What can one say about this place except – AMAZING. It was my first time however my partners second time staying at the Shangri-La, Cairns and for me it’ll definitely not be the last time. I wouldn’t mind staying at ALL the Shangri-La’s throughout the world – mark them off my bucket list!
Our room over looked the Marina and there was never a dull moment watching the boats coming and going. We enjoyed a couple of beverages while watching the world go by. Unfortunately my partner came down quite ill during our stay and was room-bound. So the Marina view was a life saver, as he was able to enjoy some of his holiday in his condition.
As far as the hotel staff, we were blown away with the kindness towards my partner’s illness. They provided transportation to and from the doctors surgery and then continued with their thoughtfulness with a tray of assortments to help ease his condition.
The pool within the hotel was great. The only negative was it felt like a maze to get to and from our room – I got lost at one stage, needed a map (*smiles*). There were long corridors, having to go through several doorways and then a lift before getting out of the hotel. Kept up my exercise anyway!
I was able to explore during the stay and there was an abundance of restaurants to eat at around the perimeter of the hotel ranging from pub style meals to fine dining. Then a quick walk towards the Esplanade there was even more places to choose from. They have the night markets each night and I didn’t feel threatened when walking around the main streets on my own.
It rained for 2 days straight, hot heavy rain. But thats what you can sometimes expect if you choose to stay in Cairns during March.
Even though our stay at the Shangri-La was one we would like to forget due to his illness, the cleanliness of the complex and rooms, politeness of all the staff was a definite stand out and muchly appreciated and would definitely recommend and stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of Cairns, the Shangri-La Hotel overlooks Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay and the lush green mountains of Cairns.The hotel is just ten minutes' drive from Cairns International Airport, and a short stroll to the Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns' premier dining precinct. The hotel offers airy, modern accommodations with elegant furniture and spectacular views. ... more less
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