The Holiday Inn is located on the outskirts of the CBD, right on the Esplanade, with amazing views. The hotel is set in a sphere, so every room looks out either on the city or on the ocean. It is an open air atrium style hotel, so all hallways are outside. As a result, I did find a couple small critters in the room. That being said, they may have also been found in a completely enclosed hotel with any sort of patio.
Upon check-in, I was cheerfully greeted. I had placed a request on my reservation for a specific type of room. Unfortunately, when I arrived, the room they had set aside for me was not available yet, so a block had been placed on my reservation, which I appreciated - the management of the hotel took my request seriously and didn't want an agent changing me around without trying to accommodate my request.
When I entered the room, it was quite warm - I am guessing they turn the A/C off when a room is not occupied. Turning on the A/C and drawing the curtains, the room cooled down in a matter of minutes. The bathroom was small, but fine for just myself. I can see if I were sharing the room with a significant other, it would be quite cramped, but could be managed.
My journey to Cairns was for diving, so I didn't spend a lot of time in the room, but when I did, it was comfortable. The one caveat I have about the room, is the internet service. Yes, there is wi-fi, but it is pricy ($25AUD/nt) for what you get. The charge is for one and only one device and the wi-fi was shaky and slow at best. My connection would drop out and when it came back, it was only one bar. I think I only had full strength when I carried my laptop to my bag by the door when I needed to grab something out of the bag.
However, know that you are traveling to paradise, so internet should not be a determining factor when selecting this hotel. Know that it is in walking distance to anything in the CBD or at the pier. Know the staff is friendly. Know the rooms are clean. Know you will have a good experience booking the Holiday Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, and a stunning natural setting amidst landscaped tropical gardens, the oceanfront DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns is just a short walk from the city center, and Cairn's business, retail and entertainment districts. The hotel overlooks the picturesque Cairns Esplanade, and is just moments from Cairns Lagoon and Cairns Casino. Enjoy easy access to Cairns Convention Center and lots of attractions, including the World Heritage listed Daintree Tropical Rainforest and the Atherton Tablelands. The Great Barrier Reef departures terminal is 100m away, and Cairns International Airport is only 10 minutes' drive from our Cairns hotel. Our onsite tour desk will help you explore the wonders of this unique region. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Cairns Hotel Cairns
- Cairns Holiday Inn