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“Spacious apartment with great views”
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181 The Esplanade
Ranked #30 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Dublin, Ireland
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75 reviews
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“Spacious apartment with great views”
Reviewed 16 October 2010

These were lovely apartments about a mile from the centre of Cairns. We spent just one night here, and we had a 2-bedroom unit with spectacular views across Cairns, with the mountains and see stretching away from us. The rooms were very clean, with loads of room. Staff were very helpful and pleasant and accommodated our late departure without any extra charge (we went hot air ballooning at 4am and got back after the checkout time of 10am).
Sorry we couldn't have stayed longer, it would have been nice!
A word of warning, and this does not reflect on 181: don't use the "Gourmet Kitchen" service; it was VERY expensive for a Chinese takeway, and to compound the problem, they delivered the wrong food and forgot one of the drinks we ordered.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 September 2010

Jo and Jack are very friendly and helpful hosts, nothing was too much trouble for them. Being on the 8th floor we had great views over Trinity bay and urban Cairns,we got just what we had asked for. The location is ideal, being handy to town yet not "in the noise and busyness" of being right in the city. If we return to Cairns, I would'nt hesitate to stay at 181. The apartment was nice ,really roomy,and clean.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

We stayed at 181 for five nights the location was good and the view was just what we wanted. Unfortunatly we were in a old tired apartment not even enough seats for us to all sit togeather to watch tv . Unlike the appartment next door that was fantastic and looked like it had just been done up. Also the outdoor spa needed re grouting as its abit off puting when you can see alot of green alge in the big gaps. My advice is sure stay at 181 but ask for a referbished room and im sure you will be more pleased than us.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Las Vegas, NV
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Reviewed 2 January 2010

We stayed 4 nights in November 2009 on our first trip to Cairns. Booked on hotels.com. This is an apt./hotel and we booked a 1-bedroom unit with a view. Were upgraded to a 2-bedroom apt. at check-in, as 1-bedrooms were already taken. View from 7th floor was great. The apt. had 2 baths and 2 balconies, plus a fully equipped kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and in-room washer/dryer. Would be perfect for a family that wanted to eat in, though we only used the kitchen for breakfast. The hotel is about a 10-15 minute walk to the heart of Cairns, making it very quiet and peaceful. As an apt./hotel it does not have daily maid service, which was fine for us. I believe this can be arranged for a fee, however. Jo, the manager, booked 2 day trips for us and was very helpful with info. about the area. Would highly recommend the 181.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 24 October 2009

Why would you stay in a poky hotel when you can stay at place like this. The location is great - close enough to walk but just far enough for us to feel that we could thoroughly enjoy the views and the environment. Jo and Jack are excellent hosts, (ands so helpful) the apartments are roomy, well maintained, and great. The pool area is so relaxing and private. "We will return"

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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New South Wales
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Reviewed 4 July 2009

The room was terrific - clean, well furnished, great view which made our short stay a great stay, one to remember. Service from Jo made us feel right at home, nothing was a bother, thanks Jo. Will definately stay when we return to Cairns

Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 19 June 2009

Stayed twice at the 181 during our trip to Australia. On the first stay our room was really pretty, well furnished and maintained with a terrific view of the lagoon. Our second stay, the room was worn; tired carpet, cheap furniture, little tv on a box, etc. but still a beautiful view. So, I think it depends on which apartment you get, as there seems little consistency. Would recommend with caveats.

Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: 181 The Esplanade
Address: 181 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#20 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — 181 The Esplanade 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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