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Cairns Harbour Lights

1 Marlin Parade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#19 of 69 hotels in Cairns
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Unparalleled location on the waterfront of Cairns, with beautiful one, two and three-bedroom self-contained apartments at The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. If you’re looking for warm and welcoming service, convenience of location, look no further than us for your next stay. Located just 7km from Cairns Airport, next door to where Reef Tours depart, and close to the city of Cairns, you can spend your time enjoying the diverse offerings of the region and save on time travelling between locations. The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights is the perfect choice for business and holiday travellers seeking the comforts of home and the amenities of a waterfront hotel. To explore and get to know our property and services as well as discover local guides and special offers view our helpful online guest compendium Opens in a new tab.. The tropical city of Cairns Opens in a new tab., Australia has plenty to offer no matter what time of year you visit. Nearby attractions include the superb restaurants, shops and bars, Reef Casino Opens in a new tab., Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon Opens in a new tab., scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef Opens in a new tab., the Daintree Rainforest Opens in a new tab., Cape Tribulation Opens in a new tab. and more. For recommendations on what to do in Cairns, our front desk staff are always happy to help
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Property amenities
Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor pool
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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tammycotter wrote a review Dec 2021
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From the lovely Hannah who checked us in to the room upgrade and bottle of bubbly for my birthday weekend and the lovely apartment with views over the water everything was fabulous. Definitely will stay here again.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Sleep Quality
Webster710 wrote a review Nov 2021
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions27 helpful votes
The hotel is architecturally quite sensational with a central garden area within a round hotel structure. Our room had beautiful views over the river, was modern with quality fittings and very comfortable with outside seating on the balcony. Very nice! The pool was an above ground pool, pretty average, looking like an after thought with limited seating. But don't mention the car park, it is a COMPLETE DISASTER! The car park spaces are not in numerical order and are identified by no.s printed in the front right hand corner of the spot instead of on the wall at the rear of the spot (like all other car parks). As a consequence it is very difficult to see the no. looking over the passenger door. What's more each car park floor is split level extending over 2 levels and the carpark floors are very poorly marked so it is difficult to know what floor one is on. After looking for the spot, going back & forth, for 10 MINUTES I found it. Whoever designed the numbering system of this car park should be run out of town! To top things off, I was charged for parking when the hotel website suggests it is included.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Ask for river/ocean views
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SarahandPete2011 wrote a review Oct 2021
Brisbane, Australia161 contributions48 helpful votes
We recently returned from a 2 night stay. The hotel itself is in a great location on the marina with lovely views and heaps of restaurants nearby The staff were also very friendly and helpful. The room ( trinity bay apartment) was nice but there were a few minor negatives - unfortunately the door to the bedroom is just a frosted glass sliding wall so makes it a bit difficult to sit up and have lights on if you have a sleeping child in the room. We also struggled to get many tv channels to work ( including your basic free to air channels) as it kept saying signal issues But other than these minor issues we would recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Odette Laska, General Manager at Cairns Harbour Lights
Responded 24 Oct 2021
Dear Richard, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. I am sorry that you experienced difficulty with your bedroom glass door and your TV during your stay. I will investigate what occured with the team, thank you for letting me know. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Kind Regards, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights
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rmsyd wrote a review Sep 2021
Noosa, Australia45 contributions52 helpful votes
We loved our stay at the Sebel. The staff were friendly and helpful. The apartment was very spacious and comfortable with an excellent view of the river boats from the very large balcony. Laundry and shower were excellent. The fridge is a bit small but fine for a short stay. Not much room in the ice box though. Great location a short walk to most everything in Cairns. We had an issue with a broken curtain rod which the hotel fixed immediately. Pool upstairs was cold and a bit awkward but with a nice view over the river and parks. I wouldnt choose this hotel for the pool, but the public lagoon one block away is fine for swimming so maybe a hotel pool is not necessary. would be great to have a heated jacuzzi.
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Review collected in partnership with Accorhotels.com
Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Odette Laska, General Manager at Cairns Harbour Lights
Responded 3 Oct 2021
Dear Robert, Thank you for your lovely review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and found our team to be helpful. I do hope we can welcome you again in the future.
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Jeanne B wrote a review Aug 2021
Brisbane, Australia24 contributions2 helpful votes
We loved the Sebel Harbour lights, our room was a little dated but the bed was huge and comfy and the shower water pressure was so good after a big day of touring. There isn't a large verandah to sit on but we really didn't miss it as there were large double doors to open and we just turned the lounge to look at the view, a perfect way to enjoy morning coffee or happy hour. The pool is awesome with a fantastic view. The staff went over and beyond to help us out, getting us anything we had run out of or needed (a clothes airer) and offered recommendations of places to visit. The reception staff were super friendly, very knowledgable and always greeted everyone with a smile. A big shout out to Gregory, people like you are born to be in tourism/hospitality, you made our stay so much better with your recommendations, smile, jokes and just happy to have a chat attitude (I hope you get to find your ever elusive cassowary and tree kangaroo). Would highly recommend Harbour Lights.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Level 3, corner unit overlooking the Marina - perfect to see all the reef/island boats coming and...
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Response from Odette Laska, General Manager at Cairns Harbour Lights
Responded 15 Aug 2021
Good Afternoon jeanneb494, Thank you for your lovely review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Gregory is an asset to our hotel and I will be sure to share your kind words with him. I do hope we have the opportunity to welcome you to the hotel again in the future.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairns Harbour Lights
Which popular attractions are close to Cairns Harbour Lights?
Nearby attractions include Cairns Esplanade Lagoon (0.4 km), Cairns Art Gallery (0.4 km), and Samurai Gallery Australia (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a fitness centre.
Which room amenities are available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Guests can enjoy free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, a parking garage is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cairns Harbour Lights?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tha Fish, Piato, and Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Cairns Harbour Lights located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Cairns Harbour Lights offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Does Cairns Harbour Lights have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.