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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

3.5 of 5
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57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
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Ranked #22 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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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
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Edinburg, New York
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

When other reviewers have commented on the noise, the management have responded with - maybe you should have booked a dorm away from the bar area. I went one step further as I was travelling with my Dad and booked a private hotel room. First of all, I 100% agree with everyone else that says the reception staff are rude.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So I stayed here for 4 nights and I wish i had booked to stay longer. The atmosphere is great. Even better if you have come alone, and then made friends. Its great to get cheap food and is definately one of the livlier hostels for backpackers. I would stay here again for sure.

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London, United Kingdom
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While Gilligans manages to tick off some fairly crucial boxes in the accommodation department; friendly staff, clean rooms and good location, it wildly over compensates on peddling the experience for 'yoofs'. Think wet t-shirt contests and constantly thudding music. Upon being told you're staying there, any local will immediately assume you're under 20 and in the market for an STI.

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Townsville, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In Cairns for the weekend to meet friends from NZ and had seen many reviews on 'Gillys'. Also recommended by the host at the place I was staying as a good place to start. Pool closed at night but they had a live band out the back and DJ in the front Bar, and lots of drink specials. Cover charge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gillian's is labelled the 'party hostel' of cairns and it delivers on this promise. The rooms are good and it's a good place for meeting new people as there is always something going on. All the other facilities are also good and with a club downstairs that is one of the main places to be in cairns it makes for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Best hostel ever been to. Lived up to it's reputation! After spending three months in the out back and coming to this hostel it was so clean and the atmosphere was amazing. Something to do every night so very easy to mingle and make friends. Cheap wifi compare to other hostels and great meal deals - 10 bucks for meal... More 

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

This was my first ever time staying in a youth hostel and was the first night of an organised tour. The facilities at this hostel were amazing! Pool, bar, club night, TV rooms etc. The wifi was also really cheap too ($2 for 24hrs). The place was very clean and spacious, and the staff were very helpful. It also had... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So far, the best hostel I've ever been. Spacious, tidy, and very clean. Good wi-fi even though you have to pay for it (2$/24h). Discount for meals and drinks at the bar. A must do for those looking for party at night downstairs.

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

The perfect hostel. More like a hotel Gilligans is brilliant. Vibrant night life, good affordable food, decent priced bar, good en suite rooms, good communal area and fantastic location. Wouldn't change too about it, it's easily the best place to stay in cairns

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice hostel filled with young backpackers and friendly staff. The accommodation was very clean and at night the downstairs turns into a bar and club. This then becomes the epicentre of the Cairns night life guaranteeing an enjoyable night. Great stay and highly recommend to any young person visiting Cairns!

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