Pacific Hotel Cairns – Comfortable, great value, tropical-style, and in a perfect position surrounded by amenities.
The only four-star hotel in the city center, the Pacific looks a little dated from the outside, but all rooms are modern and nicely furnished, and it exudes a tropical vibe surprisingly lacking at rival hotels. The recently-renovated Tropical Luxe rooms feature décor and furnishings appropriate to Far North Queensland, and some also have direct access to the decent-sized pool lined with sunbeds. No gym or spa, but the competitive rates reflect this. The main selling point is the location: very close to the terminal for boat trips around the world’s greatest reef, the remarkable public swimming pool, and all the shops, cafés, and bars along the Esplanade and city streets. Additionally, the hotel overlooks a serene park and the staff is particularly friendly.
Pacific Hotel Cairns – The Location
- Address: 43 Esplanade, Cairns. On a corner where the Esplanade becomes Wharf Street as it crosses Spence Street.
- Area: Beautifully positioned at the end of the Esplanade and surrounded by amenities.
- How to Get There: The only option to/from the Cairns Airport (7km) is by Cairns Taxis. See “Local Transport” below for information about local buses and trains.
- Handy to: Casino. Terminal for boat trips around the Great Barrier Reef.
Pacific Hotel Cairns – The Basics
- Guests: Caters to all – as much for business people as holiday-makers.
- Pets: Not allowed.
- Views: Rooms from the 4th to 9th floors feature private balconies that face the sea, inner-city parks, and/or Esplanade.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected (or provided) at this sort of hotel in the city center.
- Parking: Secure parking available for a small daily fee, and may be included in the rates depending on how the room was booked.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +61 (0)7 4051 7888
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: pacifichotelcairns.com.au
Pacific Hotel Cairns – Amenities
- Pool: Decent enough, with a wooden deck and plenty of sunbeds. Some shade-cloth provided.
- Spa & Fitness Center: None.
- Other Facilities: Laundry/dry-cleaning. Guests lounge. ATM cash machine. Currency exchange. Business services.
Pacific Hotel Cairns – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: At night, Bushfire Flame Grill offers a sumptuous Brazilian-style churrasco where waiters bring giant skewers to each table and slice off chunks of kangaroo, beef, lamb, and seafood. An experience and more than just a meal. The attached bar offers lighter meals and very Happy Hours.
- Breakfast: Available, but usually for an extra cost. Served at the restaurant which transforms into the Bushfire at night (see above).
- Room Service: Available during limited hours; ask management for details.
Pacific Hotel Cairns – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Room • Superior Room • Executive Room • Deluxe Room • Tropical Luxe Room • Tropical Luxe Premium Room • List of all rooms
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the premises.
- Best Room: The large Tropical Luxe Premium Rooms are attractively decorated and some have direct access to the pool.
- For Families: Several rooms have connecting doors. With lower rates than most rivals, this is a great option for families.
Pacific Hotel Cairns – 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 at Cairns Electric Bikes, just 200m down Wharf Street.
- Buses: Services operated by Sunbus head to the lovely tropical beaches less than an hour away. A bus station is 600m from the hotel, on Lake Street. Greyhound Australia offers buses all over Queensland and the rest of Australia from near the Reef Fleet Terminal (200m).
- 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, barely 200m away. Book online, at any travel agency in downtown, or at the official booking office opposite the terminal.
Pacific Hotel Cairns – What’s Nearby?
Almost every restaurant and café in Cairns is licensed to serve alcohol.
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Perrotta’s – attached to the (free) Cairns Art Gallery one block behind the hotel (300m). Pleasant open-air dining, especially popular for coffee and breakfast.
- Laguna Tapas and Wine Cairns – finest among several casual, well-priced eateries along the Esplanade. Daily specials and friendly service. Less than 200m.
- Ochre Restaurant – divine waterfront setting 200m from the hotel. Award-winning Australian cuisine with an ever-changing menu and focus on sustainability.
- Dundee’s Restaurant on the Waterfront – alongside Ochre. Waterside tables and top-class service for seafood, steaks, pastas, and salads. Another outlet attached to the Cairns Aquarium (see below) has a wall alongside a tank of marine life.
- Miss Chief Bar & Eatery – fab position on the second floor of an old building with a wide balcony 2 blocks behind the hotel. Contemporary cuisine and ‘clever cocktail list’.
Best Nearby Bars
- Rattle ‘N Hum Cairns – as popular with locals as tourists for its esplanade setting, garden seating, and daily specials (especially pizzas). About 300m.
- P.J. O’Brien’s – huge, popular, and in a shady setting along vehicle-free Shields Street (500m). Hearty meals, live music, and other nightly events.
- On Abbott Street, one block up from the hotel, is a major Woolworths supermarket. About 300m along the Esplanade 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), 500m up Spence Street. Mostly fresh produce, but also souvenirs, live music, and food court. The massive Cairns Central shopping center is 1km along Spence Street.
- Boat trips – from the Reef Fleet Terminal (200m), 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, just across the park.
- Lagoon – in lieu of any beaches in the city, this massive open-air swimming pool is 300m away, alongside the Esplanade. Surrounded by shady lawns with free barbecue facilities. Open from about 6am to 9pm daily. Free entry.
- Cairns Aquarium – the city’s newest attraction (open daily) is about 850m via 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.
- 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.