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181 The Esplanade

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

ACIs not working properly and rhe place is a bit dated and in need of an upgrade. Stayed here 10 years ago and it feels like no maintenance has been done since. Beds were comfortable and the view is excellent but has not improved the old tired apartment.

Thank Ian B
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Reviewed 27 April 2016

I booked a two bedroom apartment for a friends visit. The carpet in both bedrooms were badly stained and looked like cigarette burns throughout. The main bathroom had a terrible smell that was quite disgusting in the morning & we were glad to leave at this point. I had wanted to extend our stay, but ended up at a nearby...

Thank Jade W
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We stayed here in April '16 for three nights before heading to Port Douglas and beyond. We booked a two bedroom apartment that was self contained. We were on the eighth floor and had magnificent views over the ocean and along the coast towards the airport. The apartment was well appointed with everything you could need in the kitchen. One...

1Thank laverysean
Victoria, Australia
Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Was expecting much more than what we got. Space was sufficient, but the laundry had a horrible smell, master light was out (had to ask to have fixed), very dated, and a bit grungy. Staff was friendly and nice, but wouldn't choose again.

Thank smweathers
Penguin, Australia
Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

We headed into toen with the intention to do sugarworld waterpark. But it was closed so we headed for the esplanade. And loved it there's lockers available, a food shop right there lots of parking great views gorgeous little spot for adult and child to swim lifeguards on duty, shady spots under trees, on stinking hot days the only way...

Thank Kristie W
Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a short stay in a 2 bed unit, kitchen, laundry and balcony. Bathrooms need attention with cleaning and re grouting for mould. Air con in bedrooms even turned high was still hot. Overall Comfortable and reasonable value great location and friendly staff. Close to hospital.

2Thank Dee L
Tauranga, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Large apartment on the 5th floor overlooking the esplanade, We had 2 bedrooms one with ensuite. This apartment had everything one needed. We had our 2 granddaughters with us and they just loved the pool. It was easy to find as was right nextdoor to the Cairns hospital. Wifi no good in apartment but good in pool area and reception.

Thank Linley322
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 8 January 2016

We stay here regularly. It is on the esplanade and has a great view of the harbour. The apartments are quite spacious, balconies are small but adequate. We booked in for 16 nights. In that time we had one service of our room. This was a change of sheets and towels. There is no cleaning or topping up of any...

1Thank Michelle M
Country Victoria
Reviewed 3 January 2016

We recently spent 5 nights here in late November. The apartment was spacious and had a great view. Generally when staying in apartments we self cater in the evening and enjoy a BBQ and a few drinks around the pool area. Unfortunately this did not happen here for a couple of reasons a) the BBQ was filthy, and had nothing...

2Thank Mareeslee
Wynnum West
Reviewed 29 December 2015

With a family of 4, we were looking for an apartment for our week long Cairns holiday which was economical, yet spacious enough to provide some privacy, and also be well located, preferably with a view. 181 The Esplanade met all of these expectations and more. The Reception staff were competent and informative, making check in/out a breeze. The apartment...

Thank Sharon M

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about 181 The Esplanade

Address: 181 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: €114 - €201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 181 The Esplanade 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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#20 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
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“We had an apartment on the northern side. It was quieter and had excellent views.”
  • Our ocean view.
  • Just 1/4 of our fantastic view!
  • Master en-suite.
  • Full kitchen.
cazbar62, 18 May 2017 | Read review
“Higher you go the better view. Ask NOT to be put on the hospital side as you will be looking at their walls....”
  • Good size room with lovely view & big balcony.
  • View from bedroom balcony
vivadevaSa, 5 Apr 2017 | Read review
“NOT facing the hospital ... ocean view is a must !!!”
houly38, 19 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Sea view is always a bonus.”
Clarky249, 18 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Upper floor rooms are better for seeing the views”
D5626ETjohnw, 3 Mar 2017 | Read review
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