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Reef Palms

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 16 October 2015

stayed at the reef palms from the 8th October to the 15 it's a lovely hotel we had a ground floor studio appartment that was near the pool our room also had kitchen with stove top and microwave , It is about 2 km walk into town .but not far from the esplanade Which is just beautiful but they have...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

Everyone will be really happy that your enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed travelling around the region. Thank you very much for writing.

Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 14 October 2015

An OK stay for the price. I believe we could do better. The room was a bit tired, but had what we needed. Basic kitchenette, dining table, sofa, TV, bed, bathroom & small balcony. There was a bit of a funky smell when we arrived courtesy of the previous occupants. The hotel is about 2k from the CBD. On a...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that your stay with us was Just OK. It is always disappointing for us when a guest leaves feeling they could have stayed somewhere better. We are continually upgrading our rooms and new furniture was installed in all studios earlier this year so am slightly at a loss as to why our studios would appear "tired"...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 30 September 2015

The Reef Palms is about 2km from the city center, so if you've hired a car it's a great location - only a couple minutes from the marina and a couple minutes from the airport. The room was comfortable and clean, and ours had a small balcony. We also had a kitchenette which was convenient for making breakfast in the...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write, we appreciate it and am sure the staff at Reef Palms will appreciate your review.

Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

Very friendly and helpful staff with modest accommodations and price. Compared to other hotels in this price range it would be ranked a 5, but I rank a 3 when compared to all (more expensive) options. Room was quiet, tidy and bit aged, but we did not book this to have luxury accommodations. Hotel is located about a 10-15 minute...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

We are very pleased we were able to help you enjoy your stay with us at Reef Palms and hope to see you again in the future.

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 30 September 2015

As we reached the reception, Colleen gave us a very welcoming atmosphere, and made us feel that we will surely be taken care of during our stay at Reef Palms. The room given to us was big and it was just beside the pool which was awesome as it gave us quick access to have a quick dip after a...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

Thank you for writing - we always try to share around items left by guests such as washing powder etc - helps your holiday dollar go further.

Reviewed 29 September 2015

Great place to be in, 10 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from the central area. Nice and comfortable rooms with helpful staff. You can book your day tour from the hotel and make the necessary arrangements. The swimming pool was great as well. We really enjoyed our stay there. The only comment I have is for the breakfast and...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

Thank you for staying with us and glad you enjoyed your time in Cairns. Sorry about the internet, I know we had a server problem that took a couple of days to rectify - the joys of living in a country town rather than a big City I'm afraid.

Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

The friendliest staff I have ever encountered. It was a homely experience and handy location to bus into town and to northern beaches. The rooms were spacious and the pool refreshing. A fantastic place to end our holiday. We plan to return next year.

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

Thank you for writing, I'm sure Colleen would love to have you come back next year to stay with us.

Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Very friendly reception staff and comfortable, ground floor room near the car park. Ideal for us as we were really only using this as a base. Great to have a shuttle bus facility to The Esplanade at 6.30pm - with only about a $10 taxi ride back after dinner, you don't need to be in the centre. Flight path overhead,...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

Thank you for writing, it is always a pleasure to have our neighbors from "across the ditch" i.e. New Zealand come and stay.

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Reviewed 15 September 2015

We stayed here for the first couple of nights of our holiday. It was easy access from the airport and two blocks from the Esplanade. We had a hire car so the drive in to town was not far. The motel offers lifts into town with their courtesy bus and also have the bus timetable readily available. The room we...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

Thank you for writing, I know all the staff at Reef Palms and in particular Colleen will appreciate your review. We hope to see you again.

Maisons Laffitte
Reviewed 14 September 2015

We appreciated the availability and friendliness of Coleen (and other staff we don't know the names) and her efficiency to provide good advise and organise activites for us (including driving the hotel bus back and forth to the marina). Hotel is very close to airport but requires a 20 mn walk to go downtown, although it was no a problem...

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Sharon H, Owner at Reef Palms, responded to this review

Thank you for writing, Colleen is our Trip Queen and loves nothing better than to help guests book trips or give them a driving plan if wanting to self drive. I know all the staff will be happy to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
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  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about Reef Palms

Address: 41-47 Digger St | corner McKenzie Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $115 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Reef Palms 3.5*
Number of rooms: 42
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#4 Romantic Hotel in Cairns
#5 Best Value Hotel in Cairns
#7 Family Hotel in Cairns
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“We were on the ground floor, but the whole building was very quiet.”
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