Cairns Colonial Club Resort

Address: 18-26 Cannon St, Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia | 4 star resort
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This 4 star resort, located on 18-26 Cannon St, Cairns, is near Reef Encounter, Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Adventures, Deep Sea Divers Den, and Royal Flying Doctor Visitors Centre.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsCairns Colonial Club Resort

          Reviewed by stevegrace

          Suited what we needed.

          Reviewed Jul 19, 2016
          by (25 reviews) Adelaide , Australia Flag of Australia

          A large group od us stayed here overnight before flying to PNG to do the Kokoda Track.
          The rooms were basic but clean. The bathroom was fine with a good shower.
          Tea & coffee making supplies were adequate.
          The pool area is very nice with a sandy beach along one edge.
          Dinner was okay in the restaurant - not great.
          The man running the show looked stressed and out of his depth.
          The menu was somewhat limited - and not cheap.
          Main course did not include sides - and the salad/dessert bar was extra.
          Meals took quite some time to arrive after orders were finally sorted out.
          Overall, it suited our needs and I would stay there again given the same circumstances.

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

          Reviewed by bevlangbein

          Beautiful Gardens

          Reviewed Jun 12, 2016
          by (5 reviews) Townsville , Australia Flag of Australia

          A large resort with clean rooms that could do with a bit of an upgrade. The gardens are lovely. We had dinner at the restaurant and after being told that we could only order at a certain time because they had another large crowd things settled down and our waitress was friendly and helpful. The lamb shanks were fine, but friends who ordered the same said that theirs were tough. Our key cards to get into our room kept not working properly.

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          Reviewed by rabbit1066

          A reasonable option for exploring

          Reviewed Apr 1, 2016
          by (4 reviews) London , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

          The Club Colonial is about 10 minutes ride outside of Cairns city centre. It has some very old rooms -25 years+- which should be avoided unless you are on a budget as they are a little pokey and very basic (the pathways to the rooms are also a bit narrow and awkward to navigate, especially with large cases). We immediately upgraded and were lucky enough to get one of the self-catering rooms which was a huge improvement, albeit more expensive, it was large and light and ideal to use as a base for several days. The pools are very nice and well maintained, and the restaurant is clean and serves good food. The staff were very helpful and all manner of trips can be arranged by the hotel, which has a small travel bureau.

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

          Reviewed by ginapeach

          Noisy and sparse

          Reviewed Apr 12, 2013
          by (2 reviews) , Australia Flag of Australia

          The hotel walls are thin and the curtains do little to keep the light out. The rooms are very sparse but the bed was relatively comfortable.

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

          Historical Traveler Reviews Cairns Colonial Club Resort

          Wish I could have stayed longer


          We stayed here in August 2004, and loved it. I agree the rooms are reminiscent of Butlins, but they are clean, comfortable and equipped with all the necessities. Plus, how much time are you actually going to spend in your room anyway? The resort has a lovely tropical feel to it, and the pools are to die for. Trouble is, we spent so much time out and about, that we never got to spend any time just relaxing at the hotel, which would have been lovely. The staff were all really friendly, and the food was great. You could walk to the Botanical Gardens from the hotel, which are worth a look, but anywhere else would be pushing it. But the shuttle bus is handy, although not that frequent, and taxis are really cheap. For a cheap meal, I recommend getting a Chinese from the nightmarket and eating it on the seafront. We'll definitely go back, and this time we'll reserve at least one day for lounging around the pools!

          Definately with the Butlins opinion!


          We too stayed here for a night before heading off from Cairns airport. The hotel looked very grand when you arrived but it definately had the holiday camp feel to it! We had been upgraded from the basic room as we were on honeymoon but the room smelt damp and the bathroom was long overdue an overhaul.

          We did get complimentary champagne which was nice and the bus to town and the airport was very useful. The staff were friendly but we didn't use any of the facilities so can't comment on this.

          Can only say that unless they do a refurb I would avoid it!

          Can anyone say 'Butlins'


          I'm not sure how this Hotel got 5 stars by anyone.

          Although the staff were friendly, the entrance was grand and the service pretty much on the ball, the rooms and general hotel complex are straight out of the "how to look like a 1970s holiday camp" book.

          We stayed here on our last night in Cairns because it advertsied itself as close to the airport.

          The thing is....every hotel in Cairns is close to the airport as it is such a small city.

          If you want a better option at a similar price...try the Lakes Cairns Resort & Spa.....

          I'd avoid this place in the future.

