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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2009

The Sebel Harbour Lights in Cairns was terrific! Our room (in off season under $100 US per night) was actually an apartment, with living room, dining room, kitchen facilities, washer/dryer, and separate bedroom and bath. Everything was brand new. The view from the room was gorgeous. The hotel is situated right at the marina from where all the day boats leave, and a short walking distance from the esplanade with all the restaurants and shops. The desk staff were accommodating - the only problem was they messed up our 3:00 a.m. taxi pick-up and wake-up call.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

My husband and I spent 4 nights at this hotel . The hotel is on the edge of the harbour so is near some nice restaurants overlooking the water and a few minutes further to walk into the shops of Cairns. WE stayed in room 212 the apartment was very luxurious with a nice big bed, kitchen area with dishwasher and full sized fridge and flatscreen TV in lounge and a smaller TV in beedroom , the appartment had the best views over the harbour and side views of the inlet . Fantasic service from the front desk,Serviced daily how could you not enjoyed your stay - very modern and extremely clean with good facilities and extremely fantastic location.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2009

My husband and I spent 3 nights at this hotel - we were using it as a base for our trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda. The hotel is on the edge of the harbour so is near some nice restaurants overlooking the water and a few minutes further to walk into the shops of Cairns. We actually ended up getting upgraded to an apartment - they'd over booked the standard rooms so as we'd booked quite early we were lucky enough to be upgraded. The apartment was very luxurious with a nice big bed, kitchen area and flatscreen TV. The only downside was that the pillows were very uncomfortable! They were so new and firm I found them too hard to sleep on as they gave me neck ache so I ended up using a spare blanket to sleep on. Overall, we enjoyed our stay - very modern and clean with good facilities and location.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2009

We stayed at the Sebel Harbour Lights for 3 nights in total over the New Year Period.
It is in a great location within walking distance to a variety of resturants, railway station and shopping centres.
It is a new hotel, so the rooms are trendy and fresh.
The higher levels have a better view, simply overlooking parts of the marina.
We stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment for the first 2 nights, which was very spacious with a kitchen, lounge room, bedroom and bathroom (shower only).
The front desk staff were always polite and we had no trouble leaving our luggage here for 2 nights before returning to a studio apartment for another night. Greeted with a welcome back card and some chocolates, this room was also spacious, with a large wardrobe area, and a small bar fridge.
Whislt there is no restaurant as part of the hotel, you are only footsteps away from numerous ones that are situated below.
The charge for room service / delivery from any of these restaurants is quite pricey.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Shower arm was broken and never stayed in place
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2008

I stayed in the Cairns at the harbour lights for one night with some family in a one bedroom apartment. Overall, I would recommend the hotel purely based on the location. I would certainly agree with other reviewers that the design of the building is rather sterile and clinical..
However on the upside it is very clean,the one bedroom apartment was perfect for us and very centrally located to all the tourist attractions. The pool,gym and sauna was a great facility that we all enjoyed.
Our room had a fairly good view,although I can see how,by the design of the building that some would have a much better view than others.

All in all it was a pleasant experience and I would stay there again as I felt that it was also good value for money.

  • Liked — The convenient location.
  • Disliked — The design of the building.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2008

What can I write about this hotel and make it sound interesting ... hmm not much.
The thing about this facility is that I expected something more, and it was sooo UN-everything!
Yes it’s new and yes the location alone is perfect for those people looking for the views and the water front of what Cairns city is. However as hotels go and what you want them to be in a place like Cairns... I found the front desk, to the hall ways of the hotel, to the (Micro LCD) in room TV, to the bed, to the décor, completely and utterly soulless, austere and boring.
I was in Cairns on business, if you are coming to Cairns for that special time as many do, I could recommend other places with heart and warmth (by Cairns Standards).

  • Liked — The Location
  • Disliked — It is without Soul!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2008

Odd hotel. Very good location right on the harbour a few blocks from central Cairns. Room was quite sterile with the smallest TV I've ever seen tucked way up in the corner. May be worth splurging for the 1 bedroom suite which has a living room. I understand the company mainly manages apartments which may explain why the whole place feels like a "display suite". The internet (plug in) was down for the full 3 days I was there. It is hard to accept that in 2008, paying well over $100/night. The front staff is...nice-ish. They were laid back to the point of coolness. When asked directly and specifically, they were quite helpful.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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