Initially booked two nights online (via Wotif), but after going to reception on the day we were checking in and seeing what a good base it would be, we decided to extend another 4 nights. Although they couldn't match the price we had paid for the previous two nights, they did do 4 nights for the price of 3. We had a hotel room on the 5th floor. We were a bit suprised about there being no housekeeping (unless you paid extra) but in practiose it wasn't too bad - you collected new towels and toiletries from reception, emptied your own bin etc...
Excellent location, right in the centre, though not at all noisy. Depending on the exit you used you were either right on the Esplanade, or a block away. BWS (Beer Wine & Spirits shop - you can't buy alcohol at the supermarket) was a couple of minutes away and the Woolworths supermarket was two blocks down. There was a chemist (Chemart?) a block away on the same street, with very knowledgable & helpful staff. Chemist offered good value underwater camera ($19) and developping our photos (about $15 including a disk - we'd had a quote of $25 from another shop nearer the Esplanade!)
Receptionists were friendly and helpful and were there 24 hours.
Three days into our stay one of the two lifts broke, and it was still out of use when we left. It didn't affect us too much and the wait wasn't excessively long each time, but I was conscious that there didn't seem to be an accessible staircase we could use instead, except the emergency one, which if I remember righly said on the access door on our floor that was alarmed (no idea how to get access to any stairs from reception). From speaking to regular guests, this problem with the lifts is unfortunately a reoccuring one and not a one-off.
Pool and sunbathing area on level 3 were very pleasant.
In summary, we would definitely recommend this hotel, and would come back ourselves especially if we could get a reasonable deal online.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mantra Trilogy is ideally located above the Cairns Esplanade within walking distance to some of Cairns best restaurants, the Reef Casino, Cairns Central Shopping Mall and the newly developed Cairns Lagoon. Offering open plan designed hotel rooms to spacious self-contained one, two and three-bedroom apartments all have cable TV, private balconies with views over the pool, surrounding mountains or ocean. Apartments offer the added convenience of fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. Onsite guests can spend a lazy afternoon on the pool deck overlooking the ocean, cook up a barbeque on the resort lawns or enjoy an invigorating workout in the gymnasium. From the property you can stroll the length of the Esplanade, an area which has recently undergone a major re-development to include al fresco dining, parklands, BBQ areas and the Cairns Lagoon, a massive patrolled water-park that attracts both tourists and locals alike. Overlooking Trinity Bay and the parkland of Cairns Esplanade, Mantra Trilogy's premier location provides the perfect base to explore the markets, shopping, night life and restaurants of Cairns. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mantra Trilogy Hotel Cairns