          A good bet after a long international flight


          Very nice hotel for Cairns. The staff is very efficient and helpful -- the price includes airport transfers, as well as city and bus station transfers (till 6:00 p.m.) which makes it slightly more economical than some potential competitors. The rooms were reasonably clean and quiet, though the frig/minibar could have used a scrub. The breakfast, although pricey, and less costly than a previous reviewer stated, was still reasonable for Cairns (especially the cold buffet for $14.50 or so?), after a long international flight with reduced food service. The setting was also pleasantly tropical. I will stay there again the next time I am in Cairns.

          Very good hotel


          I stayed here in June 2004 for 5 nights and had a very good time - its a great hotel.

          The hotel has a courtesy airport transfer which is quick and efficient and it also has a courtesy resort shuttle bus to Cairns Central shopping mall and the main bus terminal which runs from 8am to 6pm.

          The hotel is located in an urban area which is very quiet (no shops, bars, restaurants or supermarkets near by) and you would need to get a taxi to go to the resort centre which costs approx. AU$10.00 each way for the 10 minute journey.

          The location is the only downside but if you make use of the shuttle bus or share taxis it does not cost too much to get to the resort centre where all the restaurants, shops and bars are located.

          The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the restaurant was fantastic for evening meals - the food was wonderful and fairly priced and a lot cheaper than equivalent standards in the UK.

          The choice of meals could be increased and the buffet breakfast is overpriced (AU$24 - more than the main courses in the evening). Unless you can eat and eat and eat you will not get your monies worth!

          I had a standard room which was comfortable and well equipped (air con, ceiling fan, fridge, tv) if a little outdated in decor - it could have done with a re-fit. The maid service was good and the room was always clean.

          The rooms are laid out in blocks within extensive 'jungle/rainforest' gardens and the pools are lovely.

          Beautiful hotel, fabulous location


          Stayed here for 5 days in December 2003.

          On the whole staff were very friendly only exception was one guy on reception who thought a complaint was something to riddicule, but after a little input from us was sorted out.

          The hotel itself was beautiful with a location to match. Our only problem was that we went at the begining of the rainy season and boy can it rain, but it is at the base of the rainforest.

          All the restaurants are priced well but the buffet dinner could have had a better choice.

          Rooms were ok, clean and of a reasonable size.

          The pools were fabulous, like getting into a bath.

          Loved the fact that Bandicoots walked around freely and were not timid of us. The sound of the bats and other wildlife filled the nights air.

          We would go back to the Colonial Club if we get the chance, but not in the rainy season.

          You must stay here


          An amazing place. Staff so friendly and lovely surroundings. Our room was huge and beautiful with everything we required and more. Can't wait to visit again!

          Not that great


          While the name sounds like an appealing place to be we were disappointed by our stay at the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. Upon arrival the staff was very friendly but the room had much to be desired. There were little ants usually in the bathroom and near the food service area in the room even though we kept it pretty clean.

          The ceiling fan worked if you did not mind the really loud clunking noise that went with it.

          The maid service was questionable. After our first full day out on the town we returned to the room. After taking out my contacts I could not find my glasses. After some extensive looking we located them behind the bed, the maid service had carelessly knocked them off the night stand and then they were shoved behind the bed. Luckily, they were not broken. The carpet was also not regularly vacuumed (the sand from our beach trips is still on the floor).

          Also, beware that the hotel is not located near the center of town.

          There are no restaurants in the near vicinity of the hotel so if the resort bus is not running (it only runs from 8 to 6) you will have to eat at the hotel or take a taxi. Mind you the hotel food was not too bad just a little more pricey than other places.

          Finally, beware of using you AUD traveler's checks at the hotel. When I purchased a soda at the resort gift shop I was charged 50 cents for using my traveler's checks.

          Fantastic hotel, great staff, lovely time


          We have stayed int this hotel 3 times now and would recommend it highly. The staff are friendly, very helpful and good fun. The restaurant is innovative and offers choices for all. The swimming pools (2) are ample and the town is fairly local. the hotel runs a bus to town once an hour all day. Found the travel staff very helpful with excursions. We loved our stays here and wouldnt hesitate in going back, in fact we are going back next year.

          Cairns Colonial Club friendly, very nice


          Cairns Colonial Club was very nice. The grounds were excellent. The rooms were very nice, however, we had a few minor issues, such as some walls were not perfectly clean and the fan in the bathroom did not work. The staff is excellent. The facilities such as the pool, breakfast buffet were very nice. The tour desk was helpful as well. The dinner buffet could have had more selections, but the food was good. I would stay here again.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Cairns Colonial Club Resort

          3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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          Traveler Photos Cairns Colonial Club Resort

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          03: Our room
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          01: Our resort - Colonial Club
          Cairns, Queensland, Australia