My son and I were very impressed with Il Palazzo during our stay in early July. They are located in the middle of everything but we were never bothered by street noise. Our room was on the back side of the building with a view of the pool and coastal mountains in the distance. The spacious unit had a bedroom, bathroom, laundry closet with washer/dryer, kitchenette, breakfast nook, living room, and balcony. Since this was halfway through the trip we needed laundry facilities, and being in-room meant we weren't stuck in a public laundry area waiting for our clothes.
As others have mentioned, the Night Market is a few paces away, the swim lagoon is a 5 minute walk, and the Reef Terminal where GBR tours depart is a 15 minute walk. A Woolworth down the street has groceries, laundry detergent, and general merchandise. Cairns Central is a culturally shocking American-style mall a 10 minute walk away. It contains the usual collection of bland US chain stores, but the Target and two supermarkets in the mall may be handy. The Cairns station for the Kuranda RR is also in the mall.
The washer and dryer are medium capacity by US standards. The equipment and the entire room were very clean and daily housekeeping was provided (some managed apartments in Oz are not serviced daily).
Wifi in the rooms is through a third party that you pay for separately. Parking underneath the building is free for guests. The property is well-secured at night and there does seem to be a crime element in Cairns judging by security bars over windows in many buildings. Unfortunately the room locks are keys with a lock in the center of the knob. Easy to break or pick; the deadbolt can only be set from inside. At midnight on our last night we were startled awake when the fire alarm suddenly blared through a speaker in the bathroom (at least it worked)! It took a minute of stumbling in the dark before we realized what was going on . The alarm was through the entire property and was shut off after a few minutes.
The managers and staff are all very friendly and full of suggestions on tours, dining, etc. They can arrange tours- sure, they get a commission but don't charge extra, so why not give them a cut? Il Palazzo is a great value and you won't be disappointed if you want 3.5 to 4-star lodgings.
- 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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