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131 -141 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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#6 of 69 hotels in Cairns
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Crystalbrook Riley is a sophisticated character with a playful outlook on life. Guests can expect understated elegance, contemporary design and a splash of fun. At Crystalbrook Riley, we enjoy modern living through attitude, design, technology and a passion for a better world – or what we call #responsibleluxury. That means no plastic straws, water bottles or guest-room key cards, using technology to reduce paper, providing large-pump amenities bottles (saving more than 250,000 plastic bottles each year) and partnering with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, TerraCycle, OzHarvest and Containers for Change. Residing in a prime location on Cairns Esplanade, Crystalbrook Riley features 311 stylish rooms and suites. Each room features its own Apple iPad control centre complete with healthy-living apps, a 55-inch Smart TV, Staycast by Google for video streaming and access to an extensive range of complimentary recent release movies. Add to this a lagoon swimming pool spanning over 1,000 square metres with a private man-made beach, Eléme Day Spa, a 24-hour fitness centre and fast and free wifi, and you’re on your way to a truly great stay. When it comes to restaurants and bars, Crystalbrook Riley thinks differently. You’ll find engaging, social, vibrant spaces and a passion for innovation – all day, every day. Pop into Greenfields for a freshly made cold-pressed juice or head to the theatrical Paper Crane for wok-fried seafood or the perfect steak. For sweeping views and an atmosphere not to be missed, head to Rocco. Perfect for balmy nights, Rocco is perched 42 metres above sea level and offers share style food inspired by the Mediterranean along with a stellar Champagne menu, second to none. The property is an easy five-minute water-front stroll from the shopping, entertainment and business centre of Cairns.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
Free public parking nearby
Valet parking
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Rooftop bar
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Full body massage
Head massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
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Mountain view
Ocean view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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RZ2019 wrote a review 22 Jan
5 contributions2 helpful votes
I've stayed at the other Crystalbrook hotels and was really excited to be staying here as a surprise, but I was thoroughly disappointed with my stay. First of all the pool is amazing, and the service from the staff around the pool was outstanding, can't fault them at all. But unfortunately that's all I can rave about for this stay. For two days there were no pool towels available, I can't believe the price we paid and that Riley markets itself as a 5star resort and they couldn't provide pool towels. It was even suggested we use our bathroom towels, but they weren't changing bathroom linen during our stay so that would have been ridiculous! I know Covid has made things a real challenge for everyone, but at least have a back up. Crystalbrook have 2 other hotels in town, did they not have spare towels? We were also told that they had stopped selling rooms due to the limited staffing due to covid, so couldn't the spare towels from those rooms have been used? There was also no bathroom towel changes during our stay, which meant we had to use the same damp towels the whole time. Certainly not the feeling of luxury one imagines when booking a place at this price. There were also stains on the room carpet in 3 different places, flickering lights when on relax mode, and hair in the bathroom on arrival!? Not nice. There is no way you should be marketing yourselves as a 5 star resort. I was pretty shocked to be honest.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be prepared to wait for a sun lounger as people reserve them first thing on a morning (even...
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Evy P wrote a review Nov 2020
Gold Coast, Australia46 contributions38 helpful votes
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What a wonderful stay! We made a very last minute change of holiday destination thanks to covid restrictions preventing us going to Adelaide and lucky for us we ended up here. This is a fabulous hotel, there is so much we loved about it, from the minute we arrived weary, late at night and were greeted by two friendly and super helpful ladies, we were happy. The hotel is luxurious and elegant but with a relaxed coastal vibe throughout. Lots of beautiful spaces inside the foyer and other indoor and outdoor spaces to lounge around very comfortably. The pool area is fabulous and usually has poolside service. Meals and drinks were reasonably priced, so we often ate right there on a sun lounge, instead of venturing out. We used the complimentary bikes to ride to the Botanical Gardens Cafe for breakfast (that's another story, coffees were good but breakfast was terrible), nonetheless it was a really fun outting and great that they don't charge for things like this. Free Sat am yoga, free water daily, too. Highly recommend the Rocco Bar on the 12th floor, it was fabulous, wonderful views, extensive drinks list and great prices at happy hour. ($12 cocktails, choice of 3). Great location on The Esplanade, great for walking to everything and close to playgrounds and the lagoon. We have loved everything about our stay and will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
4 Helpful votes
Response from James Mackintosh, Guest Services / Front Office at Crystalbrook Riley
