Cairns Harbour Lights
What We Love
- Hotel apartments have their own kitchenettes, ideal for independent travelers
- There are four waterfront restaurants, offering Australian, Indian, North African, or Italian dining
- The airy, minimalist decor and serene pool
What To Know
- The property features exclusively non-smoking rooms
- The hotel can arrange tennis and golf lessons nearby
- Ask for a water view on a high floor if your budget allows
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This modern, minimalist hotel on the Cairns waterfront in Australia’s Queensland is located in a complex that includes the city’s marina, as well as a number of privately-owned condominium properties. The hotel itself is full-service, offering traditional hotel rooms as well as one to three bedroom apartments with their own kitchens. As the property is convenient for the Cairns convention center, business travelers are catered for, but leisure-seekers will love soaking in the sun or watching sleek yachts and imposing cruise ships as they come into port from one of Harbour Lights’ waterside restaurants.
In the Area
Eco-adventurers head to Queensland for its rugged tropical beauty, rich Aboriginal history, and to explore the jewel in its crown, the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is their gateway city, providing a comfortable oasis in range of a wealth of jaw-dropping natural sights. In town, explore the city’s waterfront esplanade (there are public pools along the way for those put off by the ‘Avoid the crocodiles’ signage near the oceanfront.) Port Douglas, an hour’s drive away along dramatic coastal roads overlooking the Coral Sea, boasts splendid beaches, the stunning Cape Tribulation, and the Daintree Rainforest.
How to Get There
The location is great, close to restaurants and the marina. Room were well maintained and clean. Car parking was an issue with less than 20 spots for 80 rooms and no guarantee of parking around the hotel.
Quite honestly we booked this hotel thinking it was another but all turned out fine.
Staff were friendly. Jo greeted us at 1:30am and checked us in. Parking was a bit of an issue but she got us a spot in the driveway.
Hotel was lovely and clean. The tiled flooring in the room was not expected but I imagine with a couple kids in there it would be very practical and it certainly wasn't a problem for us.
Location was brilliant, directly above the marina and a very short walk to the Esplanade and the Casino ( if you like that kinda thing)
Bed was comfy and balcony had a nice view out over the water.
A great choice of good quality restaurants under the hotel completes the picture.
Our room was light and bright with a good view. It was well appointed and comfortable with all the facilities needed for self catering. On top of that it is in an ideal central location. We couldn't have asked for any better.
Because of our young son, we chose a 1 bedroom apartment on the 11th floor (1106). We were quite happy with it as it was modern and spacious (disliked the tacky rug design though). We had a small harbour view which was nice and the bed was very comfortable. What we loved the most was the location to restaurants and the harbour. When we went for our snorkel tour of the GBR, we literally walked out of the hotel and 5 minutes later we were at the boat. The selection of restaurants right outside the hotel was incredible - we tried almost all of them and they were all great. Staff at the hotel were friendly enough too. Was happy that we had maid service as I assumed we wouldn't since it's an apartment/hotel.
I stay here every month or so, the rooms are ok , but some are not, very hit and miss, my latest, was 401. Not good, poor views, strange room setup tired feel. And no chance to use aircon unit as it makes so much noise in its giant cupboard. So much better in cairns for this money. Unless there is nothing else available in cairns i won't be back. Staff were nice