a guest's financial situation. When I got there at 1:30 am I dealed with a rude member of staff who copied my... More 

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Huddinge, Sweden
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at Gilligan's in june for a week and I loved it! However, because of the poor check out information and the foul handling of it by reception, my experience really got destroyed. The day I was gonna check out I went down, left my key, and went back up to just put som make-up on. I totally understand... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive walking into the hostel which looked more like a strip club on the way in! But the staff were friendly and professional - There was an issue with my booking as it was done through a travel agent (tip: just book directly through them rather than through a different source!) but... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was meant to stay here for five nights and ended up staying for over two weeks! I stayed in a 6 bed female dorm, very spacious, own bathroom and shower which were kept very clean. Housekeeping came every morning (a bit annoying when hungover). My room was very near the club but definitely not too noisy as I managed to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After staying in over 12 hostels, Gilligans was my favorite hostel. (I would consider it more of a resort than a hostel.) Stayed in an 8 bed room for five nights and only had fantastic hostel mates. We all got along very well even when new travelers rotated through. The room and beds were clean, the personal shower, bathroom and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Because I heard so many good stories about Gilligans, I booked it for a week in October when I was getting my PADI in Cairns. However, I booked the cheapest room there was (backpacker style) and it was the 10 share dorm and it was right above the nightclub. You could feel your bed shaking from the loud music. With... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rooms: - Stayed in 6 person room (reasonably clean!) - Good location - Not too noisy around us Location - Great Atmosphere - Went in Jan 2014, busy but great! - Nightclub is decent with good music Food - Free meal is reasonable Overall: - Would recommend for young groups looking to have fun/drink/socialise

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If u want female only dorm - be aware that they will mix up rooms whether you like it or not.... As a solo female traveller I specifically booked a female 4-bed dorm which was fine for first night but when my room mates left they moved 3 MEN into my room, which I was completely uncomfortable with. I went... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

---Cons--- Long check in process (30 minute line) Extra charge for internet $4. Could not get reception on my phone in the room and just a trickle in the common room. Elevators were very slow, ended up just taking the stairs One electrical outlet per room of four - what a nightmare Very limited A/C Only provided sheets - no... 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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