We arrived shortly after noon and were longing to have the room as soon as possible after a long flight from Singapore via Melbourne. Understandably we could not have it at once at this time of day. Anyway it felt not good to hear the receptionist snapping: "the check in time is 2 pm". (Afterwards she became very friendly for some reason). This was the only unpleasant moment at this hotel. Our room was BIG with one whole wall as a window and a reasonably good view out towards the ocean. Sleeping quality was superb. The location could not have been better at the Esplanade and close to the Lagoon, Reef Fleet terminal and the central blocks. The quietness of the hotel surprised us, after all it was the time of the total solar eclipse (the reason for us coming here) and the city was booming with people from everywhere in the world. The large undecorated lobby was relatively empty all the time and you did not hear much sounds from other guests. Of course this was only a good thing. In the lobby there was a separate tour desk which was manned through the day and booked trips for you. Very convenient. The lounge bar in contrast seemed to close their eyes much of the time so we did not take anything from there. The breakfast was big and tasty and the personnel here always cordial and attentive. The room price was quite hefty (and no breakfast included) even if you considered what you got. Maybe the eclipse season was an explanation for this. But all in all it was a very pleasant and comfortable stay for six nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, and a stunning natural setting amidst landscaped tropical gardens, the oceanfront DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is just a short walk from the city center, and Cairn's business, retail and entertainment districts. The hotel overlooks the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, and is just moments from Cairns Lagoon and Cairns Casino. Enjoy easy access to Cairns Convention Center and lots of attractions, including the World Heritage listed Daintree Tropical Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands. The Great Barrier Reef departures terminal is 100m away, and Cairns International Airport is only 10 minutes' drive from our Cairns hotel. Our onsite tour desk will help you explore the wonders of this unique region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Cairns Hotel Cairns
- Cairns Holiday Inn