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Rydges Tradewinds Cairns
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   137 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Tradewinds Esplanade)   |  
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Ranked #26 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
Sydney, Australia
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“Would most certainly return!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2011

Interesting to read how people's travel experiences differ, their appraisals of hotels, and even their perception of distances.
Beginning of April 2010, we stayed one night at the Rydges Tradewinds with an overseas visitor from Germany. Our final destination was Port Douglas, and Cairns only a one-night stopover on our way north. I was unsure about staying in Cairns at all, as, from previous visits almost 16 years ago, I remembered the city as not being very well presented and maintained.
Well, we were all pleasantly surprised:
* the Hotel was great, especially when considering the affordable rates
* spectacular views across the harbor
* a very short walk (!) to the shops and restaurants
* and the town itself was clean and friendly!
My only regret: not having allowed for more time in Cairns. When we do return, I hope we will be able to again stay at the Tradewinds, but this time a few more nights.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Matthewgm, General Manager at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, responded to this review, March 11, 2011
Dear Hand_aufs_Herz

Thank you very much for you interesting and incite full comments. I am very pleased that you enjoyed you stay with us.

Kind Regards

Matt
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

Loved our stay here at the Rydges. It was a great location close to town and the room we stayed in had an awesome view out over the ocean from our balcony. The room was spacey and clean, the bed was really comfy and we even took our chance with the hotel cafe downstairs and it was suprisingly good food. Our waitress was also really helpful with things to do in the area. We'd definately come back if we travel to Cairns again.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Matthewgm, General Manager at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, responded to this review, January 25, 2011
Dear fabulousfilly

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. I will be sure to pass them on.

Kind Regards

Matthew
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

NYE was a great night. We had dinner at the hotel and watched the 9pm fire works from our dinner table. We then walked the few minutes into town and soaked up the atmosphere before returning to the hotel to watch the midnight fireworks from our room. We have a great night.

  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthewgm, General Manager at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, responded to this review, January 25, 2011
Dear allymc1990

Thank you for taking the time to leave comments. We are really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your New Years Eve with us.

Kind Regards

Matthew
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2011

The weather was awful but the hotel was great. The check in lady was very sweet. (she was new) Our room was kept clean and we just chilled. The beds were great and the drinks by the pool very cool. We walked down the street for dinner until we discovered the hotels restaurant. Over looking the water it was great food and service.

  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthewgm, General Manager at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, responded to this review, January 25, 2011
Dear jacco

I am sorry the weather was not the best while you were in Cairns, but I am very pleased to hear that you still enjoyed your stay with us.

I will pass on your kind comments to the staff member you mentioned.

Regards

Matthew
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Townsville, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2011

We had a wow of a trip. The weather was terrible but the hotel and staff made up for it. We only got out of the hotel twice in four days, but spent the rest of the time sleeping in and eating and drinking. the staff really cared and made us feel at home. Sea Level was great. Food realy nice and well priced.

We both had treatments a Spa by The Sea in the hotel which was just like a dream. Cant wait to get back.

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Matthewgm, General Manager at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, responded to this review, January 25, 2011
Dear travelaussie2011

I am very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. I will pass on your comments to Sea Level and Spa by the Sea.

Kind Regards

Matthew
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Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2011

We stayed at Rydges over NY and had a really great night. We were lucky enough to get a new room with new bed and TV. The bed gave us the best nights sleep ever. Didn’t want to get up or leave.
We have dinner in Sea Level which was superb. It was really busy and had great atmosphere. The firework were fantastic.
From first to last the staff were great!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Matthewgm, General Manager at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, responded to this review, January 25, 2011
Dear satraveller

I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay over the New Year. The new dream beds are proving very popular indeed.

Kind Regards

Matthew
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

By the end of my trip through AU I finally figured out that a four-star hotel in AU is equivalent to a 2 1/2 or three-star hotel in the US. That said the $92 rate for Tuesday Nov 2 was way overpriced for what we got. I was so annoyed they gave us a room with two double beds instead of a queen or king. Since we arrived so late we didn't want to bother moving rooms. Also, we were given a handicapped room. The bathroom sink was less than 3 ft off the floor. The beds were not comfortable. The wi-fi in the lobby was hit or miss. When we opened our large sliding glass door to check out patio it smelled strongly of dog feces.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Matthewgm, General Manager at Rydges Tradewinds Cairns, responded to this review, December 10, 2010
Dear UA_Girl

I was most upset to read your comments on regarding your stay with us in November. Please let me apologise that we did not meet your expectation. I am not sure what price hotels cost in the US, but I can assure you the price you paid was extremely competive. In regards to your other comments, I would be happy to discuss them with you in more detail if you would like to contact me through the hotel reservations email.

Yours sincerely


Matthew Hurley
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Address: 137 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Tradewinds Esplanade)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Cairns
#14 Family Hotel in Cairns
#15 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Rydges Tradewinds Cairns 4*
Number of rooms: 245
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Imposing, 7-story Multi-winged Resort Hotel situated on large single site on the Cairns Esplanade directly across from Trinity Bay ... more   less 
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