Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
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Pronounced CANS not sure why the R is there. We left Melbourne today and arrived to beautiful weather in Carins. We lounged by the pool had lunch then walked along the boardwalk and had a nice seafood dinner. We are looking forward to spending the day at the reef tomorrow.
Boarded my plane from Yulara to Cairns and met a new Friend Kristina. She is from Toronto traveling by herself; we spent a good portion of the 2 hour flight talking about life (aka men). When we landed we shared a cab ride into Cairns City Center. We planned to try to meet up later, but without a cell phone connecting is a challenge. Kristina was …
Early flight from Melbourne, but not as ridiculous as flight to Melbourne. Arrived in time for Lunch, and the room was ready to boot. The Pullman is a wonderful large hotel with views of the city and the harbor. We are on the top floor. After checking in and quick unpacking, we went for a walk on the Espande and boardwalk. Had lunch at Dundee's, a …
... two days up in Cairns itself, I went on a trip to the Rainforest and had an overnight stay up in Cape Tribulation. A cute wooden chalet in the middle of the rainforest surrounded by massive scary spiders was my home for the night and I really loved it. During the drive up to CapeTrib we enjoyed a cruise on the Daintree River while spotting crocodiles. And as if it was my lucky day, I spotted a baby crodocile which is very, very, very ...
... night special- an all you can eat Pizza Hut buffet ordered in to the hostel! Chris had a nice evening munching, drinking some beers and chatting to family back home. Tuesday we mostly relaxed and recovered from Monday, we walked down to the waterfront where they have nice walking and cycle paths and a massive free outdoor swimming pool called the esplanade- it made the one in darwin look tiny! There was only one major trauma of the day which was ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns
Yea! A Bathtub, Cameron Likes. Great view of the harbor from our porch.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns
We stayed for 2 nights at the Casino in Sep 06. The room was on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool area. The balcony was huge. The bed was fantastic (you could even buy it if you wanted to) and there is a pillow menu that you can order whatever sort of pillow you like! About the only complaint about the room was some of the furnishings were starting to look well used.
Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel. We stayed for 3 nights. Our room was on the 6th floor with a view of the harbor. Very nice bedding and a great bathroom with double sinks, a soaking tub with jets (fancy soaps are $4.50 and are put on mini-bar tab), nice separate steam shower with a bench to relax on.
best hotel at our 4 week trip to australia, very nice room, very good service, very friendly staff and concierge service, location is perfect, only breakfast could be better
Rooms are quite nice; You're along the boardwalk
Only spent one night in the hotel but the room was large, clean and well appointed. Casino seems to cater to Japanese and other East Asia package tours. Having said this, we weren't interested in the casinos and chose a restaurant along the seashore boardwalk - feel is like a large seaside town -lots of touristy shops and restaurants open to the air. All in all - not bad . Service at hotel was friendly and attentive.
We visited the Sofitel for one night during our honeymoon. We had been staying at the Kewarra Resort and found it to be too quiet for us after 3 nights. So when we visited the city of Cairns, we explored different hotels and decided the Sofitel is where we wanted to stay.
We stayed at the Sofitel for two nights as the starting point for our honeymoon, and I enjoyed the room very much. Our patio overlooked the pool area and was huge. The room, and the hotel, has a Key West kind of feel to it, with slatted doors throughout, even for the wall between the tub and the rest of the room. The steam shower was a nice touch as well. There are a few flaws. The breakfast was lousy, and the breakfast service was spotty at best. When we arrived and ordered coffee, it had been cleared by the time we returned with our plates. Don't eat the things they call pancakes, if you are inclined to eat the breakfast at all. Also, the casino was tacky, as everyone else points out. I am in my mid-thirties, and was carded to get in! The age to enter is eighteen, and it was a bit annoying to have the casino gatekeeper card me just so he could comment on my looks. That, and there were 2-penny slot machines. The gaming tables weren't much better. I'd advise skipping the casino and check out Cairns or surrounding areas instead.
We booked this hotel as the Sofitel brand is one which normally means very high standards. Upon our arrival in mid-January we were very pleased with the superb accommodation and the wonderful staff throughout the hotel. The only minus point in terms of the hotel proved to be the ridiculously tacky (as stated by another reader) casino attached to the hotel. I can only assume that the Sofitel group is low on funds and for this reason feels compelled to operate such an awful, tasteless and utterly tacky operation.
Just been to this hotel as part of a trip to Australia. Lovely hotel, really nice rooms and pretty good allround experience.
Simply the best
I've stayed in many hotels in many cities, but the Reef is absolutely my favourite. I've stayed here three times now and everytime, the room is beautiful, service is stunning and the whole hotel is wonderful. I've stayed in a junior suite on two occasions, and it's fab - spa bath, balcony overlooking the Trinity inlet, huge bed, soft linen... If you live in Cairns try to get a local's special, advertised in the paper - on the last two occasions we got a junior suite room, two Crown Lagers, bottle of sparkling wine, chocolates (from the chocolatier in the casino lobby) and a chip for the casino. Another time, we got a package of accomm with a show in the observatory, which is really beautiful. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone.