Recently had a two night stay in Cairns. Having been disappointed by last accommodation, had a walk around that visit looking at other options. Walking along the marina boardwalk it was clear to see the Shangri-La was in a superb location, fronting right onto the marina!
Booking was handled via email, as I was discussing different options as my preferred room wasn't available for this stay. Everything went smoothly with booking.
Arriving around 1130am in a tourist shuttle bus, the hotel staff were quickly on hand to offer assistance, but I was travelling lightly to handled this myself. Check in was prompt, efficient and friendly. Thrilled to be able to check in at that time. There is also an early arrivals lounge available if the room wasn't ready.
The room was a marina view room, and the view was certainly great. there is a small verandah with a wooden table and two chairs. A lovely place to sit and watch the boats come and go, the joggers, and the strollers.
The room was very clean and tidy, the bed a zip apart king size, and the bathroom featured a separate (asian style) bath and shower.
On the official website it is hard to get a sense of the pool facilities, but you had to walk past the pool to get to our room wing. The pool is actually three pools, on three levels. The top smaller pool has shade covering, which I made great use of. Water from this pool cascades into the larger main pool. This pool is quite massive, maybe 25 metres in length and 8 or so metres in width. It is deep enough to be able to swim laps! Many, including myself, did plenty of laps. There is a third smaller pool which I think may be for children, but I did not see this used. The pool has lovely underwater and mood lighting after dark. Having said that, the pool closes at 8pm. But I think I saw people using it later, so I'm not sure of the strictness. It would be great to have a swim later in the night after a busy day.
It would be great if some photos of the pool area made it to the hotel website. If hotel management are reading, i'm available for hire to come and take some great photos of the grounds for you, and a few shots of the pool area!
The hotel is located on the esplanade, beside the lagoon and a very short walk to the esplanade shops. I could not fault the service, the room or the location. Price may be a little high for some, but you can certainly get good value with specials if you are prepared to wait and possibly miss your preferred room type.
- 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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