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Cairns Harbour Lights
Ranked #17 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Have stayed in multiple Hotels in Cairns, CBD & Northern Beaches. Due to family function in CBD I chose this place for location. Its right next to Reef Marina (tour boats to reef or the inlet), 100 metres to Casino and a short walk to the Esplanade precinct, with some good restaurants/cafes directly below the apartments.
While I prefer the northern beaches this is the best CBD Apartment/Hotel complex I have stayed in, no need for a hire car unless you are doing some extensive travelling.
We stayed in a one bedroom apartment booked through WOTIF, at $125 a night is was a bargain. We stayed on the 3rd floor and unlike other recent reviews the room was clean and modern with comfortable furniture, although it could do with some blackout blinds to block out the morning sun.
We has a minor issue with ants on arrival however, this was immediately addressed once we called housekeeping.
The large balcony was covered and provided access for the wife to smoke without going downstairs.
There is a small gym, good sauna and outdoor pool that has views over the marina and harbour.
A Woolworths supermarket is approx. 2 blocks away and an easy walk.
Rate this above Shangri La, Hilton, Mercure, Mantra, and The Lakes.

Room Tip: Harbour or Inlet View
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane Region, Australia
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Stayed in an apartment. Room was clean but carpet definitely needs a good clean if not a good spot clean. Air conditioning very noisy even on low. Walls also need a spot clean in places. Check in receptionist was friendly. However, be aware that when you give your credit card details they take a $100 deposit as a pre authority. Leaving cc details is the norm but the $100 I object to and especially now that it is 4 days since check out and this has not been cancelled. It is blamed on the Bank!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

I'm currently staying at Cairns Harbour Lights which is located right on the marina of Cairns.
I had really high hopes after reading the reviews for this hotel but it's only quality is the location.

The staff weren't too friendly on check in but I was appreciative that we were able to check in early.

I requested a high rise apartment with a bath in emails leading up to my holiday.
After finding out there was no bath on the 8th floor apartment I was informed that the baths were only located on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
I asked two times to be moved to an apartment with a bath but each time I was told guests had already checked in to those apartments.

The apartment is a bit worn and in need of some new furniture. The couch has lost its spring and groans when you sit down. The bed is two single beds pushed together. The lamp in the lounge area is broken. The appliances are cracked and decor looks pretty cheap.
It was annoying to find that the batteries in the television remote were flat.
The Appelles Apothecary toiletries in the bathroom are pleasant but the bathroom is very small in size.
The blinds in the apartment are white so they don't block out any light making it impossible to sleep in past sunrise.

I was expecting house cleaning to be done today (on day 3 out of a 5 day stay) but I've come back to soaking wet towels on the floor.

There is a kitchen but it consists of only two hot plates and a microwave so this limits what you can cook.
The location is fantastic and it would be great to have a view of the marina but it seems those apartments are all occupied by owners.
I have stayed in Cairns before and in better and cheaper accommodation than Harbour Lights.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Devon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

Superbly located - a very comfortable room with a balcony overlooking the harbour. We had a studio apartment and it suited our needs. There is no restaurant at this aparthotel but plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. We stocked the fridge with breakfast requirements and had dinner at various restaurants. Wifi is free in the lobby where there are tea and coffee making facilities. The concierges were friendly and helpful and we had a very enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Overlooking the harbour if you can.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Buddina, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2014

Stayed in a room that had full kitchen, lounge etc. Large room and well maintain and very clean
I stayed on the 2nd floor and my view was over a park, not the harbour.
Plenty of restaurants nearby for breakfast and dinner
Central to CBD and casino (open from 9am!!)
Aircon was a little noisy but I was so tired I slept anyway
Big showers and TV's everywhere
I would stay again when next in Cairns

Room Tip: Get a room facing the harbour for great views
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

Stayed at a few different hotels in Cairns and when the price is on special it is the best option. Big rooms and an excellent base for going anywhere in the cairns region. Close to all the restaurants and shops. Top location and will be back here next time for sure.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cairns Harbour Lights
Address: 1 Marlin Parade | CityPort Harbourfront Complex, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Cairns Harbour Lights 4*
Number of rooms: 94
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