The hotel was easy to find from the airport, although it's on the edge of the touristy part of Cairns. It was in a borderline ghetto area, enough we didn't really feel comfortable leaving the car parked on the street at night. It was only a few blocks from the beach, but a bit of a longer walk to any real restaurants or the boat harbor for going out the to the Reef. Room was clean and fine, although not spectacular. Staff was friendly, but not terribly competent at fixing problems. We were counting on the wifi to take care of some stuff at home (U.S.), but the access was slow, limited, and didn't work at all for 2 of the 5 days we were there. They didn't even refund any of our money despite the fact we didn't get to use the prepaid wifi, and they still charged us the full $30 we had to spend to make an international call at 1am because we couldn't connect to any internet and had to get a message out during US business hours. (Internet was broken until about 10 hours later.) The included continental breakfast was adequate and probably worth springing for. Overall, just an okay hotel in a sort of sketchy area where you should not go if you need reliable wifi access. (As an aside, the city of Cairns supplies FREE wifi for areas closer to the downtown, while we had to pay for this limited, often broken wifi connection. One reason why it might be worth paying a little more to stay closer to the harbor.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique style hotel with a Balinese theme, nestled amongst lush tropical gardens. Centrally located with a short stroll to the Cairns esplanade. Guests will experience warm hospitality, with personal, friendly and attentive service. An onsite award winning licensed Balinese restaurant offering authentic Balinese cuisine with a tropical ambience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Village Tropical Retreat Hotel Cairns
- Bay Village Tropical Retreat Cairns