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181 The Esplanade
Ranked #30 of 65 Hotels in Cairns
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“lovely view”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2010

We stayed at 181 for five nights the location was good and the view was just what we wanted. Unfortunatly we were in a old tired apartment not even enough seats for us to all sit togeather to watch tv . Unlike the appartment next door that was fantastic and looked like it had just been done up. Also the outdoor spa needed re grouting as its abit off puting when you can see alot of green alge in the big gaps. My advice is sure stay at 181 but ask for a referbished room and im sure you will be more pleased than us.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • 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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Las Vegas, NV
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2010

We stayed 4 nights in November 2009 on our first trip to Cairns. Booked on hotels.com. This is an apt./hotel and we booked a 1-bedroom unit with a view. Were upgraded to a 2-bedroom apt. at check-in, as 1-bedrooms were already taken. View from 7th floor was great. The apt. had 2 baths and 2 balconies, plus a fully equipped kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and in-room washer/dryer. Would be perfect for a family that wanted to eat in, though we only used the kitchen for breakfast. The hotel is about a 10-15 minute walk to the heart of Cairns, making it very quiet and peaceful. As an apt./hotel it does not have daily maid service, which was fine for us. I believe this can be arranged for a fee, however. Jo, the manager, booked 2 day trips for us and was very helpful with info. about the area. Would highly recommend the 181.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank kaja2
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Brisbane, Australia
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58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2009

Why would you stay in a poky hotel when you can stay at place like this. The location is great - close enough to walk but just far enough for us to feel that we could thoroughly enjoy the views and the environment. Jo and Jack are excellent hosts, (ands so helpful) the apartments are roomy, well maintained, and great. The pool area is so relaxing and private. "We will return"

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BneTravellor
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New South Wales
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2009

The room was terrific - clean, well furnished, great view which made our short stay a great stay, one to remember. Service from Jo made us feel right at home, nothing was a bother, thanks Jo. Will definately stay when we return to Cairns

Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Thank urances
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Los Angeles, CA
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2009

Stayed twice at the 181 during our trip to Australia. On the first stay our room was really pretty, well furnished and maintained with a terrific view of the lagoon. Our second stay, the room was worn; tired carpet, cheap furniture, little tv on a box, etc. but still a beautiful view. So, I think it depends on which apartment you get, as there seems little consistency. Would recommend with caveats.

Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank 3622nik
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Cooktown
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2009

181 is one of the best places to stay. It had everything needed to ensure a great stay. The place was clean and the Managers were extremely helpful with our enquiries. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank CooktownGee
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Katanning, Australia
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44 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2009

My husband and I recently spent 7 nights at 181 as a wedding anniversary gift to ourselves on the way home to WA from New Zealand.
The self-contained apartments are superb with nice Cairns casual furnishings, spa bath, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies and plenty of lounge, dining and kitchen space including having your own self contained laundry. This is a godsend after being away for 10 days or so.
The Managers, Jo and Jack are very helpful and full of information regarding tours, sights to see and will book any tour for you at the drop of a hat.
The amenities in the apartments are great with wine glasses, coffee plungers, dishwasher and starter packs of detergent and bathroom toiletries etc.
We really couldn't want for anything.
The location is about 1.5 kms from the main heart of town but this is a very relaxing stroll along the boardwalk and we managed to do it about twice each day we were there.
There is a small supermarket and main street take away food stores 2 blocks away on Sheridan Street as well as numerous restaurants in the other hotels on the walk to town.
We would thoroughly recommend 181 for people wanting a relaxing, quiet stay which is a bit away from the hurly burly of the city but still close enough to be a part of it.
Magnificent views of the Coral Sea from each unit.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Cinnabel
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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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