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“Great location, basic accommodation” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort

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BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort
Ranked #4 of 65 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
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“Great location, basic accommodation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

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- location is perfect, right on the main strip and easy to get to various tours/dock/restaurants
- room is clean and quite large, includes washing machine, mini fridge, microwave and sink
- noise level was great, although close to tourist activity - couldn't hear it at all!

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- only provided with 2
large bath towels and must pay $6 AUD if more needed
- no free wifi
- if in only in town for a few days, good place to stay. If longer,
recommend traveling to Port Douglas for nicer accommodations/town setting

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brian T, General Manager at BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear DanieJudi,
We appreciate you taking time to post your review. Many thanks.
Brian
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013

From our 5th floor apartment we loved the views, day and night over the lagoon, both Hotel and public pools, but especially the ocean and Harbour. The apartment is large with a separate very quiet bedroom and large lounge area with basic cooking facilities and good sized fridge . Everything in Cairns tourism is an easy walk ,including every type and cost of restaurant and the indoor Night markets and food hall next door. Woolies is 5 minutes walk There is a helpful tourism office /agency in the building , gym, plenty of parking and helpful reception staff. We found our apartment very quiet with shutters as well as heavy windows and enjoyed the small balcony . The room rate ( in November) was good value.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sheila M
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Brian T, General Manager at BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Dear sheilarussell,
Thanks for your review. It sounds like you had an enjoyable stay and I hope we will see you again one day soon.
Best wishes,
Brian
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Canberra, Australia
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is a brilliant property close to virtually everything a tourist would want in Cairns. It's a two minute walk to the lovely warm lagoon, five minutes to the reef terminal, over the road from a big chain supermarket and has a plethora of restaurants just out the back door on the Esplanade. I stayed for 8 nights in a fifth floor apartment (it really is that much bigger than a typical hotel room that it warrants being called an apartment) overlooking the lagoon. The air-con was great and a washing machined helped considering Cairns is humid enough to turn dry clothes into sweat drenched in a matter of minutes. The property has a very nice salt water pool on the 2nd level and bbq facilities. The only thing stopping me from giving the place an excellent rating is that the bathroom bin wasn't emptied when the room was serviced midway through my stay. A small oversight I agree, however, considering the contents (I won't gross you out), it's an oversight that should not have happened.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Jamesfarnarkler
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Brian T, General Manager at BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear Jamesfarnarkler

Thank you for your very positive review and I am so sorry about the bathroom bin not being empty - our houskeeping standards have improved to a very great extent but there is always something that can (but shouldn't) be missed.

Best wishes and welcome back one day soon I hope,
Brian
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

The Breakfree Harbour is very conveniently located right in the centre of the action part of The Esplanade strip of restaurants and shops. Directly opposite is the well used and very clean free open air public swimming pool known as the Lagoon The accommodation in the room is fine, with adequate basic cooking needs. Although there for 7 nights we only ever made breakfast. We had an ocean view room which I would recommend. Free parking is a good plus as you are in the busy part of town. Given the location I was also pleasantly surprised at how quiet the room was at night. Would definitely stay there again. Note Taxis are a bit expensive with the 10 min trip to from the airport costing $23 each way.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank RobandCarmen
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Brian T, General Manager at BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear RobandCarmen

Many thanks for your review, we are very pleased that you enjoyed our great location, free parking and terrific ocean views. We hope to welcome you back one day soon.

Cheers
Brian
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Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

We recently stayed for 4 nights for our wedding anniversary and I must say it was the most relaxing time in a while. When booking online you worry that what you see is not what you get. Well we got what we saw and for the price of the room we were amazed. The apartment was excellent value. The view was amazing.Thankyou to breakfree for my request for a beautiful view as we had the best room in the block I think. The staff were excellent and we loved there friendliness. The bed was so comfortable - Have stayed in many a Flintsone bed that is not comfortable. No ants because we read the reviews and sprayed barrier on arriving. I agree put your food away and you won't encounter a problem.The location is the best you can get and right within everything you need. My only tiny wine was the noise of people slamming their doors because the bedrooms are close to the main hallway but put a towel at the door and problem solved. The doors are heavy for our security I figured. I will definitely stay again . Thankyou for being part of our time away because if the accomadation is right then that makes for the start of an enjoyable holiday. Break free is definitely in the best location for restaurant, town , marina, clubs, casino, parks and lagoon.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ilovetravelling38
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Brian T, General Manager at BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear Ilovetravelling38,

Thank you for your review, we are very glad that you enjoyed our fabulous location, apartment and value. Those doors are being fixed at present, the door closers on many doors have failed and are being replaced. Yes, those doors meet Australian standards for fire ratings and are very heavy - they can slam if the door closers don't work as they should. We look forward to your next stay.

Best wishes,
Brian
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Echuca, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Stayed 4 nights in this fantastic hotel, booked online after reading fellow reviewers comments and I have to agree, every thing was was perfect. From the moment we stepped into the foyer to our departure, friendly, welcoming & helpful staff, rooms were ideal. Having never been to Cairns I had no real concept of the location when I booked & it couldn't have been situated more perfectly close to absolutely everything, definitely stay here again. Donna

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DonzP
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Brian T, General Manager at BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Hi Donna
We are very glad that we met with (perhaps exceeded) your expectations. Thank you for your most welcome review.
Best wishes
Brian
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Melbourne
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

Stayed for 7 nights...loved every minute. Garden Room was perfect as we travelled with our young daughter and it felt like we had our own backyard!. Room was clean, staff very friendly and location cannot be faulted!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Leanne F
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Brian T, General Manager at BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Leanne
Thank you so much for your great review, we appreciate you taking the effort to spread the good word to potential guests.
Best wishes,
Brian
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Additional Information about BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort

Property: BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort
Address: 73 - 75 The Esplanade | Cars enter at 60 Abbott Street (Level 1), Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Cairns
#3 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
#10 Romantic Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — BreakFree Royal Harbour Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cairns is the primary gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Tropical North Queensland's outback. From a great waterfront location overlooking Trinity Bay and the spectacular Cairns Lagoon, BreakFree Royal Harbour is perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy the best of this vibrant tropical city. The resort is within walking distance of Cairns CBD and the bustling hub of the Esplanade's restaurants and cafes. The famous Cairns Night Markets are on the hotel's doorstep and the Reef Casino is nearby. BreakFree Royal Harbour offers self-contained one bedroom garden spas with a private courtyard and one bedroom ocean view spa apartments with a private balcony all including kitchenettes, laundry facilities, spa, air conditioning, internet access, ironing facilities, hair dryer, digital TV and a VHS/DVD player. From the level two pool deck, guests can enjoy views of the ocean, Cairns Lagoon and the passing parade of marine vessels heading out to the Great Barrier Reef. Guests can enjoy recreational facilities including a swimming pool with sun deck and shade, gymnasium and BBQ facilities. Cairns is a city of many moods. The crisp clear air of its mornings, the tropical warmth of its days, as well as balmy nights lit by the moon shining over Trinity Bay offer an unmatched appeal and BreakFree Royal Harbour is the place to enjoy it. Please note: For guests arriving by car, including taxi, please arrive at our rear entrance where Reception and car parking is located - Level 1, 60 Abbott Street. This is above the Night Markets. ... more   less 
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