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“Decent location and modern rooms” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cairns Harbour Lights
Ranked #17 of 89 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Decent location and modern rooms”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed in the one bedroom deluxe suite. It is a modern room overlooking the river which saw some beautiful sunrises and made some great photos. Best thing about this place was that it was a short walk to loads of restaurants and the casino.
Service - after checking in we really didn't see the staff much. Whilst they were nice and polite upon checking in there was nothing that occurred during their stay for us to rate higher than average simply because we didn't experience that much of the staff. I am sure if we had an issue or required further information they would have been helpful but without seeing it for ourselves we can't be too sure.
Value - we got an offer 231 per night. I'm not too thrilled with the price because I have definitely had better value for money at other accommodation.
Sleep quality was very good. The bed and pillows were comfortable. I believe you have the ability to choose different pillows. The only reason why I didn't give this excellent rating was the curtains weren't that dark so light got in. On holidays I like to sleep in on some days and it's nicer when the room is darker. The room has air con which helps keep you cool enough to sleep.
Cleanliness-the room was very clean as were the hotels halls and reception area. The pool area was also tidy and clean.
Location-gorgeous views of the river and close by to many restaurants. We could walk to everywhere we wanted to go including the local pubs, bars, lagoon, shops, Cairns night markets etc. It's great because you save money on taxi's.
Rooms - the rooms were good. I like that we had a separate bedroom to the lounge and it had a nice kitchen with some mini bar options available which is always good for a late night snack and you can't be bothered heading out.
Room service and spa - we did not experience either hence the average rating.

All in all this place is nicely located and rooms are clean. If you like staying in modern hotels and close by to everything then you wont be disappointed in staying here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Perfect location, very comfortable stay and great service. No complaints! We got the room on special online and the day we checked in, we got upgraded to a studio room. The room was well equipped with dish washer, washing machine and dryer and they came with detergents. Very specious.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cairns, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Overall good accommodation with limited service during Xmas day. Car parking is easy, although the fee could be waived for paying guests. Rooms are clean with all facilities provided, Very easy access to city and surrounding restaurant strip on the Cairns foreshore.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

First of all we had to get our keys from across the road and it was raining slightly. We are from Melbourne. The Reception staff except for one blonde lady were offhanded. The lifts were always dirty.
We noticed clothing, towels etc. hanging over the balconies, not a good look for a property in such a nice position.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Stayed with my wife and two young kids for two nights. The hotel is in a great location for access to restaurants and esplanade activity including the great public pool.

The rooms are well appointed with quality furnishings. A gripe with the rooms is the near see through blinds on all the windows. Trying to get kids to sleep with sun streaming through the blinds was problematic. Second to that the blinds keep swaying and banging with the air conditioner on. They need replacing!

Also we found our room on the second floor facing the park was a little noisey from some people drinking there at night. We had to call security to remove them at about midnight.

Other than that we were very pleased staying here and would do so again.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

Apartments are modern well maintained. Tourist office is across the road. We got our keys from here and also booked some trips. Staff in there are very friendly and knowledgeable.

The boat tours are literally round the corner, bars and restaurants on your doorstep (not noisy thought) and supermarket is a 5 minute walk. Parking was only $10 per day.

Only criticism would be the lack of free wifi though this seems to be the case in most apartments Australia.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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231 reviews
53 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

On arrival I found the reception staff to be pleasant and efficient. ....and that was before I found I had been upgraded to a 1 bedroom apartment (from a studio apartment). the rooms were very spacious, clean and with everything that you could want. The balconies'are also very large with comfortable furniture and with varying views if youre on a high floor. The foyer is welcoming (with free wifi for guests) and there's a gym and nice pool.
If you're looking for a place that offers far more than a hotel room because youre staying in Cairns for longer than a night - this is the perfect place to stay. It's really close to a large number of restaurants, tour boats, shopping and the esplanade. The only negative was having to pay $10 for parking on top of your accommodation - there isn't the option of street parking as Cairns has parking meters everywhere. But I would still recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 89 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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