We stayed here for 5 nights on our tour of Oz. We had checked out 1 day early from Thala Lodge at Port Douglas and thought we had found paradise! Thala was full of bugs and critters with geekos all over the room so to find the Grand Mercure, clean, bug free, modern and spacious was brilliant.
Check in was easy and my brother, who we were meeting, had been put in a room opposite which was handy. The apartment was well appointed with very useful laundry facilities considering we were living out of a suitcase up until then. The kitchen was basic but useable and helped us to keep the costs down as the restaurants were expensive. Coles is just down the road for grocery shopping. Internet connection was not free.
Palm Cove is a lovely, quiet village with some good restaurants, though, as elsewhere, you couldn't swim in the sea because of jellyfish, unless you were within the netted area. But the hotel pool was fine - try 10 mins in the warm spa then plunging into the pool - quite a shock I can say!
The village is growing all the time but is doing so very tastefully with no high rise ugliness.
It made a good base to tour Daintree rain forest, Cape Tribulation (about 2 hrs away), Cairns Zoo with roos and koalas (5 mins away), Atherton Tablelands plus of course Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Highlight of our tour was diving on GBR with Passions of Paradise catamaran trip - awesome!
If we ever went back to Queensland we would definitely go back to Palm Cove and back to Grand Mercure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Mercure Rockford Esplanade Apartments is situated on the beach at exclusive Palm Cove overlooking the Coral Sea perfectly positioned between two World Heritage sites - the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Just 25 minutes north of Cairns International Airport in tropical far North Queensland, the resort features a choice of luxuriously appointed studios, lofts, one, two and three bedroom fully self contained apartments, each with a large private balcony or courtyard. Resort facilities include several beachfront restaurants and cafes, expansive free form lagoon style swimming pool, children's pool, outdoor spa, gymnasium, pilates classes, massage and boutique shopping. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Mercure Rockford Esplanade Hotel Palm Cove
- Mercure Palm Cove
- Mercure Hotel Palm Cove