Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

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Average rate: $13 - Hotel class: 4 stars
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia

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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

amym89 amym89
1 reviews
Wicked nightlife!! Jul 24, 2012
Stayed in this Hostel 5 days out the 2 weeks I was staying in Cairns....... EPIC.

Met amazing people.... the nightlife inside the Hostel was top notch, 2 nightclubs with in the hostel.

Swimming pool, with loungers (always busy and plenty of entertainment) Close to other pubs, bars, restaurants, shops and 5 min walk to the beach front lagoon.

Do not stay here if you are looking for a good nights rest... just wont happen (unless your a good sleeper).
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Jamie_Tulip Jamie_Tu…
1 reviews
Big, party hostel! Jun 09, 2012
Gilligans is in a good location in Cairns. Near the beach, the ferry terminal and places to eat. However, it was more like a European 18-30's hotel than I imagine smaler hostels. It's a big party place and its close to everything you will want to see in Cairns. There's plenty of sport, broadcast on multiple screens and the bar doubles up as a busy night club on a night. Its clean and has nice pool but lacks the personal feeling of a smaller hostel. Great to stay there for few days, or a week with friends to enjoy the sun, parties and adventure that Cairns has to offer.
8 person dorm.
View by the pool.
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matthew matthew
41 reviews
Gilligans Jan 20, 2011
This is the trendy hostel in Cairns. It’s a huge nightclub complex, so if you are in the city to party, then this is the place to stay. Included in the dorm price is entry to the night club and discounted drinks (and numerous freebies), a free evening meal (be it a bit basic), and a swimming pool.

The dorms are cleaned daily as is the kitchen. Each dorm has an on suite shower and toilet facility, so waiting time is minimal.

I would highly recommend the hostel, but if you want a quiet night’s sleep for an early start, then do not stay here. The nightclub continues every night into the small hours, so bring some ear plugs!

It is incredibly social and comfortable. One of my few gripes is the bar area where you get your free meal. It is collected between 6 and 8pm, and the communal tables would be a great place to meet other backpacker if you could hear each other! Usually there is a live gig or loud music playing at that time, so conversation is pretty difficult to say the least. It’s a bit daft really; I mean I wouldn’t go to a gig and then order a fish and chip supper, so it really should be a quiet few drinks and a chat pre-night out I think. Save the loud music and live acts for the early evening drinkers and start at 8pm after the food. Other than that, this place was great for me.
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ClaireV1987 ClaireV1…
37 reviews
Upscale Backpackers with price tag attached Mar 20, 2011
I must admit I stay in Cairns regularly and have occasionally considered staying here but it wasn't until my work paid for it that I finally did.

In terms of local hostels in a medium sized town, Gilligans is fairly expensive. However it's very modern and clean and the four bed dorm we stayed in had a balcony and it's own shower and toilet. Even the views of the city are fairly good which you don't find in many hostels!

The main drawcard is that down stair is the famous local club of the same name; Gilligans.

Perfect for when you don't want to negotiate the streets getting home or want to pay for a cab.

Overall, it's a fairly good option if you are arriving in Cairns with no idea what to do as it has all the faciltiies you would expect; tour desk, kitchens and central location. However if you're looking for it as a longer term option (a few weeks) then there are better hostels for that
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tef3884 tef3884
6 reviews
Great place Jul 30, 2011
Gilligans is a great place and one of the best places i stayed. It is a bit expensive compared to other hostel/hotels in the area but worth it with the pool and bar/night club next door.

Gilligans was very clean and organized compared to other hostels i stay at. If u are able to get a job there its worth it. Not only do u work for about 2 hrs for your accommodation if u work longer you then get paid hourly. One of the best deals working for accommodation i came across during my travels.

The night club attached is awesome alway a good time, it does pull a young crowd but a fun time none the less. The only down side is if u are there to sleep can get a bit noisy so keep that in mind.

Highly recommend Gilligans if u want ot pay a bit more for a fun time
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samfresh samfresh
6 reviews
Backpacker May 27, 2011
Gilligan’s is the ultimate experience in accommodation and entertainment set in the heart of Cairns. Offering guests 4.5 star backpacker accommodation, nightly entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere.

This place popular as a party place in cairns , safe, clean, fully air- Conditioning, Dormitory , TV, single room and Internet.

As a Gilligan's guest you receive the below benefits:

* Free linen

* Free car parking

* Free BBQ Sundays

* Free crockery use in kitchens

* VIP prices for in house guests

* Half price to our international DJ events

This place right next to the Cairns Market and you can buy fresh cheap Veg and meat from local farms.
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geoff2344 geoff2344
1 reviews
best value for little cash Apr 03, 2011
For one person who needs a place where the can feel clean, this is ideal. The showers are cleaned daily and at most you only have to share them with 10 people but you pay even less for that. Also its air conditioned and in the Cairns summer thats a huge bonus. If your looking for a party every night the closest and biggest is right down the elevator, No stumbling across streets or catching cabs with this place. The bed gets 3 stars just because its not my own and its hard to share ;). Included in the price is a kitchen on every level with fridges, stoves and microwaves. I almost forgot it has onsite laundry, a pretty sweet pool and bar. What else do you need for $30ish?
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tonynan tonynan
1 reviews
amazing!! Aug 05, 2011
It seems every one knows it. 8 bed mixed room is highly recommended. Free dinner,pub and service are impressive. Its awesome to drink some goon in the balcony with funny mates and hit the dance floor! But sometimes u may feel noisy if ur room faces the pub. anyways, living in a hostel, u should already expect the noise.
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Stephanieann Stephani…
1 reviews
For u who wants to have fun everyday :) Feb 28, 2011
I think its the best hostle I've ever stayed in. They are kind, its clean and cheap. I have now been from Perth and the whole east coast (cairns to Melbourne), and Gilligans is the best place. U will find friends fast, Im travelling alone so it was perfect, and the staff are kind to help u. There are always people in the bar. I loved the BBQ every sunday...
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slenders slenders
2 reviews
Jan 23, 2011
Cheap, huge and always busy with young party-people. Not recommended for elderly people who like quiet nights and culture, perfect place for youngsters who want to party.
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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort Amenities

  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Disabled Access
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Refrigerator
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • DVD Player
  • Laundry service
  • Spa bath / Jacuzzi
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Nightclubs
  • Billiards
  • Volleyball
  • Beach Soccer and Volleyball
  • Desk
  • Ticket Service
  • Facsimile
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Salon
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Massage
  • Beauty Salon
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shared Bathroom
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Games Available
  • Coffee Shop/Cafeteria
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Free Parking

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