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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

3.5 of 5
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57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
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Ranked #23 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

very much a party hostel, though they are stupidly strict on bringing in your own alcohol, they have security that come into your room in the evenings without knocking to demand to know if you have alcohol. if you are caught more than twice you will be evicted. purely because they want you to spend money in the bar downstairs.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great hostel. Well. It's a hotel with bunk beds really. Huge kitchens for cooking. Meals on offer in the hostel at great prices. Party atmosphere. Great pool and party games played around pool in night time. This is a classic backpacker Aussie hostel. Met some great people here!! This is party central of an evening.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed here for a few nights in May. From a facilities standpoint it is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Lovely ensuite dorm rooms with balconies, great pool area and the nightclub will have you partying long into the night at reasonable prices. On the downside I found many of the front desk staff to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a premium hostel for sure. If you want to party every night and lounge around by a decent pool and bar every night then it's perfect. Not so much on the off chance you want some sleep but it's to be expected. Overall: a right laugh. But still quite generic and impersonal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for 6 nights and had a great time. Hostel is very clean and very big. Big swimming pool area and huge bar and club area down stairs. Great food deals, free food with a drink deal every day and a lot more. Only bad thing: Kitchen. Every floor has a kitchen but most stoves don't work and on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in Gilligans at the end of our East Coast trip as recommended by pretty much every traveler we had met. We stayed in an 8 bed dorm as a group of 5 and weren't really expecting much of the dorm as we just stayed there to have one last party together. We were more than surprised with the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at gilligans for 4 days for a girls weekend away and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay! The bar is great, the pool area is wonderful, the rooms and facilities are all very clean and it is in a great location if you want to party or travel around Cairns. Many different activites close by and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a bad place to stay. Heaving with English though. If you are looking for cultural great barrier reef experience then avoid this place like the plague. If you are looking to get on the piss with the lads then i reccommend it. It really depends on what kind of "traveller" you are.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good sized room, very clean and a good bathroom. There were cheaper hostels around, but this was still significantly less than the rest of the East coast. Its a big hostel and very busy, it has an attached nightclub (Which people staying at Gilligans get free entry to) so if you're looking to party, this is where to stay.

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

Great review! Yes, we are THE place to party whilst in Cairns, with three fantastic bar areas and The Attic a sophisticated lounge bar right next door, why would you party anywhere else!? We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us at Gilligan’s, and that you made full use of the V.I.P privilege’s our guests have access... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed at Gillys for weeks. If you book 4 nights you pay for 3. They don't advertise this so make sure you ask! It is clean, modern and more like a hotel than a hostel but it is a party place. The cleaners wake you up at 10 which is annoying but ensures the place is always super clean. The... More 

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

We love you too! Thank you for taking the time to write us a 5 star review on Trip Advisor. We do have a stay 5 nights and pay 4 for your accommodation when booking with us directly. We take pride in the cleanliness of all areas of Gilligan’s. Our housekeeping staff start cleaning the dorms and rooms after our... More 

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