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“Outstanding views, comfortable self-contained unit, family friendly”
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Cairns Aquarius
Ranked #25 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 November 2010

We spent the school holidays here on the 6th floor in Unit 39 - we will return and request this unit again. The views were amazing looking directly over the Coral Sea, Esplanade and to the right the Lagoon and Pier.
The unit was very comfortable with modern appliances (including flat screen in lounge and master bedroom, DVD player and Austar) and felt clean, fresh and airy. Beautifully decorated.
Very comfortable for our family of 4 and close to everything in city so we could walk comfortably with young children.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 October 2010

We stayed in Appartment 22 on the 3rd floor.
The Apartment was furnished lovely, very homely, welcoming feel.
The Apartment was sparkling clean, sheets, towels were spotless.
Highly Recommended, everything is walking distance, the view was fabulous, many breakfasts & coffees on balcany. Annette is the perfect host,warm welcome;Well done. We will see you again.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

Have returned from a wonderful three weeks staying in unit 39 on the 6th floor. The unit has recently been renovated, with new furniture, including comfy beds, dining suite and appliances in the kitchen. There’s also some lovely new artwork on the walls. Friends popped in for a visit while there and absolutely loved what they saw, both the unit and the view.

There is plenty of space in the unit, and the patio is huge, not postage-stamp sized like you might see elsewhere.

The unit has a magnificent 180 degree view, looking north towards Yorkies Knob, across the Trinity Inlet, down to the Pier and the Marina and across to False Cape, so there’s always something to see.

The Cairns Aquarius is located on the Esplanade close to lots of restaurants, and within a short walking distance of two supermarkets, major car rental company collection/drop-off offices, and the city bus route.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

I have just returned from a wonderful stay at Cairns Aquarius, where I was fortunate enough to stay in Unit 39...yes, the very same Unit that you will see mentioned below. Evidently, thanks to Trip Advisor, the owners took the advise and have just FULLY RENOVATED the apartment under the expertise of an interior designer. It is gorgeous, with all new top end furniture and appliances, a full repaint and TWO flat screen HD TVs. On top of that, it has fabuloius views to Green Island., walking distance to restraunts, shops etc and with underground parking, two pools and a tennis court all on site, what more could you ask for. I can't wait to go again and have rebooked that same Unit.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 August 2010

I booked the Cairns Aquarius based on the perception received from their web site of modern, beautifully appointed apartments. The reality upon arrival was a unit that more closely resembled a budget 1970’s beach flat. Not at all what we were expecting for the price, particularly when I had phoned to make the booking and specifically asked for a description of the unit and even stated that I had looked at the web site. This would have been the perfect opportunity for Annette to point out that not all units are up-to-date or as depicted on the site, but she was more interested in getting my credit card details pronto…
Based on their blatant misrepresentation I wouldn’t recommend the Cairns Aquarius to anyone, not until they either bring their units into the 21st century or at the very least make some attempt to differentiate them and charge accordingly. I’d suggest you’d find much better value elsewhere, even if you have to pay slightly more.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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cairnsaquarius1, Manager at Cairns Aquarius, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2011

Your review seems a little harsh and does not at all reflect the ovewhelming sentiments conveyed in other reviews. However we certainly take your concerns very seriously and appologise for not having met your expectations.

What a pity that you did not pick up the phone or contact us at all during your stay. Had you done so we would most certainly have shown you other apartments which you may have prefered.

Don and Annette
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Reviewed 4 April 2010

We stayed at the Cairns Aquarius for two nights in apt. 39 on level 6.

At first glance I thought we'd hit the jack pot and ended up with one of the renovated apts. which I'd requested through wotif , sadly that was not the case. Whilst the apt. had a massive amount of space and a brand new sofa and two lounge chairs to match the rest of the apt. looked as if it could do with a serious makeover, kitchen cupboards especially. I just felt as if I'd paid an exorbiant price for a 3.5 star apt. The furniture in the bdrms and loungeroom appeared to be quite dated.

The view was fantastic and we made good use of the large balcony. The kids loved the big screen tv, the dvd player and the austar channels, and there was even a tv in the main bdrm. The laundry was well equipped, I'm not sure about the kitchen as we didn't do any cooking in the apt. It would appear as if the owners are trying to make the place as comfortable as possible but on a budget.

The location is great within easy walking distance to the kids playground, lagoon, restaurants and night markets. The Restaurant on the corner Villa Romano offered an excellent value for money buffet breakfast.

Overall if you can get this accommodation at a reasonable price then it's great value for money. Just be aware that some of the rooms are not as they appear on the website.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 February 2010

Stayed in a refurbished room for 5 nights. Impressed with presentation of unit and all amenities. Just down the road from restaurants, public pool, night markets and kids play areas. Would highly recommend the Cairns Aquarius for families.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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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: £148 - £204 (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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