I returned to Cairns to visit family and stayed 7 nights @ 201 Lake. I rented a 2 bed apartment (because my Mother, who lives out of state, joined me). Our apartment, indeed the entire complex, was just as the photos advertised: bright, modern and spacious. I had requested a high floor with a water view and the folks in the office came through for me. I also arrived earlier than normal checkin time and the apartment was ready. After a 28+ hours of travel from overseas, this was *much* appreciated! I found staff members I encountered to be welcoming and helpful.
Other reviewers have commented on noise levels and I agree that, at times, it is noisy. The architecture of the building seems to amplify even normal level sounds. Heavy doors, hard services, semi enclosed walkways all make ordinary comings-and-goings sound loud. Add some inconsiderate people who've been out partying who bump, bash, stumble and slam doors on the way to their apartment, and you do have a noisy experience. Sometimes. It's not constant and, thoughtless drunk people aside, it's no-one's fault. The cleaning crew aren't trying to wake you up:) Just keep in mind that if you're staying on a weekend night, you may encounter these noises and remember to pack some ear plugs:)
Other reviewers also commented on cleanliness. The kitchen garbage bin did smell a little and could do with a hot water-disinfectant wash, and the louvers on the balcony were grime-y. When I first opened the door there was an odor, however, I just opened all the windows and doors and the fresh breeze sorted it out. Is it the cleanest property I've ever stayed in? No. However, having lived in the Tropics I understand the unique challenges in keeping everything sparkling clean and 100% odor free. This is a nice property but it's not a luxury property. I imagine if they raised the level of cleaning required to keep the entire building glistening, the room rates would raise accordingly. The cleanliness level would not prevent me from returning to 201 Lake.
I can recommend apartment 42. Nicely furnished, suitably equipped, great water view (especially considering this property is not on the Esplanade), and good value for money. Your experience of Cairns will be better if you rent a car when staying here. 201 Lake is a good location, you can walk the Esplanade each morning. However, it's not smack-dab in the middle of the tourist-y Esplanade CBD happenings, so if that's what you're seeking get a car or find another property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 201 Lake Street is the perfect base to discover Cairns & Tropical North Queensland. Located just off The Esplanade and a casual stroll into Central Cairns. 201 Lake Street offers a mix of hotel rooms and fully self contained one and two bedroom apartments. The hotel rooms are perfect for corporate travellers and the apartments are ideal for holiday makers needing Cairns accommodation for a longer stay. When you're not exploring the surrounding tropical paradise, take advantage of the 20 metre resort pool with lap section and BBQ entertainment area. Free secure parking and free wireless internet access is available. ... more less
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