My wife and I recently stayed for 6 nights in a studio apartment which came with 1 double and 1 single bed (neither being particularly comfortable), a kitchenette with fridge and a reasonable bathroom. Although reasonably clean, the décor was a bit drab and it could do with a refurb. Sound insulation was particularly poor, so if you value your sleep, think about it very carefully. I also see little point in having no smoking in rooms when 1 foot outside your door there is a smoking table (which was occupied almost constantly by our neighbours) resulting in smoke pouring in through the poorly fitting windows/door into our room. Not pleasant. The pool was nice, but small and with only space for 4 (yes 4) sun loungers around it! Overall, it is better to think of the hotel as simply a base to explore Cairns (actually, not Cairns but the surrounding area and the reef as Cairns itself is rather disappointing) rather than a place to savour per se. The location is fairly quiet generally, but is a longish walk from town and most of the restaurants. However, one of the hotel's best features is the adjoining Balinese restaurant. It is excellent - we ate there on more than one occasion. Although when we booked we were told that Wi-Fi is payable, we were offered 5 free hours when we checked in which was most welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique style hotel with a Balinese theme, nestled amongst lush tropical gardens. Centrally located with a short stroll to the Cairns esplanade. Guests will experience warm hospitality, with personal, friendly and attentive service. An onsite award winning licensed Balinese restaurant offering authentic Balinese cuisine with a tropical ambience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Village Tropical Retreat Hotel Cairns
- Bay Village Tropical Retreat Cairns