4.3 out of 5

"We loved the view and location the apartment was very generous in size. It was the size of a house. " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 02 Jul 2018

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Hotel Description

At 181 The Esplanade you'll be within a 20-minute stroll of popular places like Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Night Markets. Highlights at this property include an outdoor swimming pool, and in-room kitchens and private spa tubs.

You can enjoy a TV with cable channels, and each apartment features a washer/dryer, free WiFi and a balcony. In-room dining is easy with a kitchen that comes equipped with a fridge, a microwave and a hob. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries and a pillowtop bed. A living room, a dining area and a DVD player are also available. Weekly housekeeping is available.

Enjoy the spa tub, sauna and pool loungers. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of car rentals on site.

Within a 30-minute walk of this 4-star Cairns North property, attractions include Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Esplanade Lagoon.

2 Bedroom Apartment

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 5 Max
AU$250 per night

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181 The Esplanade ratings based on 172 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.3 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for 181 The Esplanade

Everyone (80) Couples (19) Business (1) Family (72)
5 out of 5
The friendly and helpfull checkin as well as being up graded was a great start to our stay

Posted by on 27 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

30 Apr. 2019 by Glen

Thank you so much we so happy that we made your stay pleasurable and that we would to see you back one day

5 out of 5
it is unclear that this is a service apartment offering, I thought it was a hotel, with food for late arrivals ad breakfast. the self contained large apartment was grand, but I was keen on a hotel with food prepared by others for sale for our brief overnight stay.

Posted by on 16 Jan. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

14 Feb. 2019 by Glen

We are very sorry about the misunderstanding as we are a fully self contained accommodation complex Regards Glen

5 out of 5

Posted by on 30 Dec. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 Jan. 2019 by Glen

thank you so much for your rating it is greatly appreciated and we would love to see you back one day Kind Regards

4 out of 5
The location was excellent. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

Posted by on 30 Nov. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 Jan. 2019 by Glen

thank you so much for your kind words and will definitely pass on to the staff we hope to see you again Kind Regards

4 out of 5

Posted by on 27 Sep. 2018

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2 out of 5

Will not return!

Was very disappointed in our recent stay at 181 the esplanade, Cairns. There was a thick layer of dust everywhere especially on the lamps. The apartment looked very used, there was scuff marks on the walls, there was a hole in the wall that was being hidden behind a bed. All the furniture has dents and sratches. There was dirt and hair on the couch. There was pubic hair on the towels. One of the showers leaked while in the other bathroom the flow direction fixture was missing so you couldn't switch from shower to spa. The room was suppose to be ocean view but it was on the side of the building, you had to peak through the trees to see the ocean. There were notes around the entrance & elevator advising the outside of the building will be painted, which is great but what about the rooms? The room are screaming for new paint. I feel as though not much money is being put into the property but the owners are more than happy to take your hard earned money. The room was not cheap & what makes this worse if that this trip was for my daughter's birthday and we left leaving feeling disgusted & disappointed!

Posted by , from Townsville on 3 Aug. 2018

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3 out of 5
Pros: view and proximity to ocean
problems with both toilets which were unable to be fixed for 4 days due to public holiday and weekend. One toilet was leaking constantly and towels had to be on floor and changed by us to absorb leak.

Posted by on 31 Jul. 2018

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4 out of 5
Spacious unit with water front views. Short walk to a great play ground for kids and good restaurant.

Posted by , from Tasmania on 28 Jul. 2018

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4 out of 5

Great location

Pros: The space. Plenty of room.
We loved the view and location the apartment was very generous in size. It was the size of a house.

Posted by on 2 Jul. 2018

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3 out of 5

Room with a view but unit needs lots of maintenanc

Short stay on level 7 room 28 great views very spacious. Vertical blinds missing & broken. Dishwasher & toaster non operational. Didn’t use spa bath has broken ceiling above & too dangerous to use. Shower screen needs resealing and shower head replaced. Overall needs detailed clean free from dust, cobwebs & mould.

Posted by on 28 Jun. 2018

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Property Features

181 The Esplanade offers its guests an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. WiFi is free in public spaces. Tour or ticket assistance, a BBQ, and a garden are also featured at 181 The Esplanade. Free self parking is available. This 4-star Cairns North apartment is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 21 guestrooms or units
  • 10 levels
  • Built in 1995
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Separate living room
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Separate dining area
  • Washer/dryer
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free long-term parking , Free self parking


  • Airport: Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) (4.9 km / 3.1 mi)
  • Train station: Cairns Station (2.7 km / 1.7 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking and extended parking

Room Amenities

181 The Esplanade offers 21 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with private hot tubs and washers/dryers. Rooms open to balconies. This accommodation offers separate living rooms. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. Accommodation at this 4-star apartment has kitchens with full-sized fridge/freezers, hobs, microwaves and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. This Cairns North apartment provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Televisions come with cable channels and DVD players. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board. Housekeeping is offered on a weekly basis and in-room massages can be requested.

  • Private hot tub
  • In-room kitchen
  • Washer and dryer
  • Private balcony
  • Separate bedroom
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Pillowtop beds
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • DVD player
  • Fridge (full size)
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (weekly)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Guests arriving after 6 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 25.0 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for AUD 11.0 per night.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Crib (infant bed) fee: AUD 11.0 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 25.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • 181 Esplanade Apartment Cairns North
  • 181 Esplanade Apartment
  • 181 Esplanade Cairns North
  • 181 Esplanade

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.