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“Good, solid place to stay with no thrills”
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Balinese Motel
Ranked #38 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Bethesda, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good, solid place to stay with no thrills”
Reviewed 24 February 2012

My wife and I recently traveled to Cairns and stayed four nights in the Balinese hotel. Overall, it was about what I expected...nothing too fancy but nice enough that I wasn't depressed or grossed out about staying there. The rooms were clean and nicely laid out with solid AC and a large TV. We booked this place mainly due to the airport pickup and wifi. We did have to wait almost 45 minutes for the shuttle to come which was a little disappointing after finding out the hotel is less than a 10 minute drive from the airport. The wifi was also a little buggy at times. Breakfast consisted of toast and cereal....pretty basic but was nice to have. The location was a little bit of a hike from the main CBD in Cairns but we enjoyed the walk to and from along the esplanade. Some days, we wished it were closer. But overall, for the value and the nice room, it was a solid place to stay. We also had a slight misunderstanding with the shuttle to the airport on our way out, but they worked it out and provided the customer service I expected. I would recommend staying here for a solid, no thrills hotel in Cairns!

Room Tip: Room 17 was much better than 19...we stayed in two rooms!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2012

The bedroom was really nice, air conditioning and a really comfortable atmosphere. The bathroom was fine; the pool was small but nice for a dip and to relax. The Kitchen was clean and had everything we needed. Got picked up at the airport no charge (just let them know when your coming, otherwise there is a special phone at the airport to contact the hotels). They also dropped us back for our next flight (Sweet).
I felt really relaxed at this place. It is a 10 min walk into the centre of town and if you haven't been to Cairns use the map they provide, however it was very affordable and I felt they went the extra mile to make the rooms really special eg. Nice furniture, no tacky useless stuff and very clean. Service was good. Will go there again :D

Room Tip: Look at reveiws. There is no lift to the second floor, tell them before hand if you need a ground fl...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Nowhere
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109 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2011

Pretty nice place, kindly staff, nice swimming pool and pretty close of the down town (10 mn walking).
This hostel should be greater for a couple or family instead a solo backpacker.
Rooms are very nice and confortable, kitchen are clean, u can go there without any surprise.
The only bad point perhaps, due to the low season, is there isn't more people for meet.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Perth, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2011

the room was clean, cute and tidy. the aircon worked well and additional ceiling fan and balinese design features were a nice touch.

the little extras were good; the toast and cereals were a nice touch for breakfast.the airport transfers need you to remind them and access to the desktop computer for internet was handy.

close by the restaurant at the related hotel, bay village was amazing and well worth a visit. the beach volleyball on the esplanade, and green space was good or a morning walk/ run. and a small convenience store across the road was handy.

the location was just a little too far from the main event for me though, about a 15 minute walk or $10 cab ride.

not sure it was great value for money, it was tired, but comfortable enough.

Room Tip: request upstairs
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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lenzburg
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2011

The excellent service began with the pickup from the airport. Nice self-service continental breakfast provided provided (not common in Australia). Breakfast was in an open room next to the (small) pool - very pleasant. The location is within walking distance to the town center. The room was clean and free parking was available (we picked up a rental car in town). This is not a luxury motel, but it was just what we wanted and a very good value. We wanted to see Cairns and visit the Great Barrier Reef. For this it was an excellent base for us.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2011

We have just spent four very enjoyable nights at the Balinese in Cairns. This motel knows what it is and does it excellently- the rooms are spotless, simply decorated and have all you really need(inc a spacious wardrobe and a fridge). Staff are friendly and helpful- the airport transfers were well organised and they booked our trips to the reef on our behalf. Breakfast is a simple affair of juice, toast, cereal and tea/ coffee. It is a little walk out of the centre of things but this is certainly no bad thing- the walk to the lagoon is 15 mins and a pleasant one- don't let this put you off at all the walk is a short one by Anyones standards. If you are looking for budget accommodation but want to avoid the hostels Id thoroughly reccommend thus place. Great value for money :-)

  • Stayed May 2011
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Ruston, Louisiana
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2011

If this motel was closer to town, it would be perfect. The room and bathroom were clean. The beds were acceptable (a little hard). They had wifi. The only downside was the distance from town. The esplanade was close.

Staff was very helpful in setting up our tours.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Balinese Motel
Address: 215 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #38 of 64 Hotels in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Balinese Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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