I loved the groovy modern lobby of the hotel and the quiet comfort of my bay-view room. The little triangular balcony was a great place to sit and watch the sun go down with a glass of wine after a day of touristing at the great barrier reef or kuranda rain forest. I got a great deal on the room -- stay 2 nights, get the third night free. I took advantage of the large soaking tub and the free internet access, which I found to be the exception for hotels in Australia and New Zealand, and which I heartily appreciated.
The location couldn't be more perfect. Right along the marina, it's literally across the street from the Reef Fleet terminal where the boats leave for day drips to the reef. The bottom floor of the hotel connects to a shopping center, and all along the harbour are probably a dozen open-air restaurants, mostly seafood, but there were options to suit any taste, and with a great view and some good people-watching. The hotel is downright huge, and contained a pretty impressive pool atrium with tropical foliage and its own bar. There was also an atrium with sort of a rainforesty garden.
The Shangri-La in Cairns was a very cool, comfortable place to stay, and if I'm ever lucky enough to visit Cairns again, I would choose it again in a heartbeat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of Cairns, the Shangri-La Hotel overlooks Marlin Marina, Trinity Bay and the lush green mountains of Cairns.The hotel is just ten minutes' drive from Cairns International Airport, and a short stroll to the Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns' premier dining precinct. The hotel offers airy, modern accommodations with elegant furniture and spectacular views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns Hotel Cairns