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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Ranked #14 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Cairns, Australia
1 review
“good for everyone!!”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

To be honest, it is one of the best backpacker hostels I have been to. The rooms are clean, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere downstairs at the bar is excellent.
Correctly it won a lot of prices and I think it will win some more.
I stayed at the Gilligans Backpackers for a few weeks and I can give everyone a guarantee, that you will enjoy your time there. You have everything you need, the pool, the lagoon close to the hostel, a good nightlife around you and a good sleep. The king size single beds are really good :)
You can come alone or with other friends and you will meet a lot of new people and new friends as well.
I came here and I found really good friends.
especially Bobby, the friendly receptionist is one of my best friends here. He always is honest and a really good guy.
His job means a lot to him and he always tries his best. Actually he likes his work and you can see that. A smile to everyone and being friendly are his trademarks.
But everyone who is working there is friendly and helps if you need some help.
So enjoy your stay there, have a good time and you will see it is definetly worth it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

We stayed in a six bed dorm for about $30pn and the room was on the third floor right above the nightclub. All night you can hear the beat of the music and screams of frantic girls below. It would be alright if they didn't play exactly the same songs all night every night, if you think you'd be good in groundhog day then go to town on this place.
The rooms are however so clean and pretty spacious with balconies, definitely the best hostel room I've stayed in. The air con though is just a brick grate in the wall which switches off if you open the balcony doors meaning your bed gets damp. Staff on reception seem to struggle with social interaction and customer service doesn't appear to be important here in this 'party hostel'.
100% check out other locations for going out as you'll get bored of the same tunes within 12 hours. Apart from that it's genuinely the only place worth staying if you want to meet people.
FYI the 'free meal' between 6 - 9 is if you purchase a drink to accompany it and is a childs portion.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

I was very surprised at gilligans i heard its reputation of being a party hostel and thought id just book a few nights as id probably get no sleep. I was wrong. The place is huge more of an all inclusive hotel than a hostel and i didnt hear any noise at night because the rooms are somewhat sound proof and away from the club. The rooms were really nice with ensuite bathroom. The only fault is the aircon is freezing and you cant change it. Its very dusty too as the cleaners are backpackers so have no idea how to clean and come in waking you up with their personal convos, apparently it takes 5 to clean a room. The reception staff are pretty rude and very slow. But apart from that great hostel with good entertainment and nightlife!

Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2014

I stayed in Gilligans for 7 days and really enjoyed my time.
Okay , to all the 18-25 yr old guys reading this ....... Man , THIS HOSTEL HAS THE
BEST LOOKING WOMEN , POSSIBLY IN THE WORLD!!!!


Hahah it really is a fun place , its also a resort with a lagoon and bar + at night it turns into a nightclub. If you are looking for a place to go to bed early + wake up early , this probably isn't the place for you:

If you are looking for fun , lots of drinks and to mingle with a lot of people at night , this place IS FOR YOU.

Dorms are clean and large (I stayed in a 4 bed).

Only negative is that the dorms have constant A/C working , and you can't not change the temperature or turn it off at all.

Other then that , Id say 4/5 stars!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Had a brilliant time at this hostel, my last stop on my east coast trip. Brilliant room mates, big and tidy kitchens and top nightlife. Definitely stay here or you'll be missing out big time!! Cheap or free meals with a drink purchase was an awesome deal too :)

Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Very disappointed at how I was treated at Gilligans tonite by staff !! Very pathetic and would not recommend this place to anyone Who expects a table to sit at while they eat when 70% of the eating area is "reserved" and no one is at that table but u get kicked off it of ur not the person that reserved it

Stayed April 2014
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Airlie Beach, Australia
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Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

I stayed for 3 nights and from the moment I arrive the staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms are very clean and spacious.
Gilligans has everything you need at your doorstep and it's bar downstairs is a great place to meet new friends.

Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Property: Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Address: 57-89 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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