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Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

If you're coming to cairns you must experience this place even if it's only for 1 night! We stayed here for 5 nights and absolutely loved the place! You also don't have to go out every night and get smashed (like we thought after reading reviews) just to have a good time! The beds are so big and comfy we...

1Thank ZoeSmith2131
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gilligans is for one thing: partying, getting a tan by the pool and flexing those excellent muscles of yours. Gilligans is NOT for sleeping and relaxing and everyone I met on Oz's eastcoast agree. The decibel is waaay over the top and party goes on long into the night. The hostel has a tourist industry feeling to its atmosphere. Wifi...

Thank Magnesiun
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved this hostel! Rooms were clean, beds comfy and rooms were spacious. There was also decent kitchen facilities on each level which was good as they were overcrowded. Amazing pool/bar area which was a lot of fun, great place to meet people. It's also located really central, close to everything. Only slight negative was that some of the staff were...

Thank Kirsty M
Venice, California, United States
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the things every backpacker must do at some point in Cairns, (even if one for one night), in stay at Gilligan's. I'm not quite sure if there is any hostel that parties quite as hard out there. Gilligan's includes a large resort-style pool, two bars, two dance floors, and a casino. That's right.. a casino in a hostel....

Thank DeeTravels94
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone knows full well going to this place it's going to be carnage and sleeping is not going to be a thing! People saying 'ohhhh I couldn't get to sleep, I spent the day stroking turtles and just needed an early night and I couldn't with the noise!'.....oh don't cry about it you little ferret faced weasels!! Rooms are very...

Thank Liam O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gilligans Backpacker Hotel and Resort is the place to go if you are looking for a good time in Cairns! I stayed here for a couple of months and it has been the greatest experience somebody could ask for. The bar serves good drinks which are cheaper than most places in town. There are daily drinking deals which are amazing....

2Thank Estelle D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A pretty nice hostel for the price and the location is great. Close to a lot of shops and restaurants and convenient to have the bar and club right downstairs. Only a few flaws. One is that the cleaning staff barged in when we were changing in the morning and proceeded to clean the bathroom area. Also multiple cockroaches were...

Thank Katie H
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have no idea how this place is a 2*? The booze is cheap (except shots) the musical excellent, has a cinema size screen by the pool for sports. Has 3 bars!! Has clean toilets. Many organised activities from the hotel & excursions. Would visit again

1Thank Morgan R
Vanessa S, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a 5* review. We are glad to hear you highly enjoyed your stay with us at Gilligan’s, taking advantage of some of the fantastic deals and facilities we have to offer. Gilligan’s offers 7 nights a week entertainment with $4 dinner deals every night of the week. We hope you enjoy...

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 nights, two in an 8 bed dorm and 3 in a private room. Although it is quite noisy because of the nightclub downstairs, we had a really comfortable stay at Gilligan's. Maybe try some ear plugs if it bothers you that much? The rooms are a great price and the hostel is...

1Thank Nicola B
Vanessa S, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review on TA. We are happy to hear you had a comfortable stay with easy arrangement of room changes. Gilligan’s offers our guests a number of rooms facing away from the club which reduce the amount of noise during your stay for a comfortable nights sleep, just speak to a...

Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed at the Gilligans Backpackers for three days at the end of a long trip trough Australia. There are a lot of possibilities to park a car just around the corner. The Gilligans is a very large modern party-hostel for young people. Maybe I wouldn't stay here if I was old, but for young folks it's awesome. The hostel...

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

Thank you for taking the time to recommend us to your fellow travellers. Gilligan’s is located in the centre of the Cairns CBD, so you never have to wander to far from the hostel. Gilligan’s is an award winning nightclub, featuring guest artists and 7 nights a week entertainment, the social buzz will guarantee you make some great friends during...

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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 

Additional Information about Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Address: 57-89 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: €31 - €106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 120
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“Ask the reception staff about special offers for the different roomtypes.”
 of 5 bubbles 879estelled, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Request a 4 bed dorm on the higher floors if you don't want to hear the club music till 3am.”
 of 5 bubbles Cristie2202, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms facing the road are quieter than those facing the pool. Head up to higher floor kitchens, they have less people and better equipment.”
 of 5 bubbles TravellingTeacher22, 19 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the street side are quieter than on the back, where there is the bar.”
 of 5 bubbles MYRiameke, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The 4 bed rooms have plenty of room.”
 of 5 bubbles 362bretts, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
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