We stayed here on our last stop before heading home, and after coming from Hamilton Island we had high expectations. Now Cairns does not quite have the same visual impact that HI does, but we actually loved Cairns.
The Shangri-la is a great hotel, our hotel room was great. We had recieved an upgrade via our travel agents (Trailfinders), so the room was bigger than the 'standard rooms' and we also got a Marina View. I would like to say that although the room was lovely, the Marina view was poor as we were at the far end of the hotel and could only just see the Marina, also our room was SO far away from reception..... it honestly took us about 10minutes to walk it! We didn't have dinner in the hotel, but did have a snack one day at the bar/restaurant and it was lovely. The bathroom in our room was also stunning with a glass wall between it and the bedroom.. a nice touch.
The independent restaurants along the front of the hotel are good, the Waterfront or Waterside (can't remember) restaurant is exceptionally good with a great atmosphere.
If you carry on walking along past the restaurants you will come to Cairns Esplanade which is a massive outdoor lagoon swimming pool for eveyone to use. We went down there one day and just spent some time lazing about, it was great. Everyone uses it and there is quite a buzz. There is a huge grass area, sand, open bar-b-q's, cafes, shops and sometimes there are even bands playing.
We also went up to Kuranda one day, this is definitely worth a trip... if only for the sky rail ride and train back down.. I also got to cuddle a Koala so I was quite happy! If you do go up there you get the option to pay extra for the Gold Class carriage on the way back down... do this! The other carriages are quite cramped, where as the Gold Class is quite luxurious and you get free drinks/snacks and it actually makes it a really enjoyable part of the day.
All in all, Cairns and the Shangri-la were fantastic and we will hopefully return one day!
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotwire, Expedia, Booking.com, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Agoda, Priceline, Ctrip TA, Travelocity and Cancelon so you can book your Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns Hotel Cairns