I read the Trip Advisor reviews and booked an ensuite room in the newer part of the hotel - note: newer is a relative term here!
Size-wise the room was terrific. The bathroom was also very big for motel-type accommodation. Not usually a bad thing except here, the towel rail was as far from the shower as it could possibly be. You had to leave your towel on the floor to pick it up after your shower or, if left on the rail, traipse quite a few steps to get it. But the oddities didn't end there. The shower taps were "outside" the shower! Reachable but you dripped water everywhere if you wanted to adjust the temperature.
In the bedroom - to turn off the reading lamps once you were in bed you needed six foot (2 metre!) arms or else you had to get out of bed to turn the light off. Not good if you'd fallen asleep while reading in bed.
Real problems (rather than idiosyncracies) ...
i) Cleanliness and Housekeeping - leaves a lot to be desired. Hairs from previous guests floated about the bathroom. Daily housekeeping (3 night stay) was limited to non-existent.
ii) Noise - from outside traffic, pubs, clubs and inside fellow guests - not a peep. However, my room suffered from the constant hum of airconditioning units on the wall opposite my room. Also, I didn't dare open my window for fresh air for fear of what pollutants might come from chimney vents that finished at window height. I don't know how building regs could not insist that the chimney vents be considerably higher than they were so as to clear the windows.
Good points ....
i) the verandah is wonderful .... provided there are no smokers there
ii) breakfast is plentiful. It's more what you'd have at home than the rich stuff you too often indulge in when you're on holidays. I really appreciated that.
iii) Position - absolutely central Cairns
Overall, in spite of the drawbacks, I'd stay here again ... trying for a room further away from the airconditioners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hides Hotel Cairns offers affordable accommodation right in the heart of Cairns. It is surrounded by restaurants, pubs and shops and is only a short walk to the Casino, Reef Fleet Terminal, Esplanade Lagoon Pool, Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Kuranda Railway Station. With the convenience of public transport 100 metres from reception and a tour desk to book all your tours that will collect you from our Hotel, you will be able to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Kuranda Village and all of what Tropical North Queensland has to offer. Hides Hotel Cairns is a preferred and recommended leisure property for the tourist, corporate, family and large groups visiting Tropical North Queensland. It offers both the comfort and convenience of a modern, large and comfortable hotel or the nostalgic charm and grace of budget heritage rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Crocodile Hides