Stayed 4 nights at Holiday Inn Cairns in early April. The hotel is quite huge and well located. The hotel is one street away from the RSL club (which serves decent and reasonably price meals), 5 to 7 mins walk to McDonald, other restaurants, night market and shops, and < 10 mins walk to the Lagoon at Esplanade and Muddy's playground.
We were upgraded to the 2-double ocean view room, with view of the coral sea. The room is large enough for 2 adults and 2 young children. The bathroom ( a little small) comes with basic amenities with a decent shower (no bath tub). We were given 4 complementary bottled water daily. The 2 double beds were comfy and the air-con was quiet and powerful with good thermostat control. However the furnishing of our room may be a little dated but still reasonably maintained. We were given free WiFi (using our Priority club membership) but the signal was a little weak.
The in-house Sirocco restaurant serves good buffet breakfast. We did not try lunch or dinner (as there were many wonderful restaurants and café around the hotel).
The daily complementary secured car-park (with Priority club) located in the basement was useful. The check-in/out was efficient and friendly. The tour desk located next to the reception was useful.
Young children (or even adults) may enjoy the Barramundi feeding and it's something not to be missed. Feedings available from Mon-Wed-Fri at 1pm.
The swimming pool was alright but it needs a little upgrade as there were a few broken or chipped mosaic tiles in certain spots. The decent gym is located near the barramundi feeding pond. There is also a liquor store located near the swimming pool.
Overall a good hotel to spend a few nights. But it needs some minor upgrades or refurbishment in the near future.