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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

Cairns 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This luxury development in Cairns includes a nightclub, rainforest conservatory, five restaurants and a casino. — Insight Guides

This luxurious 128-room hotel has one of Cairns’ most unusual tourist attractions under its distinctive roof-top dome: an indoor wildlife park with a resident massive saltwater crocodile. — The Telegraph

Rooms feature garden balconies beyond floor-to-ceiling glass windows and one king or two three-quarter beds wrapped in duvets. — Star Service

Posh casino resort with world class gaming and dining, plus a glass-domed rooftop overlooking the harbor. — Jetsetter

This stylish seven-story hotel is a block from the water, with water views from some rooms, and city/hinterland outlooks from others. — Frommer's

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Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns

Cairns 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Well placed in front of the city’s marina, the Shangri-La Marina Cairns puts travelers at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s greatest natural treasures. — Jetsetter

The 255-room Shangri-La is a luxury hotel in Cairns with a cool, modern tropical vibe and plenty of luxe touches. — Oyster

Utterly luxurious waterfront hotel with sleek, contemporary styling and immaculate service. $289. — Rough Guide

It sees a solid mix of high-end travelers and value-oriented package tourists, but all come with high expectations that are well met. The marina views are the prime selling point. — Star Service

In an unbeatable waterfront setting, towering over the marina, Shangri-la is Cairns’ top hotel, a super-swish five-star that ticks all the boxes for location, views, facilities... and attentive service. — Lonely Planet

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

Cairns 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Highlights include attractively refurbished modern guest rooms, revamped dining options and a big child-friendly pool. — Star Service

This is a reliable upper-middle-range DoubleTree chain outpost with a fantastic location on the edge of the popular Esplanade area — Oyster

An enviable location on the northern end of the Esplanade, 24-hoor room service and stylish, modern guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows define this well-presented chain hotel. — Lonely Planet

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The Hotel Cairns

Cairns 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There’s a real tropical charm to this sprawling bone-white hotel... Rooms have an understated elegance and the huge ‘tower’ rooms and suites offer luxury touches. — Lonely Planet

This plantation-style property, with its white shutters, verandas, and latticework screens, has a very Queensland feel to it. — The Telegraph

Stay at this hotel, and you get a free car to drive around in! — Frommer's

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The Reef House Palm Cove - MGallery Collection

Palm Cove 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Once the private residence of an army brigadier, Reef House is more intimate and understated than most of Palm Cove’s resorts. — Lonely Planet

Tropical home away from home with an award-winning spa, pretty pool and topnotch eats a short drive from the Great Barrier Reef. — Jetsetter

There's a lovely beach just across the street, but if the ocean doesn't call you... there are three pools (one saltwater) in the resort complex, as well as two hot tubs. — Fodor's

Verandah Spa rooms have a Jacuzzi on the balcony, overlook the pool, waterfalls, and lush gardens, and have extra touches... and balconies within earshot of the ocean. — Frommer's

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Coral Tree Inn

Cairns 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A decent midranger in a nifty spot close to the centre, Coral Tree Inn has the goods to keep the comfort-conscious happy without breaking the bank. — Lonely Planet

The focal point of this airy, modern resort-style motel a 5-minute walk from the city center is the friendly communal kitchen that overlooks the palm-lined saltwater pool and paved sun deck. — Frommer's

Set back four blocks off the Esplanade, north of the center, but within easy walking distance of the port, casino entertainment, pubs and dining options. — Star Service

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Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Cairns 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Taking up nearly an entire block, two blocks west of the bay, a three-minute stroll from the bars, cafes and the city's bay-front promenade. — Star Service

The large pool, complete with swim-up bar and a little sandy beach, is the focus of this attractive six-story resort built in 1997 and completely refurbished in 2008. — Frommer's

Stunning views of the Coral Coast and the Cairns hinterland make this an ideal vacation choice. Has every modern facility plus a few extras. It has several rooms for disabled guests. — DK Eyewitness

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Hilton Cairns

Cairns 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This attractive hotel has an enviable location near the waterfront, a flotilla of services, and classy on-site drinking and dining options. — Fodor's

In one of the best locations here, on a slight rise overlooking the bay and marina, this striking...resort is a 10-minute stroll from the casino and main shopping and tourist center. — Star Service

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Cairns Plaza Hotel

Cairns 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Cairns' original high-rise hotels, the trimuphant Plaza is freshly refurbished and under new ownership. — Lonely Planet

