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8.3

Excellent

1,891 reviews

1,891 reviews

Housekeeping16
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9

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
FREE
Walkable places
Eggplant and Poppy

80 m

Rusty's Market

100 m

Shenannigans

110 m

Nu-Trix Club

140 m

PJ O'Briens

170 m

Popular landmarks
Night Markets

410 m

The Reef Hotel Casino

430 m

Esplanade Boardwalk

520 m

Green Island

540 m

Michaelmas Cay

570 m

Closest landmarks
Orchid Plaza

230 m

Cairns Museum

230 m

KickArts Contemporary Arts

240 m

Blue Sky Brewery

250 m

Reef Teach

260 m

Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Strategically situated in Cairns City Center, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Esplanade Boardwalk. Rated with 3.5 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant, fitness center and outdoor pool on-site.

Highlights

Located in heart of Cairns

Check-in [24-hour]

Airport transfer

420 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

Hygiene Plus

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Safety Features
Staff trained in safety protocol
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Free face masks
Sterilizing equipment
Health and Medical
First aid kit

Facilities

Airport transfer

Bicycle rental

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Swimming pool [outdoor]

Fitness center

Front desk [24-hour]

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cairns every 12 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.0
Distance to city center1.2km
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportCairns Airport (CNS)
Distance to airport5.8 km

Rooms available at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

Hotel King Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 double bed
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Hotel Deluxe
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 double bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
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  • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 4 single beds
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
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  • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 4 single beds
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Twin Hotel
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 2 single beds
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
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  • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 3 bunk beds
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1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
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  • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 5 bunk beds
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
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  • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 3 bunk beds
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Single Bed in 4 Bed Deluxe Ensuite Mixed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 single bed
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Single Bed in 8 Bed Ensuite Mixed Dormitory
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Balcony/terrace
  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is available for an additional charge. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hostel. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Cairns with private transportation, the hostel can arrange both taxis or car rental.

Can special events be hosted at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

Both indoor and outdoor venues are available to choose for your special gathering. Large events and gatherings such as weddings, private events and engagements can be hosted at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel. Small or intimate events like birthday parties, entertainment events, honeymoons and graduation parties can also be accomodated. Services for wireless internet, event decoration and music entertainment are offered to help your event go smoothly. End your big event day with special turn-down services to celebrate your special occasion. Services including room decorations, food and beverage and flower petals are available upon request.

What is the smoking policy at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

The closest train, metro, or bus station is Cairns Railway Station, 450 m away from Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel.

What restaurants are nearby Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel’s neighborhood is Cairns City Center which includes popular restaurants such as Salt House Restaurant, Salt House and Cock & Bull.

What popular shopping places are close to Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

Located in the Cairns City Center area, Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel is close to great shopping choices like Night Markets, Rusty's Market and DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets.

What are popular attractions near Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel’s location in the Cairns City Center neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Cairns Botanic Gardens, Green Island and Cairns Aquarium.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel?

Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel is located within Cairns City Center, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Esplanade Boardwalk, Michaelmas Cay and Cairns Holiday Park.

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What people love about Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Clean and spacious with a nice balcony."

    WEN

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    October 27, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Our room was clean and tidy."

    Jacinta

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    September 15, 2022

  • 8.8

    Excellent
    Location

    "It was very good location, good value for the place and staff are kind as well."

    Yuka

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    December 22, 2022

Property ranking|Compared to 431 Cairns properties
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Cheapest price score
Location score
9/10
Room comfort score
7.1/10
Value for money score
8/10
Better than
97
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of Cairns properties
Better than
88
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Better than
79
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Better than
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Overall rating:

8.3

Excellent
1,891 reviews
Cleanliness
7.8
Facilities
7.9
Location
9.0
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What travelers say they love:
the facilities and location is great for the price.
Paola from United Kingdom
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Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Cairns, Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel is the perfect choice. Its convenient location right in the city center allows you more time to see all that Cairns has to offer.
Enjoy all that Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel has to offer! Free internet access provided within the hostel keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. Exploring Cairns is made even more convenient with the taxi and car hire services available at the hostel.
For guests arriving by car, parking is provided free of charge. Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. For longer stays or whenever you need it, the laundromat keeps your favorite travel outfits clean and available. Feel like doing nothing? Available services like room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel.
For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
All guestrooms at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel provide guests with a range of amenities to ensure a restful night. Enjoy your stay even more at the hostel, knowing that some selected rooms include linen service, blackout curtains and air conditioning. Some rooms at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel are available with design features like a balcony or terrace. For a bit of entertainment, guests will find television available in some selected rooms.
Don't worry about being thirsty as a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee and instant tea are provided in some guestrooms. Bathroom amenities are just as important as others, and at the hostel you'll find a hair dryer, toiletries and towels available in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the hostel assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar and nightclub. At any time of the day or night, you can serve yourself a snack at the hostel's vending machines.
Are you a great cook? Make your own meals in-house at the hostel's shared kitchen.
Fill your days with the array of activities and facilities offered at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel. Don't forget to make a visit or two to the hostel's pool. Burn off you vacation calories with a quick visit to the hostel's fitness facility. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the hostel's shared lounge and TV area.
Got someone special waiting for you back home? Then easily pick up a memorable gift at the shops and souvenir shops.


