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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


Fantastic Hotel

I stayed at the Shangri-La in March and it was the best hotel I've ever stayed at. I have no complaints. I needed to make a call to the U.S. and the lady behind the counter helped me in making the call. Everyone staff person I interacted with was superbly nice. The customer service was outstanding. I would definitely stay there again if I find myself in Cairns.

Great Stay

We stayed here in a harbour/sea view room for three nights, at about the half way stage of our 23 night trip around Australia. It was a great place for a bit of 'down time'. The room was lovely with nice furniture, including what was on the balcony. We only used the pool once, which was great, although the pool bar staff were a bit indifferent! The joy for us was walking through the botanic gardens every time to get to our room - what an idyll in the middle of a hotel - we loved it. We ate in the Backyard, and I had the nicest rib eye steak in Australia, - the downside was the very, very noise music playing all the time. We found the buffet breakfast not fantastic, and only ate there once. For example when requesting different eggs (if you can't stomach watery looking scrambled or hard boiled) we were told they were on a daily rotation and have what is there! Overall though, we would definitely recommend a stay here if you are based in Cairns itself - just breakfast elsewhere.

Great buffet breakfast at The Backyard

We enjoyed the buffet breakfast at The Backyard. Excellent at $22. It was a good selection of hot foods (sausages, bacon, eggs, tomato, hash browns and mushrooms), pastries, mini muffins, cereals, juices, coffee, toast, bagel, yogurt and fruit (variety of fresh, tinned and dried).

There was food available right to the end at 10:30am. Staff were friendly.

The fenced grass area was available for our toddler to play in.