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“Great Value & Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Cairns Plaza Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   145 The Esplanade Cairns | Cnr. The Esplanade & Minnie St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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Ranked #15 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
Boulder City, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great Value & Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

A little older than other hotels, but very clean with great amenities and right on the Esplanade with views out to sea. Just what we wanted. Free wifi is good. Staff were really friendly and helpful. The room price was very reasonable and was a suite with a living room/kitchen area and a separate bedroom

  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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7 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2011

Stayed at this hotel twice, first time for one night, second for three nights. Both rooms were very clean. Staying three nights the second time gave us a deal. Views awesome, even city-side looks out to rainforest. Side view gave us look at both rainforest and harbour.

Free wifi is available in the lobby, which is a plus. The location of the hotel is along the Esplanade, but a short walk from all of the chaos. Very quiet.

Additionally, the staff could not be nicer or more helpful. They answered every request and question, and gave us great recommendations for dining.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Singapore, Singapore
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

Stayed at Cairns Plaza Hotel for 4 nights. The staff are exceptionally helpful in booking trips, providing recommendations on places to visit and advising on road direction. Very good and commendable customer service! Excellent location as well. Eating places (open into the night), night markets, pier, esplanade boardwalk, lagoon etc are within walking distance. Room is big (bedroom, living room, balcony and a kichenette) but furniture is a little dated and limited TV programmes. The restaurant in the hotel - would give it a miss.

Overall, a good stay and value for money.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chatham, Kent, Uk
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31 hotel reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

We stayed at the Cairns Plaza Hotel for 3 nights as recommended (and booked in advance) by the official Cairns Tourist information office en route from Hong Kong to Alice Springs. Good, quiet (almost) seafront location 5 minutes walk from lots of restaurants, bars and the "lagoon" and 10 minutes from the harbour. We took the Kuranda Scenic train and Cableway daytrip to see the rainforest and cuddle pandas; also a daytrip by catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef - both booked through the Cairns Tourist office (not far from the hotel). The hotel was a little drab (we'd been spoilt by a luxury hotel in Hong Kong!), the outside swimming pool was unheated and cold and we shopped in Woolworths and ate our own breakfasts in our room as the hotel (AUD10) breakfast seemed poor value.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

We stayed here in June. The australian dollar is very strong at the moment, where motels are charging the equivalent of hotel prices. Cairns Plaza was an old hotel that needed work in almost every room. However, they were up to an acceptable standard of a 2/3 star hotel, and was very good value for money. Only a 5 minute walk from the centre, the staff were very helpful, and if you can afford it, upgrade to the suite to get a studio for 90 Aus$ !

Room Tip: Upgrade to the suite, much bigger room
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wollongong, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

Very central and convenient walking distance to CBD and reef terminal ( 3 blocks).
Nice restaurant with specials and themes on different nights.Pool was pleasant . Suites were comfortable and kitcheonette with fridge and microwave, was more than sufficient. Staff aim to please and are willing and helpful when it comes to advice about taxis, shopping and local attractions. Good housekeeping and overall good value for money.

Room Tip: All rooms have nice views but request high floor when booking for best views.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Waiheke Island, New Zealand
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16 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

This is my second attempt at getting a review published on Cairns Plaza -dont know
what went wrong the first time! I think it deserves a mention because this Hotel
although not the flashest in town, is the best value for money we have stayed at
in Cairns (eight times).
Reception were more than helpful - we were given an oceanview suite on the top floor and the two rooms were spacious, comfortable and with superb views. Handy to everything would be an understatement!
We would have no hesitation in staying here next time we are in Cairns.

Carole and Ian Pulman, Waiheke Island, NZ

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 145 The Esplanade Cairns | Cnr. The Esplanade & Minnie St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cairns Plaza Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mid-rise Motor Inn located about 3 blocks from center. ... more   less 
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