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West Midlands
Reviewed 28 April 2015

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...

1Thank SShaw90
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...

Taunton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 April 2015

We stayed here for 4 nights in a 8 bed dorm which was cramped. The place itself is pretty standard, fairly good room with ensuite and an excellent shower - was really powerful! Each room has a balcony. The kitchen was pretty vile but this is more the guests fault rather than the hostels. Dirty dishes were constantly left throughout...

Thank Jordan F
Reviewed 26 April 2015

Probably the best hostel I have stayed in on my travels. Perfect location and has everything you need within the hostel - pool, bar, restaurant, nightclub. Really clean rooms, they were cleaned every morning and I'm pretty sure every room has an en suite

Thank Annamaria370
Vanessa S, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Anna-Marie, for an experienced Trip Advisor traveller we are very happy to receive your review…Amazing hostel! Gilligan’s is Australia’s ultimate experience in budget backpacker hostel accommodation. We are centrally located, have awesome facilities and friendly staff. This makes us the place to play, stay and party in style whilst in Cairns! We hope to welcome you again soon. Be sure...

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 April 2015

The beds were very comfortable, the roommd are nice and modern with big balconies. The kitchen area was huge and the bar/pool area downstairs was great. This is deff a party hostel. The sound proofing was ok in the rooms but not completely soundproof. I found the hostel to be great when i was there with friends, but as a...

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

Thank you for the honest and positive review. We do advise on our website to request a room on a higher level if you have a busy schedule or are not looking to party, we also have ear plugs available for sale at our reservation desk. Our spacious, modern kitchens on every level are available for guests to use until...

Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

I stayed 7 nights in Gilligans and it was one of the best hostels I've ever been. Very good orgsnised, the rooms are clean and big. The combinstion with the Gilligans Bar is perfect with good meal offers and special prices for people who stay in the hostel. I recommend this hostel to everyone!

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

Thank you for the 5 star review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your 7 days in Cairns with us at Gilligan’s. I will be sure to pass on your positive feedback to Management and staff. We go to great lengths to keep our guests satisfied and appreciate the time you have taken to write us this review and...

Reviewed 13 April 2015 via mobile

The rooms were cleaned so well! The staff were ok! Not as friendly as some hostels but this is a big one so its understandable. Bar staff however are useless. 8 bed room was quite small and I had very messy girls with me but thats not the hostels fault. Close to everything, good bar and food deals. Ome thing...

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

We appreciate you taking the time to share your review on Trip Advisor. We are surprised to hear your comments regarding our staff as we receive such positive feedback about our customer service, we provide great training programs for our team and will bring this to the attention of Management. Our 8 bed rooms have spacious balconies, an ensuite and...

Wales, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 April 2015

Not a quiet hostel by any means. The Gilligans bar and club has something on every night which was fantastic. Never stuck for something to do in the evening. The bar also serves food and if you show your room key then you get special deals and discounts. The food was pretty good as well considering the price. The rooms...

Thank laurag201596
Vanessa S, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for the Trip Advisor review Laura, we appreciate the positive and honest feedback about your recent stay with us at Gilligan’s. Great to read how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Gilligan’s is no ordinary backpackers and as you mentioned our staff, facilities, V.I.P discounts and awesome central location makes us the place to play, stay and...

Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 11 April 2015

Firstly, let me say that I think this is the only place you want to be if you're young and travelling. It's central; 5 mins walk from the esplanade, 5-10 mins to ferry terminal. Has it's own travel agency there to help you, airport links and tours go straight from Gilligan's. It's simple and well worth a visit. Has a...

Thank Kyle R
Helsinki, Finland
Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

Gilligan's is like a great hotel. So clean, the rooms are big, cool, have a shower and toilet and have a own balcony. A kitchen in every floor so it's never crowded. Loved this place and recommend this to everyone!!

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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 write us a review about Gilligan’s on Trip advisor. Gilligan’s has had a massive refurbishment over the last 4 years and as you mentioned each room is spacious, has air- conditioning and an ensuite bathroom, perfect for the budget traveller. We hope to have you stay, play and party in style with again...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 8 April 2015

I stayed at Gilligans for 4 nights and had a great experience. All of the staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating. I stayed with a friend in the 4 share dorm and it was incredibly clean and organized and we had a great time meeting our roommates. The bar and club area were so much fun at night and a...

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

Hi Kelly, Thank you for taking the time to write us a 5 star review on Trip Advisor! Our 4 dorm rooms are super clean, spacious, have their own en-suite and give you the opportunity to minge and make new friends. Our management and staff will be happy to read such a positive review about your experience with us. Hope...

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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: ₹ 2,254 - ₹ 7,531 (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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