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181 The Esplanade

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   181 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Ranked #32 of 66 hotels in Cairns
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
Jasmineo84 Brisbane, Australia
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
67 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed here for work, this is most likely why I was disappointed. It's nestled amongst the hospital therefore about 1.5km from the nightlife. Rooms are very dated however spacious and have everything you need. Beds comfortable. Would be great for a budget weekend away with the family. Lovely pool and spa areas & waterfront is right outside. Please don't stay... More

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Brisbane, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for 4 days and very much appreciated the roomy apartment, and all amenities. We had a view to the beach and over the pool. A handy little BBQ, where we cooked most nights. Very quiet, and a 10 minute pleasant walk to restaurants and bars along the Esplanade. So well positioned. Set up pretty well for cooking our own... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 2 bed apartment was spacious and well appointed but quite dated, especially the bathrooms, although there was plenty of hot water and good water pressure which are the most important things in a bathroom! The apartment was surface clean but skirting boards were thick with dust, several light bulbs didn't work, the wall clock didn't work and the bottom... More

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The 2 bed apartment is great size and the location is not bad at all. Next to the hospital but no noise and an easy walk to town centre. The decor is just stuck in the 80's and whilst the bedding and towels are very clean, the whole place just needs bringing up to date or steam cleaning and bathroom... More

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Oakville, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

Out of date and the lobby area has that old fashioned cleaning stink to cover smells. Apartments nothing to write home about, wouldn't recommend, it is right next to hospital and a long walk to restaurants and other cairns city attractions.

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ReillyCairns, Manager at 181 The Esplanade, responded to this review

As everyone can see, we don't respond to many reviews on Trip Advisor and take the good with the bad as they come through knowing that we have done our best. I do find it particularly disappointing though that a very critical and subjective review can be posted by someone who didn't even stay with us. As you can probably... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Stayed at 181 The Esplanade recently with family. It was difficult to find 2 bedroom accommodation in Cairns without booking an apartment, so this place was appealing. Should've done my homework and looked on a map just how close to the restaurants this place was, not close enough if you have small children, elderly guests or it is pouring rain.... More

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Alice Springs
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We stayed at 181 for 8 nights whilst on a family visit / holiday in Cairns. The property is located next door to the Cairns Hospital. We had a one bedroom apartment (actually a 2BR 2Bath apartment with the 2nd BR and 2nd Bath locked off). We had never stayed at this property before, but we were very pleased with... More

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

These are serviced apartments, of a high standard located on the Esplanade but just far enough away from the centre of Cairns to avoid any noise but close enough to easily walk. Also the Manager Ashley helped with booking a couple of trips for us, using his local knowledge to ensure we met our objectives and also ensuring we picked... More

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Sydney, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

We had a delightful stay at 181. We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment on the fourth floor, with a lovely view of the esplanade. The rooms were clean, modern and comfortable. Ashley the manager, was extremely helpful in suggesting and organising tours and activities, though at times we did feel pressured to comply with his suggestions. We would suggest... More

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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Stayed in a two bedroom apartment for work. It was spacious, clean, great facilities and very friendly and accommodating staff. Great views of the esplanade. Brilliant place to stay, highly recommend to everyone. Will be returning.

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Address: 181 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — 181 The Esplanade 4*
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