Cairns is a small city with less than 170,000 of population in the North direction of Queensland. Over the past few years, Cairns has become one of the top locations for visitors looking for a mind-blowing vacation in Australia. Flocks of people visit Cairns every year especially for experiencing the Daintree adventures and Great Barrier Reef.
Apart from these main attractions, Cairns has a lot more to offer its visitors. But to have that unforgettable experience, you need to find the right accommodation.
Cairns has a good concentration of hotels, from luxurious to budget-friendly ones. But selecting the right accommodation for yourself can be a bit challenging after looking at so many options. This is especially true for those who are visiting Cairn for the first time.
With that in mind, we've compiled this article with some of the best hotels in Cairns that you can select from. We have divided the hotels into two categories: the luxurious hotels and the affordable ones.
This article will help you in selecting the right accommodation according to your budget and preferences. So, thank us later and let's get started!
If you're looking for a sophisticated, luxurious and yet budget-friendly hotel, Riley is our first recommendation for you.
The hotel is a part of Crystalbrook Collection portfolio which makes it one of the most favourite stays for the Cairns visitors. The playful designs, finer details and a neat and clean environment-friendly environment suits a majority of visitors.
Opened in 2018, Riley has gained significant popularity over less time, no doubt why. Its "playful" design centres at its 1000 sqm crystal clear blue swimming lagoon that has its own artificial beach as well as poolside service.
Another gem that takes the sophistication of the hotel to the next level is Rocco, which is the tallest rooftop bar and restaurant of the city, located in the tower of this hotel. Although it's very hard to select any one dish from Rocco’s mind-blowing menu, the Crystalbrook Signature beef brisket with caramelised onions, mustard and garlic bread is unbeatable. The speciality of this dish is that it is farmed on their own 5,000 acre land at Crystalbrook Station which is 3 hours from Cairns.
Now, coming to those finer details, the room cards are pure 100% recycled wood. You won't find any plastic bottles, straws, containers and disposable bags on the site. It is one of the most environment-friendly and luxurious accommodations in Cairns.
Approx. AUD $270
131-141 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Enjoy splashing in the blue swimming lagoon which is nested in the Water Edge Apartments. This hotel is very popular among the young visitors, it's beautiful, stylish and offers a laid-back environment.
Everything part of this amazing hotel has been designed for comfort and convenience, making it one of the most famous hotels suggested in the Cairns holiday packages. If you want to spend your vacation relaxing at the poolside, consider booking the ground floor apartments as they offer a private pool entrance. This hotel has a lot to offer. You'll enjoy the attractions of Cairns during the day time and rest of the time, the hotel will keep you engaged!
You'll be able to experience a modern apartment-style living with spacious rooms, fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of other facilities. Plus, there are perks like free WiFi, TVs in each room, media rooms etc, enough to attract flocks of visitors, especially families.
Approx. AUD $185
155 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Enjoy a wonderful stay in Cairns with a touch of tropical experience in Hilton Cairns.
The hotel is situated right on the marina. It is 10 minutes drive from the airport, 10 steps from the amazing dining options and 10 minutes from the Cairns Convention Centre, all these qualities make it a perfect accommodation for a business traveller.
This is one of the best hotels for business travellers as it has not one or two but a total of 7 well-facilitated meeting rooms, print room and a business centre that stays open 24/7.
But that's not all - even if you're not a corporate traveller, you will be surely impressed by its 6 Degrees Bar and Lounge, which not only serves the most refreshing drinks but also provide you with a stunning night view of Trinity Inlet.
Approx. AUD $175
34 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
A perfect romantic accommodation in Cairns!
Staying in Cairns never looked so fascinating, all thanks to the Pullman Cairns International. It is a wonderful five-star hotel with very beautiful and spacious rooms. It has everything you want in a perfect romantic accommodation for the Cairns trip.
The hotel is at a walking distance from the attractions, night markets, dining and shopping boundaries of the city. You can explore the main city life on your foot. However, if you don't want to tire yourself by walking, you can plan your dinner at the on-site restaurant Cocos, which offers a great ambience and truly delicious food and drinks.
Approx. AUD $130
17 Abbott St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
On a family vacation to Cairns? Mantra Trilogy is the best accommodation for your squad. Mantra Trilogy as the name suggests is a collection of three stunning towers situated in the middle of The Esplanade. These are at walking distance to the Reef Casino, Cairns Lagoon and some of the best dining places of the city.
With over 230 rooms, you'll be able to select from a variety of rooms, suites and apartments with plenty of amenities and modern facilities making it ideal for large families. Not just that, there are fully-equipped kitchens and laundry facilities in each apartment. It's no wonder Mantra Trilogy is the most sought-after accommodation for families travelling to Cairns.
Approx. AUD $120
101-105 Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
Oaks Cairns Hotel is a brand new addition to the city. It's located on the seaside and just a couple of minutes away from the Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns CBD and the Esplanade dining precinct.
This hotel has a total of 76 beautiful, spacious and well-maintained rooms across 4 floors fitted with contemporary decor and luxe furnishings. But wait, the best part about this hotel is its iconic rooftop restaurant and bar. It serves some of the most delicious food and tropical-style cocktails.
Approx. AUD $120
59 – 63 Cairns, Esplanade, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
If you're looking to have the most fun on your Cairns trip, Coconut Holiday Resort is where you should go!
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort is a combination of a water park, a caravan park and a theme park spread over 28 acres of lush tropical land.
This is a place where you'll not fall short of fun activities to do with your family. You'll find plenty of options like camping, condo, caravanning, spa villa and more at your on-site stay.
There’s no doubt it is one of the best holiday parks in Queensland, especially for families. Your kids will enjoy switching between the water park, jumping pillows and lagoon pool. Further, there is also a mini-golf course, an outdoor cinema and a play hub.
23/51 Anderson Rd, Woree QLD 4868, Australia
We recommend Bay Village Tropical Retreat for the visitors looking for a fun tropical experience. This wonderful hotel will surely give you a taste of Bali. There is an on-site Indonesia restaurant, Bayleaf, serving authentic Indonesian food with the likes of double-cooked crispy whole chicken, mouthwatering braised duck curry and many more such dishes.
Made Upadana, the head chef of Bayleaf has completed his training from the popular Bumbu Bali Restaurant and creates and serves super fantastic food that it is hard to pick only one dish from the menu.
When you visit the site for booking, you'll find a great variety of rooms, from the luxurious studio room to 3-bedroom apartments, each finished with tropical looks, tiled floors and stylish rattan furniture.
Apart from these, you'll enjoy all the modern amenities and a daily housekeeping service. Plus, if you're travelling with your vehicle, there is plenty of parking space on-site.
Approx. AUD $88
Lake St & Gatton St, Cairns North QLD 4870, Australia
We would like to call it a perfect hotel for backpackers!
If you're on a backpacking trip through Atherton Tablelands and Cairns, look no further than Cairns Central YHA. It's a very affordable stay that is at a walking distance from major attractions. It is just opposite to the Cairns Central Shopping Centre. There are 59 rooms you can choose from, from single, double and even family rooms at pocket-friendly prices.
Don't worry about the hot climate and peaked temperatures of Cairns, all the rooms of YHA are air-conditioned, which is a bit surprising for a hotel that charges less than your one-time meal!
Talking about the meals, you'll be served delicious pancakes for breakfast daily for FREE!
Approx. AUD $40
20-26 McLeod St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia