Stayed in a premium 2bdrm apartment. The apartment itself was fantastic - huge, newly refurbished, large TV, great couches, and the view from the balcony was spectacular. The location was right on the water, and very close to restaurants, and woolworths only a 5min walk away (although there was an IGA express around the corner). One thing to consider is any areas near the harbour are actually quite noisy - there are choppers coming and going frequently throughout the day, which puts a damper on relaxing on the balcony. This will be common to any of the central hotels, however. The shangri-la was even closer to the choppers!
The beds were great. The water pressure in the shower was fairly average. For a self-contained apartment, however, I would have expected a few more items in the kitchen. For a start, there was no bottle opener! There were absolutely no consumables - oil, pepper, salt etc all had to be purchased from scratch, which cuts into the money saved by not eating out. I don't expect the hotel to supply these, but normally there is something left from previous travellers - the place had been absolutely stripped clean, so either no one had stayed there before, or they had removed all left over consumables.
The Austar didn't work when I got there, but they organised for someone to come out the next day to get it fixed, which was great.
There are 2 pools, both of which are small, dated, not very clean and very cold. The pool side lounge chairs were shredding.
The wifi was good and free, but logged you off every 20minutes, which I assume is to stop people downloading large movies etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Cairns Aquarius holiday apartment is the perfect holiday destinaton choice for your stay in tropical Cairns, Far North Queensland. Enjoy the accommodation convenience of a fully furnished, self-contained, waterfront holiday apartment in the heart of Cairns city. Stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, recline on a sun lounge by the pool or experience the breathtaking ocean views from your private balcony in Tropical Far North Queensland. All premium apartments have been fully refurbished. Book direct with Cairns Aqarius through our Web Site or call us. Troy and Elisabeth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquarius Hotel Cairns