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Review of Mantra Esplanade Cairns

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Mantra Esplanade Cairns
Ranked #8 of 65 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Australia
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“great accommodation and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2008

I recently stayed at the Mantra Esplanade twice on a scuba diving trip to Cairns. On both occassions I was given an ocean view room even though I only booked a city view. I was very impressed with the cleanliness and layout of the whole hotel, it was incredibly well maintained, clean, neat and tidy. My hotel room was beautiful. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. I loved the fact that I only had to walk out the door and across the road to the boardwalk and lagoon pool.. and there were oodles of eateries right alongside. The hotel adjoining the accommodation has great cheap meals and we even received discount vouchers as well. I booked direct with the hotel and saved on booking online.

  • Liked — location and hotel cleanliness
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank LIz M
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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New York City, New York
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163 reviews
146 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2008

Stayed at the Mantra Esplanade in late September for 2 nights. We stayed on Green Island and the hotel is very close to the Ferry so we were able to walk to the hotel with our stuff. Check-in was quick. We booked directly for a quiet 1 bedroom suite with an ocean view and got room 601.

The living room was spacious with a full kitchen. We had a washer/dryer in the bathroom which was great although the bathroom looked a bit worn. Bedroom was very tight (bed took up most of the space and the small television was mounted high on the wall). Terrace had a nice view of the Esplanade, the marina and ocean.

Although there is a small outdoor pool, our son preferred the huge lagoon pool on the Esplanade which was a five minute walk.

Did not have breakfast in the hotel but did get coffee and pastries in the chocolate shop in the lobby. There are lots of good options for food right outside on the Esplanade.

Some negatives:
TV remote in the living room was impossible to use.
Elevator required use of the room key which was a real pain as it always took us several tries to get it to work.
Never saw anyone to help with luggage (which would be a problem if one had lots of stuff)l
Needed to pay to use the room safe

Otherwise, it was a comfortable stay but there are several options around Cairns.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank johnathome
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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2008

We stayed for two nights at the start of our holiday.. It was a perfect base to explore Cairns and was right in the heart of the city.. We had a higher levle room which was great, giving us a bit of an ocean view even tho we hadnt paid for it.. The room was clean and tidy and newly refurbished (except for the balcony which was a little grubby underfoot) and a good size..

However the front counter staff were fantastic and made our stay easy and fun.. Its right opposite the lagoon on the esplanade and is close to lots of fabbo restaurants and coffee shops for brekkie and dinner etc..

The pool area is pretty and linen etc good quality.. an easy hotel to recommend to stay in..

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Balcony Floor
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PetsGalore
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Sydney
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2008

This hotel is located between the Esplanade and Abbott Street. The rooms facing Abbott Street are exposed to noise from three sources, two sources generate noise late into Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and one source that generates noise 24/7.
1. The Courthouse Hotel, plays loud music and is located directly in front of the Mantra Hotel.
2. A huge open air theatre screens movies and sporting events, directly in front of the Courthouse Hotel and on Saturday nights the theatre runs a $2.00 sausage sizzle that attracts a huge crowd.
3. Plant equipment, located to the side of the Courthouse Hotel, in a fenced area with no roof that generates noise 24/7.

My room was located on the fifth floor behind the Courthouse Hotel and despite wearing earplugs my sleep was disturbed by the noise from all three sites. I have travelled extensively throughout Australia, over the last 30 years and in Europe over the last ten, and stayed in hotels in the heart of densely populated capital cities, and the Mantra is the noisiest hotel I have stayed in. This is the first and last time I will stay at this Hotel Chain.

Mondos restaurant at the Cairns Hilton serves excellent food, is very good value for money and is located in a beautiful setting.

  • Liked — Size of rooms
  • Disliked — NOISE
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank veronicarose
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2008

During our extended stay in Queensland we stayed twice in this hotel and in both rooms we were given the impression given not just by its frontage location but by room cleanliness, general layout and room size were above average. I would certainly stay here again but certainly would not feel the same without the sea view. The staff were most helpful and the ability to walk out the door and be in the middle of Cairns was a bonus. Out the door turn left and the 'Banana leaf restaurant' was one of the best meals we experienced in 3 months.

  • Liked — everything`
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank world_is_your_oyster
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Victoria
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2008

Stayed in a 1br apartment for 5 nights and we were most impressed. Apartment was a good size, clean with adequate kitchen facilities to cook some light meals. Staff were very helpful and friendly at all times. In a great position with the Esplanade at the front for all the water activities and a pub at the back of the property serving good, cheap meals. Woolworths supermarket just 50 metres away for convenience. Nice pool and heated spa with plenty of deckchairs. BBQ area near the pool was clean and easy to use. Parking was underground and easy yo get in and out of.

  • Liked — The position for shopping, eating out , water activities and tours
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank melrus
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Lithgow NSW Australia
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2008

Stopped in a 2 bedroom apartment with three children for six days. Location is outstanding, opposite the lagoon pool, great for kids and on the esplanade with eateries outside the door. "Driftin" cafe is next door, great food and well priced. Staff were really helpful all the time. Room layout was fantastic, plenty of space and tvs everywhere including some free pay TV channels and movie channels (extra cost). We even had a view of the ocean and lagoon pool, but did not pay for this. Only negative was noise from the nightclub across the road in Shields St and the garbage trucks early in the morning, but the air conditioning running helped block out the noise. Got a cheaper rate by booking direct than using websites eg Wotif (260 per night). Ask for a room not facing Shields St when booking to avoid noise. The heated pool and spa was also fantastic, kids didn't want to do anything else. Great pub right next to hotel and woolworths supermarket in the next street. Recommend this hotel even though it is quite pricey, its location allows you to avoid a car and enjoy Cairns on foot, without having to move too far.

  • Liked — Location, quality of room, service, pool
  • Disliked — nightclub noise on rooms facing Shields St
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Emuboy
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Additional Information about Mantra Esplanade Cairns

Property: Mantra Esplanade Cairns
Address: 53 - 57 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Outrigger)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Cairns
#7 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
#14 Family Hotel in Cairns
#15 Romantic Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mantra Esplanade Cairns 4*
Number of rooms: 124
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mantra Esplanade offers a prime waterfront location, with stylish and contemporary accommodation in the heart of Cairns. Just steps away from the Cairns Swimming Lagoon and offering sweeping ocean, city and mountain views Mantra Esplanade offers a range of Hotel Rooms to fully self-contained One and Two Bedroom Apartments. All rooms feature air conditioning, a balcony, cable TV, hair dryer, internet access (fee), iron and ironing board, and tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a 24 hour reception desk, tour desk, shopping complex, swimming pool, spa (not heated), exercise room and barbecue area. Wander across the road to the Cairns Lagoon in front of the Mantra Esplanade or grab a bite to eat at the many restaurants and cafes on your doorstep. In the evening, stroll down the Esplanade to the night markets where you'll find souvenirs, aboriginal art work, crafts, homewares and jewellery. Cairns is a nature lover's paradise and the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, as well as the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation. Take the SkyRail cable car and glide above the spectacular rainforest canopy to the laid-back market town of Kuranda. Catch the Kuranda Scenic Railway back to Cairns to enjoy more breathtaking scenery as it winds through rainforest and past tumbling waterfalls on its way back down to Cairns. Discover all the amazing sights and activities available in and around Cairns while staying at Mantra Esplanade. ... more   less 
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