The harbor views at this seven-story complex are better than those at most of the more luxurious hotels in Cairns. — Frommer's

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Rydges Tradewinds Cairns

Cairns 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located on the waterfront with easy access to the beautiful esplanade, this property has an excellent setting and a knowledgeable staff that can arrange tours and airport transfers. — Oyster

Located along the esplanade in this northern holiday town, this hotel is convenient to cafes, restaurants, shops, the airport and a wharf where popular cruises depart for the Great Barrier Reef — Star Service

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Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

Cairns 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you're travelling with kids and don't mind being a bit (8km) out of town, this holiday park is a destination unto itself. — Lonely Planet

A sprawling resort that provides an affordable, all-in-one holiday destination for families, with a huge number of kids' amenities and some decent features for adults, too. — Oyster

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Peppers Beach Club & Spa

Palm Cove 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Its beachfront location, excellent on-site dining, and sleek suites make this laid-back resort popular with city dwellers seeking upscale relaxation. — Fodor's

Behind a grove of melaluca trees across the street from the beach, the main hotel in this resort has rooms and apartments with touches of Queensland colonial style. — Frommer's

There are three pools, one lagoon-style with with a sandy bottom just like the beach that comes in handy during stinger season when it's not advisable to swim in the sea. — Afar Magazine

Step into a world of relaxation and retreat. — Lonely Planet

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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Cairns 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is not a peaceful base from which to explore Cairns -- it is a centrally located party hub with excellent on-site bars that attracts locals as well as backpackers. — Oyster

The ‘G spot’ is pricey, impersonal and very loud, but all rooms at this flashpacker resort have en suites and most have balconies. — Lonely Planet

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Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Cairns 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Separated from the water by a generally quiet road, a park and a bayside promenade, this resort is a pleasant 15-minute stroll from the Night Market and the main shopping and dining area — Star Service

Despite its lack of glitz, this 14-story hotel has been the choice of a number of movie stars while on location in Cairns. — Frommer's

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Pullman Cairns International

Cairns 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Facing the slightly inferior The Reef Hotel Casino, this well-run tropical resort (formerly known as The Sebel) holds high standards and blends local ownership with fine foreign management — Star Service

The grandaddy of Cairns' five-stars... has a fine location, colonial charm and surprisingly contemporary rooms with city, mountain or harbour views. — Lonely Planet

Formerly a Sebel-branded property, this apartment-hotel near Cairns's waterfront has an impressive three-story lobby, smartly outfitted guest rooms, and a luxurious day spa. — Fodor's

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Tropic Days Backpackers

Cairns 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This popular hostel has a tropical garden with hammocks, pool table, bunk-free dorms, fresh linen and towels, free wi-fi and a relaxed vibe. — Lonely Planet

Excellent hostel with a pool, nice gardens (with room to camp), colourful rooms, free wi-fi, fab Aussie BBQs and a highly sociable atmosphere. There are hourly courtesy buses into town. — Rough Guide

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Dreamtime Travellers Rest

Cairns 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This hostel in a rambling old Queenslander on the city's fringe combines friendly staff with cosy rooms that are bright but not tacky. — Lonely Planet

Small, cute and friendly hostel with a keen owner, 10min walk from the centre. Dorm $24, double $60. — Rough Guide

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Travellers Oasis Backpackers

Cairns 76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Friendly hostel in a gorgeous old Queenslander with small dorms and comfortable double rooms (some with private balconies), plus free wi-fi. Dorm $26, double $64. — Rough Guide

Soulful 50-bed hang-out with handmade timber furniture, bunk-free dorms and a brand-new barbecue area. Private rooms share squeaky-clean bathrooms. — Lonely Planet

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The Reef Retreat Palm Cove

Cairns 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This delightful property has a rightful reputation for excellent service. — Lonely Planet

Tucked back one row of buildings from the beach is this little gem—a collection of contemporary studios and suites built around a swimming pool in a grove of palms and silver Paperbarks. — Frommer's

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Pacific Hotel Cairns

Cairns 75 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In a prime location at the beginning of the Esplanade, this older hotel has been lovingly maintained and recently refurbished. — Lonely Planet

Rising 10 stories amid the hoopla of central Cairns, hard against downtown's heartbeat of busy bars and restaurants, an easy stroll from the Convention Center, Esplanade and port. — Star Service

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