We were given a super room (as in all the requests we'd asked for) with a fridge too and although it was in the rear, not the front block, we still enjoyed partial views of the ocean. It was spacious with a generous balcony and the bathroom water pressure was far greater than most hotels and quality toiletries were provided too.
The hotel Happy Hour was a firm favourite with guests (go for the Champagne) even though the bar and restaurant area are relatively small.
The majority of guests were Chinese, always milling in large groups and quite noisy. Otherwise, there was a broad smattering of business guests and the overriding atmosphere reflected this.
When we stayed, the work on the pool which started months earlier, was still not complete . Facilities were shared with the neighbouring Novotel Hotel though via an on demand shuttle service which was very efficient.
There was also a shuttle service provided to take guests to and from town throughout the day and evening which was well operated and used. There is adequate parking on site though and partially underground too (useful, when a cyclone decides to fly by your way...!)
We honestly didn't spend too much time in the hotel and I'm not sure I'd choose it over any other in the area, but as a base, it was a good enough choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside! Formerly known as Mercure Cairns Harbourside, located on The Esplanade and overlooking beautiful Trinity Bay, Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside is a popular retreat for both holidaymakers and business guests. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and boasting breathtaking ocean and hinterland views, the Holiday Inn Cairns offers 173 stylishly appointed rooms, each with its own private balcony. Guests can also enjoy a range of hotel amenities and services, including Teshi's Restaurant, Blue Mango Café Wine Bar, swimming pool and spa, 24-hour room service, 24-hour business centre, free CBD shuttle, and more. Just a short stroll into town along The Esplanade and less than 10 minutes drive from Cairns Airport, the Holiday Inn Cairns is the perfect place for you to relax and unwind in tropical North Queensland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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