Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns
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This blog entry will be all about luck (good and bad) on our adventure to the Daintree Rainforest.
Bad luck: We had to get up super early this morning and I was pretty much already awake because my cell phone was ringing. When I went to turn it off I looked at the phone number and it was some random 919 number! Oh Bugga! (That's what the …
Our 2nd day in Cairns was one we had been anticipating for a while. It was a full day out on the great barrier reef aboard Ocean Spirit. The day did not disappoint. We boarded bright and early at 8am, had breakfast snacks, filled out scuba paperwork, explored the boat and took in the views of the harbour and city as we departed. About an hour in, …
Rained all day nothing to do but shop. Went shopping at the Dome. This store is closing so I got some very good deals - T-shirts for the kids and myself, some cute washcloths and a nice beach towels and some bookmarks. Dome is the last name of a famous AUS artist so his artwork is on all the stuff. I couldn't afford (or want) his artwork. His work …
Today I said to Den, "Did you ever think you would see health reform passed and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef all in one day?" Well thank God it happened - I hope it doesn't get too dragged out in the Senate. They are having health care problem here in AUS but they seem different - not enough doctors, nurses, and dentists - people having to wait …
Here are two funny things that happened last night (that could only happen to me):
1. I took a shower and wrapped myself in a towel for my body and another towel for my hair. It was 6:30pm and I could hear the birds screeching so I went out on the balcony to get some pictures of the bats flying over head. As I was stretching to get a good shot …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns
The Shangri-La in Cairns is in a perfect location as a base to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the rainforest and other small towns such as Port Douglas and Palm Cover.
I stayed here for 3 nights for a work conference. It is about 3 stories high with a shopping centre underneath, as well as cafes & restaurants.
My wife and I stayed at this Hotel for five days in early September.
My partner and I have just stayed at this hotel for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon trip. As it is much smaller than other Shangri La hotels we were not sure what to expect but we were very pleased with the hotel.
We used this hotel only as a jump off point. We stayed here one night after coming in from Adelaide and then again for two nights after returning from Lizard Island. Yes they have redone the hotel, however nothing special. If your thinking about staying only one night then I would say no problem, however if your thinking about more than that and its because your going to use it as a base to explore the area then that would be a huge mistake. As we live in San Diego going to Hawaii has always been an easy trip to make over the years. I remember a couple of years ago I was in Maui and thinking what ever happened to all those japanese tourist you use to see by the thousands???? Well I found them, there in Cairns. A little humor but this is the place they all stay. If you like being in a hotel with rows of tourist buses pulled up out front and wall to wall groups of Japanese tourist or any other tourist groups that are following the stick with a flag on top then this is the place for you. Try going to breakfast in the morning when out of no where 100 people show up at the same time, assault the buffett line and just as quick as they came in march off to the big boat that will take them and 400 more of their closets friends to the Great Barrier Reef. If nothing else it's pretty fun to watch.
Shangri-La a Definite must!
Stayed at Shangri-La for a week during our honeymoon, it was fantastic! The hotel was beautiful, the room was class and the area perfect. Would definitely recommend anyone of any age to stay here, especially for the 5-7 happy hour where every drink is free!
Shagri La, a little slice of paridise
This hotel has a great location and the recent ultra modern renovation was terrific as it redesigned a former Raddison into the New Shagri La. The rooms are very comfortable and our ocean view was fantastic. Service was terrific and rooms were tended to quite efficiently. The shower was the best my husband every experienced with an unbelievable massager and our beds were so cozy and comfortable. Shopping at the Pier was also convenient as it is located inside the hotel and the dock to the reef trips is right next door. Breakfast was in a pretty spot but not as good as the Hilton next door.
the Shangri-la, formerly the Radisson is in a very good location. almost down-town, next to the Marina and very close to shop's etc. Included in our package there was airport-limo tranfer. At arriving in Cairns nobody was there and we too a cab. At check-in at the hotel (the receptionist spoke very bad english) we mentioned it an a manager on duty arrived. He told us that we didn't let them know our arrival/flight details ! that was not true at all ! I have sended the 2 times an e-mail concerning our flight-arrival. They confirmed it 2 times back to us !!!! Anyway, we had a very nice suite at the Horizon-Club floor. Only thing, the airconditioning was not working ! At least they gave another, more nice room. But windows from ceiling to floor. Everybody in the marina could see us in the room. So we had to have our curtains closed all day. Also this was on the sunny-side so we had to close our curtains anyway otherwise the a/c had to much work to do ! this room was also on the other side of the hotel which was a very far walk !
Spent March 20th at the Shangri-La Cairns this hotel is THE hotel in Cairns and I will only stay here when I return.
The Shangri-La is still undergoing renovation from when it was a Radisson. They are adding more stores to the shopping center that is attached to the hotel. Only 2 stories high, so you do not feel that you are in a huge hotel. The rooms are more than adequate. The hotel is well located across from the reef where all the boats leave and only 2 blocks from the Esplande (the main street in Cairns).