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Cairns Aquarius
Ranked #27 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
“Great location!”
Reviewed 3 July 2013

Excellent location in walking distance to Cairns pool. We were upgraded to superior suite with water views. The apartment was spacious and clean with a huge balcony. We will definitely be coming back to the Aquarius, but next time for longer!

  • Stayed July 2013
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
Thank you DanielleJ28 for your Excellent review.

Just brilliant to know that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to seeing you back again at Cairns Aquarius. Hopefully in the not too distant future.

Bets regards,

Don and Annette
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

I researched what felt like forever for our first Cairns holiday accommodation. After a quick chat to Annette I was sold and booked our apartment. As our budget didn't extend to Premium we didn't have overly high expectations of the standard of the apartment but was promised spectacular views and a large balcony. Well - we couldn't have been happier. Large clean apartment, modern living room facilities, 2 bathrooms and great kitchen and laundry. All with the view as promised. Walking distance to shops, lagoon, restaurants, ferry.
Will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, 5 July 2013
Thank you Plim Morris for taking the time to write a review on your stay with us. Positive comments such as yours are just fantastic for other travelers like yourselves. For our part it is a huge encouragement to know that our guests are happy with their stay and all of our hard work has been worthy it.

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Don and Annette
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

We have stayed in Cairns many times, this being our first at Cairns Aquarius. We would not hesitate to stay there again and also would highly recommend it to anyone in the future. We were on the 4th floor, but would probably ask for a unit on a higher floor next time.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, 29 June 2013
Thank you Gail for taking the time to write a review on your recent stay at Cairns Aquarius. And for your positive comments.

We look forward to seeing you return to Cairns Aquarius in the not too distant future, hopefully on a higher floor. If that is what you prefer it is best to specify this when booking.

Kind regards,

Don and Annette
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We had two young children and our son and daughter with us. Second room was small but we had a higher floor so was a good view over the inlet. Close to the beachfront for the children which was really good and not too far from other amenities in cairns. We travel a lot mainly in SEAsia so I guess we are comparing to similar properties offshore.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, 5 July 2013
Thank you for taking some time to write a review.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in a 2 bedroom Premium apartment. We wanted to be close to the esplanade, lagoon pool, restaurants and shopping. Cairns Aquarius is perfectly situated for all of these. The apartment was spacious with modern decor, let down only by the kitchen. We felt that everything in the kitchen needed to be washed before we used them as things felt grimy. Once we got over that, we loved the apartment's facilities and outlook. The pool area is ok but in need of upgrading, however, you do have the option to go over the road to the fabulous Cairns Lagoon Pool. Out the front door of the hotel you have a huge range of great bars, restaurants and shopping. Love the location and adore the view, this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, 25 June 2013
Thank you very much Leanne, for your lovely revue. Delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and apologies for the kitchen utensils.

Annette and I try really hard to stay on top of every thing, but there are inevitably, rare occasions, when things slip under the radar.

Hopefully we will one day see you back at Cairns Aquarius.

Kind regards,

Don and Annette
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

The only reason we didn't give the full 5 stars is because we have become more serious with our status as senior reviewers, and therefore very fussy with our assessments. The accommodation + service + value has to really JUMP out and impress to get the full 5 stars. This place has the obvious excellent amenities including the location, fully equipped refurbished apts, views etc, but was just shy of the 5 star, "value for money" & WOW factor (at least the apartments we saw).

We stayed the first night in apt #66 and found it very stylish and classy. The wife was very impressed when we entered, being used to smaller studio and 1 bed apartments. The size, space, and design impressed her right from the start (see doesn't know how much we paid for it!). The view from 66 was amazing from the 11th floor, but in spite of being so high, we were surprised at how well sound travelled from the street (doors closed). We also found proximity to the neighbouring apartment block a little distracting (could see right into about half a dozen other's bedrooms.) The next day we asked to look at any other available units, both for future reference, and for practical reasons, since we found the master bed (Queen/Double?) extremely small for us.

Fortunately apt #3 was avail. and finding a nice big King bed in there we chose to move. We also preferred the layout of #3, and although located on the mezzanine level, surprisingly QUIET compared to 66. Apartment #3 is great for anyone wanting a near-luxury stay, who places sleep quality and general living comfort above any spectacular view. The apartment could use a few throw rugs, and this was suggested to the owner. Perhaps by the time you get there they will already be in place. Otherwise any further criticisms would just be nit-picking.

One minor thing we noticed was that when we tried to sleep early at 9pm for an early 3am flight on the last night, we could hear the neighbours TV through the wall. So the walls may be a little thin, but most residents are respectfully quiet. We were NOT disturbed by other noise during our stay. For reference this apartment #3 had a HUGE TV and very comfortable living-room. If you read the list of amenities included in the Premium apartments, then you can be assured you will get everything you can expect and all up to a high standard.

The list of great things about Cairns Aquarius would be much longer than any minor issues we could think of. The lift is nice and fast, the entrance and lobby clean and welcoming, the residents all very friendly, and the location is really close to most everything. One thing critics need to remember is this is NOT a hotel - there are caretakers but it is basically a residential apartment complex. Daily room servicing is NOT included and there is no hotel style "front desk", although the caretakers are avail 24/7.

We think the high price tag is mostly for the size and space you get, and somewhat for the location, views, and style. For us, we considered the cost O.K. on this trip because it was only a few days. Were we to stay longer we might find it a bit expensive ;-) So if cost is not a factor then these apartments could be great for you.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, 29 June 2013
Thank you Scott for your very detailed review. You are spot on in your analysis of what Cairns Aquarius offers. We are self catering holiday apartments. You have every facility is in your apartment, fully equipped kitchen, laundry and an outstanding living and dining area. Sort of a home away from home. Very comfortable and conveniently located.

As for value, if you are just two people, it's probably less expensive to stay in a hotel, unless you factor in the cost of restaurant dining. If you are 2 couples or a family, a large 2 bedroom apartment is streets ahead economy wise.

Regards,

Don and Annette
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Absolutely fabulous!!! Once again the Cairns Aquarius came through with flying colours, Decided to shout my whole family to a holiday this year, so we all went to cairns Aquarius for a week , This time i booked one superior apartment and one standard apartment for my sisters family , the apartments where well above our expentations, both had the best views you could ask for (ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS) both had modern clean furniture, great aircon in every room they were just so clean and tidy, every appliance worked well. I come to cairns every year and have stayed at many different places but nothing and i mean nothing comes close to the Aquarius for views, cleanliness, great rooms, value for money and the best customer service you could ask for. Without hesitation the cairns Aquarius is arguably the best place to stay in cairns, Great views, great gardens ,fab bbq area , great clean rooms, great customer service!!!!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, General Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this review, 29 June 2013
Thank you very much leonardo c for your "absolutely fabulous" review. And for your much appreciated, continuing support over several years. We do feel having families return to Cairns Aquarius on a regular basis, is in many ways the best endorsement we could wish for.

We look forward to seeing you and your family and friends back at Cairns Aquarius next year.

Also a special thanks for supplying your fantastic balcony photograph of the enormous cruise liner sailing past the building.

Kind regards,

Don and Annette
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Property: 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
#18 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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