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“Clean room in centre of Cairns”
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Hides Hotel Cairns
Ranked #58 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
London, United Kingdom
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“Clean room in centre of Cairns”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Stayed in February 2014 for 2 nights in the refurbished part of the hotel in a standard double room. Room was nice and spacious, clean and a comfy bed. Aircon worked well although was situated on one wall right next to one side of the bed- so it got quiet cold if you were sleeping on that side. Fridge looked slightly rusty around edges but worked perfectly well. Breakfast was included in price; on a veranda. Breakfast included cereals, juice, toast and eggs, it was perfectly adequate but if your expecting a full english breakfast or croissants etc you won't get it.

Location was in the centre of Cairns; lots of tourist shops and bars. There is a free outdoor pool on the esplanade and it was a 5min walk from hotel to reef fleet terminal where trips to the barrier reef depart from.

Not a high end hotel but great value and in a great location. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Hi there,

Well I experience the Hides Hotel, well it wasn't that bad actually, I had the double room, which was good and convenient as well.

The location is really good is in the city.

Concerning the breakfast is really light lol so don't expect a real continental breakfast ok?!

the staff is really good and friendly

Cheers.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

If you are expecting 4 star accommodation this is not the place for you! However it does provide good value for your money. The rooms are basic but do provide the essentials such as fridge and aircon. The location is excellent with lots of shops and supermarkets within a couple of minutes walk. Breakfast is included and although basic did provide enough variety to meet most needs. There is plenty of activity within walking distance, including the lagoon which is not to be missed. We would deffo stay here again if we ever revisit Cairns, which we must say has been our favourite Australian place to date.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2013 via mobile

Hides Hotel is a nice, simple hotel in the heart of Cairns. It's very good value for money and it is just a five minute stroll to the Esplanade or to the wharfs. The rooms are big enough and include aircon and a fridge and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this place!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

I am a lover of all things historic, so when I realized that the Hides Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the city, I was thrilled. The Hotel has maintained its historic feel, while still providing modern comforts and amenities. The continental breakfast is superb and the accommodations are clean. A refrigerator and electric kettle meant we could always have snacks in the room if we were hungry. The only time things seemed a bit awry was very early in the morning, but that is because Cairns is a party town and the kids seem to love running amuck in the streets and (for those staying at the hotel) inside the hotel, and their drunkenness was sometimes heard as they passed through the hallways. One morning, I saw a lamp had been broken in the hallway, but by the time I passed it next, it had been cleaned and fixed. We were fortunate that we were on the quieter side of the hotel, but the walls are thin (expected for an old building), so if you are a light sleeper, take ear plugs, and you should be fine. Also, there is an Irish pub on the other side of the hotel (very funny to me, since I am a Bostonian, and didn't expect to find that in Cairns), and it provides bustling nightlife all night long. However, as a cautionary note, the rooms on that side of the hotel will hear the party all night long as well.

The location is superb: walking distance to EVERYTHING. And Cairns' CBD is a very fun neighborhood to explore by foot (just wear sunscreen and good walking shoes). The swimming lagoon is beautiful, but I definitely longed for a swim in the ocean…unfortunately, crocodiles and jelly fish make swimming there unsafe.

My only qualm with the Hides is that you have to leave your key in the wall to have electricity in the room, but that means, your room can be devastatingly hot when you return since the AC doesn't run. We solved this issue by taking the electricity chip off of the key ring and just bringing the key when we went out which allowed us to continue running the AC. However, we did end up turning the AC off because I think it may have been due to a filter change, as a slight odor accumulated in the room the more we ran it.

All in all, a fantastic choice for the price. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We did a very good deal here (21$/night). First the hotel is very cheap and we were expecting much less than we got for that price, as we were upgraded: a quite big room with own shower instead of a smaller room and shared bathrooms. The bed was comfortable.

The breakfast is not just some butter and a toast, but there is juice and everything else needed. Its beautiful to sit on the veranda and relax in the morning.

The location of the hotel is ideal too. Short walk from the greyhound station, 10minutes to the esplanade. A warm welcome at the reception is included :-)

For us it was the best experience regarding accommodation on our whole east coast trip.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto,Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2013

I lowered my expectations before arrival, expecting a "not so nice" hotel, given the hotel rate. Very surprised,.... , better than expected!
It is an older but fairly well kempt hotel right in the middle of town.
Close to shopping mall, restaurants, GBR ferries and boardwalk
Good size of room superior double, (was upgraded upon early arrival).
Clean with comfortable beds. Good air con with overhead fan,
Kettle with tea and milk in fridge. Nice British touch!
Would not venture down Lake street at night, but otherwise felt safe.
Nice breakfasts with hard boiled eggs. Only wish they had served coffee. (Instant availale) Breakfast tables on large wrap around porch.
Staff very nice and approachable.
They even provide beach towels at the front desk if you ask.
WiFi expensive, go next door to the travel agency for free access.
Overall surprisingly good stay!

Room Tip: Hote in middle of city, fronts on 3 streets, so can be noisy at night.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Hides Hotel Cairns
Address: 87 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hides Hotel Cairns 3.5*
Number of rooms: 102
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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