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Cairns Harbour Lights
Ranked #17 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Oakland, California
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“Great Location, clean, comfortable”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

Right on the marina, a great launching point to go to the Great Barrier Reef.

Clean, very modern, centrally located for tourists in Cairns.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

I had a wonderful experience at the Cairns Harbour Lights. I stayed there on two occasions, in two very different rooms. The first was a luxury suite and was absolutely wonderful. The second was a normal, but extremely nice room. The hotel staff was very helpful, the hotel was perfectly clean and safe, the location was GREAT -- right near the water, walking distance to great restaurants and sights. I'll stay there again if I get the chance to go back to Cairns.

Room Tip: I liked the balcony overlooking the town park and trees.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Mundelein, Illinois
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

If you are traveling to see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia....this is a must stay place. Pay the extra for the harbour view and it will be well worth the price. We had a fantastic suite with dining room, kitchen, huge balcony overlooking the harbour. Our bedroom even had huge windows overlooking the boats in the harbour. Go down to the harbour level for a myriad of restaurants to choose from or walk to town (right there) for a beach full of entertainment and great eating spots. I loved CAIRNS (pronounced Cans)!!!

Room Tip: Opt for the harbour view!!!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

I'm a regular patron of the Harbour Lights. Have stayed there 3 times in the last 3 months. The one bedroom apartments are great and the service at reception is excellent. If you can afford to, avoid the studio rooms. You can get better value elsewhere in Cairns if you only want a hotel room. They are small and a bit bare. Generally the apartments are a nice size and have all the amenities you need. My most recent room was 321 and the kitchen and living area was huge!

Definitely recommend this place for those wanting to cook for themselves or just a bit more space near the waterfront.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

Would stay at this Hotel many times ! It is close to everything, downtown shopping, cruises, scuba diving and all other sites. The Resturant is wonderful, but so are all the places along the boardwalk, which this hotel sits drirectly on. This hotel is beautiful inside and out with great service and friendly staff.

Room Tip: if you are looking for a hourbour view, you will need to ask, but we didnt and the room was wonderfu...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

We spent 3 nights in a one-bedroom unit overlooking the harbour. The decor was updated, fresh and the room was very clean. It was great to have tea service including an electric kettle and a mini fridge in the room. Check-in is at the visitor's center across the street but was pretty straightforward. The amenities such as the pool and BBQ area were great since Cairns has no beaches--only the Lagoon (man-made salt water pool). The hotel is within 1/4 mile to the docks where all the reef & boat excursions take place. The hotel is across from the Hilton, near the casino and walking distance to restaurants. We enjoyed waking up to the beautiful view--room 302. The only down-side is the room would be a bit small if you had a child on your trip.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

I recently had the pleasure of spending one night in this beautiful hotel and only wished that it could have been longer. On booking I was automatically upgraded to a one bedroom apartment with a wonderful view over the city and water. It had absolutely every facility required, very spacious and tastefully decorated. The reception staff were very pleasant and helpful and I will not hesitate to recommend this hotel to others. I am about to move to one of Cairn's northern beaches, but will find the excuse to stay here if I need to stay overnight in the city. Put this on your list of must stay hotels!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Cairns Harbour Lights

Property: Cairns Harbour Lights
Address: 1 Marlin Parade | CityPort Harbourfront Complex, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #17 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cairns Harbour Lights 4*
Number of rooms: 94
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