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What We Love

  • Scenic views of the Marlin Marina
  • The pool area, surrounded by palm trees and Bali-style daybeds
  • Luxury shopping in the retail complex below the hotel
  • A short walk to the Reef Fleet Terminal, where many Great Barrier Reef excursions begin — no long drive necessary

What To Know

  • Upgrade to a Horizon Club Room for special amenities, including VIP check-in, daily free hot breakfast, snacks and cocktails in the lounge
  • Those in marinafront rooms may hear late night noise from waterfront restaurants
  • Business-traveler friendly
  • Some rooms show their age


  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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The Review

With a stay at Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina in Cairns (Cairns), you’ll be minutes from ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre and Reef Fleet Terminal. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns Regional Gallery.

Make yourself at home in one of the 255 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Rooms have private balconies. Satellite programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers.

Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar and dine alfresco (weather permitting). Or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center and meeting rooms. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

How to Get There

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Pierpoint Road
Cairns, 4870 Australia


4.0 Very Good 2920 Reviews
A quick business trip
Reviewed 1 week ago

I give this hotel 4.5 stars. The room was generous in size and well appointed. The room had been newly renovated. The staff were very welcoming and helpful. I can highly recommend the location. Breakfast, however, was disappointing. I would have liked to see fresh, local tropical fruits on offer especially at this time of year.

Awesome location, spacious rooms but not real 5 star
Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe if we hadn't stayed in the Shangri-La in Sydney we would have been more impressed. I will say the room was huge with great harbor view. Wifi was decent and fitness enter was small but did the trick. Shower is not great - hard to get in and out of and bath is pretty small. Horizon club was VERY disappointing compared to the one in Sydney. Food was sparse and pretty bad. Pretty standard hotel overall with nice location, great staff, spacious rooms.

Big Hotel with wide open spaces.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good location right next to the Reef Fleet Terminal if you are planning activities on the Great Barrier Reef. Upon entering, the Hotel gives you a sense of a wide open space. All the employees were polite and friendly. We were given a large beautiful room with a partial view of the marina. Just the bathroom in the room was bigger than some hotel rooms that we have stayed in. We did have a small problem with the room but the Hotel manager Camile, gracefully accommodated us beyond our expectations. Thanks Again Camile.

Updated, Large, Clean Room
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an awesome room-- plenty of space to spread suitcases without falling over them! In addition, our room overlooked the marina, the bathroom was huge and we could not have been happier. We also enjoyed the proximity to restaurants and to the Night Markets in town, all within walking distance.

Great location, good breakfast
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Modern minimalistic hotel, whose location can't be beaten - right on fhe shops and restaurants of the Esplanade, and steps from the ferry terminal where boats leave for the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns is very small so everything is within walking distance and you are only ten minutes drive from the airport.
Spacious room and bathroom. Powerful shower and comfortable large bed. Fast free wifi. Aus $25 laundry bag for wash/fold very useful when travelling.
We had breakfast included in our room rate. There is machine coffee, juices, fruit and a small selection of pastries. You then choose from a hot menu (see photo) with a great selection of Aussie breakfast items. Be warned - the plates are enormous by European standards and could easily feed two. The "chinese breakfast" option was a bit odd - rice porridge and a good crisp "fried bread stick" (yong tofu). However the addition of eggs, bacon, tofu, pickles and er kimchi was a little strange. The pork pau that came with it had dough that was a little over-risen and the texture was a little bubbly but it was full of filling and actually the whole breakfast was very tasty.
The warm fresh mini-doughnuts with lemon curd and whipped ricotta are to die for.