Around the property

Don't spend all your time inside while in Cairns! Cheer on the local team at Cairns Esplanade Lagoon located 600 m away, or just buy some authentic gear and memorabilia to show your support. Be sure to visit Green Island located 540 m away, an item on every checklist of those who travel to Cairns.


Reasons to stay here

Find rooms here that are cheaper than 96% of all other options in the city.
Compared to other accommodations in Cairns, facilities here are rated higher than 83% of them.
Guests who stayed at this hostel have scored it higher than 88% of accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities

Very good
Facilities

7.9

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

15 mentions

Swimming Pool

9 mentions

Food & Dining

3 mentions

Internet

2 mentions

Languages spoken
  • English
Outdoor
  • Bicycles
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Billiards
  • Fitness center
  • Garden
  • Nightclub
  • On-site entertainment
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Sterilizing equipment
  • Temperature check for guests and staff
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Room service
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine
Services and conveniences
  • Air conditioning in public area
  • Cash withdrawal
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Gift/souvenir shop
  • Laundromat
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shops
  • Smoking area
Access
  • Adult-only property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in [24-hour]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Smoke alarms
Getting around
  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [charges apply]
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Rental car
  • Taxi service
Sports equipment rental
  • Bicycle rental
Available in all rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/terrace
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Fitness club privileges
  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe box
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking
  • Private bathroom
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Shower
  • Toiletries
  • Wi-Fi [free]

Food and dining

Breakfast options
  • Continental
Restaurants on site
Restaurant
  • Cuisine: Australian

Location

57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870
Excellent
Location

9

Airports
  • Cairns Airport (CNS)
    5.8 km
  • Dunk Island Airport (DKI)
    119.0 km
Public transportation
  • Cairns Railway Station
    450 m
  • Freshwater
    8.4 km
Hospital or clinic
  • Cairns Central Medical Centre
    460 m
Shopping
  • Night Markets
    410 m
Convenience store
  • NightOwl
    120 m
Cash withdrawal
  • ATM on-site

What's nearby

Popular landmarks
  • Night Markets
    410 m
  • The Reef Hotel Casino
    430 m
  • Esplanade Boardwalk
    520 m
  • Green Island
    540 m
  • Michaelmas Cay
    570 m
  • Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
    600 m
  • Cairns Aquarium
    630 m
  • Muddy's Playground
    990 m
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens
    3.6 km
  • Gallo DairyLand
    5.5 km
Nearby landmarks
  • Eggplant and Poppy
    80 m
  • Rusty's Market
    100 m
  • Shenannigans
    110 m
  • Nu-Trix Club
    140 m
  • PJ O'Briens
    170 m
  • City Place Disposals
    170 m
  • Pure Synergie Skin Store
    190 m
  • Bones and Jones
    200 m
  • Cairns Family Court
    200 m
  • Coles Supermarket - Cairns
    210 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).

Others
  • Guests must provide a valid form of government regulated identification (eg. passport, ID card, driver’s license, etc.) upon check-in.
  • When booking more than 8 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply. (This policy is imposed by the property.)
  • As per the Queensland Government regulation, the property can only accept vaccinated or medically exempt travelers as they are a dual hospitality and accommodation venue.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until10:00
Getting around
  • Distance from city center1.2km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)15
The property
  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors4
  • Number of rooms 120
  • Room voltage220
  • Year property opened2003
  • Most recent renovation2010

Reviews of Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel from real guests

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8.0
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Cleanliness7.8
Facilities7.9
Location9.0
Room comfort and quality7.0
Service7.8
Value for money8.0
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9+ Exceptional (63)
8-9 Excellent (41)
7-8 Very Good (45)
6-7 Good (28)
<6 Below Expectation (50)
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Mar - May (47)
Jun - Aug (57)
Sep - Nov (59)
Dec - Feb (64)
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10.0
Exceptional
Willow from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 8 nights in October 2021

I was there in quiet Covid times... and it was perfect”

The pool was great, the facilities good. Nice having a party bar downstairs... but it was quiet times, so the noise was just perfect amount, the pool was busy on Sundays and relaxing the rest of the week, and no silly excess partying, just the right amount! This place is run excellently.

Reviewed June 27, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
PRANJAL from India
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

The Most Happening Place ”

Gilligans is the most happening places to stay and party while in Cairns. There is no other place which is more value for money and equally fun!! I strongly recommend staying here if you are a solo traveller!

