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Coral Towers Holiday Suites
Ranked #23 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights, booking the top-floor Penthouse.

The Penthouse has been renovated and lacks for nothing. The views are amazing, and it has a large entertaining area where we held a BBQ for my family. It was perfect for this. It is close to the airport, and departing aircraft do fly past but as Cairns airport is not a busy airport is it not a problem. (Besides, we are aviation buffs and loved it anyway).

The apartment itself is well appointed with a full kitchen, a separate laundry-room, and 2 bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room. The apartment is fully air-conditioned, with separate controls for each bedroom and the sitting room. The furniture is nice looking and the beds supremely comfortable. Niggles were that there were a number of blown bulbs in the apartment (Hello? Maintenance??) and they apartment which shares the same floor must be privately owned by someone who unfortunately uses the common area outside the apartment as a storage area. It is messy and an bit of an eye sore, to be honest. But then again, that is hardly Coral Tower's fault.

The staff were friendly and helpful.

Recommended for a good-value stay in Cairns.

Room Tip: Stretch to the Penthouse for those amazing views.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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CoralTowers, Manager at Coral Towers Holiday Suites, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Thank for your review and yes we totally agree with you - the Penthouse is fantastic - views are amazing. Sorry about the blown bulb and all have been replaced.
Hopefully we will see you next time you holiday in Cairns.
Regards
Sandy

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

My daughters and I were lucky enough to be able to book the Penthouse and the view/space is incredibly amazing.
The other plus is that it is very close to the airport. It is located about a 25 minute walk to the main shopping area.
There are a few negatives though and when booking, make sure that you understand all of the conditions. We stayed during a weekend and the reception area is not staffed except for limited hours. There is a "rule" book which is understandable to maintain the upkeep of the unit, however, if you needed to "rent" a pool towel after hours, you didn't have an option to pay the rental.
Also, my daughter and I turned in our keys (before the reception was staffed) and we were locked inside the garage! Make sure you have all of the instructions necessary.
Finally, check the laundry/bathroom area for cockroaches. I understand that the area is hot/humid, but this is something that the owners should check on regularly.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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CoralTowers, Manager at Coral Towers Holiday Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2012

Hello Linda,
Just a reply to your comments - Our Reception Hours are clearly stated on all websites , as well as on the "Sign in the Office" - Mon to Fri 8.30am-6.00pm Sat 8.30am- 5.00pm and Sun 9.00am- 12.00noon. Reception is always fulled manned during these hours. If we happen to be away from the "actual front desk" - a notice is put up and the main reception phone is 'diverted' to my phone - we are always contactable "During Business Hours".
Obviously if you need to "Rent a Pool Towel" - it should be done "During Business Hours" - I do not know of any complex where you can contact staff " After Hours" -even to just rent a pool towel.
Keys - every guests who stays with us, is always made aware of the security of our building and how the "Key" system works. Again, if you return keys, "Prior to Reception Opening Hours", as you checked out at 5.30AM, of course there is not going to be anyone in reception. Again, as noted on all websites - Coral Towers is not 24 Hour Reception.
Cochroaches - unfornatutaly there is nothing that I can do about this - we do live in the Tropics and I can not 'stop them from flying in' - the entire complex is treated professionally twice a year.
After all of this, I am happy that you did enjoy our Beautiful Penthouse - it has one of the most fantastic views along the Esplanade - as do all of our apartments.
Regards Sandy

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

This Was our second time at Coral Towers (Nov 2011 & Sept 2012) both times have really loved our accommodation. First time we were on the first floor which was a lovely spacious apartment, full kitchen, laundry etc. this time we were on the top floor in the penthouse suite- amazing!! Beautiful views, beautiful room, even lovely decor. Sandy one of the owners is lovely and will do anything to help. Stayed here twice in the last year and next time we r in Cairns will definently be staying here again!! Highly recommended!!! Thank you for the lovely stay!! <3

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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CoralTowers, Manager at Coral Towers Holiday Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2012

Hi Kylie,
thank you very much for your review.

