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1 Marlin Parade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#16 of 69 hotels in Cairns
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Unparalleled location on the waterfront of Cairns, with beautiful one, two and three-bedroom self-contained apartments at The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. If you’re looking for warm and welcoming service, convenience of location, look no further than us for your next stay. Located just 7km from Cairns Airport, next door to where Reef Tours depart, and close to the city of Cairns, you can spend your time enjoying the diverse offerings of the region and save on time travelling between locations. The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights is the perfect choice for business and holiday travellers seeking the comforts of home and the amenities of a waterfront hotel. To explore and get to know our property and services as well as discover local guides and special offers view our helpful online guest compendium Opens in a new tab.. The tropical city of Cairns Opens in a new tab., Australia has plenty to offer no matter what time of year you visit. Nearby attractions include the superb restaurants, shops and bars, Reef Casino Opens in a new tab., Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon Opens in a new tab., scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef Opens in a new tab., the Daintree Rainforest Opens in a new tab., Cape Tribulation Opens in a new tab. and more. For recommendations on what to do in Cairns, our front desk staff are always happy to help
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Parking garage
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Ocean view
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Glenn1962 wrote a review Jun 4
Sydney, Australia144 contributions80 helpful votes
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We had a 1 bedder on level 2. Location is everything. This is where u want to be in Cairns and stuff the car. Room was small but decent balcony, moderate water view, fantastic amenities with pool, gym, sauna n spa. Fully fitted kitchen with small fridge and full cooking facilities. Nice a quite part of town without major traffic noise and good lifts The Harbor Lights precinct is within one of the 2 major restaurant strips. It is on the river and clearly the fancy part of town. This is the place to stay along with the Shangrai La and Hilton.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Glenn1962, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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Deb H wrote a review May 2022
Melbourne20 contributions44 helpful votes
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My mum and I stayed at CHL for 5 nights. The location was fantastic being within walking distance to many restaurants, the Esplanade strip and the Cairns CBD. The foyer and central architectural design within the centre of the building was beautiful. The rooms were nice, but were a little musty, likely because the aircon is on a lot with little fresh air coming in as it’s too hot to open doors for extended periods. Bed was comfy and the bathroom was spacious. I saw negative complaints about no hot water, but it just takes a bit to come in. And when it does it’s perfectly fine. It was great to see real hair dryers in the rooms. And closet storage was good. On the 9th floor I had a great view of the harbour and the city scape as did my mum on the 7th. The pool was simple but good to cool down in with nice views and ample shade. The staff were impeccable. Hannah (and her cute sidekick Colin 🐶) were a delight to deal with. So friendly and helpful, she really made our stay pleasant as did Colin! We had only a couple of issues, mum changed rooms because the first room was a bit too musty and there was an issue with an over achieving fridge that was freezing everything. But they were remedied quite quickly. Curtains in our rooms are probably due for some cleaning. Otherwise a great stay! Would return.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: The hot water may take some time to come in, just be patient!
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Responded May 21, 2022
Dear 1312debh, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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fozzie_8 wrote a review May 2022
Geelong421 contributions66 helpful votes
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On the water front in Cairns near all restaurants and much of the entertainment. I had an apartment room that was on the 2nd floor. Outlook was over the waterfront and opposite the Hilton. 2 min walk to the centre of cairns. Clean fresh room with good security. Room service because of Covid was on request and I got it done once during the week. The reception staff were great and very helpful. If you did get there after 10 pm I don't know how you would check in but I am sure there would be a way.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded May 21, 2022
Dear Fozzie_8, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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ScubaJoJo wrote a review Mar 2022
Sydney, Australia225 contributions53 helpful votes
The staff couldn't have been more accommodating or helpful! The room, a 1 bed apartment was superb with water views. The 4th floor pool was amazing with views over Cairns town and the water. I guess what made our stay the most memorable was the staff, thank you Greg, Hannah and Jo.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Mar 26, 2022
Dear ScubaJoJo, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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Karen D wrote a review Mar 2022
3 contributions1 helpful vote
The hotel is perfectly located near the cruises and central to everything. However, the rooms are musty, and without an ounce of character. The inside is large but austere. As it’s ageing everything creaks or makes loud noises eg. The air conditioning. I would not stay here again.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded Mar 21, 2022
Dear Karen D, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. At The Sebel, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence. We appreciate your sharing your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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jordan r wrote a review Feb 2022
Darwin, Australia24 contributions7 helpful votes
