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“Quiet, Bright & Clean”
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201 Lake Street
Ranked #30 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Darwin
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“Quiet, Bright & Clean”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

I stayed in a hotel room for 5 nights for personal recreational travel.
I rented a car for a few days, but I was able to walk to all the main precincts in the city quite easily from the hotel. I registered my vehicle at reception and I was able to park at the front of the hotel without any issues - very convenient.
I didn't have any laundry facilities in my room, but the laundromat is about a block towards the city centre.
Check-in and Check-out was super easy, the manager/receiptionist was very accomdating, friendly and helpful.
The room is aesthetically pleasing with a king bed and a large bathroom. The toiled was placed unusually close to the wall, however, it caused no massive problems. Would have loved a bath, but the shower is roomy. The bathroom was actually my favourite part of the room - roomy, clean and calming colours. The bath products were also trendy and good quality. My room faced a backpackers and lake street, but the noise was minimal with the glass doors closed; not great for hanging out on the balcony, but the weather was cool enough for me to keep the doors closed!

The pool is what drew me to the hotel! I couldn't use it though as it was quite cool in the mornings and evenings - too cool! The pool is also in complete shade most of the day. Great place to snooze and catch up on some reading nevertheless; there's also quite a nice BBQ area by the pool and reception offer pre-made BBQ hampers at a cost. I was surprised to learn that extra towels for pool use are $2 for hire.

All in all, the hotel was great. I expected a tiny bit more considering the price for my stay. Reception in not always attended and you have to make a call to speak to someone. My room was a bit small, but the bathroom made up for it.The bed was slightly old and hard and the light shades by the bed were covered in thick dust. Also, the television in the room was extremely dated! But access to Foxtel is always good.

Great stay, but will try something else next time.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

After travelling for a week this apartment was a great place to chill out. We'll appointed with laundry facilities, bath/shower, king bed and really quiet. Check in and check out was a breeze nothing was too much trouble. We stayed on the 5th floor...parking not a problem.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sun Peaks, Canada
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I stayed at 201 Lake St for a month in May and while the building management and staff were exceptional I had the unfortunate experience of renting from an outside agency-Short Term Accomodation-Cairns.
It seems that Apt #23 is the only unit in the whole building rented by an outside agency and that both the owner and the agency don't care about the apt or clients that rent it. Black mold on the bedroom carpet, broken dishwasher, missing dishes, no cutlery, awful bed, no extra sheets and the list goes on and on and on. Contacted the rental agent and was told to make a list of deficiencies and everything would be taken care of. I wasted several days of my holiday waiting for dishwasher repair guy and mold abatement person to inspect the problems and nothing was ever rectified. Basically never heard from them again While I highly recommend staying at 201 Lake St if you are going to Cairns and want an apt close to everything, "DO NOT RENT" Apt # 23 from Short Term Accomodation-Carins. Book directly with 201 Lake Street.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights in May, loving every minute of it.
Clean, spacious, modern apartment with everything you need.
We had a room facing the Main Street but if you close the balcony door it blocked all street noise out.
We were aware that there will be extra cost for extra towel and house keeping but the room comes with washing machine, dryer, mob and other cleaning products, it was a delight to able to do laundry when needed.
10 mins walk to esplanade, lovely 20 mins walk to the city.
It's a service apartment, not a hotel. 201 lake st is like a home away from home, treat it with respect and you will have a wonderful stay.
We love it will definitely come back.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

If you like to sleep, then this isn't the place for you. Not only is it extremely noisy (traffic, noise from other apartments, cleaners at 7.30am on a Sunday morning), but the beds and pillows are terrible. The beds are hard and the pillows lumpy.
Also, they charge for anything and everything. I had to warn my children not to use anything (like little shampoos etc which are usually complementary). They didn't even have a box of tissues in the room. Don't think I've very encountered that before especially at the price they're charging.
Musty smelling too. BIG mistake staying here.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

We stayed on floor 5 for 3 nights and the traffic noise early in the mornings was very loud enough to wake you up. We required a couple of clean bath towels and had to pay $2.00 each if you require anything extra even a tea bag you have to pay for it. Considering the price you pay for a room something like that should be complimentary! Fans didn't work in either rooms properly, toilet dripped constantly so we had to turn it off at the tap and we had a cockroach in our bathroom. The pool was nearly always in the shade and was really cold, it overlooked a run down filthy property next door totally unappealing. When we brought these things to their attention on departure the guy said I'm only relieving at the desk and I suggested he make note of the items that were not working his reply was " you write them down" which I did..not sure if he even cared. Would not stay here again due to the noise and the pool mainly. I suggest you look at other accomodation there is plenty of nicer ones in Cairns.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2014

stayed 5 nights in May. Apartment was clean and fairly well equipped, although had a couple of small issues ( couple of lights not working) they were fixed promptly. Every thing was close, walked to esplanade in under 10 mins. staff were very friendly and helpful. The only thing to improve would be a few more basics in the kitchen. Would defiantly stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: 201 Lake Street
Address: 201 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — 201 Lake Street 4.5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
201 Lake Street is the perfect base to discover Cairns & Tropical North Queensland. Located just off The Esplanade and a casual stroll into Central Cairns. 201 Lake Street offers a mix of hotel rooms and fully self contained one and two bedroom apartments. The hotel rooms are perfect for corporate travellers and the apartments are ideal for holiday makers needing Cairns accommodation for a longer stay. When you're not exploring the surrounding tropical paradise, take advantage of the 20 metre resort pool with lap section and BBQ entertainment area. Free secure parking and free wireless internet access is available. ... more   less 
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