We stayed 5 nights at the Il Palazzo, and highly recommend it. This great little apartment had a balcony (which we sat on every night with a glass of wine), a kitchen, living room, washer/dryer...what more did we need? We had a late arrival, but Pauline had sent instructions, and everything went smoothly. Everyone we met there was friendly and helpful. Pauline booked tours to Kuranda and Cape Tribulation, and Kay (I think) helped us with ideas for places to go for dinner. Every time we arrived home after a day on the reef or in the rain forest I would turn to my husband and say "I am so glad we picked this place". It was a home away from home, and we enjoyed every minute of our stay. Although the apartment faced the street, it was not noisy at all. The location was excellent, walking distance from many restaurants, the Reef Terminal (where you catch the boats for Great Barrier Reef tours), and right next to the night market, which is a fun place to check out. The kitchen is stocked with some condiments (at no cost) and some snacks (at some cost), and across the street is Woolworth's, where we stocked up on breakfast food, snacks, and fruit. Next door to Woolies is a wine store, and we stocked up there too.
I found the hotel on trip advisor and booked it via hotels.com. The only feedback that I have is that our apartment didn't have daily service - this means that we were on our own for making the bed, and that towels and beds were not changed. This isn't a problem, but it would have been helpful if the little packets of sugar were restocked, and if there were some napkins. Again, not a big deal...we brought back our Splenda from the coffee shop and should have bought napkins from Woolies, but we weren't prepared for that.
Overall, a wonderful place to stay, and we didn't want to leave.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Il Palazzo Boutique Apartment
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Il Palazzo is a stylish boutique hotel situated in the heart of Cairns. Its prime location means that guests are central to the bustling business district, Casino, Conference Centre, Reef Fleet Terminal, markets and shops. The exciting Esplanade with swimming Lagoon and boardwalk, a plethora of cosmopolitan restaurants and major international hotels are within easy walking distance.Il Palazzo is a modern boutique apartment hotel with stunning neoclassical European inspired architecture featuring cream and terracotta decor, impressive stone sculptures and classical fine wrought iron work throughout.There are 38 fully self-contained one bedroom apartments, each with air-conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry, a large shady balcony, mini bar, Austar TV, CD/DVD, telephone, in-room safe and daily servicing. We have recently undertaken a partial refurbishment with new carpets, bedcovers, flatscreen TVs and DVDs. Il Palazzo has one of the best locations in Cairns and features a beautiful Mediterranean style courtyard with a landscaped heated swimming pool. There is a roof top sundeck, BBQ area and gazebo. Business services are available as well as a tour desk, dry cleaning, FREE wireless internet and secure undercover parking.The staff take pride in offering guests a personal service and attention to detail is paramount.While visiting one of the most sought after destinations in the world -Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef - stay in a luxury apartment at Il Palazzo. ... more less
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