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Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
Ranked #1 of 14 Cairns B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Convenient but basic....”
Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

We chose the no service option. There was a long list of extra charges for toilet paper, dish and laundry soap etc. The price was very reasonable and the location was good. The front desk was helpful when the regular staff were present. The front is unassuming and the rooms are dated and somewhat awkwardly laid out. The Wi-Fi was laborious to access but worked readonbly well. Certainly not a conventional inn or B&B...

  • Stayed October 2013
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Ilpalazzo, Front Office Manager at Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. Indeed, the prices are very reasonable for an inner city apartment in such a great location, particularly if, like yourself, you chose to have no daily servicing. We have been aware that the Wi-Fi has been somewhat laborious to access at times and we are currently in the process of replacing the whole system so that we will be able to offer easy access to free Wi-Fi to all guests in their rooms. We are delighted to hear that you found the front office staff to be very helpful to you. We place great emphasis on offering our guests assistance to ensure that their stay is as comfortable as possible.

With kind regards,
Frances Kelly, Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
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Mackay, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We have stayed in many apartments but this one in Cairns is in an excellent location. Its safe for my family and has a secure car park. Easy walking distance to shops, banks, supermarkets, the beach and restaurants. The apartment was clean and tidy, but the carpet could have done with a scrub. Just be careful of the smoke alarm, could cost you a $1000 is accidently set off. We like to self cater, so simple meals are not a problem. We would be more then happy to return another day. Thanks Donovan.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Darby M
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Ilpalazzo, Front Office Manager at Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Dear Darby,

Thank you so much for your review on Trip Advisor - this is so helpful for people thinking of coming to stay at Il Palazzo. We are very lucky to be able to offer such a great location to our guests and we are pleased that you found the apartment to be clean and tidy. We place great emphasis on our standard of cleanliness and apologise for the stained carpet. We do have the carpets cleaned regularly as soon as occupancy permits. Thank you for bringing to our attention the matter of the fire alarm. We do like to draw our guests attention to the costs incurred and in doing so, we have found there to be far fewer alarms going off. Consequently, there is less disturbance to other guests and we are doing our utmost to ensure a safe environment for the peace of mind of guests.
We look forward to your return visit Darby and Donovan sends his best regards to you.

With kind regards
Frances Kelly, Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Great accommodation which is close to the night markets, restaurants and shops.The apartment is clean and well presented, airy and spacious and the area surprisingly quiet given the proximity to the main esplanade strip and restaurants. The bathroom is a little dated with shower curtain and spotty mirror but is spacious plus having a washing machine and dryer makes the stay hassle free. Nice to have cupboard space to hang clothing. Undercover secure parking for anyone bringing their own vehicle is also a plus. Is also wonderful to be able to walk to restaurants like the Raw Prawn ( although a little expensive served lovely food and the Turka also served great meals and lovely setting .( Some others we tried were rather overpriced for the quality of food!)
The staff are friendly and courteous, and only too willing to assist with any enquiry and to suggest interesting events and places to go. Tariff is also very reasonable. Air conditioner very quiet!!! Really enjoyed the stay and would not only return if visiting again but will recommend!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Riverina Leadli... R
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Ilpalazzo, Front Office Manager at Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
We always appreciate receiving such a positive review from our guests and thank you for taking the time to submit one. We are aware that the bathrooms are somewhat dated and we are currently in the planning stages of a refurbishment in this area.

We are delighted that you had such a good experience at Il Palazzo and do hope when you next visit Cairns that you will choose to stay with us again.

With kind regards,
Frances Kelly, Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
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Gladstone, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2013

On entering the front entrance of Il Palazzo you are met by St David in all his finery, so this gives the atmosphere of the place ( Mediteranian ) Centrally located to all the delights Cairns has to offer from Night Markets to a numerous chose of Eateries that stay open late for a change., or a wonder along the water front.
We stayed three nights and although the place was period it had all the comforts needed including friendly service that would fix up any problems at the time they needed fixing.
Would suggest that the third floor be better for breezes. WiFi $5 per 24 hours from the owners was best value.....

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ilpalazzo, Front Office Manager at Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel, responded to this review, November 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit your great review - the statue of David is quite a drawcard - especially with young children as you can no doubt imagine! We are lucky to be in such a terrific location with so much that Cairns has to offer within walking distance. We are currently in the process of installing free Wi-Fi for our guests. We do hope to see you here again and in the meantime, we would appreciate you recommending us to anyone you know who may be visiting Cairns.

