We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

181 The Esplanade

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Best prices for:1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Professional photos
181 The Esplanade
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
There are newer reviews for 181 The Esplanade
See the most recent reviews
Showing 110: English reviews
Tauranga, New Zealand
Level Contributor
18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016

Large apartment on the 5th floor overlooking the esplanade, We had 2 bedrooms one with ensuite. This apartment had everything one needed. We had our 2 granddaughters with us and they just loved the pool. It was easy to find as was right nextdoor to the Cairns hospital. Wifi no good in apartment but good in pool area and reception.

Helpful?
Thank Linley322
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2016

We stay here regularly. It is on the esplanade and has a great view of the harbour. The apartments are quite spacious, balconies are small but adequate. We booked in for 16 nights. In that time we had one service of our room. This was a change of sheets and towels. There is no cleaning or topping up of any... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Michelle M
Country Victoria
Level Contributor
73 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

We recently spent 5 nights here in late November. The apartment was spacious and had a great view. Generally when staying in apartments we self cater in the evening and enjoy a BBQ and a few drinks around the pool area. Unfortunately this did not happen here for a couple of reasons a) the BBQ was filthy, and had nothing... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Mareeslee
Wynnum West
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2015

With a family of 4, we were looking for an apartment for our week long Cairns holiday which was economical, yet spacious enough to provide some privacy, and also be well located, preferably with a view. 181 The Esplanade met all of these expectations and more. The Reception staff were competent and informative, making check in/out a breeze. The apartment... More 

Helpful?
Thank Sharon M
Winnipeg, MB
Level Contributor
55 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2015

We enjoyed our stay as part of GoAhead tour group. The staff was very accomodating, our room was clean, the beds comfortable & the location was great for walks along the esplanade. I never used the pool in the daytime but it was lovely for a refreshing dip in the evening under the stars..

Helpful?
Thank gin142
Level Contributor
15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

Very average in all aspects. Right beside hospital which was noisy but would be good if visiting sick family. Great view of the beach but nothing spectacular. Will be choosing somewhere else if holidaying to Cairns again as nothing about this hotel was memorable.

Helpful?
3 Thank Courtney G
ReillyCairns, Manager at 181 The Esplanade, responded to this review

we did not not find any information for your Nov stay in our system, may I know when you stayed with us? the name for this booking? we would like to hear the feed back from the guest to improve our service , however it should be true and unbiased. kind regards. More 

2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 October 2015

Great place to stay, aircon works well, kitchen fully supplied so that able to prepare meals. This was our 3rd trip to Cairns and would not stay anywhere else. These are not daily serviced apartments but reception very helpful and obliging, agreed to provide daily service for extra fee. Units are individually owned so that each time we stayed different... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Lilly M
Greater Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015

Disappointed didn't get 7 th floor apartment and welcome pack I was told would get because we were returning guests. Cleanliness leaves something to be desired and furnishings are tired and need updating. Some objects, like bed lamps were coated in old dust. Worst thing was the little ants.... they were everywhere even in bedrooms and bathrooms as well as... More 

Helpful?
5 Thank Ann P
Riverina
Level Contributor
62 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Very reasonable and comfortable apartments - our family of four (adult children) stayed here and we had a very pleasant time. Airconditioning set up was great. Everything you needed in the kitchen laundry etc made for a nice break. Next door to Cairns Hospital but very quiet other than the odd chopper patient delivery but entertaining. Nice board walk into... More 

Helpful?
Thank Wendy J
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 July 2015

Stayed here for 2 weeks in 2 bedroom apartment. Such friendly helpful staff. Apartment is bright and lovely and well set up with kitchen and laundry and overlooking the bay. Some décor needs to be updated but still comfortable and attractive. Beds are very comfortable. Once doors and windows are closed you cannot hear anything from outside or other apartments.... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank lisagm744

40 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (38)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (2)
Viewed
View from Room (8)
Viewed
Room/Suite (7)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (10)
Viewed
Other (10)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (2)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cairns hotels
0.4 km away
Waterfront Terraces
Waterfront Terraces
#42 of 68 in Cairns
106 reviews
0.5 km away
Coral Towers Holiday Suites
1.2 km away
Cairns Aquarius
Cairns Aquarius
#25 of 68 in Cairns
209 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 km away
Cairns Queenslander Hotel and Apartments
0.2 km away
Holiday Inn Cairns Harbourside
0.6 km away
Reef Palms
Reef Palms
#3 of 68 in Cairns
519 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about 181 The Esplanade

Address: 181 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $169 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — 181 The Esplanade 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity, Priceline, Ctrip TA, Agoda, Hotels.com and Booking.com so you can book your 181 The Esplanade reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
181 The Esplanade Cairns, Queensland
Hotel Style:
#21 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from 181 The Esplanade staff and other travellers.
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from 181 The Esplanade staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Ask for room away from Carins hospital windows, and ask for newly furnished room.”
  • View from room's patio
 of 5 bubbles 336robynd, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Ask to be on the opposite side to the hospital.”
 of 5 bubbles gazzabuc, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“request ocean view with balcony”
 of 5 bubbles cathy677, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Do not choose room 25. It's a disgrace.”
  • Dust on a bedroom light typical of the room
  • The shower solution. Note the swollen chip board repairs.
  • Top of the stove exhaust sticky and stained with congealed fat
  • Plant growing on our balcony. How does a cleaner miss this in the time it has taken to grow
 of 5 bubbles markjackson100, 21 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Select Northside. That view is of the mountains and ocean/beachfront.”
 of 5 bubbles 89genevieveg, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay