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“Such high hopes...” 2 of 5 stars
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The Bellview
85 - 87 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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Ranked #20 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
Coventry, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Such high hopes...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Honestly, maybe I've been spoilt for choice with hostels in Australia. I don't know. Any how, I did not feel safe at all in this hostel. The door to my room looked like it was going to come off and was breaking; the bathroom door had already done so.

There were bugs everywhere, the aircon (which was a big selling point in January!!) was so noisy you could hardly use it, and the owner was a bit of a pain when it came to letting me use the laundry - which was, y'know, fully allowed. Just sayin'.

Pluses: was cheaper than I'd thought, and one of the staff carried my suitcase up two flights of stairs for me.

Negatives: most everything else. I didn't even dare look in the kitchen.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Marlow, UK
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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

This hotel is in a great location in the centre of a lively town. Our room was large, spacious and clean and value for money. The front desk was friendly and helpful, what more can you want from a hotel!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

We stayed here for two nights while in Cairns to dive the reef. The rooms were simple, clean enough and cheap compared to everywhere else we stayed in Oz. The location on the Esplanade was fun and super convenient. We came into town without having any tours arranged, and used the front desk of this hotel to book our trips. I cannot say enough great things about the front desk jockeys (as they called themselves)! They helped us to pick some great tours based on our desires/needs/concerns. And they didn't work on a commission system so they didn't try to sell us on anything we didn't want.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012 via mobile

Excellent location right in the middle of the Esplanade. Friendly family-run service too.

Rooms could do with a refurb ..tatty furniture and didn't feel too clean, although bed linen was clean and crisp.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Palm Beach
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

This hotel / hostel is nothing amazing, however it is simple clean and cheap.
I had my own room with a double bed for only $50 - this is good if you haven't got much money but could do with your own space and a big bed to yourself for a night.
The room didnt have a tv or aircon but had a ceiling fan and your own sink and mirror etc.
The facilities are all there. It has its own little pool, tv lounge, wifi internet, washing facilities and tour booking desk etc.
It is also in a great location right next to the Esplanade pool and the night & food market

  • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

This motel is located in the beach esplanade.there are many restaurants, bars and shops just next to it. The esplanade is really the place where all the happening is in the evenings. The beach is just opposite to the hotel and you can go for a walk or run in the walkway along the beachside.Or just sit and watch the views. Also large public swimming pool is very near.

If you are planning a reef trip or trip to Kuranda the location great for those also. The marina and terminal is within few minutes walk also the railway station and main bus stop is not too for a away.

Stayed in a motel room which was nice for that price and also clean.Rooms include shower,Tv ad fridge. Cleaners come every day.The Wifi is not free but there are some places such as McDonalds very near by where you can use Wifi for free.The Bellwiev also has shared rooms for backpackers. There is also kitchen nad swimming pool on the premises.

The hotel staff at the front desk is friendly and they will help you advise you hot to get around in the city.Also basicly all the tours such as trips to the Great barrier reef can be booked directly from the hotel and you might get some discoutn also.there are also many different procures available.Hotel staff will also help you getting bus or taxi transport to airport.

Overall really nice place to stay with good location and clean rooms.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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PA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

so outdated it is comical. It's like walking into the 1950s. If you don't mind sleeping on a bed that has a number 6 written in marker on the headboard then stay here. This hotel is right on the Esplanade so it gets away with not updating or fixing (broken towel rack on floor of bathroom) rooms. Front desk people were helpful. We stayed there one night which was enough. You definitely get noise from street. I think you can do better in Cairns (like not stay in Cairns at all- think party central.)

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Address: 85 - 87 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 30
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