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“Great Location” 4 of 5 stars
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Cairns Harbour Lights
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   1 Marlin Parade | CityPort Harbourfront Complex, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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Ranked #24 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights after coming off and island on the Great Barrier Reef.
The hotel is quite modern, however this tended to make it feel rather stale. While is was a very modern building, the atmosphere was a bit stale.
The staff were very friendly and efficient and the location is excellent, being right at the ferry reef terminal and a block from the casino. It is also within easy walking distance to the Cairns esplanade.
The room was quite spacious and comfortable, however the ultra modern decor again made it feel a bit stale.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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23 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed at the harbour light twice - before and after our trip to the barrier reef. On our first visit, I didn't realize we needed to check-in a few blocks from the hotel. We booked through hotels.com and I didn't read the fine print. We had no issues, just glad the office was open when we arrived. On our return from the barrier reef, my husband needed to go to a medical clinic, and Dianne, at the front desk, was incredibly helpful. She called the clinic to make sure he'd be seen when he arrived. She was professional and considerate. Thank you again, Dianne.

The location is convenient - on the pier, in the same building as the terminal for the boat trips, short walk to the lagoon, close to lots of restaurants. The rooms are modern, spacious and clean.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed at Cairns Harbour Lights on our seven week trip around Australia.

Harbour Lights is a very nice property, the apartment was good size. My only complaint is that there was no clothes dryer to go along with the washer. There was a big empty space there, but no dryer.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed at this newish hotel on the harbour in an apartment on the fourth floor. Apartment was spacious but seemed to be furnished fairly minimally, givin the impression of wasted space, particularly in the main room. Our apartment opened on to a balcony directly over a large roof with views towards the opposite hotel , the city and glimpses of the river, Regardless of these minor issues, we found the hotel to have excellent facilities , in particular it's terrific pool deck, overlooking the harbour. The apartment had everything we needed and was well located.. What made it even better was that we got it at a bargain price through an Accor sale.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Cairns, Qld
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

I suggested this hotel to my parents because of it's ideal location, discounted prices out of season and because it was where Prince William stayed when in Cairns.

My parents booked two nights but extended their stay after seeing the hotel and after being given a free upgrade from a studio to a suite. Two weeks later they returned again to Harbour Lights and were remembered at check in and were again given a free upgrade.

Great, friendly service.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We booked in here at the last minute after going out on a sunset cruise. A great deal on a studio room which was quite spacious and had a balcony overlooking the Trinity inlet. We had excellent service at the front desk, they couldn't be more helpful. The bed was comfortable and we had a good night's sleep. Being locals we were so impressed we have booked for new year's eve.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Just returned from a wonderful trip to Cairns. We stayed at the Cairns Harbour Lights self-contained apartments. These were beautifully presented apartments with a lovely outlook. Everything about our stay was excellent. The staff were absolutely delightful - highly professional, very accommodating and knowledgeable. We were unable to stay in a harbour-view apartment but the 2-bedroom apartment we stayed in overlooked a beautiful park and we couldn't have been happier.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Additional Information about Cairns Harbour Lights

Address: 1 Marlin Parade | CityPort Harbourfront Complex, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cairns Harbour Lights 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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