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Cairns Southside International
Ranked #58 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Reviewed 15 December 2010

The first thing we noticed when we first arrived at the hotel was how filthy the floor was. The carpeted stairs were covered in fluff and dirt and leaves...six days later when we left they were just the same, actually dirtier.
The coffee cups in our room had not been washed when we went to use them for the first time.
The pool has no shade except for the toddlers end, and the sun loungers were so putrid I didn't bother laying on them.
The curtains don't meet in the middle or even at either end of the dodgy pole their hanging from. The floodlights of the big garage are on all night and shine in the room so we had to sleep with pillows over our heads.
The bus to the centre of town is nice and handy, however the drivers were mostly cranky and not helpful.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ashgrove-14
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Reviewed 1 December 2009

We booked a 2 bedroom apartment through my work - the websites all advertise that this is Cairns' newest 4 star Motel....but I very much doubt that!! The apartment needs a good clean and alot of the furnishings / decor needs to be replaced. The phone didnt work and the TV is so small you have to pull it closer to the couch to be able to watch it!!
It was advertised as fully self contained but only had one small bar fridge and a small camp oven with 2 hotplates ( one of which didnt work)!! There was also hardly and cutlery and serving utensils provided, the kitchen area definately needs some attention! Smoking is allowed in the reception area which is the entrance to the restaurant also??
On the positive side there was 2 bathrooms in the apartment, they offer a daily service if you want it and it is in handy walking distance to the stocklands shopping centre.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 September 2009

We stayed for 4 nights at Rainbow Southside in early September 2009. It's clean except there are small ants in the bathroom sink area. Location is too far from the city center and Esplanade. We walked once from the hotel to Esplanade area, it took 1 hour. One review mentioned it's 20 minutes walk which is incorrect. Even the hotel staff told us it's too far to walk to the city center.

Free internet use but the connection is very very slow. In the evening, there is nothing to do because it's too far from the city. You get free continental breakfast.

There is no free shuttle from airport to the hotel. I thought it advertised free shuttle service from the airport. The taxi costs A$37-44 to the airport depending which taxi driver you get.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank theresemn
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Reviewed 9 January 2008

For price, it's a good deal. Good 20 minute walk to city center. But there is the sun bus right behind the hotel that takes you directly to city center. Also great, cheap eating place across the way from the hotel - Rex's. Breakfast is ok; overpriced. Bad coffee. Room was a good size and clean. Clean lady was super nice & friendly. Front staff was helpful and friendly. For price & location good deal. It's close to airport so it's worth taking a taxi instead of airport shuttle (granted we were there high peak season - day after Christmas). Recommend this place if you are not looking for thrills in a hotel room.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank agrrdr
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Reviewed 8 August 2006

Beautiful hotel, a bit out of city, but rooms are fantastic, really classy and restaurant is sensational. Staff are really helpful.

Stayed: July 2006
1  Thank soujourn
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Reviewed 11 March 2006

We lucked onto this hotel back in 2001, I believe we were told that it had been recently refurbished. We ended up in a ground floor room with a small kitchenette and a loungeroom that had sliding doors to divide off the bedroom and a door to a patio. The bedroom had a queen/king size bed and a jacuzzi tub. This is not what we were looking for or had requested but was quite surprised and pleased with what we got. We were disappointed that we hadn't found it earlier and had spent our other nights in Cairns at this hotel.

At the end of Dec 2005 we had another overnight trip planned to Cairns and we knew exactly where we were going to stay. By this time, the hotel had changed names, slightly. I hadn't reserved the room ahead of time so was kind of nervous that they may not have any rooms at this time of the year. Lucky for us, they were not booked out.

We did not request a spa room, figuring we were only there for one night, so we settled on a standard hotel room with a double/queen bed and a single bed and a balcony, the cost was $88/night.

Again, we were not disappointed. Staff was friendly and the rooms clean. My husband and 5yr old daughter spent time in the pool which they enjoyed.

You have to drive to get to Cairns Central, the Night Markets and the touristy part of the city but I would recommend this hotel to others looking for a nice hotel on a budget.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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2  Thank wifeofanaussie
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Reviewed 4 August 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cairns Southside International

Address: 450 Mulgrave Road., 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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#30 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range: £43 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cairns Southside International 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cairns Southside International is a modern 4 star property that is only a short 5 minute drive into the city of Cairns, Queensland. You will find yourself situated right amongst great tourist attractions and events in no time staying with us. Feel free to roam the streets where you will find an abundance of internationally renowned restaurants, a huge variety of bars, as well as retail shops open till late every day for your easy browsing. If looking somewhere to relax for the day, there are plenty of options around the city, starting with the Cairns world famous lagoon, where you can help yourself to a free barbecue, lay on the lawns sun baking, or take a swim to cool off. Cairns Southside International has many facilities including the pool area where you can unwind amongst the palm trees enjoying a drink ordered directly from the bar. If you're feeling hungry then ordering from our popular Southside Bar & Grill A-La-Carte restaurant is a must, the menu features a large variety of choices, including freshly caught local seafood, a selection of succulent meat dishes, or a pasta meal full of your favorite flavors, there is something for everyone. Cairns Southside International will suit your holiday or business requirements. Laundry with ironing, tour booking desk, Internet computer terminals with printing, free wireless internet throughout, and fax options are just a few things we can help you with. All of our rooms are air-conditioned and have 32-inch flat screen televisions with foxtel to help make your stay with us comfortable, as well as a stocked mini-bar, iron with ironing board, hair dryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. We have plenty of rooms options, from our Queen bed guest room, up to our Luxury spa suite. ... more   less 
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Quality Inn Cairns
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