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Cairns Plaza Hotel

145 The Esplanade Cairns Cnr. The Esplanade & Minnie St., Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 06/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#9 of 67 hotels in Cairns
Travellers' Choice
3 1/2 star Hotel located about 2 blocks from center.
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Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast buffet
Bicycle rental
Children's television networks
Taxi service
Baggage storage
Street parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Complimentary instant cofffee
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Park View
Harbour View
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Italian
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NeilC2607 wrote a review 9 Jun
Gunnedah, Australia697 contributions1191 helpful votes
Reception: Friendly, efficient and knowledgable staff, ready to assist Room / facilities: Room number 605 is on the 6 floor and is clean, with a double balcony, separate bedroom with king bed, good size bathroom, small kitchen with Microwave cooking only, bar fridge, round dining setting, sofa bed, flat screen TV and self control split system air conditioning in both rooms. Laundry: Self service coin laundry with 2x washers and 2x dryers, costing $3 per use per machine. This is located on level 1 and closes at 10.00pm Parking: Free parking, but limited spaces available. Wifi: Speedy and complementary Conclusion: Perfect location, great staff and well maintained facility Letdowns: Noise from people in the park across the road, noisy outside air conditioner unit. Location / Nearby: Cairns Promenade, Cairns city, many restaurants and bars. Getting to hotel: Hotel is located approx 10 min drive from Cairns airport.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Trish B wrote a review 4 Jun
Tomakin, Australia25 contributions28 helpful votes
The hotel was in a great location on the esplanade within walking distance to Reef Terminal for tours to the great barrier reef. Very close to restaurants etc all within walking distance. Lovely room with great view over Cairns, very clean room & helpful friendly staff.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Great value, very comfortable rooms with a view
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pavlob wrote a review May 2021
Melbourne, Australia716 contributions128 helpful votes
This hotel is a little deceiving in a good way! While it's in good condition, it does look a little like an older hotel in terms of the grounds and lobby. However, the rooms are really well-equipped, very modern, spacious. clean etc. Beds are comfy, wifi is strong and the location is perfect. Only minor thing is the rooms aren't super sound proof, especially if you're in a dual-key where you share a small hallway with another room. Not the end of the world though and it wouldn't stop me staying here again.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Try and get a room that isn't a dual key.
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Response from Management Cairns Plaza Hotel, Other at Cairns Plaza Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Dear pavlob Thanks for your recent review and staying with us. The Cairns Plaza Hotel was one of the very first hotels to be built in Cairns. As you have commented on our rooms, yes they have been enhanced offering modern, spacious and very comfortable beds, the next phase in the hotels enhancement will be the outlook of the property along with our restaurant and lobby areas so hopefully next time you stay with us you will notice the difference. Regarding your comment about the sound proofing of the rooms, yes this is also something we are looking into and glad to hear that this would not stop you from staying with us again. Thanks again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the future. Take care and stay safe…..
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MsVonnie20 wrote a review May 2021
Sydney, Australia60 contributions58 helpful votes
I picked this as a cheaper option since I would arrive late and leave early but it was better than the more expensive place. Room was a very good size with a nice sized balcony with a view of the water. The staff very helpful and it is a comfortable walk from the heart of Cairns. Don’t underestimate this little gem
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Date of stay: May 2021
Response from Management Cairns Plaza Hotel, Other at Cairns Plaza Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello MsVonnie20 Thanks for your recent stay with us along with your GEM of a review. You are right in saying we are a comfortable walk into the heart of the city and a very scenic one at that. WE like the words you have used to describe the hotel "Little Gem" shhhh dont tell to many people. We tend to agree with you there. Our team members enjoy receiving comments like yours so from our team thanks, I will definately be passing your comments onto everyone. Thanks again, we look forward to welcoming you back to our Little Gem in the future. Take care & star safe.....
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karleigh04 wrote a review May 2021
Brisbane, Australia153 contributions66 helpful votes
We stayed two nights, pre and post holiday to Port Douglas. We had rooms both times with a balcony, first stay with a mountain view and second with a mountain/partial sea view. Decor is lovely and everything was very clean. The hotel is on the esplanade and walking distance to bars and restaurants etc. We were most impressed though for our second stay, to receive a phone call a few hours out from official check-in time of 2pm advising us our room was ready and we could check in anytime. This was very much appreciated as it was pouring rain as we made our way back from Port Douglas. We would highly recommend staying here and should we visit North Queensland again we will stay here.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Cairns Plaza Hotel, Other at Cairns Plaza Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear karleigh04 Greetings from The Cairns Plaza Hotel. Thanks for your review and your recent stay with us on both occasions. We are a busy hotel and like to offer early check ins where possible so I am pleased to hear you were able to check in earlier than expected. Our owners are very passionate about the hotels decor and are always continuing the enhancement of our rooms, great thing about being locally owned and operated. Once again thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the future. Take care and stay safe.....
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairns Plaza Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Cairns Plaza Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Muddy's Playground (0.05 km), Cairns Aquarium (0.3 km), and St Monica's Cathedral (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cairns Plaza Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Cairns Plaza Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Cairns Plaza Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Cairns Plaza Hotel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cairns Plaza Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dundee's at the Cairns Aquarium, Movenpick Of Switzerland - Cairns, and Bagus Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cairns Plaza Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Cairns Plaza Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cairns Plaza Hotel?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cairns Plaza Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Italian, and Chinese.
Does Cairns Plaza Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.