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Cairns Aquarius
Ranked #26 of 63 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 February 2013

The apartments lounge looks recently renovated. The ovens grill doesn't work. The pool needs to be cleaned at least every two days. There are small ants throughout the kitchen. However these are Minor issues that could be easily rectified and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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2  Thank Tracey A
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2013

Thank you Tracy for taking the time to send in a review.
Some of the points which you mention need clarification.
1. The oven grill works fine. You just need to set the timer or dial 9 on your phone and we would have fixed this immediately.
2. The pools are cleaned daily and are always immaculate. Perhaps you visited during unusually gusty conditions.
3. All apartments are sprayed regularly with surface spray. In the tropics small ants are inevitable, particularly in the wet season. Located in the cupboard under the sink in every apartment is a can of low irritant spray in the event that you see any ants. Or you could ring 9 and we will come to your apartment immediately and spray them for you.
4. Management is available 24/7 to resolve any problems. However if you do not make us aware of the problem until after you have left then that is very disappointing for both of us.

So pleased that you enjoyed the views.
Don and Annette
Holiday Management
CAIRNS AQUARIUS APARTMENTS

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Reviewed 6 February 2013

My wife and I stayed about a week here in Jan 2013 on our trip from Canada. We were very impressed with the size, cleanliness, location and how modern our suite was. It was like having a new 2 bedroom condo right on the ocean.

Our suite was #29 and it has been renovated. It is on the 4th floor of a several storey building. The view from the balcony is excellent - ocean forever right across the street. The balcony is also huge with a nice table & chairs to use. We whiled away many hours out there taking in the view & reading with a cold beverage.

As mentioned, our suite was renovated and was quite impressive. We had a friend who came to visit us who also booked a room at the Aquarius although he booked a 'non-renovated' room. His room was on the 9th floor and was just as impressive as our room, with an equally great view.

Our suite was very large with a master bedroom & ensuite bathroom as well as having a second bedroom with 2 extra beds and another main bathroom complete with spa tub. The main bed was very comfortable and the room itself was also a good size. We did not utilize the second bedroom.

It has a full, modern kitchen with full-sized appliances and everything you need to cook great meals at home if you want to. We chose to eat out at the many great restaurants nearby while we stayed here, but this place has it all if you want to eat in.

There is also a complete living room with couches, coffee table & tv with movies etc as well as a dining table/chairs all in an open concept with the kitchen - very modern & tasteful. There are also A/C units (air conditioning) in several rooms which helps tremendously in dealing with the heat and humidity in Cairns. We were quite pleased to find a complete laundry room in-suite which was very nice to have.

To make other travellers aware, there is no front desk as this is not a 'hotel' per se, although there is a lady in the lobby from about 9-5 weekdays to assist if needed. This is more of a private condo building with suites that are rented out. That being said, it exceeded our expectations and we were very happy with everything during our stay. We also greatly appreciated having free WiFi in our room.

I will mention that there is free, underground parking but it is very hard to find the driveway into it for the first time - I think that the management of the Aquarius would be well served to post good signage on the street where the driveway is behind the building for guests.

I would also encourage a sign/map to be placed on the glass of the lobby so that we guests have some idea where to go when we are looking for the driveway upon arrival, or, they could also improve the map in the welcome package that is left in the safe for guests checking in after hours.

This is not a big deal, it is just a suggestion for management in the event they read this review. It also is for the benefit of other first-time guests of the Aquarius who might appreciate knowing this information. Once you know where the driveway entrance is, it's no longer a problem.

We were very happy with the location of this place as it is as close to the water as you can be. It is equally close to the promenade with all the great restaurants and shopping all so close that you can walk to everything in no time. There is literally a great restaurant within a 1 minute walk. In fact, we didn't even use our rental car for most of the time we stayed here.

In summary, I cannot overstate how pleased my wife & myself were, as well as our friend who stayed at the Aqurius with us. It is a great place with a great location and is good value for the money.

Room Tip: Every room has an ocean view.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank gtinckler
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2013

Thank you G Tinkler for your impressive review of Cairns Aquarius. And for taking the time to share your experience with other Trip Advisor reviewers.
I completely endorse your recommendations to improve directional signage to the car parking and will put this to the Body Corporate for there consideration. Meanwhile we now include a directional map to the car park for guests on their arrival.
I note from your profile that you are well traveled so perhaps one day we will have the pleasure of seeing you back at Cairns Aquarius,

Kind regards,
Don and Annette

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Reviewed 29 January 2013

This was our home base for the ten day stay in Cairns. Arriving at 10.30am we found the self check in system really easy and we were in our apartment in minutes. It’s a bit like coming to your own home. We chose Aquarius based on travellers reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. Our apartment was very large and well furnished. All of the things that you will need to take care of yourself. Large balcony with sea views and even an excersise bike if you are that way inclined. We had a garden apartment with easy access to the two pools.
The thing we liked best about Aquarius is the location is so Central to everything like restaurants next door and shopping. There was a large secure car park under the building for our hire car. Also free WiFi was an extra bonus. We recommend Aquarius and would definitely stay here again if we return to Cairns.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank SizieandMartin
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2013

