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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

57-89 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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Free cancellation until 18/03/22
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#24 of 101 Speciality lodging in Cairns
Gilligan’s accommodation is located in the city Centre and offers spacious, air-conditioned, en-suite rooms in dorm-style accommodation or private hotel rooms. We have cut down the number of persons per room drastically to halve the usual number of guests to be inline with Social Distancing requirements. To make things more affordable we have slashed all of our rates until further notice. Facilities and services include onsite fitness Centre, powder room, free linen, free Wi-Fi, free luggage storage, pool tables and four brand new 'state of the art' communal kitchens, fully equipped for you to prepare all your meals. We have a huge swimming pool so you can chill-out with friends at a safe distance or keep fit and active while spending time here in Cairns. The health and safety of all staff, guests and patrons remains paramount at Gilligan’s. Management encourages everyone to take Social Distancing and personal hygiene seriously and to immediately action the Australian governments and Health Officials warnings and directions surrounding COVID19. Gilligan's prides itself on providing a clean and safe environment and continues to be a wonderful experience for travelers. We welcome all guests with virtual open arms.
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Property amenities
Secured parking
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Car hire
Adults only
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Vending machine
Poolside bar
Taxi service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Raymond W wrote a review Jul 2021
Townsville, Australia4547 contributions4442 helpful votes
Gilligan's is a large hostel in downtown Cairns. It is very close to the amenities of the area, including bars, restaurants and tour services. It also has a large swimming pool and a restaurant and bar. This should add up to a reasonable option but it was completely ruined for us by the air-conditioning problem. It was so cold that we heaped three blankets on ourselves to get through the night. We asked them to fix it but they said that would have required a trip to the roof, which they couldn't do. There is no way to adjust the temperature in the rooms. In the meantime, this is one for the penguins.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Adventure Nick wrote a review Jun 2021
Cairns, Australia7 contributions2 helpful votes
Great service at checkin. Argentinian had good banter. Informative about the venue and relaxed vibe. Rooms are super clean and super fast free wifi is great. Kitchens are very functional and good curtains in rooms to have a nap during the daytime.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
Elliot B wrote a review Jun 2021
2 contributions
This place is just shocking..... the hotel side. Damp rooms, the air cons smells. Never again. If you stay a minute in your room after checkout they will charge you because apparently someone’s just waiting outside your room, without knocking. The bar area is good for a night out and laugh, but don’t stay in the hostel. It’s like a prison.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Geoff G wrote a review Feb 2021
122 contributions54 helpful votes
Well we just spent a week on mike ball five expeditions And needed to spend a night before flying home Room was quite large TV was a good size Large bathroom bed comfortable Bar was closed due to COVID opened later at night Bit of a ghost town Anyways great value close to everything Will return
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
1 Helpful vote
Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 30 Mar 2021
Thanks so much for leaving a review. It's appreciated that you have recognised COVID has restricted trade for us with our venue times. It is a great help to fellow travellers. See you again soon :)
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emelian wrote a review Feb 2021
Melbourne, Australia1048 contributions519 helpful votes
were in cairns for a couple of days and wandered in through Rusty's market entrance. Huge place had no idea it included back packers accomodation. Swimming pool huge band room, bars etc. Just had a drink but very pleasant. Quiet time of year compounded with covid but would imagine really kicks off at night.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 30 Mar 2021
Thanks for your review! Gilligan's is an epic place to stay, play and chill. It has so much under one roof, you don't need to go anywhere else. You are correct, at night, it's the place to be in Cairns! Hope next time you visit you have time to sleep with us :)
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USD 69 - USD 96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Nearby attractions include Cairns Museum (0.2 km), Cairns Art Gallery (0.4 km), and Rusty's Market (0.04 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, a lounge, and a poolside bar.
What food & drink options are available at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, a poolside bar, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cruze Coffee, Snoogies, and Orient Express Sushi Train.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Is Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.