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Floriana Guest House
Ranked #3 of 15 Cairns B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 28, 2008

I really would not recommend staying here, there are numerous places that are better value, cleaner and friendlier than Floriana's. The owner was pretty rude to us, basically for just being there, and we had a really uncomfortable stay with musky, dirty linen, revolting, cheap pump soap in the bathroom and stinking towels. Our room had an open wall made from lattice, so people outside the room could hear us and we couldn't make any noise in the room for fear of disturbing other guests. With such a choice of better places in the area we were really frustrated to be stuck here for our week of hell!

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 28, 2008

Floriana's was a nightmare! We were used to backpacker type accommodation, but this place promotes itself as something else when it's really just an overpriced dump. The owner was exceptionally rude and thought herself far above the customer! One of the walls was just lattice so people could hear everything going on in our room, not at all private! The sheets were grubby and the furnishings tacky. Our friends at motels down the road payed half the price for a room 10 times bigger, cleaner and more privacy.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Molly231
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Reviewed November 27, 2007

Ah the Floriana. This was an old fashioned 'guest house' in the tradition of the old English Seaside and we loved it.
Having read the other review, I have to say that Maggie, the piano playing, bird loving proprieter was helpful and kind - but no, once you had your keys, she left you alone. I am not surprised she passedcomment on the TV not working - why would you watch TV in Cairns anyway.
If you are expecting a five star stay then forget it, Floriana is definitely for those who feel they want independence on a budget.
None of the furniture matches in the rooms and the lamps and light fittings were just about serviceable.
It had seen better days, frankly.
But, we had the 'flat' with a balcony and just loved coming back here - with it's colonial high ceilings and twin lazily whooshing ceiling fans.
The kitchen was enough to cook up a feast and the balcony had a great breeze on hot evenings - great.
Maggie rescues birds, including rainbow parrakeets - I have to say, if you are not bird lovers then you may prefer another place - all the parrots mates come to visit - loudly - from around 6.30am!!
But for all that, we really enjoyed our time there.
Taxis arrive instantly.
Town centre is a long walk - ok every now and then, but get a taxi back from town!
Turn left then first left to get to the bakers and bottle shop. But DONT use the supermarket - big rip off - go to Woolworths in town - 50% cheaper!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Richard P
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Reviewed June 3, 2007

I stayed in this property during my week in Cairns. Generally, I can say that I liked it, though the place is slightly run down (stains, ..), but with a character: old furniture, pictures, some strange objects and feeling that you are staying in someone's house. Everything seemed to be relatively clean, though there were some ants in the rooms and even lizards. I'm used to this kind of accommodation, so it didn't disturb me, but actually brought a feeling that I'm really in tropics.
Anyway, some things seemed not very convenient - WC is almost in the room (separated by a kind of light partition/screen), the shower - as well. Though, for me it was OK - I stayed there alone.
The owner was friendly, but sometimes it seemed that she was mocking at me (australian style?). Anyway, she was still friendly when I realized that I have credit card overdraft. Also she allowed me to leave luggage and valuables for 3 days, when I was on a boat trip. Though, I booked all the excursions beforehand, it seemed she was happy to help with it.
So, if you are ready to stay in a slightly budget place with a character it is a reasonable option. Anyway, probably cheaper is only a hostel and you are likely to spend all the time in excursion, because there is nothing to do in Cairns.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled solo
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Thank Ivt
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Reviewed November 30, 2006

Lonely Planet had such a high regard for Floriana that it was highlighted in its own sidebar in a recent Australia edition. I believe the words used were "charismatic guesthouse."

The facilities were rather run down (old shower, dodgy toilet, musty linen), but as a longtime budget traveler, I am used to very basic amenities and always try to be respectful of the owners and other guests. Floriana's proprietor, on the other hand, behaved as if everything was an annoyance or inconvenience -- check-in, questions about the facilities, etc.

I'm usually busy exploring local sights and don't watch TV, but on my third night in Cairns, I turned on the small TV in my room for news. There was no reception on any channel, so I asked about it the next morning. The proprietor responded that she considered TV useless and didn't have much regard for anyone who watched it. As a paying guest, I thought her comments were unnecessary and unfair. If she was that offended by the notion, why include TVs in every room? And come to think of it, why run a guesthouse if the guests annoy you that much?

Overall, Floriana was an OK budget option but the owner's prickly demeanor was less than "charismatic."

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled solo
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1  Thank golly.g.whiz
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Reviewed November 25, 2006

Cairns is dominated by bland hotels, we can recommend Floriana as a creative alternative. It won't suit perfectionists but we like the excellent price, spacious rooms, traditional Queensland architecture, retro colours, and the quiet and friendly environment. We didn't find it hard to tolerate the considerable walk into town, the fact that our particular room only had fans and no air conditioning and the cracks and fading but you need to understand that its not a 5 star hotel nor is it trying to be one. Pictures on the Floriana Guesthouse website are accurate.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Blacklisted
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Reviewed October 20, 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with friends
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Address: 183 The Esplanade | Queensland, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Cairns
Price Range: $90 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Floriana Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Floriana is an iconic heritage listed property overlooking Trinity Bay on the Esplanade in Cairns. It is quaint, quirky and very friendly and professionally run by experienced hosts. ... more   less 
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