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Tropical Queenslander Hotel (Cairns, Australia)

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Address: 287 Lake Street / Cairns / Qld / 4870 Australia

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      23.04.2009 20:56
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      Moderately priced self catering accomodation for families staying in Cairns

      TROPICAL QUEENSLANDER HOTEL:
      Cairns, Queensland, Australia

      LOCATION:

      The Tropical Queenslander hotels in Cairns are both located Lake Street which is about 15 minutes walk to the main centre of Cairns but about 5 minutes to the nearest shops and take away restaurants and a bar. Both the hotels are classified as 3.5 * accommodation with self catering facilities. The Tropical Queenslander which is where stayed had 58 rooms so it was quite a small complex and was only two stories high. There was plenty of parking around the back and the Reception was at the front. The complex spread across a block so that the back entrance was on a different street to the front and reception area.

      RECEPTION:

      The reception was NOT open 24 hours so if you were arriving late I would imagine you had to make special arrangements. Reception actually closed at 8pm which could also become a problem as the only safe/safety deposit was in Reception. If you put something in this safe and then needed it when Reception was closed then you were stuck. We solved this problem by getting our valuables out the night before we were leaving in the morning ( just in case) or you could risk keeping anything valuable on you or in the room.

      The Reception desk would also book any tours you wanted to do locally and all the staff on Reception were very friendly and chatty whenever we popped in to ask for information.

      OTHER FACILITIES:

      There were two small swimming pools on this site and another pool at the sister hotel which could also be used. We did use the pool and the sun loungers one day and although the pool was small it was clean and very pleasant to relax around and cool off with a swim. There were a few palm trees and shady areas so you could sit in the sun or shade depending on how you felt at the time.

      A poolside breakfast restaurant was available at this site but we do not use this so I cannot say what was available or what the food was like.

      A guest laundry with coin operated washers and a dryer was on the ground floor and seemed to be in constant demand. Indeed a few people from our tour took their washing to a launderette down the road because of the queue. I didn't bother and hand washed our clothes and dried them on the mini balcony and the bathroom which was perfectly adequate as an iron and board were also supplied in the room.

      Internet access was wifi through an independent company and cost $15 for 24 hours, $8 for 2hours and $4 for one hour. You had to pay through the internet by credit card directly to the wifi company.

      The sister hotel just down the road called the Cairns Queenslander where there was the 'Diggers' Restaurant and bar was available for guests to use but the menu did not look very inviting. In ou room was a printed leaflet saying Happy Hour was 5 -7pm but when we went at about 6.30 they said it was only till 6.30 and we had to pay full price. It was actually only 6.25 anyway but either the bar tender could not tell the time ot maybe he just disn't like us for some resaon. We tried to argue the case but did not bring the leaflet with us and didn't really want to make a scene over the cost of a beer but we were not impressed and did not go back there for another visit.

      THE ROOMS:
      Our room was quite large with a light and airy feel to it. There was a double and two single beds all with the same blue/green/yellow covers. This was obviously a family room but as there were only two of us we had plenty of room. There were plenty of fresh white towels and simple soap and shampoo was provided. The rooms were serviced daily and cleaned weekly but we were only there 4 nights so did not have a clean although the beds were made daily and clean towels provided.

      The kitchenette has a two ring cooker, microwave, toaster kettle and sink. You could heat up take- away food or do minimal cooking but I would not have liked to try and cook a full meal for four although I suppose it would have been possible. There was also a scourer, cloth and washing up liquid provided which was handy. Tea/coffee and sugar and milk were replenished daily too.

      The room had a tiled floor as did the bathroom. There was a square bathette with shower over it - I managed to use the bath but my husband was too big and only used the shower.

      There was a TV, a small round table and two comfy chairs so to use for meals or working on. There was also a suitcase stand and a fixed table and two dining chairs along the wall so in total 4 people could sit and eat altogether.

      A glass sliding door led onto a tiny (minute you could say) balcony that just held 2 chairs and a round table. I think it would have been impossible for two people to sit out there though in fact when I tried to sit out there I had to bring one of the chairs inside the room in order to have enough room to sit without having my legs crammed against the balcony railings.

      The price per night for a room like this for 4 adults was $150 , three adults cost $130 and two adults $110 which is a fair price but not a bargain if you were staying for a few nights. It may be cheaper over a week but I don't know.

      All the rooms had ceiling fans and air conditioning so you had a choice. The doors were screened so mossies and flies were kept out too.

      SUMMARY:

      Good moderately priced self-catering accommodation in Cairns which catered for couples, groups or families. The accommodation was clean and comfortable but not luxurious and the decor was a little dated. The staff were very helpful and friendly, in fact the manager came out specially to meet us and tell us about the facilities and they opened up the Reception area at 6am the day we were leaving in case anyone had left anything in the safety deposit boxes.

      It was quite well located for the shops and local restaurants and was about 5 minutes from the esplanade along the sea front. The walk to the main shopping area was about 10-15minutes walk away.

      Would I recommend it? - Yes as it was perfectly comfortable but I would explain that it was NOT 5* it was a moderately priced quality self-catering accommodation.

      If you would like to see more about the hotel and photos then this is their website:
      http://www.queenslanderhotels.com.au/tropicalqueenslander.html

      Thank you for reading and I trust that the review may be helpful to someone choosing accommodation in Cairns.
      This review may be posted on other sites under my name.

      © Catsholiday

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