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71 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located at the top end of the Esplanade, around a 20 minute walk to the key Cairns attractions, we thought it had a great environment. Our 6th floor sea facing apartment was spacious, cool and pleasant. Brad and Val, on the front desk, were friendly and informative. The swimming pool and spa were great places to relax.

Thank Wendy0704
Cooktown, Australia
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20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed with a friend in a two bedroom apartment which she was at for two weeks. It was a quality property. Clean, spacious and well appointed. Additionally, unlike a lot of Cairns hotels it was not tired, faded and worn out.

Thank Stavros1953
Brisbane, Australia
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On arrival I was very upset and angry. I found the two bedroom unit was old and smelly, and too close to Cairns Hospital, the patio and windows looked out to the hospital windows. We asked for a room change and the Manager was very happy to assist. We were moved into a clean, newly furnished, great bathroom, 2 bedroom... More 

Thank 336robynd
Waurn Ponds, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I need to say at the start that Lily (the manager) was very friendly and tried her best to make our stay comfortable. The apartment (room 15) was very large and would make a great place for a family and a long stay. The room had fairly new carpet and the beds were of a good quality but other aspects... More 

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Mt Martha, Australia
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We had a 2 bedroom apartment with an ocean view from a lovely balcony. There were 4 of us and the apartment was very spacious with 2 bathrooms. Great kitchen and living areas and Lily the manager was most helpful. Although this apartment is about 600 metres from the city centre, the walk is beautiful along the foreshore and the... More 

Thank cathy677
Cairns, Australia
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168 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

I need to start by recognising that Lilly, who is the manager of this place, is fantastic. She is a lovely lady who goes out of the way to assist. It's a pity the material she has to work with is sub-standard. The good points first, the building is very old, and this is good because it has very large... More 

Thank markjackson100
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This accommodation was our home for 4 weeks whilst awaiting the birth of another grandchild and including for 2 weeks afterwards. It was a very spacious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment. Staff were delightful and went out of their way to make our stay pleasurable. Supermarket and take away food shops close by. Not too far to walk to the... More 

Thank Genevieve G
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49 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights in a huge 2 bedroom apartment. As mentioned in previous reviews the apartments are old style but ours was modern decor and was not expecting such space. It is a 10 minute walk into town but we liked that and at night despite being near the hospital it was so quiet being away from the... More 

Thank cazza70
Merrimac, Australia
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had 2 bedroom apartment on the 6th floor. Rooms are spacious with free wifi for the kids is great too. Pool is a good size & the spa was great. Great view from our room, large kitchen. Beds were fine, showers were a bit average in both bathrooms (leaking) we had a few little issues but Lilly was very... More 

Thank Teresa F
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Great 2 bedroom / 2 bathroom apartment - older building but the rooms are much larger than the newer buildings these days. Very polite and efficient at Reception, really good views of the Esplanade and out to sea and within easy walking distance to the city centre, casino, night markets etc. However...we had a bad experience with a snippy english... More 

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about 181 The Esplanade

Address: 181 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: RM531 - RM839 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 181 The Esplanade 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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#22 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
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“Ask for room away from Carins hospital windows, and ask for newly furnished room.”
  • View from room's patio
 of 5 bubbles 336robynd, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask to be on the opposite side to the hospital.”
 of 5 bubbles gazzabuc, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“request ocean view with balcony”
 of 5 bubbles cathy677, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Do not choose room 25. It's a disgrace.”
  • Dust on a bedroom light typical of the room
  • The shower solution. Note the swollen chip board repairs.
  • Top of the stove exhaust sticky and stained with congealed fat
  • Plant growing on our balcony. How does a cleaner miss this in the time it has taken to grow
 of 5 bubbles markjackson100, 21 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Select Northside. That view is of the mountains and ocean/beachfront.”
 of 5 bubbles 89genevieveg, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
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