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Bay Village Tropical Retreat
Ranked #24 of 65 Hotels in Cairns
Silves, Portugal
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102 reviews
90 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Absolutely fine - you get what you pay for”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

For the money, I think this hotel is pretty good value. We stayed on 2 different occasions in March and paid different prices each time. The 1st time we got quite a small room, but it was clean and everything worked fine. The 2nd time we paid a bit more and got a much larger room upstairs and it had a small balcony too. However, there was no lift, so we asked reception to arrange for our luggage to be taken to and from our room which they did very efficiently. The German girl on reception was excellent - incredibly efficient, helpful and didn't stop smiling the whole time we were there.

We did some laundry here and the facilities were fine if not a wee bit pricey compared to other hotels. The main reason for choosing this place on our last night in Cairns was for the free airport bus transfer which was excellent.

Location wise this is a bit out of town but we ate in house at the Balinese restaurant each time. That was fine although I would have liked the food to have been more spicy. I can't comment on the breakfast as didn't have it.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2012

The Bay Village Tropical Retreat was a nice place to stay in Cairns. The location is a bit outside of the city center, but it was not a hard walk to get there along the Esplanade. It takes about 20mins to walk. I stayed in a standard room and found it very clean and comfortable. The room was not overly spacious, however I spent most of the day out on dive trips and other treks so it was more than enough space to relax at the day's end. There were no frills but it's what I expected considering I booked at a really great, low price. Just clean and comfortable accommodations. The staff was also very helpful and attentive when I needed them (which made the stay even better!).

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

A great place to stay if you don't mind a 20 minute stroll into town, which we didn't. Set back on a street parallel to the Esplanade means you're not too far from the town but far enough away for some peace and quiet.

Staff here were absoluely excellent, helpful from the airport pick up, to directions, to restaurant suggestions, towels, change, stamps and post cards, all bases were covered in a happy and friendly manner.

Whilst staying at the hotel there was a lot of rain but all the rooms have a small table and chairs outside them in shelter and it was very pleasant to sit out and read during the heavy downpours and appreciate the sound of the rain whilst remaining perfectly dry :-)

The other times when it was extremely hot and humid the hotel, whilst not huge, was a welcome place to be when returning from a day trip, the water always remaining quite cool and refreshing. In the evenings from around 6.30pm you are greeted by a small flock of birds that dart in and around at tremendous speed and then see the fruit bats taking to flight and heading out to feed all while relaxing in the pool.

The small apartment we had was very pleasant and clean having a seperate livingroom/ kitchenete and bedroom with ensuite. Ceiling fans and two air-conditioner units were very welcome with time of year we were there. Only downside is the noise from the arconditioning units strapped on the outside of the building at night which will affect light sleepers.

Very happy to have stayed here.

Room Tip: Some rooms have washing machines and tumble driers which would be good, the hotel communal machines...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Big_Stevie_G
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England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2012

The room I stayed in was clean and quite spacious. The bathroom was also clean and decent size. I had microwave, mini fridge, kettle, toaster, cutlery, dining table and chairs in my room. The staff were very helpful and nice. They do transfer from/to the airport.

It's about 15-20 mins walk to the marina/city center, but I didnt mind as the weather was nice. They didn't have spa, only a small pool. However I didnt mind because I was always going out sightseeing anyway. Overall I think this hotel is very good for the price. I enjoyed my stay.
PS: they have a very good restaurant!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

A little out of the way from Centre of Cairns however a very pleasant walk along Esplanade. We stayed room only which was very clean,roomy with very nice ensuite facilities.Staff on reception very helpful. Nice pool and restaurant attached to hotel (Balinese) excellent. Great place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Bay Village Tropical Retreat
Address: Cnr Lake & Gatton Sts, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 65 Hotels in Cairns
Price range (per night): RM357 - RM741
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bay Village Tropical Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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