4.5 out of 5

"Stayed in a 1 bedroom ocean spa apartment for 3 nights. Great location on Esplanade close to lagoon and restaurants with views of the ocean from good ... " More

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Hotel Description

BreakFree Royal Harbour places you steps from Cairns Night Markets and within a short 5-minute stroll of Cairns Esplanade. Highlights at this aparthotel include an outdoor swimming pool, and in-room kitchenettes and balconies.

This smoke-free aparthotel offers a fitness centre, barbecues, and express check-out. Added amenities include WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Attractions within a 15-minute walk of this 4-star Cairns Central Business District aparthotel include Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Cairns Marlin Marina.

1 Bedroom Garden

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$143 per night

1 Bedroom Ocean Spa

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

BreakFree Royal Harbour ratings based on 189 Verified Reviews

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

Guest reviews for BreakFree Royal Harbour

Everyone (67) Couples (104) Family (18)
3 out of 5

Great location, friendly staff but dated decor

Pros: Overall its location and ocean views were the prime reasons for staying at this hotel. Was within walking distance of everything we needed.
Stayed in a 1 bedroom ocean spa apartment for 3 nights. Great location on Esplanade close to lagoon and restaurants with views of the ocean from good size balcony. Room was clean and functional, however, the decor is very old and dated. Flat screen TV too small for lounge room (about 32inch) with no TV in the bedroom. The spa/shower has a 3/4 length glass window facing the lounge room and the bedroom is at the rear of the apartment with no windows and only a set of wooden shutters to separate it. These are self-contained apartments thus not serviced daily unless requested for an additional fee. There is no dishwasher and a $25 service fee if dishes are not washed prior to checkout. Staff were very friendly/helpful and accommodated a 1-hour late checkout.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 20 Jul 2018

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5 out of 5

apartments with convenience to everything.

Pros: the reception staff were very pleasant and always happy to help. The property is in a very convenient area eg night markets, lagoon , park , eateries
wonderful apartment so close to everything eateries, boats to the reef and shopping would happily stay again if ever in Cairns.

Posted by , from Penrith NSW on 4 Jul 2018

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4 out of 5
The location is the best, in the city centre area. Very convenient to find coffee shops, restaurant and for shopping. Staff at the hotel are very helpful & friendly. The room size is good and nice even the hotel is a bit old.

Posted by on 19 Jun 2018

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5 out of 5

Self contained unit in perfect central location

Pros: Clean and comfortable, will be bavk
This was our second stay here, just love it. Ocean views from all apartments, right in the heart of Cairns. Well within walking distance to cafes, restaurants and the marina. Located above the nigh markets but surprisingly quiet.

Posted by on 29 Apr 2018

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5 out of 5

Clean, welcoming staff,great location

The management was very helpful as we needed to book in early and it was no problem. Very nice people and a great location. Lovely tidy rooms.

Posted by , from Central Coast NSW on 25 Feb 2018

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4 out of 5

Nice hotel close to everything

Pros: Local knowledge
Cons: No
Location: Close to lagoon views out to sea centre of city
Great location reception staff extremely friendly

Posted by , from cairns on 22 Jan 2018

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2 out of 5

Old and in urgent need of refrubishment

Pros: Close proximity to Cairns esplanade.
Cons: In urgent need of refurbishment.
Location: Close to all the main Cairns features. Good restaurants next door and right above the night markets.
Apartments definitely only good for 2 adults with no privacy with additional adults with only a concertina doors to pull across main bedroom. While advertised as having cooking facilities, in reality this was two - hot plate dug out from the bottom of the cupboard with very limited cooking facilities. The spa didn't work very well and was useless. Supposed to have wi-fi but it was also completely hopeless - apparently only our unit.

Posted by , from Brisbane, Queensland on 26 Oct 2017

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4 out of 5

Nice hotel in a great location

Nice hotel with a comfortable room and everything you need. Good value for money

Posted by , from Sydney on 1 Oct 2017

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2 out of 5

Poor value holiday

Pros: Location
Cons: A general overhaul in all aspects of the property would be a start
Location: Everything within walking distance
Outdated accomodation and way too expensive.Lots of noise by other guests albeit some caused by poor shutting doors and maintenance issues. The apartment cleanliness was not up to standard and this was mentioned to management.WIth some TLC this place could return to acceptable level.

Posted by on 11 Jul 2017

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5 out of 5

Location location location

Pros: Everybody was great
Cons: No complaints here
Location: Everything is just down stairs.
Everything was perfect. Staff, facilities, room and location. Highly recommended

Posted by on 21 Feb 2017

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About the BreakFree Royal Harbour

Location 73-75 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD 4870

Property Features

BreakFree Royal Harbour offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Public spaces have WiFi for a fee. Tour or ticket assistance, a BBQ, and laundry facilities are also featured at BreakFree Royal Harbour. Free self parking is available. This 4-star Cairns aparthotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 35 guestrooms or units
  • 9 levels
  • Built in 1997
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Tour and ticket information
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


Free self parking


  • Airport: Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) (6.9 km / 4.3 mi)
  • Train station: Cairns Station (1.5 km / 0.9 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

BreakFree Royal Harbour offers 35 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with coffee/tea makers and a hairdryer. Rooms open to balconies. Accommodation at this 4-star aparthotel has kitchenettes with fridges, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit. This Cairns aparthotel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Cable televisions are provided. Housekeeping is provided on a weekly basis.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Private balcony
  • Cable channels
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (weekly)
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Air conditioning

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the aparthotel include an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 6 PM
  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

For check-in outside the reception opening hours, guests can use the phone available on the night safe to connect with an operator who can assist.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


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

A cash deposit or credit 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.


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: AUD 200 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

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

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: AUD 25 per day (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: AUD 25 per day (rates may vary)

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

Hotel Names

  • BreakFree Royal Harbour Aparthotel Cairns
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  • BreakFree Royal Harbour Cairns
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  • Breakfree Royal Harbour Hotel Cairns
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National Rating

This property has been awarded a star rating from the Australian star ratings agency, Star Ratings Australia.