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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Ranked #8 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Reviewed September 15, 2011

We stayed in the cheaper party dorm above the club. Your beds shook till 6am by the bass. Nothing goon won't block out though. Had a good time. Cheap and the bunk beds are really big like a double bed. I shared one on about 3 occasions and split the cost with mates. Or did i?

  • Stayed: February 2011
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

nice hostel. Staff either threatened legal action if you tried to enter a room before two o'clock or flexed their bouncer muscle at you. On complaints of bedbugs a staff member came in and then said it must have been us bringing them in, even though none of us had any issues before. Free food's pretty crap but better than the wool shed's. Massive party joint.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

Drawbacks - you can’t check in until 2pm. Very little space in the bedrooms. No where near enough plug sockets in the rooms. TV rooms have no decent channels. Can be hard to sleep at night with the disco downstairs every evening until 3am. Positives - clean rooms. Free meal every evening in the bar. Balcony is nice outside every room and the kitchen is big and always clean.

Room Tip: Rooms are nice but small and ony 1 plug socket per 8 people in the rooms
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

really strict ( no drinks, sleeping bags, outside guests allowed in rooms), very impersonal, expensive, they're internet is awful as it crashes every 2 minutes, the free meals are the pitts and the guests tend to be in large groups so difficult to meet people if your travelling on your own. however the rooms are very nice, best to be on 3rd floor or above otherwise the noise will be too much to deal with every night.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

When I first arrived at Gilligans I did not know how I would survive the 3 nights I had booked here. The check in process was slow and then there was a queue for the lifts - I soon discovered why. There were two guys with a stereo riding up and down the lifts drinking bottles of wine and pressing the buttons for every floor. This sums up the maturity level of a lot of the people staying here.
Luckily for me I chose a small dorm and had considerate people so had no noise issues from within the room. As the music is constant this is something you can learn to block out - I only had one night (Sat) where you could actually hear people shouting.
The internet here is not free and neither is there free breakfast - instead there is a 'meal' which I did not attempt as it did not seem that appealing.

My advice to survive here is to make sure you have a few to drink so that you can sleep through anything!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

This place was great, it has massive bunk beds and everywhere is clean. The only down side is the cost of the Internet, it's extortionate! Best head down to Macca's where it's free!

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Keep away from this place, music was too loud, staff are very rude, kitchens were a mess and food all over the place, my food got taken by somebody. other guests were drunk and running up and down hall and fighting. house keeping are very rude and come in room and make noise when trying to sleep at 9.30 and then they say you should be up who are they to tell me this i'm on holidays. Prices in bar are exspensive cheaper else where next time I will go to YHA internet was too slow and exspensive.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Address: 57-89 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range: $21 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Gilligan's is the ultimate experience in accommodation and entertainment set in the heart of Cairns. Offering guests stylish backpacker accommodation, nightly entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere whilst soaking up the sun, why choose to stay anywhere else?All room types are fully equipped with full en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and four floors of communal areas. Or perhaps try our deluxe dormitories; designed to offer that little bit extra. Available in 4 and 6 bed configurations, these rooms offer TVs, refrigerators and some have a private balcony to kick back and relax after a long day at the reef, rainforest or even a lazy day by our pool.Free linen, Free car parking, Free crockery use in kitchens, VIP prices for in house guests, Half price to our international DJ eventsand so much more ... more   less 
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