I booked this hotel with a little concern because while tripadvisor told me it was a winner, the pictures showed a pretty tired, old hotel. I trusted my fellow advisors though and booked away - good call folks!
The place isn't run down or tried as the pictures may imply. It was quite satisfactory and even had free internet!
Location, location, location!
We also stayed at the Pacific International Hotel on a separate night, and while it was fine, it wasn't as nice as Heritage and being as it was $20 more, I wish I had just stayed at Heritage both nights in Cairns.
As for what the gal before me said about bookings, I briefly skimmed it and it seems Heritage may give less-than objective advice. This may be the case, but if you're researching a hotel through tripadvisor, you'll probably be researching everything else (as this guy obviously did). Bottom line, go with your objective advise from someone with no vested interest - where available. If you think there are better deals out there go and see. Get a quote and shop around. But again, read tripadvisor and you should be fine.
This said, bostonguy81 may be onto something as I have never seen more advertisements for things to do around then at the Heritage, and everything you could do could be booked at the front desk. Possibly explaining the very low room prices, but definitely not negating the value that Heritage offers.
I did get a brief glimpse of possible preference when I asked for a ice cream place and they sent me to Divine Gelato -raving about it and telling me if I went anywhere else I'd be disappointed. We gladly took their suggestion and went over there. *The following is a complete stereotype and may not be accurate* The owner operator seemed like she was one of the older couple's card playing buddies... That said the Gelato was pretty good, but it was definitely no Italian Gelato. It's hard to believe that everyone else in the town couldn't have made Gelato to this standard, as Heritage stated.
Bottom line, while Heritage may be lining their pockets through booking fees, commissions, and under the table recommendations, it is an AMAZING value and you should go ahead and book away. Just make sure that it is Cairns you want to stay in for adventure and reef trips and that it isn't a beach town you want - this would be Port Douglas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Free continental breakfast when full room rate applies. Restaurant only open for breakfast. Shuttle bus between airport and hotel provided under contract, fees apply. Taxi service is available approx $25 each way. Pool is basically large Spa. Internet is available at reception and wifi available throughout hotel. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, flat screen TV, en-suites and air conditioning . All rooms recently refurbished. We look forward to your visit to Cairns. Rosemary Robertson Manager ... more less
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