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Cairns City Motel

169 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#6 of 6 motels in Cairns
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Finding an ideal budget friendly motel in Cairns does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Cairns City Motel, a nice option for travellers like you.

Rooms at Cairns City Motel provide a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Cairns City Motel guests have access to express check-in and check-out and baggage storage. You can also enjoy a pool and barbeque facilities. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Cairns City Motel.

Close to some of Cairns' most popular landmarks, such as St Monica's Cathedral (0.1 mi) and Foot and Body Massage (0.5 mi), Cairns City Motel is a great destination for tourists.

While in Cairns be sure to experience local schnitzel favourites at Cock & Bull, Little Ricardo's, or Cairns RSL Club.

If you are interested in exploring Cairns, check out one of the monuments and statues, such as Cairns Cenotaph and 1876 Landing Party.

Cairns City Motel puts the best of Cairns at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Shuttle bus service
Non-smoking hotel
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Room features
Air conditioning
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English
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Allan T wrote a review Sept 2023
Brisbane, Australia46 contributions13 helpful votes
A clean and comfortable motel in a good location. Friendly and helpful receptionist and staff. Reasonable nightly rates. Bar fridge, microwave and jug included in the rooms. Air conditioning, but did not use. A short walk to the Cairns Esplanade and shops. Various restaurants in walking distance. Limited parking on the premise, but more available in the street. A pleasant stay. I would give 3.5 stars if possible.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Parking is limited, and you may have to park in the street.
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Sam H wrote a review Aug 2023
Chelmsford, United Kingdom120 contributions41 helpful votes
Left key for us as we arrived very late. Took a cab to and from Cairns airport, they booked the return journey for us which was very helpful. Cooking and cleaning stuff was included with a microwave. Very close to the activities we were doing in Cairns. The room constantly had a clinical/disinfectant smell, it was cold and needed more bedding. Bathroom door easily falls off the rail.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John S wrote a review Jan 2023
Cairns, Australia79 contributions11 helpful votes
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I regretfully stayed here for 2 nights. I arrived around 2:30pm and had to wait for the receptionist to eventually arrive and unlock the front office. I soon learnt that the female receptionist doesn't work in the office, rather sits at a small table looking at her phone and smoking cigarettes. She was doing this literally every time I saw her during my stay. I witnessed other guests becoming annoyed after waiting and buzzing the office for considerable time, all the while the woman was sitting around smoking. Very unprofessional. First impressions of the room were not good. Very small and pokey, furnishings very dated and in urgent need for repairs or updating. Here is a basic overview of the positives and negatives. Positives: Bed appeared freshly made and was satisfactory; Small fridge was clean and functional; Water pressure was good. Negatives: Two main windows didn't have flyscreens so flying insects came in including mosquitoes; The aircon had significant black mold growth; There was no smoke alarm in the room; There were guests constantly smoking cigarettes outside, so smoke constantly came in; The room smelled very musty with a mix of cigarettes and mold; Drinking glasses were not clean and one had a chip; Some lights in the room didn't work; The free WiFi was extremely patchy - kept dropping out after no more than 5 minutes of use; The wasn't off-street secure parking as described in the booking; The ceiling fan only functions on max setting and even that was very inadequate; There was damage throughout the room - small holes in walls and rough patches and evidence of water damage; The walls were very thin and I could hear everything in rooms next to me; The second night a guest starting playing loud music after midnight and refused to turn it down or off... I could go on but I think you get the picture. Don't waste your time and money staying here. I will be contacting the booking agency and demanding a partial refund. Avoid this place!!!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: The best advice is to look elsewhere. It won't be hard to find a better motel.
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Deborah K wrote a review Oct 2022
Second Valley, Australia92 contributions61 helpful votes
The location was excellent, the price was good, it is a low budget motel and for the most part very good, shower could have used a good clean to remove the mould but all in all for one night and the price was ok.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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B138877 wrote a review July 2022
Queensland, Australia711 contributions169 helpful votes
If you want fancy, pay for fancy! Annoyed with judgey "Karens" on reviews If you want budget, but not backpacker dorm accommodation, this is for you. Hotel staff very nice. Room clean. Yes its not the "hilton" but you are not paying for that. Good solid budget private bathroom roof over your head where you spend most of your time exploring the area. Easy walking. I would like better booking on the hotel website. For multiple rooms we needed to book with booking.com. I prefer all my dollars to go to the hotel and not booking.com. And most hotels find it difficult to deal with website bookings at times.......
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Rowan M wrote a review Apr 2021
Geelong, Australia132 contributions30 helpful votes
I was lucky enough to recently have a trip to Cairns to explore the Great Barrier Reef. Due to the type of year l had the budget was very tight and most of the budget was used to ensure l could travel to the reef as much as possible over my stay. So l chose to stay at this Motel not expecting a lot for my $72.00 a night stay.. The other reason l chose this Motel was its location being close to all the action with only short walk to the waterfront area of Cairns but in one of the quieter streets. The street was quiet but my room was located under one of the stairwells leading to the up stair rooms. So every time someone walked up or down the stairs its sounded like a bomb had gone off. Then the Motel has dead locks on the very cheap quality doors to each room. So every time a guest was coming or leaving there room with closing the door another bomb went off. Overall the room was clean but as expected very dated. Also as advertised the motel has limited guest parking and told if no parks were available to park in the street.. On the few times l had to park on the street it took a long time to find a suitable park..
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Date of stay: April 2021
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KyleRobertsonUK92 wrote a review Mar 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom6 contributions
I stayed here with my partner throughout our whole time in Cairns and it was exactly what we needed. We only really needed a clean private room, close to the city centre and with air con - so for the price this was Perfect, the previous reviews don't do it justice!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karen P wrote a review Oct 2019
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Fan only worked flat out, Air con adjustments could only be made by standing on the single bed, rattled so badly that I gave up, something leaking from unit upstairs down onto the toilet, some brown liquid. The bathroom sink tap was not secured. I would never stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Vicki H wrote a review Sept 2019
6 contributions6 helpful votes
So old, dirty, dated. Filthy carpet. Bathroom grimmy. Bed had a cover hiding something. Didnt want to look. Bed head lights broken and badly placed so that you hit you head on them. If you are thinking of staying,DONT. The stair banister was very unstable.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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infourtime wrote a review Aug 2019
Darwin, Australia40 contributions46 helpful votes
I checked out within 30 mins of checking in. The Reception staff were wonderful. The room was dirty and smelt of urine and sweat. The AC was covered in dust,probably like the filters and was unhealthy and unhygenic.The bathroom light had no translucent cover and electrical wires were in clear view. Avoid.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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PRICE RANGE
AU$98 - AU$114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Poinsettia Motel
LOCATION
AustraliaQueenslandCairns RegionCairns
NUMBER OF ROOMS
22
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairns City Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Cairns City Motel?
Nearby attractions include Cairns Aquarium (0.2 km), Muddy's Playground (0.3 km), and St Monica's Cathedral (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cairns City Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Cairns City Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Cairns City Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Cairns City Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cairns City Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gelocchio, Mi Piace Espresso Bar, and Devine Gelato.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cairns City Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Cairns City Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Cairns City Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Cairns City Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Cairns.