to call ryans rest a boutique hotel is a bit of a stretch. Its a backpackers stay and that's it. It looks nice from the outside but inside its old and dilapidated. Loud floorboards, old and broken furniture. No bedside tables. Metal works going on next door. (grinding, welding) no water for showers in the morning ( when questioned, I was told they had a plumber in but I could shower next door..) Pay the extra 5 bucks and go to a motel
Stayed here twice. Place is like a backpakers place, though a lot calmer than what I have tried other places. Everything is very clean and nice - also the kitchen, which I have found not that nice other places. Place is in a safe area, very close to shopping center and walking distance to esplanade and everything else. Can only give my very best reccomandations!
I was very impressed with their accommodation. A beautiful old house that makes you feel at home, as did the staff. Huge rooms, very clean, a comfortable bed and nicely furnished. Extremely quiet and "restful" and in a fantastic position. Very well priced. I recently stayed at a backpackers and for the same rate, had a room with nothing but an uncomfortable bed and 3 hooks on the wall. Not even a bedside table. Highly recommended, will definitely be staying there again.
We stayed 2 nights while visiting Cairns. Very happy with the accomodations. The place is in an old Queenslander timber house. Very central, just behind the Myer Centre. Our whole family enjoyed the stay . . 5 people easily accommodated. The kids enjoyed the couple of cats who wander around the property. The cats never came inside.
If you suffer from insomnia, or if you "sleep like a log" this is the perfect place for you, otherwise find a good motel! "Boutique accomodation" is very misleading - website should read "Boutique backpacker hostel accommodation". The floorboards are very noisy with everyone walking on them at all hours of the night and early hours of the morning. The walls are "paper thin" so you can hear people's conversations next door and definitely will not mention all the other sounds. The only positive points of our stay was that we ate out every night in cairns. The stench of body odour in the room was stifling, even "febreeze" had a hard time doing its job. Will definitely not stay again.