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Review of Cairns Beach Resort

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Cairns Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Holloways Beach
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“wouldnt stay again!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2009

booked this hotel through a website with cheap last minute/standby rates advertised as a 4* - definatly wasnt - more like a 2/3*.

the toilet leaked so i went to tell receptionand they asked us to turn the tap off to the toilet behind the toilet! when the handy man was sat behind her! as they were cleaning the outside of the hotel they rang us and asked us to move all the furniture off the balcony and put it in our already quite small apartment, we didnt do this as we didnt see why we should and so they left a rude note in our room along with the garden furniture when we got back!

the restaurant across the road shuts at 6 pm and only opens 2 days a week for breakfast and there isnt much else in hollways beach, we were really glad we had a car!

for the distance it is stay in cairns or if you do want to stay in on of the northern beaches then head further north to palm cove or kewarra beach.

never stay in this hotel again. review should say poor for value and service

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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MN
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41 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2009

We were there for a friend's 50th Bday, and we had a great stay! The staff is very helpful, and the rooms are all 1-BR apartments, so plenty of space, full kitchen, grocery and liquor stores within less than 5-minutes walk. You do have a bit of an ant problem, but that's more about being in the tropics than any problem with the cleanliness of the hotel. The grounds are very well kept, and the pool is great! Our friend paid for a "sea view" room, but I think we had a better view of the sea from our garden room - there was a big tree blocking his view.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LCDaMan
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bobbyjo49
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2009

Had a week here and enjoyed thoroughly. When booking you are never sure what you will get but we were pleasantly surprised. The location is great, we don't really like to be surrounded by buildings, easy to access the area in both directions. You do need transport as we never saw a local bus. A bit of a sleepy place but ideal if you want peace and quiet. The local restaurants closed early so be aware if getting there late. The accomodation was clean and very nicely presented. Staff were helpful and provided local info. Would recommend for good value and pleasant surroundings.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank bobbyjo49
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Cambridge, New Zealand
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77 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2009

We returned to this resort because we really liked it when we visited a few years ago. Pleased to say it was as we remembered, although the room had been refurbished since our previous visit. The unit was clean and tidy and met all our requirements. Loved relaxing each evening on the deck overlooking the pool and the lovely tropical garden. Ownership had changed since our previous visit and we thought the new owners were courteous and helpful.. We enjoyed our daily walks along the beach, it was windy while we were there but we chose this place again because it was away from the hustle and bustle of Cairns. Had several meals at Yorkey''s Knob Yacht club, food was pretty basic but it is also a lovely spot and the prices were reasonable. Reception organised a night out at Flames of the Forrest, not cheap, but an experience I would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting this area. We hope to be back to this resort for another stay within the next three to five years.

  • Liked — The lovely gardens and the quiet location
  • Disliked — The closeness to Cairns airport flightpath but after a few day you get used to the planes overhead.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Tasi
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2008

I stayed at the resort for two weeks and it was fantastic. The units had everything you need so that you dont have to dine out all the time and can just relax in your room. The pool was lovely. It is about 10 minutes from Cairns centre but a local bus is cheap and runs frequently. It is actually nice not to be in the centre and to be in a quiet and friendly place.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank ozkt
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cairns
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2008

We have stayed there a couple of times now when we have wanted to have a weekend away. Lovely tropical pool set in beautiful gardens. The apartments are clean with a balcony for sitting out and relaxing. Friendly and helpful staff. Resort on the beach and close to Cairns for transport.

