We booked the Grand as a one night stopover during our drive from Cairns south. We booked it through airmiles in the Uk and as such had little input as to which hotels we were provided with.
The Grand turned out to be perfect for our needs. Very clean, decent shower and a comfortable bed, jus what you need for a stopover. I think if you stopped any longer in the room that we had, you would get cabin fever as it was quite small and you were tripping over bags all the time.
Outdoor parking was free, you have to book indoor parking, but the outdoor was fine. There was a cost for wifi, so we didn't bother and you have to eat out as there is no restaurant, but there are lots of places locally, however, they all seem to shut early by UK standards.
I just have one gripe and that is about the architecture. I assume that the rooms are arranged so that you can join two together to make a mini suite. This is done by having a common door for two adjacent rooms. So to get into any room, you have to pass through 2 spring loaded fire doors that are quite heavy. This can prove tricky when you have several bags and it is impossible to negotiate them without making a real racket, which must wake other guests. Sorry, we left early and must have woken someone up.
OK for a stopover, not a destination hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville offers all the facilities, services and attention that you need to make your stay with us as successful as it is enjoyable, whether it's overnight in a hotel Studio room, or extended stays in one of our self-contained apartments. Located in the heart of Townsville's popular cafe and restaurant precinct and just a short walk from the CBD, The Strand and the Marina, the Grand Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the Barrier Reef, or as the gateway to your northern journey Join us for a taste of Townsville that you'll never forget. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Mercure Apartments Townsville Hotel Townsville