Everything about our stay at Harbour Lights was perfect! We spent 7 nights in a one bedroom apartment with the trinity inlet view and the room had everything we needed. A very comfortable room with a great size balcony, a lovely view and very spacious for our toddler to run around. The staff are amazing - so friendly, warm and welcoming. We felt like we had known them forever! The location of this hotel is perfect - Right on the waterfront with a variety of beautiful restaurants and the Reef Terminal right at your door step. We utilised the hotel car park which made parking a breeze! The pool and gym are great - nice and private. This was our first family holiday with our toddler, and Harbour Lights did not disappoint. The customer service was superb and beautiful memories were made. We would 100% re-book Harbour Lights in a heart beat. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Mar 21, 2022
Dear 951jordanr, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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elgee wrote a review Feb 2022
Port Douglas, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
Checked in late, after 4am start to work and 15 hour day of work. Asked if there was a laundry service, didn’t even have to mention I desperately needed to do urgent laundry for early start to work again the next day. The man at the desk was extremely helpful, he could see how exhausted he was, he happily moved my booking to a room with a laundry, it was no trouble for him and I didn’t even have to ask. He even said there’s a bathtub in there for you to rest and relax. After a 5am start to work the next day and 11 hours later, I asked if it was at all possible to check out a little later so I could get some rest. They happily helped with that too. The reception staff were so helpful and obliging I’m so very very grateful for them. Fantastic service! When I checked into my room it was far more than I had expected, very comfortable, large living area, large bed, large balcony. Although this stay was for work it was excellent to come in and get a very much needed relaxing rest! Couldn’t rate harbour lights or it’s staff any higher!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled on business
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Responded Mar 21, 2022
Dear ellgeegee, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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tammycotter wrote a review Dec 2021
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From the lovely Hannah who checked us in to the room upgrade and bottle of bubbly for my birthday weekend and the lovely apartment with views over the water everything was fabulous. Definitely will stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Dear tammycotter, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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Webster710 wrote a review Nov 2021
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions47 helpful votes
The hotel is architecturally quite sensational with a central garden area within a round hotel structure. Our room had beautiful views over the river, was modern with quality fittings and very comfortable with outside seating on the balcony. Very nice! The pool was an above ground pool, pretty average, looking like an after thought with limited seating. But don't mention the car park, it is a COMPLETE DISASTER! The car park spaces are not in numerical order and are identified by no.s printed in the front right hand corner of the spot instead of on the wall at the rear of the spot (like all other car parks). As a consequence it is very difficult to see the no. looking over the passenger door. What's more each car park floor is split level extending over 2 levels and the carpark floors are very poorly marked so it is difficult to know what floor one is on. After looking for the spot, going back & forth, for 10 MINUTES I found it. Whoever designed the numbering system of this car park should be run out of town! To top things off, I was charged for parking when the hotel website suggests it is included.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded Mar 21, 2022
Dear Webdter710, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. At The Sebel, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence. We appreciate your sharing your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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SarahandPete2011 wrote a review Oct 2021
Brisbane, Australia161 contributions49 helpful votes
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We recently returned from a 2 night stay. The hotel itself is in a great location on the marina with lovely views and heaps of restaurants nearby The staff were also very friendly and helpful. The room ( trinity bay apartment) was nice but there were a few minor negatives - unfortunately the door to the bedroom is just a frosted glass sliding wall so makes it a bit difficult to sit up and have lights on if you have a sleeping child in the room. We also struggled to get many tv channels to work ( including your basic free to air channels) as it kept saying signal issues But other than these minor issues we would recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 24, 2021
Dear Richard, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. I am sorry that you experienced difficulty with your bedroom glass door and your TV during your stay. I will investigate what occured with the team, thank you for letting me know. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Kind Regards, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights
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$189 - $262 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairns Harbour Lights
Which popular attractions are close to Cairns Harbour Lights?
Nearby attractions include Cairns Esplanade Lagoon (0.3 miles), Cairns Art Gallery (0.2 miles), and Samurai Gallery Australia (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a fitness center.
Which room amenities are available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Guests can enjoy free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, a parking garage is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cairns Harbour Lights?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tha Fish, Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse, and Marinades Indian Cuisine Cairns.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Cairns Harbour Lights located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 miles away from the center of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Cairns Harbour Lights offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Does Cairns Harbour Lights have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.