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“Great apartment, great views.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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181 The Esplanade
Ranked #30 of 65 Hotels in Cairns
Perth WA
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great apartment, great views.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2011

We booked here for 2 nights. I was a bit worried after I read a couple of not so good reviews and when we arrived I asked reception if we had one of the nice apartments to which she replied "they're all nice". Our apartment was gorgeous, very spacious and great views of the harbour and mountains. We had a 2 bed 2 bathroom apartment. There was only 2 of us but definitely enough room for a family of 4. Apartment is very clean and has fully equipped kitchen and laundry. It is approx 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Cairns city, but we had a car so it wasnt an issue for us. It is a very nice walk in along the boardwalk if you dont have car. Parking is free which is a plus. There is a construction site next door so if you like sleeping during the day you might want to check if it has finished. We, didnt notice the noise when we were in our apartment, maybe because we were on the opposite side. The only negative I have is the pool looks like it needs an upgrade. Looking down from our apartment it looked a bit shabby and uninviting. Overall though, we loved our stay here and would definitely come back. Great value for what you get.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2011

We stayed at 181 The Esplanade from 20th of November to 29th November 2011, We had a 2 bedroom apartnt which was very comfortable and clean unfortunately the Cairns Base Hospital expansion construction site is next door and from Monday through to Saturday it was imposible to sleep in past 7.00am as the machinery starting up ensured that you were wide awake just after 7.00am. 181 The Esplanade will be a great place to stay for families who want to do their own cooking in the wel lappointed kitchen in the apartment. There is also a very nice pool and spa in the complex pust secure free parking.
We would certainly return to stay at 181 The Esplanade once the construction of the hospital extension is completed.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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86 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2011

We stayed here as 2 couples. 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms were excellent. Very large kitchen, dining, lounge areas and 2 balconies all facing the esplanade and the sea. Very well appointed with all you require for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.Whilst situated at the very northern end of the esplanade still within comfortable walking distance of Cairns city.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Massachusetts
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33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2011

Stayed for two nights. Had the feeling that the apartments may be individually owned and rented out through a common management. This might explain why some reviews report that units vary somewhat in appearance and setup. They look like they were built in the 1980's. The two-bedroom apartment we rented was spacious and equipped with a washer and dryer. The unit was fairly clean, although by no means spotless (old chewing gum on the tile floor, etc.). Upon arrival we did find small ants all over the place (it is a tropical location and they do warn you about this), so keep any food you bring in tightly sealed. The management staff was friendly and helpful. Internet is available, but not free. The pool was good. It is located away from the town center, about a 15 minute walk along the shoreline. Since this was our first visit to Cairns I do not have much to compare it to, but after staying there my sense is that there may be better options.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank offwego
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Ireland
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2011

Having planned the trip of a life time, one month away in South Africa, Aus - (camper from Sydney to Cairns, then flying south again) before going to the states. I booked the flights hotels etc way in advance. I asked the hotel if they would receive our tickets for the F1 Grand Prix - Yes no problem. Jo was fantastic so so helpful. They let us put the bags in the room(s) prior to dropping off the camper. Put a couple of beers in the fridge for us. Booked our day trips etc etc. the service is fantastic. The room(s) exceeded our expectations by a long way. Views great. Close enough to where you want to be. Just what we needed after 2 weeks in a van. Met Jack to again very helpful. J&A UK

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jimiol
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Skirlaugh near Hull
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63 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2010

Looking for a hotel with "apartment type" facilities, we stumbled upon this excellent place on the sea front at Cairns. Our apartment had 2 bedrooms, one with en-suite with large circular whirlpool bath. The bedroom had a large TV and a balcony with a sea view. The lounge/kitchen was fully equipped and very comfortable. It also had a balcony with a sea views. There was a laundry room which even incuded soap for the washer. Parking was in an underground private garage. The Owner/Manager was very helpful, and even booked a trip for us to Karunda. For about £100 a night it would be hard to find anywhere comparable, and we would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank skirlaughtravellers
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Dublin, Ireland
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75 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2010

These were lovely apartments about a mile from the centre of Cairns. We spent just one night here, and we had a 2-bedroom unit with spectacular views across Cairns, with the mountains and see stretching away from us. The rooms were very clean, with loads of room. Staff were very helpful and pleasant and accommodated our late departure without any extra charge (we went hot air ballooning at 4am and got back after the checkout time of 10am).
Sorry we couldn't have stayed longer, it would have been nice!
A word of warning, and this does not reflect on 181: don't use the "Gourmet Kitchen" service; it was VERY expensive for a Chinese takeway, and to compound the problem, they delivered the wrong food and forgot one of the drinks we ordered.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PaulTheMajor
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Property: 181 The Esplanade
Address: 181 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#20 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — 181 The Esplanade 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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