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Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

Cairns 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Part of a lively entertainment complex in the heart of Cairns, this high-end hotel has spacious rooms and suites. — Fodor's

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

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

You'll find some of Cairns' finest rooms and best service in this five-star hotel atop the casino complex in the heart of the CBD. — Lonely Planet

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 →

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

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

With a minimalist lobby, golden-orb chandeliers, and suede chaise longues, this resort is among Cairns's hippest. — Fodor's

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

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

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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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Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort

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

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

The last word in five-star caravan-park luxury, 8km south of the city centre. — Lonely Planet

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Cairns Plaza Hotel

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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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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

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

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

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Tropic Days Backpackers

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

Behind the Showgrounds (with a courtesy bus into town), Cairns’ best hostel is a haven of tropical gardens with hammocks... a pool table, spice-stocked kitchen, bunk-free dorms and a chill 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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Travellers Oasis Backpackers

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

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

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

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Dreamtime Travellers Rest

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Lilybank Bed & Breakfast

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

Built in 1887, this two-story Queenslander is a relaxed six-guestroom B&B with spacious communal areas and an alfresco breakfast area. — Fodor's

This 1870s Queenslander homestead, originally a mayor's residence, is in a leafy suburb 6km (3 3/4 miles) from the airport and a 10-minute drive from the city. — Frommer's

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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 →

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

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

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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 →

We're confident the new management of this delightful property will continue to uphold it's 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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Njoy! Travellers Resort

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

The resort is a cluster of rooms tucked away in a dense vine forest. Each room is private and roomy, with wooden floors and a balcony looking into the forest. — Frommer's

Fun and easygoing spot with a lagoon pool and licensed communal areas. — Lonely Planet

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Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows

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

On arguably the loveliest of the northern beaches, about 30 minutes from Cairns, these bungalows and cabins sit under palm trees between the Coral Sea and a backdrop of mountainous rainforest. — Frommer's

This low-key, palm-shaded, beachfront slice of paradise, has camping, cabins and contemporary bungalows, all of which enjoy wide-screen ocean views in full high definition. — Lonely Planet

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The Bellview

Cairns 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Right on the Esplanade, this longstanding, family-run spot offers a central alternative to the rowdy backpacker scene. — Lonely Planet

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Cairns Beaches Flashpackers

Cairns 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Though technically a hostel – the first and only in Palm Cove – this splendid, spotless place 100m from the beach is more restful retreat than party palace. — Lonely Planet

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Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore

Cairns 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is a modern, sophisticated hotel, renovated in 2004, with swish, spacious rooms, all with balconies either overlooking the marina or the mountains. — Frommer's

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