Reviewed January 24, 2021

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10.0
Exceptional
Duranski from Australia
Solo traveler
2 Queen Beds, Non-Smoking
Stayed 1 night in April 2022

Exceptional”

Theo The man at reception was perfect host great man and ready to help you in any time 👏🙏 Thanks

Reviewed April 27, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Janet from Australia
Solo traveler
Hotel Deluxe
Stayed 6 nights in April 2022

Best place to stay”

Great place, great room with balcony. Easy to get around,

Reviewed April 27, 2022

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9.6
Exceptional
Nien from Taiwan
Group
Stayed 4 nights in February 2019

Great place for young people who like party”

The price was valued and we could go down stairs for party every night. The foods and drink were also cheap as well. But if you need a really quiet place to sleep at night, this wouldn’t b your best choice because we could heard loud music down stairs until 2-3am.

Reviewed May 04, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Troy from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in February 2020

Awesomeness ”

The stay at gilligans was awesome could not fault at all

Reviewed March 05, 2020

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9.6
Exceptional
Cassandra from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
Stayed 7 nights in October 2021

Best location and staff were so nice! ”

So glad I picked gilligans! Staff were so nice, having a nightclub down stairs was so fun and never interrupted my sleep! Thank you 😊

Reviewed October 20, 2021

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10.0
Exceptional
Barry from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 4 nights in January 2022

Awesome Place ”

Loved it , perfect little getaway

Reviewed January 16, 2022

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10.0
Exceptional
Lyn from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

FANTASTIC”

I really liked this hostel definitely will return.

Reviewed October 18, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Spencer from Canada
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 7 nights in March 2019

Good Value”

Had an amazing time, nice hostel, big, cheap, great night life and good location.

Reviewed May 20, 2019

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9.6
Exceptional
Claire from Australia
Solo traveler
Single Bed in 8 Bed Female Ensuite Dormitory
Stayed 5 nights in December 2020

Amazing!!”

Highly recommend this place. It has it all and it’s so cheap!

Reviewed January 06, 2021

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8.8
Excellent
Brahiam from Germany
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in June 2022

Good hostel not for sleeping ”

Big, new and clean hostel but almost impossible to sleep with the loud music and drunk people. If you are looking for a party place, this is your place. If you want to sleep then is not a good idea.

Reviewed July 02, 2022

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8.8
Excellent
CHADOL from South Korea
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 4 nights in July 2019

Very good!”

The room was in good condition and the staff was kind. I heard that the club was making a lot of noise, but I slept very well, unlike my worries!

Reviewed July 25, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
Paola from United Kingdom
Couple
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

Cockroach! And stranger in room in the night ”

We had a stranger walk into our room at 5 am and we spoke to someone who had the same thing happen a few nights before, we spoke to the reception and manager and they knew nothing about it. So clearly a stranger walking in our rooms at nightThere was 3 of us who found a FEW cockroaches... more than one on each of our beds. Our room stunk soo bad that the girls who worked there that promoted the nights told us even they would refuse to stay in our room. However, the kitchen was always cleaned although Pidgeon’s we’re constantly in the sink and tables.... and the facilities and location is great for the price.

Reviewed July 11, 2019

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8.0
Excellent
Yvonne from Singapore
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
Stayed 3 nights in April 2022

Great rooms!”

If you love to have some bit of party, music and fun, this is a place for you. The room is spacious and facilities are all clean. Just below the hostel is a nice bar by the pool, great for hangout. Met couple of amazing people as well. I did think that the staff at the reception can be better in terms of their service and think they charged me twice for that deposit. But, Overall, great place to stay in.

Reviewed May 12, 2022

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7.2
Very good
Ian from Australia
Solo traveler
Hotel Deluxe
Stayed 3 nights in July 2022

Deluxe room 313 ....icebox”

The room was not cheap and proved comfortable except for the aircon. There is no way to adjust this or turn it off??? The room was freezing....apparently the manager has the code??? It isn't that warm here currently with no need for any Aircon!

Reviewed July 11, 2022

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7.6
Very good
Zoe from Australia
Solo traveler
Hotel King Room
Stayed 1 night in December 2020

Very good”

Good location. Room smelt wet and aircon temp can’t be changed. Doors to rooms slam shut so in the middle of the night except to be woken by slamming doors.

Reviewed December 28, 2020

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6.8
Good
Jana from Germany
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

Good”

The rooms are very small. Bed next to bed, there is no space for your luggage, you have to step over backpacks and suitcases all the time. The bathroom was not clean. Thats also the fault of the other guests but it wasnt get cleaned very well every day. It is a party hostel and even noisy in the rooms. If you want to store your luggage after check out you have to pay 5$ for it. Never heart a hostel takes a fee for luggage storage for their guests. It is a party hostel but even very noisy in the rooms. Its a good hostel if you want to have a party for one or two nichts. If not, never go there, you can not sleep even a minute.

Reviewed September 24, 2019

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7.2
Very good
Paul from Australia
Solo traveler
Stayed 7 nights in February 2021

Not what its advertised to be”

Has the feeling of a big prison cell block. They do a good job of completely detaching it from the pool/bar area.

Reviewed March 06, 2021

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7.6
Very good
Helena from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in March 2022

Very good”

Good hostel

Reviewed April 07, 2022

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