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Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Ranked #17 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Cairns, Australia
1 review
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“Great Ocean Views”
Reviewed December 17, 2011

We stayed in the Ocean View room, &, the views are great from up there.

The food is real good. We thoroughly enjoyed the pasta lunch (served only on Fridays) which was cooked in front of us with our choice of pasta, other ingredients & sauces. The sea food buffet dinner was out of the ordinary.

The pools offered a relaxing ambience. The hotel staff was courteous & helpful, adding value to our experience.

The hotel is at the walking distance from the main shopping area & provides complimentary transfers to the CBD as well.

All in all, I would recommend this hotel for an ocean front and relaxing experience, &, for the culinary delight.

Room Tip: I didn't find much difference in the rates of Standard Room & Ocean View Room, and, will rec...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Steven_OakleyGM, General Manager at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, responded to this review, December 21, 2011
Dear Ben B

It’s always pleasing to receive a positive and fair reflection of the Hotel and its facilities, thank you for sharing your feedback. We pride ourselves on being a resort based in Cairns that is close to the CBD yet within walking distance to relax and unwind. We have just released a new beverage menu, food menu and room service menu that is receiving very positive responses also. We look forward to welcoming you back, sampling the menus and enjoying the Resort.

Best regards
Steven Oakley
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 16, 2011

We booked a 'mystery room' through a well-known accommodation website, and was initially delighted to find out that we were going to be staying at the Rydges Esplanade. However, we were given a very dated room with old furniture (unfortunately, we didn't experience the 'dream beds'), old furnishings and no mini-bar. The aspect was lovely, but we did feel like we had been penalised for purchasing a cheaper 'mystery room' deal, by the obviously older and dated room that we were given....which was a little disappointing. We travel frequently to Cairns and have stayed in numerous hotels in this city - we will certainly be more wary about purchasing a discounted or 'mystery room' deal at this hotel via an accommodation website in the future.....

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
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Steven_OakleyGM, General Manager at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, responded to this review, December 20, 2011
Dear Schnupe

Thanks for your feedback and we appreciate the ‘aspect’ of the Hotel was correct. As the Hotel has a range of options as you have highlighted we aim to accommodate a variety of travellers. On your next visit to Cairns we would appreciate your custom and I would suggest an Ocean View room as a preferred experience. You are welcome to contact myself directly to arrange your next stay. Have a great Christmas and New Years.

Best regards
Steven Oakley
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2011

hotel too far from centre and no shops or cafes near by. Never got a smile or a hello
from any staff member. Not even a toaster in the room. Stayed on top floor and all night
it was noisy (probably from air conditioner system).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Steven_OakleyGM, General Manager at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, responded to this review, December 13, 2011
Dear Soula_Kar

I appreciate all feedback about the Resort and only wish we had the opportunity to address your issues whilst you were here. I have the Engineering team investigating your noise concerns as we have never received any such feedback in the past, hence our very genuine concern. You are welcome to contact me directly to discuss any additional concerns raised.

Best Regards
Steven Oakley
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Room Tip: I think all rooms are probably great here! You can't go wrong.
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Steven_OakleyGM, General Manager at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, responded to this review, December 13, 2011
Dear LilFlatFoot

Many thanks for taking time to post your positive experience of the Resort. I trust you have had a great time exploring Australia and in particular Tropical North Queensland. The Resort has received an upgrade of Rydges Dream Beds and LCD’s mid way through the year with improvements to the Gym and guest areas; hence the value for money is certainly reflected. Once again thanks for the rating and we look forward to be of service again.

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Reviewed December 10, 2011

We stayed 3 days, 2 nights at the Rydges Esplanade. The room was nice and we had a great view of the ocean. They have a nice pool area and tennis courts are near the pool. The breakfast and dinner buffets were OK. Members of the she staff were very friendly. They are in walking distance of a lot of shops and the marina. The location is great. They have 6 internet stations. It costs $2.00 for 20 minutes use of the internet. A. complimentary coach is provided to drop you off and pick you up at pre-appointed times for the Night Market and the Marina. From the Marina you can take trips to Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Steven_OakleyGM, General Manager at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, responded to this review, December 11, 2011
Greeting DJH2010

Thanks for posting your experience with Rydges Esplanade Resort up here in Tropical North Queensland, Cairns. From your comments it’s great to see you enjoyed some day trips out on the water. Clearly waking up each morning with the warm weather and seeing the Ocean is a large incentive to get out and enjoy it. The Hotel’s shuttle service is certainly an advantage to use of at the end of days boating. Thanks for your post and have a great Christmas.

Best regards
Steve
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

had pre booked 2 nights of our trip, leaving 3 nights spare, we decided to look around then went back to rydges and they where more than happy to look after our extra days at very good price too. they even upgraded us so we stayed in same room all the time, we are going back there again. we dinned at the restaurant twice in our 5night stay excellent very good food so fresh, nice walk to main st shops and restaurants walk off the extra food you had lol. lots parking onsite too, rooms cleaned and maintained very good. staff where more than helpful with every request,

Room Tip: front of hotel you look at trinity bay or rear of hotel look at mountains, you pay more for front. w...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Steven_OakleyGM, General Manager at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, responded to this review, November 29, 2011
Dear Blueute

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Clearly its pleasing you enjoyed your stay and the team looked after you. We look forward to welcoming you back!

With thanks
Steve
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Innisfail, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2011

Friendly Helpful Staff with the best attitude we have ever experienced at any hotel, Restaurant was Stunning Food was to die for. Tennis Courts Swimming Pool and Gymnasium. Our Room was Amazing Great Views and so Peaceful. We will visit again we loved it so much.

Room Tip: Any Room will be Fantatsic
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Steven_OakleyGM, General Manager at Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, responded to this review, November 29, 2011
Dear Solstice10

Great to hear you enjoyed our amazing food and took full advantage of the great facilities on offer. We have just freshened up our Gymnasium and now I am pretty confident we would be most equipped hotel Gym in Queensland. We have had great feedback about the free weights ranging all the way up to 40kg dumbbells, Ezibars, Cable cross over’s and squat rack. It’s also good to hear you enjoyed the beautiful view of Cairns as it really does show case the area.

We look forward to seeing you again
Steve
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Property: Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Address: 209 - 217 Abbott Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Matson Resort Cairns)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Cairns
#13 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns 4*
Number of rooms: 240
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