Regards
Sandy

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Reviewed August 31, 2012

We rented a 2 bedroom, ocean view apartment on the third floor and therein lies the main assets of this property - spaciousness with a view. It is a tired 1970's building in need of a facelift and although comfortable enough, on our return to Cairns 3 weeks later, we opted not to book in again. The crockery and kitchen appliances were basic. We had to fight ants in the kitchen constantly during our 2 day stay. They were attracted to the water in the kettle and so it was virtually impossible to have an ant-free cup of tea or coffee. When mentioned to the manager her response was that this is north Queensland and it to be expected!! I will leave it to you to decide if that is a reasonable response. This property is also directly under the flight path, so don't expect to sleep in. Whilst flights out of Cairns are not frequent, they do start early. Cairns is a great place to visit, especially in winter, and I would recommend an apartment or hotel with a view but further away from the airport end of The Esplanade.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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CoralTowers, Manager at Coral Towers Holiday Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2012

Hello Spaciousness with a view.
Just to reply to your comments.
Firstly this complex was built in 1985 - not 1970. Anywhere along the Esplanade - from the City Centre to the Northern End of the Esplanade will receive ' Flight Noise". This is just the Cairns flight path - sorry but I can not change it.
You did book a 'Standard Apt" and it did have everything in it that is advertised and you did forget to mention that the kitchen is fully self contained , will full cutlery, cockery and saucepans etc - everything that you would need in a kitchen.
Unfortunately, again, there is nothing I can do about ants - I am not being rude in saying this - but the complex is treated professionally twice a year.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed here for four nights and were upgraded to a top floor apartment with wonderful views over the ocean and towards Cairns. Sandy, the owner, was delightfully helpful and provided us with a wealth of information and recommendations.
The apartment was incredibly spacious and well equipped with a good quality kitchen, a laundry room and a balcony. Our bathroom was small but functional and the bedroom lacked drawers providing just hanging space. Our accommodation was very clean.
Underground parking was secure and free of charge. We didn't find time to use the outdoor swimming pool or BBQ area.
Some may find the location, approximately 20 minutes walk from Cairns centre off putting, but we really appreciated the quiet location and enjoyed the walk along the promanade when we ate out.
Coral Towers is not the glitzy over priced type of accommodation you'll find around the marina. However, if you want well-equipped and spacious accommodation with an onsite tour centre I'd recommend Coral Towers whole-heartedly.

Room Tip: When booking, request a room with an ocean view - it's worth it!
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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CoralTowers, Manager at Coral Towers Holiday Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2012

Hello Cairns Delight,
Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. So very pleased that you enjoyed your holiday with us at Coral Towers and your stay in Cairns.

Regards
Sandy

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Reviewed August 25, 2012

This was our second time staying at Coral towers. Last year we stayed 6 nights, this year we spent 12 nights there, and we will be back again! Our apartment was wonderful, with a stunning view out to sea. We spent many blissful hours out on the balcony with a cold wine, just watching the world go by. Clean, bright and airy, with everything we needed. Just the right distance away from the CBD to be quiet and peaceful, yet only a 25 minute scenic walk along the stunning esplanade or 3 minute car drive to the centre of town. Secure underground parking is a great bonus. And awesome value for money compared to other apartment compleses. But by far, the complex's greatest asset is Sandy. She couldn't be more helpful, and with her genuinely friendly, outstanding local knowledge, we were pointed towards the best trips and the city's best eating places. I would advise anyone looking for accomodation in Cairns to stay here, it's wonderful!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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CoralTowers, Manager at Coral Towers Holiday Suites, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2012

Hello Andrea and Tony,
Thank you so much for your fantastic review on Trip Advisor. So very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, again. See you next time you are over.
All the very best.

Regards,
Sandy

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

we stayed for 4 nights with our american relatives had areally nice time cairns is awsome ,karanda the reef ,the veiw from the apartment was awsome .sandy was so good with her recomendations of day trips and organising pickups etc service with a smile .nothing was too much trouble will deffinately stay there again

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Coral Towers Holiday Suites

Address: 255 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Cairns
#12 Romantic Hotel in Cairns
Price Range: $136 - $279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Towers Holiday Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Right on the Esplanade, with views to the Great Barrier Reef and Green Island, only 1.5 Kms to the City Centre - to walk approx. 25Mins or drive/taxi 5 mins. Spacious 2 bedroom/2 bathroom self contained apartments, all with Ocean Views. Our newly refurbished pool and heated spa/BBQ area is just great, with fantastic views overlooking the Esplanade. FREE undercover secure parking. ... more   less 
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