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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

57-89 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#12 of 33 hostels in Cairns
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2024 Renovation Revelation: A Bold Makeover Journey Begins – Brace Yourself for an Entirely Revamped Bathroom Experience! Whether you're seeking the camaraderie of backpacker-style dormitories or the tranquillity of private hotel rooms, Gilligan's has got you covered. Our spacious, air-conditioned rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and linen. Gilligan's boasts a lagoon-style swimming pool, perfect for chilling with friends or making new ones. Each of our four floors features modern communal kitchens and lounge areas – your space to read, watch TV, or unwind. Close to Rusty's Market and surrounded by shops, cafes, and bars, Gilligan's is centrally located. The Reef Terminal, Esplanade, and Kuranda Railway Station are within walking distance. We offer free luggage storage, pool tables, a powder room, and a fitness room, plus, four state-of-the-art communal kitchens, fully equipped for your culinary creations. Experience Gilligan's – book your tropical retreat today!
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Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Wifi
Pool
Bar / lounge
Billiards
Entertainment staff
Car hire
Adults only
Secured parking
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Outdoor dining area
Vending machine
Poolside bar
Evening entertainment
Nightclub / DJ
Taxi service
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Private bathrooms
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Bath / shower
Refrigerator
Stovetop
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
1.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Centrally Located
Modern
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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mia wrote a review Yesterday
Exeter, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
Myself and 3 others were escorted out of the outdoor area of the club after being accused of being ‘too intoxicated’ despite only having had 3 drinks the whole evening. I found this extremely confusing and also frustrating after having paid entry to the outdoor area. The blonde lady at the receptionist working nights was extremely rude and should not be working in customer-facing role after telling myself and others to ‘shut up and move away’. This was very unprofessional, especially when she could have just politely asked us to tone it down. We filed a formal complaint against her for her rude and unprofessional attitude but we assume this was just binned as we never received a response.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Avoid at all costs.
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Jess wrote a review Feb 2024
Isle of Man, United Kingdom215 contributions83 helpful votes
Air conditioned hostel with spacious rooms which had a very tiny safe for each person in the room so at least you could lock away your important items. One toilet and one shower for 8 people got annoying but at least it was clean. The kitchens were a mess constantly almost as if they didn’t get cleaned at the end of the day. Thankfully there was enough fridge space but for the entire floor there was not enough appliances etc for people to do cooking, so you either needed to eat really early or really late around tea time. I wasn’t prepared for how much of a party hostel this was until every night there was issues outside my room from screaming and shouting through the night to security actually having to deal with issues in the room right opposite which I’m sure after they left a fight broke out. In the bar are where they serve food, there was a constant smell of sick and I was there for 5 nights and the smell was lingering for that entire duration. Pool area was lively with great music constantly and the bar had a great range of drinks to offer.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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foodie 🌯🍜🍣 wrote a review Feb 2024
Plymouth, United Kingdom27 contributions11 helpful votes
Great party hostel for backpackers. Rooms are fairly nice and clean, could do with a little more space between beds etc as it can get a bit crowded. We had a few checks in our room when we stayed which was fine but the lady entered each time without knocking which isn’t very professional as one of the times we were getting changed. Also wouldn’t recommend the restaurant for food as it was all cold and orders were incorrect. Outside and pool area is lovely and good for a party vibe. Very central too.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the lady entering your room without knocking. This is not in line with our usual hotel procedures, and we appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention. Rest assured, we will conduct a review of our procedures with our staff to ensure that this does not happen again. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for an even better experience in the future. Thank you again for your valuable feedback.
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Christopher L wrote a review Feb 2024
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great! We had a bucks party in cairns so it was the place to stay! pool and bar was great and the rooms were clean and you could smoke on the deck so for those who smoked it was good! Gilligans is a great place for people wanting to meet people from all over the world
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time at Gilligan's during your bucks party in Cairns. We cater to various group trips, including end-of-season team trips, bucks parties, hen parties, and more. Gilligan's is known as a social hub where individuals from around the globe can come together and create unforgettable memories. We look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable experiences in the future!
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Sam B wrote a review Feb 2024
London, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
Good location in the centre of town but a lack of respect for the customers. I booked 3 nights at Gilligan's and on my first day, the pool was closed for construction works. Went to reception to be told it would be closed for the next 2/3 days. So I asked why they didn't tell any of their customers but he just said sorry the works were delayed. Not good enough really, they could still tell you at check in but opt not to... 2 sockets in a room for 8 people, doesn't go down very well. The balcony door doesn't shut properly (315 if you're reading) so the noise of the bar comes booming through until 3am. They will give you free ear plugs but not the right solution I don't think. On the plus side, the kitchens are decent and relatively clean and there is good living space to chill out in (just not the pool area in my case). Nothing offered to apologise for the pool works, just directed me to the local public pool but that's not what I booked. No wifi or bar there is there. I wouldn't recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the maintenance work around the pool area during your stay. Your feedback is crucial for us to improve our communication with guests regarding such disruptions. We also appreciate you bringing the balcony door issue to our attention; we'll ensure it's promptly addressed. Despite the challenges you faced, we're glad to hear that you found our kitchens clean and enjoyed the living spaces. We understand your frustration, and we're continually striving to enhance our guests' experiences.
