We normally stay in a more up-scale type of accommodation while travelling but this time we wanted to try something different. We were not disappointed. The property uses the word "Luxury" a bit loosely, or perhaps it means something different in Cairns, as the apts are not "luxurious" by our standards, but are clean, well located, and fairly comfortable.
The very old air-conditioning struggled a bit to remove humidity and maintain a comfort level for us, even though we followed the instructions exactly. However I believe it would be fine for most people.
The $5/day internet is great for those of us who need to maintain contact with the office without breaking the bank, and the room rate is better if you book directly through the property website. Bret the manager was VERY helpful with every question we threw at him.
The location is close enough to the esplanade, centre of town, and Cairns Central shopping mall that everything is only a few minutes walk away, but not so close that you get lazy. This was particularly appealing to us as we enjoy a little unscheduled exercise, and a nice walk after a big meal. Nevertheless there are plenty of very close shops and restaurants for those that are a little less mobile.
Overall the experience was good and I recommend to anyone looking for self catering budget accommodation in Cairns. Be sure to note the apts are NOT serviced AT ALL (for free) unless you stay more than a week, and you will have to clean it yourself. However you can pay a small charge if ever you want it serviced. I think it would make a great stay for people wanting to do a lot of touring and activities outside the apt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Vaucluse Apartments are located in Cairns' inner city - you are just seconds away from shopping, restaurants, entertainment, culture and business. The vibrant city of Cairns is in the heart of tropical North Queensland and provides the ideal base from which to explore in all directions. It combines the sophistication of cosmopolitan restaurants, boutique shops and casual pavement cafes with colorful open air markets in a relaxed and informal environment perfect for the intimate holiday for couples, if traveling alone a singles paradise or if on business the privacy of a self-contained apartment room with secure under cover car parking. ... more less
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