We stayed at the Holiday Inn Cairns for 3 days last March, when we visited the Great Barrier Reef on our Around The World trip. Coming from Chicago, we thought about staying up the coast a bit in one of the resorts. But then looked at the time we would spend and cost of transit back and forth between the marina and the resort (and the restaurants and the resort) and decided to stay near the marina. This property is located at one end of the esplanade, and it was a good location for us. Plenty of restaurants very close by, just a few minutes walk down the esplanade. The marina is across the street, with a very large public pool in the park just before the marina. There were a lot of good reviews for this property, so we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed. The service was excellent, and it did not feel like a typical U.S. Holiday Inn. There is a good sized outdoor pool, and I liked the atrium with the large fish in the courtyard ponds. The lobby and lobby bar were fine, and there is a great evening happy hour. We booked a king room and our room was on about the third floor, and had a great view of the lagoon. We are loyalty club members, and that includes free wifi. I did have some trouble connecting to the Internet, and worked with the outsourced help desk. There was a bit of back and forth, and when I complained to the front desk, they upgraded our wifi to a higher level and it worked well. The team was very responsive and friendly. Matt RIppin was an excellent host. We met at the evening happy hour which is a very nice touch. In short, comfortable room, great location for us, and reasonably priced. I would certainly stay here again.
- 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