• Location: Abbott Street, in the center of downtown Cairns, close to the esplanade.
• Hotel website: crystalbrookcollection.com/bailey
• Hotel phone: +61 (0)7 4253 4000
• Check prices on Booking.com
Bailey – One of the city’s newest hotels, it’s swish, arty, spacious, and convenient.
On a prominent corner only one block from the Esplanade, the Bailey is based in two distinctive green towers with cladding (that can obstruct views from the balconies). One tower contains spacious rooms with fashionable décor and all the mod-cons, while the other features apartments with kitchens, ideal for those staying a while. The Bailey is proudly chic, evidenced from the paintings along the walls of the rooms and corridors, as well as art tours and exhibitions within the hotel. Too distant for decent sea views, the Bailey does face a park of trees heaving with bats. These creepy creatures head to the hills each sunset – a remarkable sight best seen from the poolside Pachamama bistro. On the ground level is a world-class steakhouse, and there are plenty of other places to eat, drink, and shop nearby.
Bailey – The Location
- Address: 163 Abbot Street, Cairns. On a corner, but actually facing Aplin Street.
- Area: Pleasant area 100m from the Esplanade and surrounded by amenities. A few blocks from the more tourist-oriented section of the city center, so it’s quieter.
- How to Get There: The only option to/from the Cairns Airport (6km) is by Cairns Taxis. See below for information about buses and trains.
- Handy to: Bus station for northern beaches. Cairns Aquarium.
Bailey – The Basics
- Guests: Would appeal mostly to couples, especially those on a romantic getaway, while the apartments would be great for families.
- Pets: Not allowed.
- Views: Wide-ranging views, especially from the higher floors, of the city streets, including the park over the road with trees full of bats. Too far, however, for proper water views.
- Kitchen: The new apartments feature fully-equipped and very stylish kitchens.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None, but not a surprise given the chic design and inner-city location.
- Parking: Self and valet parking available for a daily fee.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +61 (0)7 4253 4000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: crystalbrookcollection.com/bailey
Bailey – Amenities
- Pool: Small and possibly undersized. On an upper floor providing views of the park with bat-filled trees and alongside the Pachamama restaurant. Another pool in the apartment building.
- Spa & Fitness Center: Not provided, but guests can use the stylish Eléme Day Spa in the sister Riley hotel 400m further along Abbott Street.
- Other: Free movies in each room/apartment.
Bailey – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: CC’s Bar and Grill – new, stylish, and pricey steakhouse with meat from the hotel’s own outback cattle station; some aged for a unique almost-nutty flavor. Extensive wine list, excellent service, and very popular, so book ahead. • Pachamama – relaxing open-air bistro alongside the pool. Specializes in tasty Latina cuisine and popular for sangrias. At ‘bat o’clock’ (sunset), hundreds of the winged creatures veer to the hills from a park easily seen across the road. • Milk Bar – fun-filled 1970’s-style café/shop selling the sort of sweets, ice creams, and drinks not available these days. Also, light meals.
- Breakfast: Can be included depending on the type of room and how it was booked, but usually an extra cost. Served at CC’s (see above).
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Bailey – Rooms
- Room Types: Urban Room • Urban Master Room • Urban Family Room (2 connecting rooms) • Apartments • List of all rooms
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere within the hotel.
- Best Room: The Urban Master Rooms are spacious and more likely to offer finer views from higher floors.
- For Families: All rooms can fit in an extra single bed, while some have connecting doors and are called Family Rooms. Better are the apartments with kitchens.
Bailey – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Cairns is so compact and wonderful for walking. Cycling is also popular along a path that extends about 3km alongside the water. Bikes can be rented from the sister Riley hotel about 400m down Abbott Street.
- Buses: Services operated by Sunbus head to the lovely tropical beaches less than an hour away. A bus station is only 300m, around the corner on Lake Street. Greyhound Australia offers buses all over Queensland and the rest of Australia from near the Reef Fleet Terminal (850m).
- Trains: Running between Cairns and Brisbane 5 times a week, the Spirit of Queensland is one of Australia’s most spectacular train services. Just as amazing – and far shorter – are the daily trips on the Kuranda Scenic Railway. All trains use the terminal (1km) attached to the Cairns Central shopping center (see below).
- Taxis & Ride-shares: Best to book ahead for Cairns Taxis. Uber also operates as far as Port Douglas.
- Car Rental: Most internationally-known agencies (and several locally-run ones) offer rentals, including Avis and Hertz.
- Boats: All sorts of boats for sightseeing, diving, fishing, and sailing depart from the Reef Fleet Terminal, 850m away. Book online, at any travel agency in downtown, or at the official booking office opposite the terminal.
Bailey – What’s Nearby?
Almost every restaurant and café in Cairns is licensed to serve alcohol.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Fishpoint Cairns – on a corner opposite the hotel, this is new and great value. Locally-caught seafood including oysters, prawns, and crabs cooked with exotic tropical flavors.
- Outback Jacks Bar & Grill Cairns – on another corner across from the Bailey, it’s always busy with lovers of grilled meats and cold beers. Stuffed crocodile on the wall above the Aussie-style bar.
- Villa Romana Trattoria – delightful corner position on the Esplanade 200m away. Large portions of contemporary Italian fare at pleasing prices.
- Laguna Tapas and Wine Cairns – the best among several casual and well-priced eateries along the Esplanade for daily specials and friendly service. 500m.
- Cairns RSL Club Esplanade – along the Esplanade (350m), this war vets club is open to all. Well-priced drinks and meals in a quiet setting overlooking the waterside park and war memorial.
- Riley and Flynn – guests at the Bailey can eat/drink at the two sister hotels, Riley and the brand-new Flynn, and charge costs to the bill at the Bailey. (Riley is 400m down Abbott Street; Flynn about 300m along the Esplanade.)
Best Nearby Bar
- Rattle ‘N Hum Cairns – as popular with locals as tourists for its esplanade setting, garden seating, and daily specials (especially pizzas). About 400m.
About 200m along Abbott Street are the Cairns Night Markets. Open every day, with souvenir stalls (from 5pm) and cafés (from 10am), they are a bit of a tourist trap. More vibrant is the Asian-style Rusty’s Markets (open from early, Friday to Sunday), 750m behind the hotel. Mostly fresh produce, but also souvenirs, live music, and food court. The massive Cairns Central shopping center is 750m down Aplin Street.
- Boat trips – from the Reef Fleet Terminal (850m), all sorts of organized trips are available – whether diving/snorkeling, fishing, sailing, water-sports, or whale-watching among the most extraordinary coral reefs on the planet. Others just swim, snorkel, hike, or dine at Fitzroy Island or Green Island – both only 45 minutes one-way by boat.
- Casino – smaller than some, but no less popular and vibrant. All sorts of gambling available, as well as live music and inexpensive bars and bistros for all. Easy to spot, 800m away.
- Lagoon – in lieu of any beaches in the city, this massive open-air swimming pool is along the Esplanade (400m). Surrounded by shady lawns with free barbecue facilities. Open from about 6am to 9pm daily. Free entry.
- Cairns Aquarium – the city’s newest attraction is just 200m along Abbott Street. Among the 15,000 marine creatures are giant sawfish, hammerhead sharks, and turtles, as well as crocs, frogs, and snakes unique to the region. Open daily.
- Beaches – some will be disappointed that the coastline within Cairns is swampy and muddy. Thankfully, perfect tropical beaches – Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, and Palm Cove – all with plenty of places to eat, drink, shop, and stay can be found within an hour north by local bus. Note the warning signs about stingers (jellyfish) and even crocodiles.