The Best Hotels in Cairns, Australia

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Writer7 December 2020

Cairns is the biggest city in Far North Queensland, and acts as a gateway to both the Daintree rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. This means the city is home to plenty of hotels, ranging from cheap chains to luxurious resorts and spas. Here’s our guide to the best hotels in Cairns.

Shangri-La Hotel

Sitting directly on the marina in Cairns, it’s no surprise Shangri-La Hotel offers outstanding sea views. It’s a great hotel for people travelling for either work or pleasure. The business centre is equipped with everything you might need if you’re here for work, including courier, binding, and translation services. There’s a restaurant and two bars on site, as well as a health club, an outdoor pool, a shopping centre, and a travel desk to help y0u get the best of your stay.

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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Peppers Beach Club and Spa

Peppers Beach Club and Spa is a five-star property on the beach in Palm Cove, one of Cairns’s northernmost suburbs. Palm Cove is known as North Queensland’s day spa capital, and Peppers offers one of the best day spa options. It has three swimming pools – one has a swim-up pool bar – a tennis clubhouse with gym facilities, and an onsite restaurant. There are several different room options at Peppers as well, such as one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments; and even rooms with private spas.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Fitzroy Island Resort

Fitzroy Island is an unspoilt paradise 45 minutes by ferry from Cairns. Fortunately, you can spend more than just a day soaking up the national park within the Great Barrier Reef by staying at Fitzroy Island Resort. The 4.5-star property is family-friendly, yet also ideal for couples. Room options include suites, studios, and beach cabins, with amenities ranging from an outdoor pool with its own swim-up bar, a bar and restaurant and games room to a movie theatre. Spend the day walking through the rainforest, or swimming at one of Australia’s most beautiful beaches.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
24-hour front desk
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is a five-star luxury property that will cater to your every whim. There are several bars and restaurants, including Flinders Bar & Grill, Tamarind, Merchant Artisan Food & Coffee and Lihou Bar. You can also try your luck at the casino, dance the night away in the nightclub, soak up the tropical sun beside the outdoor pool, or watch a movie in the Arena. Every luxury hotel room in this Cairns city centre hotel also features a spa bath, with either city or sea views.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff

Alamanda Palm Cove

Another luxurious five-star property in Cairns, Alamanda Palm Cove arguably ranks as one of Australia’s top hotels. It boasts 55 apartments, three outdoor pools (one exclusively for adults), the award-winning Nu Nu Restaurant, a full-service spa, and a beach bar. With room options to suit solo travellers, couples and large families or groups, everyone is welcome to enjoy the top-notch facilities here.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff

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  • Pacific Hotel Cairns

    Pacific Hotel Cairns is a sister hotel to the Abbott just up the road, but it is a lot bigger, with 176 guest rooms, an outdoor pool and an award-winning restaurant. Each room has either an ocean, city or mountain view, a private balcony and modern furnishings. Bushfire Flame Grill is the hotel’s award-winning Brazilian-inspired barbecue restaurant. Guests can choose between indulging in a churrasco experience, or from the à la carte menu.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    The Hotel Cairns

    The Hotel Cairns, a family-owned and operated business a block away from Cairns Esplanade, is known for its Queenslander heritage-style architecture, while the inside has been recently renovated. Amenities include a tour desk where you can plan your next outing, an outdoor pool and spa for unwinding, a gym to work out in, and the Plantation Bar & Grill for your reward. Both rooms and self-catering suites are available at the Hotel Cairns.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge

    Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa

    Kewarra Beach Resort & Spa is another of Cairns’s top-ranking hotels, with a range of beautiful bungalows and suites bordering either lush tropical gardens or the quiet beachfront. You have two swimming pools at your disposal – plus a full-service spa and two eateries: Paperbark Restaurant for evening meals and the Beach Shack for daytime snacks. Room service and childminding services are also available.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    These recommendations were updated on December 7, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.