A post-midnight 8-hour transit stop in Cairns had us looking for a hotel room to catch a little sleep before heading on to Tokyo. So when the Wotif deal of the day featured the four star Rydges Plaza for $99 with breakfast for two, I snapped it up. We stayed Friday, 2 December.
It's an older style hotel, and their recent "refreshment" program has been carefully thought out. They've made some very clever innovations, adding minor touches at minimal cost, that have made a big difference to the look and amenity of the room.
For example, they've provided a suite of connections below the flat-screen telly that allow you to plug in your various devices for charging without having the actual charger... USB sockets etc. There's also a HDMI connection so, with the right cable, you could easily throw your laptop signal to the telly. Not seen that before in a hotel.
And the room, particularly the bathroom, was VERY clean. My partner who works as a building manager said he'd happily swap his cleaning staff for the team here, and he's a real stickler! The bathroom's also had a minor tweak, though its seventies or eighties origins still show through.
My one real bugbear about the Rydges Plaza came up before we even saw the room. Checking in at 4am, and then later flying out at midday, we were looking forward to a couple of hours sleep, then a quick brekky before heading back to the airport. But the guy on night reception informed us that the last seating for breakfast was 9am! In a four star hotel? Really? And especially one in a resort town with a potential "airline hub" market in the fray. Needless to say we slept through and ate on the plane.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modernly appointed rooms overlooking the Cairns CBD. 5 minutes walking distance from the Cairns Convention Centre, Reef Casino, dining precinct, Birch carroll and Coyle cinemas and Cairns Central shopping centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Rydges Plaza Hotel Cairns
- Cairns Rydges Plaza Hotel