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181 The Esplanade
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   181 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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Ranked #26 of 66 hotels in Cairns
Alice Springs
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“181 Is reat”
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 our very spacious and clean 7th floor apartment. Both balconies featured beautiful views of the famous Cairns Esplanade which, BTW, we walked daily. We did not utilise the hotel's tour booking facility but going by the regular queues of guests who did, it is apparent that the staff are well versed in the facility. The bed was very comfortable, and the well appointed bathroom was a dream. There is a tavern and a small shopping centre within 5 mins walk. We had no qualms about walking along the Esplanade to town, but some guests may think it is just a little too far. Our only suggestion would be to install a table and chairs to the bedroom balcony. Comparable water view apartments at Trinity and Palm Cove were $100 p/n more expensive. We will definitely stay at 181 again. Recommended.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Burnley, United Kingdom
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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 the right day for a trip to the reef based on local weather reports. The apartments were also good value.

Room Tip: Go for a high floor room overlooking the Esplanade
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 that you do a bit of research yourself before arriving but do not hesitate to ask him as he has good connections in the local community and can get you good deals.

The location is ok. It is a 20 minute walk from centre of town. However tour buses are happy to pick up and drop off directly from the apartment block.

Overall we had a great stay and would recommend 181 in a heartbeat.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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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.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This was our first holiday in Cairns. I booked this apartment because it was well priced, looked new and the managers were helpful and attentive. We asked for an apartment with a nice view and were given one on the fifth floor with ocean-front and esplanade views to our delight, as opposed to one facing hospital construction next door. The apartment was spacious and comfortable. The pool and spa were a nice treat. Our live-in managers, Ashley and Lyn gave us great local advice on tours and things to do in our week in Cairns which enhanced our experience. We were located a nice distance from town which was an easy walk away and the area was not too noisy. We unanimously agreed that we would stay here again in the future.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Lovely, spacious, beautifully kept apartments with lots of natural light.

We booked late, and our apartment faced the hospital and the construction site next door. This meant that the view wasn't terrific (although there was absolutely no problem with noise or similar), and this is the only reason that I haven't given this review the full five stars.

Everything else was lovely - the bedrooms, the bathrooms (two of them in a two bedroom apartment), the kitchen, and the pool were all fantastic.

We'll be back, and next time we'll book a little earlier and request an apartment facing the ocean.

Thanks!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Every had one of those nights when you can leave the balcony door open, have the cool breeze awash your body as you lay in bed listen to the lapping ocean on the shore below. And have a great sauna in the complex too..............well that's 181 The Esplanade.

The room was on the 10th floor, we left the door open to listen to the sounds of the ocean, the cool breeze over our bodies at night was so relaxing...........it was like the best two nights ever.

We had a kitchen to die for....all the mode cons, full size fridge, huge lounge, tv (with some paid TV too), full laundry,....it was more than a home away from home.

We had a car, so we went into the city and did some grocery shopping before head back to the apartment block. It is a little way from the main city, and I would say a car would be hand....plus they are building the new hospital next door, but you don't hear anything before seven in the morning or after around six at night.

The swimming pool was great.....the sauna....wow...my partner and myself are both sauna crazy, so this was the main reason we stayed there.....and it didn't let us down. Fantastic!!!!!!

So to sum up......a little out of town, great ocean view room, everything you could possible need in the apartment, you will need to do some shopping as there is nothing on site...no restaurant, no breakfast included....and you will need your car to get into main city of Cairns. But for the price and everything included....we will definitely be staying again, and again, and again.

Dennis and Bev

Room Tip: If would be very helpful to have your own transport!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 181 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Cairns
#13 Romantic Hotel in Cairns
#17 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — 181 The Esplanade 4*
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