With kind regards,
Frances Kelly, Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
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Yeppoon, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We were a walk in, late in the afternoon, and the lady (owner I presume), was very nice, she showed us to our room to explain a few things, and made special arrangements for our car, as it was too high to fit in the secure car park. Great location, walking distance to everything, and I must do is the massage at the night markets just next door. Lovely pool and BBQ, small complex with a classic Mediterranean façade. The service was second to none at a very affordable rate for a family. The air-conditioning could possibly do with an update, however that can be forgiven!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank carzys
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Ilpalazzo, Front Office Manager at Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel, responded to this review, October 15, 2013
Thank you so much for the great review that you posted for Il Palazzo - this is always very much appreciated! We are so pleased that the hotel suited you so well and that you found everything to your liking. Certainly the convenience and cost is a big factor, particularly for families. We place great emphasis on customer service at Il Palazzo and attention to detail is paramount. The air-conditioners are due for replacement in some of the rooms and we apologise if this was not as effective as you would have liked. Since you are not too far away, we do hope that you will choose to stay with us again next time you visit Cairns and in the meantime, we would appreciate it if you would recommend us to your family and friends.

With kind regards,
Frances Kelly, Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We arrived late in Cairns, coming from New Zealand. The system for getting in after hours worked fine, but there was some angst as we were leaving the next morning for a 2-day sailing trip and then returning. The driver was picking us up before the desk opened to store our luggage. But, phew, it worked out. Donovan was there--we scooted our bags in--provided whatever I needed--and off we went. In our short first night I noticed that the apartment was perfect--washer and dryer which we would sorely need since we'd been traveling for 15 days with small suitcases. When we returned from our sailing trip and checked back in for 3 more nights, we took advantage of the accommodations and definitely the private laundry facilities. The location is perfect--in the center of things but still quiet. We could walk everywhere and especially appreciated that we were only a block off the Esplanade. We had some Internet difficulties and really appreciated how accommodating and helpful Donovan was. We highly recommend Il Palazzo to anyone visiting Cairns. It really did feel like a lovely home away from home.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank HarrietLowe
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Ilpalazzo, Front Office Manager at Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear Harriet,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review on your stay at Il Palazzo - this is very much appreciated. We are so pleased that you were happy with your stay here and that everything possible was done to assist you. We realise that you are a long way from Cairns and whilst we hope that you will return one day, if it is not possible, we would very much appreciate it if you would mention us to anyone you know who may be planning a holiday in Far North Queensland.
I trust you have returned home with many happy memories of your holiday in Australia!

With kind regards,

Frances Kelly
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2013

A large comfortable living area and sea facing balcony overlooking a small pool. Excellent if you are travelling with a family. All you could want in terms of shops, restaurants are just a few steps away. Very much enjoyed my stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Sanjaya_Wijeyekoon
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Ilpalazzo, Front Office Manager at Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel, responded to this review, October 6, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a very positive review on Il Palazzo. This information will be extremely helpful to other people thinking of booking with us. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we do hope that you might return again one day.

With kind regards,

Frances Kelly
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Property: Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel
Address: 62 Abbott St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Il Palazzo Boutique Apartments Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Il Palazzo is a stylish boutique hotel situated in the heart of Cairns. Its prime location means that guests are central to the bustling business district, Casino, Conference Centre, Reef Fleet Terminal, markets and shops. The exciting Esplanade with swimming Lagoon and boardwalk, a plethora of cosmopolitan restaurants and major international hotels are within easy walking distance.Il Palazzo is a modern boutique apartment hotel with stunning neoclassical European inspired architecture featuring cream and terracotta decor, impressive stone sculptures and classical fine wrought iron work throughout.There are 38 fully self-contained one bedroom apartments, each with air-conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry, a large shady balcony, mini bar, Austar TV, CD/DVD, telephone, in-room safe and daily servicing. We have recently undertaken a partial refurbishment with new carpets, bedcovers, flatscreen TVs and DVDs. Il Palazzo has one of the best locations in Cairns and features a beautiful Mediterranean style courtyard with a landscaped heated swimming pool. There is a roof top sundeck, BBQ area and gazebo. Business services are available as well as a tour desk, dry cleaning, FREE wireless internet and secure undercover parking.The staff take pride in offering guests a personal service and attention to detail is paramount.While visiting one of the most sought after destinations in the world -Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef - stay in a luxury apartment at Il Palazzo. ... more   less 
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