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“Dirty Pool, Stinky Bathroom”

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Cairns City Sheridan
Ranked #61 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Guam, Mariana Islands
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“Dirty Pool, Stinky Bathroom”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2014

My wife and I checked in to this Best Western after curtailing a two week long camping trip, thanks to a heat wave that was baking FNQ. Upon approaching the receptionists' counter, we should have immediately been turned off to the place by the filthy aquarium gracing the front office. The receptionist checked us in, but mistakenly only booked us for a single night instead of four.

A few minutes later, when we went up to our room, we were glad she had made that little mistake, as our bathroom smelled quite foul. I'm tempted to say here exactly how it smelled, but my description likely wouldn't meet Tripadvisor.com's standards of decency.

It being a hot day, we decided to grab a few beers and take a dip in the pool. That turned out to be a bad idea, as the saltwater pool was not only uncomfortably warm, but also full of leaf litter and green algae.

After stewing in the pool for a few minutes, we decided it was a good idea to scrub our bodies clean in the shower. Whilst doing a bit of washing up in the sink, I noticed that the soap running down the drain was resurfacing...up and out of the drain in the floor. Shortly thereafter we went to sleep, and dreamt of the hour soon to come when we might check out of that rancid hotel and find more pleasant lodging.

Room Tip: Spend your money elsewhere. Continue a block or so down the street and stay at the Aspect Central Mo...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Apparently had no rooms available and my family and i had already booked. These guys and rainbow inn are owned by the same guy, they told us to go to rainbow inn... Very bad.. Had to yse 4 hours of our time to find another hotel. Terrible. This is some sort of scam, rainbow inn would have to be the worst hotel im cairns.

  • Stayed January 2014
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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

I was a little worried after reading the mixed reviews of this place, but for us these worries were unfounded when we arrived and we had a good couple of nights here.

The room we were placed in was clean, comfortable and the bathroom was lovely and new and clean (perhaps recently updated?) Working air con and fans, nice big TV.
It's not the Hilton but it surpassed our expectations and we've stayed in much worse motels!

Location is a little out of town but no problem if you're ok with a 20 minute walk.

Really good value for money considering the other reviews and there is a really great little vegetarian/kitsch cafe across the road with a lovely little handmade shop which is worth a visit.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a pool view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mareeba, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

After having a booking with confirmation got phone call from 157 half hour before booking in.To say moved us up 3 doors to Rainbow checked out Room after going thru Pool area and overrun bushes got to Room what a 3rd grade standard and breakfast not served as stated but could have Dinner which wasn,t booked. went back to 157 they could not help us with a room as they had overbooked[Blamed Computer] so be careful if you think you have a room waiting. Would NOT recommend this Motel Finally found a nice Motel ourselves. A bad experience for a 74 year old

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Melbourne VIC Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2013

This hotel is good value for money. Simple but OK. I had no real problems during my stay. I stayed on the 2nd floor and on the pool side. I was lucky there were no inconsiderate guests in my area. The pool was nice. The air con and fans worked well. It is in walking distance to the Esplanade area. I'd stay here again. Rebecca at the front desk is very helpful!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the pool side.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

Contacted hotel 2 weeks in advance and was advised could check in early as we had an early flight. arrived at 9am and told to come back at 2pm.Room on top floor, no lift and I have and struggled each time, when I approached for a room downstairs, reply was bad luck.
Pool was NOT cleaned for the 10 nights we were there.
Half drank bottles left in fridge from previous guests,
On leaving, office was suppose to open at 7am, no one there so back up stairs just to leave key in room, and there were O'seas guests waiting OUTSIDE for breakfast, and they were booked on a tour. That's very poor, especially the prices they charge.

Room Tip: to many steps to climb. Stipulate a lower floor.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

Stayed here because it was just an overnight stay before catching a flight out in the early morning. Upon approaching the hotel, the large "MOTEL" word painted across the building didn't make it seem that appealing. I know it's not a high-end hotel, but at least don't advertise it like a backpacker's place. The electronic key did not work, so after multiple tries, they had to give us a regular key to enter the room. We were on the 3rd floor, and as the other reviews have stated, there are no elevators, and the wifi is very spotty. The room was hot and stuffy. The furniture and beds were old and worn. However, the worst part were the ants that were running around basically EVERYWHERE in the hotel. They were all along the walls, floors, air conditioning wall unit, but especially around the microwave and mini-fridge. When I told the front desk about this, they seemed to be sympathetic, but stated that all rooms were like this and it was something that all buildings had a problem with in Cairns. Not really, as we had stayed in the Holiday Inn along the Esplanade too, and that one didn't have any problems like this at all. Also, the front desk only is staffed during the day, so since we needed to check out early, we had an issue leaving the key since we didn't have an electronic card key. Yes, this location is one of the cheaper places to stay in Cairns, but I would recommend to spend a little extra money and get a nicer place. At least we didn't have street noise issues. We were in the building facing Upward Street, not the main building facing Sheridan Street. Plus, with the A/C and ceiling fan running all night, we had enough noise from that to not notice any street noise.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cairns City Sheridan
Address: 157 Sheridan St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Best Western)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #61 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairns City Sheridan 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
City Sheridan is located close to the city center of Cairns, regarded one of the most popular hotels in a region that is viewed to be a must visit destination in the world. Cairns is surrounded by lush rainforest, beautiful tropical waters and scenery that has to be seen to believe. Staying with us at the City Sheridan you will be located within a 10 minute walk to Cairns best city attractions including; Cairns central shopping center, large number of world renowned restaurants catering for all cuisines, plenty of lively bars and clubs, Cairns Civic Theater, Cairns Convention Center, Cruise Ship Terminal, Bus Terminal, Museum, Arts Gallery, Train Station, Reef Fleet Terminal and the Reef Casino. City Sheridan is also only a 5 minute drive from the airport. ROOMS Our rooms are large in size and cleaned daily. We offer free wireless internet throughout the hotel. All rooms have their own private bathroom and balcony that opens the rooms to the wide open tropical weather and scenery. For in room entertainment your room has a 32-inch TV with free in house movies. Other inclusions is a microwave, fridge with mini-bar, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, and a desk with chairs. Your balcony is furnished with a table and 2 chairs. FACILITIES City Sheridan facilities include a tropical outdoor swimming pool with cascading waterfall, tour booking desk, guest laundry, and onsite car parking. City Sheridan also has the Sheridan Lounge Bar, a great place you can meet other travelers and share your stories while enjoying a beverage. The Sheridan Lounge Bar also has a computer terminal with free printing facilities. SHERIDAN RESTAURANT Sheridan Restaurant serves continental breakfast buffet daily from 7:00 am through to 10:00 am. Enjoy your morning breakfast poolside in the company of tropical palm trees and a cascading waterfall. SHERIDAN LOUNGE BAR: After a day out enjoying all the fantastic adventures that the Tropical North Queensland has to offer, relax pool side with a drink chosen from our large selection of beers, wines and spirits. TOUR DESK: City Sheridan tour booking agents are always available to help you through the large variety of adventure options. Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, and the Daintree are just a couple of the more popular attractions, and for the thrill seekers; skydiving, bungee jumping, hot air-ballooning, or white water rafting might be more your style, with over 200 adventures on offer, there is definitely something for everyone. CHECKING IN: Reception is open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm daily. If you are arriving after 9:00 pm, the phone that is located on the front reception doors will direct call an after-hours service. If you are arriving after 9:00 pm, please let us know. ... more   less 
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