  • Liked — Well priced
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank puppygirl88
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2008

The Cairns Beach Resort was our final accomodation in Queensland after several weeks of traveling around the state. It certainly wasn't the nicest place we stayed but we found it to be more than adequate. The unit was on the third floor, all stairs and no lift. This was not a problem for us as we are healthy and after several weeks of indulgence I needed the exercise. I also liked the fact that there was no overhead noise. I found it enchanting to awaken each day to the screeches of cockatoos in nearby treetops. The view out the bedroom window of the heavily rainforested hilltops was splendid. Our balcony overlooked the beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding the pool area and the bbq was only steps from the bottom stairs. The bedroom was spacious, with an uncomfortable king sized bed, 2 night stands and a small desk and chair. It would have been nice to have a chest of drawers instead of the four wire baskets in the closet. Also, there were only 4 hangers so most of our clothes stayed in suitcases on the floor. The modest bathroom was sparkling clean and well supplied with paper products, however, the 2 towels and 2 washclothes provided were low quality. It was cool and rainy most of the week we were there so we didn't use the pool but I wondered what people use for towels at the pool because there were none provided in the unit. We did enjoy the bbq and it complemented the well furnished partial kitchen very nicely. There was plenty of flatware, utensils, pots, pans, and crockery to prepare complete meals using the 2 burner cooktop, and microwave oven inside, and the gas bbqs downstairs. The washer and dryer were nearly new and a nice convenience. There was a sofa bed, loveseat, coffee table, and 19" tv along with the dining table and four chairs in the living area. My partner found the sofa bed to be much more comfortable than the bed in the bedroom. The cushions on the living room furniture were a bit tattered and worn but otherwise in good shape and comfortable.

We were extremely pleased with the staff before we even arrived. We had some of our luggage delivered a few days before we checked in and it was graciously received and kept safe and secure. Check-in was painless and we were in the unit only minutes after our arrival. We were pleasantly surprised when we returned to the reception area after we had settled in and were presented with a couple of drink coupons for Coolums, right across the street. Coolums is situated right on the beach with indoor and outdoor seating available. It is casually elegant. There were no other guests there when we arrived, yet, the sullen young lady server acted like we were intruding. We finished our drinks and went for a takeaway pizza and some beers from the bottle shop up the street and enjoyed them on our balcony. We did return to Coolums a few times including Monday night for the CBR sponsored bbq for resort guests. That was delicious! We found the company to be quite engaging, as well. Our hosts were friendly and enthusiastically prepared our feast. The other visits were not nearly as enjoyable because the sulky young woman did not make us feel very welcome.

Holloways Beach is a mostly residential area. There is a narrow beach that you can stroll to neighboring Machan's Beach, to the south, or Yorkey's Knob, at low tide, to the north. If you don't judge the tides right, it's a long walk back to the motorway from Yorkey's Knob to Holloways Beach. When the tide comes in, it creates a formidable waterway, complete with crocodile warning signs and, if good sense prevails, you certainly won't try to cross it. There are a couple restaurants besides Coolums in Holloways Beach, a bottle shop, convenience store and a news outlet. You really do need a car to enjoy the area fully. There is a local bus but it only runs every two hours in the winter. And, while most of the tours will pick you up it usually costs between $12 aud and $16 aud per person and you can rent a car for that amount. A cab to the airport to pick up a car was over $30 aud. We were glad we did though. It allowed us to explore this extraordinarily beautiful region at our leisure. I loved being situated in the Northern Beaches because it's a convenient location to access many of the local attractions. Smithfield's is only a few minutes away and there is a mall with plenty of shopping or you can go in to Cairns city, also just a few minutes away if you crave the nightlife and city amenities. We prefer the laid back calm of the Northern Beaches and the Cairns Beach Resort was ideal.

  • Liked — The location and friendly staff. The beautiful landscaping and terrific bbq area.
  • Disliked — The bed, linens.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank 1AZKID
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Property: Cairns Beach Resort
Address: 129 Oleander St, Holloways Beach, Queensland 4878, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Holloways Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Holloways Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Cairns Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 73
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beachfront location - Cairns Beach Resort is minutes north of Cairns City and next to the beach and warm tropical waters. Indulge in the simplicity of a truly relaxed lifestyle. Our four star resort offers everything to create a home away from home on the beach. The resort’s tropical gardens offer you peace and tranquility to read and relax, or to float in the saltwater resort style pool. Simple pleasures - pure relaxation… think Cairns Beach Resort ... more   less 
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