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“Cairns Plaza Hotel/Apartments. Great for families and are an ideal base for trips.”
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Cairns Plaza Hotel
Ranked #11 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
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“Cairns Plaza Hotel/Apartments. Great for families and are an ideal base for trips.”
Reviewed February 15, 2010

We stayed here based on reviews from TA and were very pleased. We had a one bedroomed suite overlooking the pool. Our son slept on the sofabed and was very comfortable. Our room had a doulbe bed and ensuite shower and a bath. The small kitchenette was adequate for us. The hotel pool was great for a dip and there is a fantastic play park opposite if you have younger children especially...it had water fountains to play in, BBQ area, play frames etc. and was very clean. Cairns Plaza is about a 10 minute walk into the main shopping/restaurant area. We enjoyed the walk along the beachfront boardwalk. The beach is non existant and is really a mudflat so there are loads of water birds to see and crabs everywhere. Look out for the pelicans.
Because there is no beach there is a FANTASTIC lagoon pool at the end of the boardwalk. YOU HAVE TO GO! It is surrounded by lawn so sunbathe on and at the weekends there is a stage set up and local musicians serenade you while you lounge about. Just fab. Also many BBQ stations scattered around.
Cairns is nice enough. The indoor market is fun in the evening. There is a big Wolworths supermarket on the street behind the indoor market (just walk through the market, out the back and look to the left, you'll see Woolworths on the opposite side of the road...sorry I can't remember the street name)
But mainly Cairns is an ideal base to do trips from. You must go to Tjapukai (the Aboriginal Cultural Centre). Book an excursion at the hotel. We went with Skyrail which combines Tjapukai with the Kuranda Skyway and Railway. It is an amazing day out. They drop you at the Skyway terminal. But head straight to Tjapukai centre which is next door and you will be in time for the start of the first show and then you are lead smoothly from one to the next activity. You see dancing, learn about bush medicine and how to play a didgeridoo. Then you get to throw a boomerang and a spear. At the end we got to do some aborigini style painting on pebbles.
Then go to the Skyway and ride the cable car to Kuranda. There are a couple of stops along the way for you to walk in the rainforest.You get an hour or so in Kuruanda for lunch and shopping. We has a fab lunch at the Frog Cafe...great views too. Then head for the Train station for the most wonderful steam train ride down the mountain. Make sure you get some photos of the train going round the bends...quite spectacular. You arrive back at the Terminal and the tour driver drops you backa t your hotel. So easy. So worthwhile.
We also went on an overnight trip with On the Wallaby. They are just fantastic and although set up for backpackers they gave us and our son there room for 4 (2 bunks). It was a fun change for us and a new experience for a 10yr old having to help with washing up and sitting down to eat with total strangers. The whole trip was amazingly fun and if you get Bart as your guide you will have a blast. Do't really want to say too much as it will spoil the trip for you lest to say we loved every minute of it. Beware though if you are travel sick as there is a very windy road to go up (and down on the way home) 230+ bends. Take some pills!!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 5, 2010

We travelled to North Tropical Queensland last month and stayed overnight at the Cairns Plaza Hotel.
We prebooked the hotel on the internet before we left. A suite overlooing the ocean with breakfast valued at $37, all for $120 for the night. What a bargain we thought, the photos on the website and the hotel facilities looked fantastic.
WRONG
The hotel is an absolute dive and in need of either bulldozing or a major upgrade.
Our room stank of mildew, the fridge was rusted, the paint on the ceiling had huge bubbles and flaking off, the bath was disgusting, the carpet was dirty and everything in the room was damp..
Breakfast was advertised as full buffet, wrong again, the bain marie was broken and we were given a breakfast pre heated in the microwave.

If staying in Cairns it would well be worth checking out alternate lodgings as this place has no value whatsoever.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane,Australia
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

*Location is simply superb - right on Esplanade.
*The view from the balcony is very good.
* Our room was spacious , very neat and cleaned everyday.
* Breakfast (included) was A class.
* One day we had dinner at the restaurant - it was awesome.
* Holi - staff at the reception was very helpful and friendly.

Thanks for making our trip memorable.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2009

We moved here from the Holiday Inn which we had booked for 3 nights only to find ourselves on the 3rd floor, on the opposite side from the water & overlooking the dump bins of a costruction site. We were meeting up with family and it turned out they were at the Cairns Plaza. While their room wasn't overly big they at least could make themselves more than a cup of coffee, so we enquired as to availability. Checked a one-bedroom suite next morning - I would term it an apartment, suite sounds rather grand - and were astounded to find one on the 6th floor, with a wonderful oceanfront view, very spacious LR with reasonable kitchen facilities, a balcony off each of the living room/kitchen & bedroom, plus an adequate bathroom. We moved over there right away.
As others have said, the place is dated and in need of upgrading, but it was 30% cheaper than the Holiday Inn. We did swim in the pool and, apart from the fact it was colder than I prefer, it was fine & very clean. The front desk also supplied towels.
The location is great - we walked along the waterfront to Cairns' wonderful lagoon in about 10 minutes, restaurants and shops are also within relatively easy walking distance. As someone mentioned, the RSL club is close by - a great place for a very reasonable meal - just sign in as a visitor. There's also a youth hostel a couple of doors away & were were able to access the internet there. Don't miss a walk through the children's play area opposite the hotel - it's incredible. Another worthwhile sight for anyone interested in stained glass. The windows in St. Monica's cathedral - red brick building on the street behind the hotel away from the water - are magnificent - there are over 20 of them, depicting creation in terms of current scientific knowledge.
We don't spend lots of time in a hotel but we generally do like to make our own breakfast & sometimes lunch. For travellers like ourselves who generally stay in motels and holiday parks, I would think this accommodation would be satisfactory. The hotel also indicated they were in the process of doing some upgrading.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cairns Plaza Hotel
Address: 145 The Esplanade Cairns | Cnr. The Esplanade & Minnie St., Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cairns Plaza Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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