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Francis H wrote a review Jan 2024
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Prices of drinks seemed to fluctuate each round. Group of 3 spent $250 each on vodka and red bull for the night, I walked out at the end of the night more sober than when I walked in at the start. If you are going to visit here it would be better to stick to the beers so you know what you are getting.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your feedback. We'll take your insights into consideration as we strive to provide the best experience for our guests. If you have any further details or specific concerns you'd like to share, please feel free to reach out directly. We hope to welcome you back for another visit in the future.
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Ryan D wrote a review Dec 2023
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Don’t go on a Saturday, literally the worst DJ I have ever experienced. If you want songs that were played at your Primary School leaving party then this is your place. Over priced cheap alcohol served in a soft drink tap so god knows what you’re getting also.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 10 Dec 2023
Thank you for sharing your feedback about your experience at Gilligan's! We appreciate your insights into the Saturday night atmosphere. While we aim to cater to a diverse range of musical tastes, we understand that preferences vary. If you're seeking a different vibe, we invite you to join us on other nights when we host a variety of events and feature guest DJs, ensuring a dynamic and entertaining experience. Our bar offers a selection of beverages, and we're always looking to enhance our offerings to meet our guests' expectations. We hope you'll consider joining us again on a different night and explore the various entertainment options and the vibrant atmosphere that Gilligan's has to offer.
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Grace wrote a review Nov 2023
Loughborough, United Kingdom9 contributions10 helpful votes
Wouldn’t recommend. The sheer volume of noise that could be heard from the dorms was ridiculous and sounded like you were backstage at concert. If you want a party hostel and don’t mind being kept awake until 3am then this perhaps wouldn’t bother you. Another thing to bare in mind is the temperature of the rooms due to the aircon is unbearably cold. I had to sleep with jogging bottoms, jumper and two blankets. We were told that we either had the aircon on or off and that there was no control of the temperature. This was made worse by the non air-conditioned very hot common areas. I have come away after my stay feeling incredibly unwell and chesty due to the unhealthy climate at Gilligans.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 14 Nov 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience; your feedback is important to us. We understand that noise disturbances can impact the overall experience, and we apologize for any disruptions caused. Our guests' comfort is our top priority, and we have a quiet room option available for those who prefer a more peaceful stay. This option can be requested at the time of booking or by reaching out to our reservations department. To assist guests who may encounter noise-related challenges, we provide complimentary earplugs at the reception. Regarding the room temperature, we are actively reviewing our procedures to ensure that guests' preferences, including room temperature adjustments, can be accommodated seamlessly. We regret any discomfort this may have caused during your stay. Furthermore, we're pleased to inform you that AC units have been installed in all our common areas as part of our ongoing enhancements. We appreciate your patience as we complete the final stages of this project. Thank you again for your valuable feedback, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for an improved experience.
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Cdonk99 wrote a review Oct 2023
11 contributions1 helpful vote
I love how Gilligan’s is right in the centre of Cairns. The esplanade is so close and so is the main shopping centre. Reception staff were very polite and accomodating to my questions. The pool they have near the deck bar was a neat place to hang out if I wanted to stay in for the day and the atmosphere was great. Bar staff were polite and quick with my orders. I dined there of lunch one day to try the food with a drink and it was good food. I stayed in a hotel room and it had lots of space. Very clean and tidy rooms at this backpackers.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: The music was great to listen to on the deck by the pool
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Navigator726275 wrote a review Sept 2023
Limerick, Ireland5 contributions9 helpful votes
I was excited to go to Gilligans nightclub towards the end of the night last night as I heard it was a good spot to go for a dance. I lined up with my two friends who were let in by security no bother. However, a blonde woman in security pulled me aside and said I was too intoxicated to be let in. I felt this was very unfair because I only had 3 drinks all night. I didn’t understand why I was told I was intoxicated even though I wasn’t at all drunk. I explained that I only had three drinks all night and she refused to listen to me. I felt that she just randomly picked me out of the crowd to not let in. She wasn’t at all nice and insisted I was intoxicated even thought I wasn’t. I then asked for the manager and she told me it was the management that flagged me for being intoxicated. I went over to the other security guards and explained the situation and the manager apologized to me and let me in through a side door as she didn’t want to be seen undermining her staff. I was thankful to the manager for letting me in but I am unhappy that I had to argue to be let in as it put a damper on my night out with my friends. The blonde woman in security was very unpleasant and seemed to be on a power trip. Everything else about the nightclub was a good experience with good music and staff inside.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Vanessa Schap, Agency / Consultant at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Responded 4 Sept 2023
Great to hear your night resulted in a positive experience! Security is onsite for the safety of all guests and to uphold state law.
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PRICE RANGE
AU$80 - AU$190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
120
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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.
Which room amenities are available at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a stovetop.
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, paid public parking on-site and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Snoogies, Cruze Coffee, and Falafellicious.
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.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Is Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.