Responded 16 June 2021
Hi Evy P, Thanks for your feedback and great to read you had a wonderful stay. We hope to see you back soon! Regards, James Mackintosh Front Office Manager - Crystalbrook Riley
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Allblacks123 wrote a review 18 Jan
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions14 helpful votes
First time we have stayed at the hotel. Stayed in a sea view room with balcony. Room is spacious and clean. Shower is fantastic and bed very comfortable. Pool area is fabulous with nice pool snacks available. Staff are very welcoming especially Charlie and Natasha on reception. We originally planned to stay 3 nights but extended our stay to 6 because we love the hotel so much. Location is also ideal. Close enough for all the restaurants but just out enough to be quiet. We can’t fault the hotel at all and will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Jaydev Walia, Guest Services / Front Office at Crystalbrook Riley
Responded yesterday
Thank you Allblacks123, Its great to hear that your first Riley experience was such a positive one. I will be sure to pass your mentions on to Charlie and Natasha, a warm welcome goes a long way. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Keren J wrote a review 5 Jan
Brisbane, Australia61 contributions61 helpful votes
Stayed here for 2 nights in Room 315. It was an urban view King. I was on a corner so my room had plenty of light. Quiet location within the hotel. Good sized room. Good bathroom - shower only. Coffee pod machine. Robe & slippers etc. Free in house movies. Very limited dining for lunch - pool bar menu only. I ordered the chicken burger -out of chicken, so I went elsewhere. Went to Rocco one night and they had already stopped taking orders at 8.15 - so I had a cocktail (average) and left. In room dining is also very limited and finishes at 8pm. While there is a great pool, on the three days I went there was never a deck chair available except after 6pm. Even then, there was used plastic wear, plates and towels everywhere. The general outlook from the hotel is great. Easy to get in and out of if your travelling to any northern attractions or the airport. Reception staff were always available and friendly.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: Pool view rooms may be noisy during peak times and you are directly looking at other rooms.
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Response from Jaydev Walia, Guest Services / Front Office at Crystalbrook Riley
Responded yesterday
Thanks for the review Keren J, I'm glad that you enjoyed the in room facilities and amenities and appreciate your feedback with regards to our Food and Beverage offerrings. We try and give our guests as many options as possible and would love to have more outlets open more often but in the interest of service in the current conditions this is not possible. I am sorry you were unable to secure a deck chair, our pool is the heart of the resort and as such guests often spend the whole day there. We will look into ways to allow more guests to enjoy this offering. Thank you for recognising the friendliness of the Reception staff. I hope to welcome you back to Riley in the future and offer a more complete stay.
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LouisaBear wrote a review Nov 2021
Port Douglas, Australia41 contributions54 helpful votes
Thank you Riley for the most amazing stay for my birthday recently. From the moment we drove up the driveway, I knew we were in for a special getaway. The staff on reception (and throughout the entire hotel) just make you feel so welcome and are always smiling and so happy. Then we were told we were getting a room upgrade and this was just the icing on the cake (pardon the pun as it was my birthday that day). Walking into the Seaview Corner King Room took my breath away. Some time was spent relaxing by the beautiful pool and then onto drinks and dinner at Rocco where yet again the service was impeccable. I haven't been disappointed with any of our crystalbrook stays and will continue to only stay at Riley, Flynn and Bailey when we need accommodation in Cairns. Thank you again for making my birthday such a memorable day and night.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Jaydev Walia, Guest Services / Front Office at Crystalbrook Riley
Responded 19 Dec 2021
Hi SydneyLouisa, Thank you for such a positive review. I'm glad that we were able to make a special occasion a memorable one. It's great to see that our service shone by the pool and in Rocco as well. Look forward to seeing you back at Riley...or Flynn or Bailey, whichever personality matches your mood! Kind Regards,
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Frequently Asked Questions about Crystalbrook Riley
Which popular attractions are close to Crystalbrook Riley?
Nearby attractions include Muddy's Playground (0.1 km), Cairns Aquarium (0.3 km), and Michaelmas Cay (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Crystalbrook Riley?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Crystalbrook Riley?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Crystalbrook Riley?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Crystalbrook Riley?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Crystalbrook Riley?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gelocchio, Devine Gelato, and Dundee's at the Cairns Aquarium.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Crystalbrook Riley?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Is Crystalbrook Riley located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Crystalbrook Riley?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Crystalbrook Riley offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Does Crystalbrook Riley have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.