Holiday Inn Cairns

Address: 121-123 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on 121-123 The Esplanade, Cairns, is near Reef Encounter, Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Adventures, Paronella Park, and Cairns Dive Centre.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Cairns

      Reviewed by marcsworld

      Great stay. Sweet view of the ocean

      Reviewed Jul 14, 2014
      by (3 reviews) Ottawa, Ontario , Canada Flag of Canada

      Great rooms, very comply beds.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      Reviewed by venisha-bhudia

      Great Stay

      Reviewed Apr 2, 2014
      by (2 reviews) , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

      Really nice hotel, great staff, ocean view room was lovely! Definitely recommended :) Not for backpackers however!

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Cairns

      Very disappointing


      Hotel is in a good location, but in general was of a poor standard. The room was a good size, been was not very clean, the bathroom needed replacing and bedding was far from clean. Would not use again.

      Recommend the Rattle and Hum along the esplande really great steaks at good prices.

      Not so bad


      This is standard HI fare, usual bland rooms that are functional and clean, if soulless. My 3 nights here were fine because I spent nearly all of my time out of the hotel exploring Cairns great northern beaches and not so great shopping malls. If you spend most of your time in your hotel room then this place will quicklly get depressing, otherwise it serves its purpose well. Fair location near Esplanade, but be aware that tere is no beach in Cairns itself.

      Bad! Do not book!


      DONT STAY THERE IF YOU ARE NOT JAPANESE! Everyone else gets poor treatment. We stayed there for three nights.

      First, they over charged us and we had to fight to get the rate we had booked at (Waste of 1 hour) that also we had to pay the over priced rate for the first day because they said they have already charged us for the first day. We were so feed up with the process that we said ok.

      Second, we had paid more for an Ocean view room but we got a room that was not exactly ocean view. Yes you can see the ocean from the room but hardly. When I spoke to the reception (room 225) they said it is designated as an ocean view and cannot do anything about it.

      Third, the reception was rude and sarcastic to us but they would change to extremely pleasant to the Japanese customers.

      Well located but public areas in need of a makeover


      We spent 4 nights at the Holiday Inn in Cairns in April 2005 and found it had a number of plus points but was also in need of a bit of makeover and tidy up to some of the public areas. We had a very nice, airy and well equipped room and the hotel has most of the essentials you need for a short stay including a guest laundry on each floor. The Holiday Inn is well located on the Esplanade and handy for all the shops, restaurants, bars etc without being in too busy an area and is nice and quiet in the evenings. It is also just a short walk to the main pier area for all the boats out to the reef. What we did not like was that the hotel rooms open onto a central atrium area of plants and water features that is open air. This means that when it rains (and it does quite heavily at times) the floors are wet and slippery and the rain has made this area a bit worn and shabby looking.

      Did not bother with the restaurant as there are countless more interesting and better value ones within 5 minutes walk that also offer more variety.

      Our main complaint though was that we had booked and paid for an 'Ocean front' room, and although we did have a view of the ocean and marina area from one half of our balcony, as our room was at the side we also looked straight out onto other buildings and the town. You might describe this as either a partial or at a push as an ocean view but certainly not an ocean front room so this is a bit of a rip off really. We did complain but were told that the only other room available was a smoking room on a low floor so we decided to stay where we were. We were disappointed in how they dealt with our complaint and the management did not offer any other compensation, it was more like 'take it or leave it'!'

      Great Location


      The name "Holiday Inn" often conjures images of blandness and tropical bedspreads. Well the bedspreads were tropical, but otherwise this hotel was a great choice. The hotel is right on the Esplanade, but just far enough (2 blocks) away from all the restaurants to be quiet. The hotel is built around a tropical atrium with ponds, trees and loads of tropical plants. We arrived just at the start of the 'wet' and experience a fabulous rainstorm our final night. We threw the sliding doors wide open and enjoyed the show. The hotel food was vastly overpriced. Much better food and value can be found on the many restaurants on the Esplanade. The room value was good and turned out to be perfect choice for us.



      We'd tried to get into the Radisson but it was filled, so this was a fall-back position. And a very pleasant surprise. Great location. The staff was very helpful. And you could still walk to all the touristy stuff. And a great price sealed it for us.

      Good position


      An excellent positon by the new attractive boardwalk and the harbour view rooms (extra) overlook the bay. The tide does go out and there are mudflats but they are full of birds, pelicans, spoonbills etc. Room excellent and very clean although bathroom could be bigger. The hotel foyer and atrium could do with a facelift and the food was very average, eat out in the town or night markets a short walk away. Has pool and small hot tub.S taff impersonal, doorman great. The Tradewinds next door looked good.



      Fantastic hotel...well kept, clean, great staff and great views. I'd highly recommend this property to everyone as it is outstanding!

      Well done to the staff and the hotel for a great service.

      Staff, rooms, location GREAT!


      We thought the location and rooms were great. Close by everything. The staff was helpful and friendly. Couldn't ask for more for the price...coming again to stay again soon!

      Centrally located, Nice.


      The Holiday Inn in Cairns, Australia is centrally located to the main shopping areas on the Esplanade. Within walking distance to major shopping area. It is across the street from the Ocean. The rooms are spacious, average amenities.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Holiday Inn Cairns

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

      Travel Blogs from Cairns


      A travel blog entry by marcsworld on Jul 15, 2014

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      Marcsworld stayed here on Jul 15, 2014 during their trip titled: Going Down Under.

      Fresh and Green All Around

      A travel blog entry by ostrowski on May 30, 2014

      13 photos

      Rusty's Market was out first destination this morning. We found an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls. They were selling the usual apples, oranges, grapes, pineapples, watermelon, corn, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, celery, cabbage, and cauliflower. A difference we noticed was halves and quarters of cabbages were available as well as …

      A Village In A Tropical Rainforest

      A travel blog entry by ostrowski on May 29, 2014

      1 comment, 15 photos

      Early this morning we caught a bus to Palm Cove. It's a small resort area on the Coral Sea about 50 minutes north of Cairns. It was a beautiful waterside location to stop and have breakfast. We took a walk along the waterfront here on their promenade. The water was rather rough with loud crashing waves. We didn't see anyone in the water but there …

      Cairns By Land And Sea

      A travel blog entry by ostrowski on May 28, 2014

      1 comment, 23 photos

      Plans for today meant another early start to the day. When your time is limited in one location you need to pack as much into a day as you can.

      Our plan for today was to do an excursion to Green Island where we would see the Great Barrier Reef. Our intention was to do a half day trip in the morning but it was overcast and misty so we got …

      Ocean Side in Cairns

      A travel blog entry by ostrowski on May 27, 2014

      12 photos

      We were on the move early again this morning leaving our hotel in time to catch a 4:30 a.m. train to the airport. Everything went smoothly and we arrived in Cairns and checked in to our hotel.
      We were greeted with cloudy skies but warm and humid temperatures. We can't complain since we have had beautiful weather for our entire trip so far. If …

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