Dear Suzie and Martin,
Thank you so much for staying at Cairns Aquarius and for taking the time to share your experience with other Trip Advisor reviewers.
Apartment 3 is indeed very popular with guests. Having a spa, sauna and pool in close proximity has proven to be a real incentive for guests to request this apartment.
Hopefully we will see you back at Cairns Aquarius at some time in the not too distant future

Regards,
Don and Annette

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Reviewed 22 January 2013

Really regret allowing 3 days for our Cairns stay. If we had the time Travis and I would gladly have stayed at Cairns Aquarius for another two weeks. We have already booked for a longer stay later in the year. We can’t speak highly enough of this Hotel. You look after yourself which is fine with us. Everything you need is in your apartment. As it turned out we had all of our meals in nearby restaurants. The apartment was on the 10th, floor. It was really fantastic. When you walk in everything just feels so clean, and it was. Magical view of the ocean from your own private balcony. Fully air conditioned, TV in every room and internet connection. When we stayed in Brisbane it cost $25 for a day. Here it was free. Also free secure undercover car parking with easy access to the lifts. We stayed in apartment 64 which was perfect but we did not have an opportunity to see any of the other apartments. The Manager was very helpful when we locked ourselves out one night.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank happytravels1951
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2013

Dear Happy Travels, thankyou so much for your "OUTSTANDING" review. You tell it as it is.
Annette and I are so conscious of the importance of spotlessly clean apartments. We double check every apartment prior to each guest arrival.
You are absolutely correct that the views and location could not be better. Once again I thank you for staying with us at Cairns Aquarius and for taking the time to share your experience with other Trip Advisor travellers.
Your forward booking is confirmed and we look forward to seeing you again later in the year.

Kind regards,
Annette and Don

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Reviewed 21 January 2013

We stayed at Cairns Aquarius from the 31 dec until the 6 Jan 2013. We stayed in a premium apartment (Apt27). The apartment was huge - 2 bedroom / 2 bathrooms / lounge-dining-kitchen & seperate laundry. The self check in was easy and the parking easy to find. The apartment was spotlessly clean and the furnishings lovely & comfortable.

I have stayed many times in Cairns Including the newer Mantra Trilogy next door. I found this was the best accomodation I have stayed in. For the price the accomodation & not to mention the view is awesome. Personally I would only stay in a premium apartment because I do like a higher standard of accomodation. The Mantra Trilogy apartments next door are smaller with not enough lounge furniture - the balconies are small & the price is more (with no guarantee of ocean view).

The general upkeep of the property is high and the grounds manicured. The hallways are slightly showing their age.......but they are only passage ways afterall!!

Next time my family stays in Cairns we will return......there is nothing better than opening your apartment door to see the beautiful view that awaits you. We spoke to a couple of the residents in the building and they were friendly and gave us great restaurant ideas. Wish we were still there.............

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2013

Dear JAK 1804,
Thank you so much for choosing to stay at Cairns Aquarius and for being kind enough to send in a review of your time with us. You tell it as it is....the apartments are huge, immaculate and very well equipped. Over the last several years owners have invested an enormous amount of time and money to bring apartments up to a high standard. Reviews such of yours make that investment so worthwhile for everybody.
You and your family must have had a really spectacular view of the New Years Eve fireworks from the balcony of apartment 27.

We look forward to seeing you and your family back at Cairns Aquarius in the not too distant future.
Kind regards from Don and Annette

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Reviewed 10 January 2013

"Best New Years eve ever" spacious and immaculate apartment and what an amazing view. A little pricey but well worth it. My wife and I spent our days relaxing by the pool while the kids splashed around. We stayed for New Years Eve, we had a spectacular view of the new year fireworks on the Cairns Esplanade as it exploded right out the front of our apartment. My wife and our kids loved the fact that we didn't have to go anywhere to view this amazing event, we will be back next year.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2013

Thank you RayJ for taking the time to send in a Trip Advisor review.
We totally agree with you that the New Years Eve fireworks display is indeed spectacular and that there is no better viewing location than your own private balcony at Cairns Aquarius. If it was any closer you could ignite them yourself. New Year's is a big night for everyone, including my family.
Perhaps we will see you back next year!

Regards,
Don and Annette

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Reviewed 7 January 2013 via mobile

What can I say, the apartments decor was antiquated but it felt comfy and spacious. The location could not have been better to access all activities plus you have 2 pools, a jacuzzi and sauna at your disposal. I would stay here again and great for 3 to 4 persons.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2013

Thank you Mr, SiSnall for your sharing your positive Cairns Aquarius experience with other Trip Advisor. It is always rewarding for Annette and I to know that our guests take away good memories of their stay with us.
Regards,
Don and Annette

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Additional Information about Cairns Aquarius

Address: 107 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Cairns
#6 Spa Hotel in Cairns
#17 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range: £143 - £198 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Cairns Aquarius 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Cairns Aquarius holiday apartment is the perfect holiday destinaton choice for your stay in tropical Cairns, Far North Queensland. Enjoy the accommodation convenience of a fully furnished, self-contained, waterfront holiday apartment in the heart of Cairns city. Stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, recline on a sun lounge by the pool or experience the breathtaking ocean views from your private balcony in Tropical Far North Queensland. All premium apartments have been fully refurbished. Book direct with Cairns Aqarius through our Web Site or call us. Troy and Elisabeth. ... more   less 
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