The beds were incredibly uncomfortable, not that you'll be sleeping much anyway; the air conditioning makes one hell of a racket at night and that's not even when it's turned on in your room! Without it on, the rooms are stiflingly hot, which could in part be due to the lack of windows to allow movement of air. Maybe if there was fresh air (as fresh as it gets in Cairns, anyway), there mightn't be as many cockroaches or other gremlins. Though I'm sure they're not drawn by the stale air so much as the filthy, disgusting state of the room as a whole. It was so bad I went and purchased my own paper/plastic cutlery from the supermarket a couple of doors down. The one knife I did use (I had the choice of two butter knives - no other utensils) I made sure I washed under very hot water and wiped clean with a towel to rid it of whatever that sticky residue was that was on it. I then kept it in the fridge where I figured it'd be safe from those creepy crawlies that look like light coloured ants but are about half the size. I didn't risk using the two glasses that were put in the fridge to keep them cool (?) though I did marvel at how the freezer box was so filled with frost it had frozen the icecube tray in place - top and bottom - which seemed to be a pretty good summation of the care taken in the upkeep of the room/s.
I do have to give credit where credit's due though, the place is awfully convenient. Unlike the wifi. Wifi is not available in the rooms, only in the main reception/restaurant (if you'd call it that) area. To get internet time ($5/hour), you need to ask the unhelpful people at the front desk.
So, poor service and the general cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired but it's a really convenient location if you want to be close to everything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxurious accommodation in the heart of Cairns. The "Great Northern Boutique Hotel" is located in Cairns premium accommodation precinct. The perfect place to enjoy your tropical getaway. This beautifully renovated and refurbished boutique hotel is situated amongst the many fine dining restaurants, cafes and premium shops Cairns has available. The "Great Northern Boutique Hotel" offers Luxury accommodation in spacious Superior rooms, Deluxe rooms and Deluxe Suites. The Hotel is across from the Cairns International Casino and a two minute walk from the Reef Feet terminal where all your daily Great Barrier Reef tours depart. The Cairns International Airport is a short 6km ride away. Spoil yourself with shops such as "Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Bulgari right on your doorstep. Cairns is the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. Whether for business or pleasure the "Great Northern Boutique Hotel" is the perfect choice for your Tropical getaway. ... more less
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