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4 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had heard of it being the 'party hostel' and whatnot, but I found it very optional. Great fun at night if you want it and decent beds and nights sleep too instead if you like. Do recommend trying this place at least once on your travels.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was surprised that Gilligans is actually reasonably priced after so many people recommending we stay here I was expecting it to be costly. We stayed here for 6 nights in an 8 bed dorm which was a good amount to the room, we had an ensuite and balcony. The only thing that was weird was that in the rooms... More 

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Mission Beach, Australia
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We heard reviews of this being a party hostel and our taxi drive chuckled when we asked him to drop us there but it wasn't as bad as we thought. It is a party hostel but our room was nice and quiet apart from the guy snoring!! I'm not a person who enjoys "clubbing" but the bar was nice and... More 

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KathC1978, 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 really is the place to stay, play and save in Cairns. Gilligan’s offers a number of rooms facing away from the nightclub for a quieter night’s stay, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds, just speak to our friendly staff at check-in and we... More 

Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed it so much here that I stayed in Cairns for almost a week. There's entertainment on every night and yes it's definitely a party hostel - but I had no trouble sleeping! As a first time backpacker I found this to be the best place so far to meet people, I met so many as the place is... More 

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KathC1978, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Wow! Thank you for you 5* review. We are glad to hear that you highly enjoyed your stay with us and hung around longer to enjoy the great deals and facilities we have at Gilligan’s. Don’t forget guests can request a smaller/ quieter room on arrival to ensure a good night’s sleep in between the use of our award-winning nightclub.... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed in Gilligans for 5 nights and absolutely loved it!! The room was so clean and really spacious with a sliding glass door onto a large balcony. The hostel has a great club downstairs but if you are having a night in you cannot hear the music or from your room. Best hostel we have stayed in Oz so... More 

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KathC1978, 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 really appreciate it and we are glad you enjoyed your time with us. Our housekeeping team work very hard to ensure the comfort of all our guests, with all rooms provided access to balconies for the fresh FNQ breeze. We do give guests the option to request... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hostel itself is nice enough, with communal spaces and kitchens. They have a nightclub attached which is a great night out - this is a party hostel. Don't stay here if you just want a quite night in. You can go to the club if you're not staying in the hostel though. HOWEVER the bar staff in the club... More 

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KathC1978, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to write us a review on TA. We are shocked to hear that you found our staff rude as they are always friendly and happy to help wherever they can to ensure a pleasant stay. Gilligan’s is the place to stay, play and SAVE, offering a great range of communal spaces and facilities, including... More 

Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a good "Party" Hostel with a good location. My Stay was really good and i can recommend the Hostel. Not really important but using Wifi is not free (that's okay), but if I pay for a service it should work. That wasn't the case. The speed and receiving was horrible.

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KathC1978, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to recommend us to fellow travellers. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Gilligan’s, with a great location central to everything in town, you don’t have to wander far from the hostel. Gilligan’s is the place to stay, play and save; soak up the sun by the pool, kicking back on... More 

North Wales, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my very first hostel I stayed in on my backpacking trip of Australia and what a great place to start. Certainly lives up to its name as a party hostel, but said that, it's a huge hostel but the facilities are great and it's kept clean and tidy. The only slight downfall is that if you are heading... More 

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KathC1978, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving such awesome info for your fellow travellers. We are glad you kicked off your travels by staying with us at Gilligan’s. Gilligan’s is Cairn’s premier nightclub featuring special guest DJ’s national and internally recognised, and offers themed nights for every day of the week, you’ll never get bored. For guest who prefer the comfort of a quieter... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a backpacker's you expect it to be a little noisy and it was, but as a heavy sleeper this was no issue. The room was spacious and the staff were friendly as were a lot of guests. The pool and bar are very popular and the location is ideal for daily adventures or dinner at night with many cafes... More 

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KathC1978, Director of Sales at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your TA review. We are happy to hear you had a comfortable stay with us and that the noise didn’t affect your time with us. If you are someone that sleeps lightly, our helpful reception team will put you in a room facing away from the club so you can enjoy the best of both worlds, it... More 

Mission Beach, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Gilligans, Cairns for 4 nights and we couldn't wait to leave. Everything about this hostel, the themed nights, the advertisements even posters round the hostel are sexualised and especially degrading for women. All about bikini contests, wet tshirt, pole dancing, girls fighting in jelly. Alright if youre a teenage boy just coming of sexual maturity, youd be... More 

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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: RM106 - RM466 (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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“The 4 bed rooms have plenty of room.”
 of 5 bubbles 362bretts, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“For quiet room ask the staff and they will put you on the opposite side of the building to the bar”
 of 5 bubbles GC5187PL, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
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 of 5 bubbles PalJoey88, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you need to sleep get a room as far from party central as possible - otherwise enjoy...”
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