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Waterfront Terraces

233 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#41 of 68 hotels in Cairns
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See why so many travellers make Waterfront Terraces their hotel of choice when visiting Cairns. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Cairns, Waterfront Terraces is located a short distance from McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery (0.4 mi) and St Monica's Cathedral (0.8 mi).

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV, a kitchenette, and air conditioning, and you can stay connected during your stay as Waterfront Terraces offers guests free wifi.

The hotel features shops. Plus, Waterfront Terraces offers a pool and barbeque facilities, providing a pleasant respite from your busy day. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the Italian restaurants, including AquaLuna, Villa Romana Trattoria, and Bellocale, all of which are a short distance from Waterfront Terraces.

During your visit, be sure to check out Cairns Botanic Gardens (1.1 mi), which is a popular attraction within walking distance of the hotel.

At Waterfront Terraces, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Cairns.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Vending machine
Beach
Car hire
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Shops
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Seating area
Sofa
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Iron
Dishwasher
Microwave
Refrigerator
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quiet
Great View
Languages Spoken
English

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233 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
Waterfront Terraces
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jaynesmith2015 wrote a review Nov 2023
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom10 contributions9 helpful votes
I booked an apartment for three weeks while I was visiting family in Cairns and used it as a base when out exploring FNQ. It was perfect. Spacious, clean and, the linen was changed when I was out of town. The decor and furniture could do with some updating and given a more tropical flavour with white cotton linen on the very comfortable bed. Anthony is the star of this show and works incredibly hard to maintain and retain the style of this establishment although I think he has more to offer given the chance! The location is perfect, just far enough along the Esplanade to be quiet but close enough to walk into the City and explore. Thank you.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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travellover2010_23 wrote a review Aug 2023
Melbourne146 contributions29 helpful votes
We stayed here recently and really enjoyed our time. The apartment had everything we needed and the balcony was the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view. The pool is heated to 29 degrees so we were able to swim even though it was a bit cooler weather. We would recommend this place and stay here again
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Free parking, good pool
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MoneyPennye wrote a review May 2023
Melbourne, Australia167 contributions50 helpful votes
We rented in this building due to proximity to Tobruk Swimming Pool- 10-15 minutes walk. It takes about 30 minutes to walk into the centre of Cairns, so a bit inconvenient for dinners etc but that was our choice. The staff were really very friendly and helpful. The unit was spacious and furniture was pretty comfortable. 2 big sofas! The king size bed was very comfortable. The kitchen has the basics to cook. However, the apartment could really do with some fresh paint and better artwork ( currently clown fish and Franklin Island). This was not a luxury apartment but a tiny touch up would make it look much smarter. You’re required to put out the garbage at the end of stay which we thought the cleaner might do. No big deal but unusual. Overall, no complaints
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you want to be in the centre of the action, this is not the place to be. Close to the...
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Ethel55 wrote a review Feb 2023
Bournemouth, United Kingdom152 contributions84 helpful votes
Had lovely apartment with sea view, all the equipment you need to prepare meals, we had friends staying in a smaller apartment so we cooked for them and had a few drinks rather than go out. Slept well, nice quiet location with ocean views. Used the pool which was nice and crashing, also had a bbq area. Could have done with more, tea and coffee and milk, also only 3 shampoos to last for 8 days. Apartments nearest end to airport, so taxi only 16-17 aus$
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Date of stay: February 2023
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b0nnie55 wrote a review Nov 2022
New Plymouth, New Zealand79 contributions65 helpful votes
The Apartments are down toward the airport end of the Esplanade but that can have it's benefits. It's quieter. The pool is bigger than most. It is surrounded by foliage and private from the street. You can walk in down the far end, making it easier for older people to get in and out. If you don't need a sea view, then Apartment 7 on the ground floor as it's own private gate to the pool about 10 steps away. Bonus you don't have to climb up and down steps. There is a bust stop in front of the nearby hospital that will take you into town.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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SMILEYOZ wrote a review Sept 2022
178 contributions81 helpful votes
We have stayed a number of time with you now and alway a friendly smile to greet us Central to cairns and all it has to offer Your rooms have it all for us to relax unwind and take in cairns Thank you for our great stays each time with you See you again
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Traveler101 wrote a review Feb 2022
Greater Sydney, Australia9 contributions7 helpful votes
If you want to stay in Cairns, I can not scream it louder, DO NOT TO STAY HERE. The reviews are good but locals say the owner makes the staff write these when in reality, it’s a s***hole. A few of the reasons for this: 1. There is no boom gate for the parking. I know this doesn’t seem like the biggest deal breaker but when the police are making random stops inside the hotel parking area, my alarm bells go off and I’d prefer to have my car and belongings secure. 2. Had a place on the top floor. When we came in, there was a slippery oil like substance on the floor. We had to clean it up ourselves and when we spoke to the owner about it, she said it must be the condensation from the air conditioner from the apartment below us. Not only is this a serious slipping hazard but what a stupid and ridiculous response! However, we came to find this wasn’t the stupidest answer we would receive from her. 3. We found ants all over the kitchen bench. It looks as though they were heading into a hole in the grout above the tiles. The owner came up, with no shoes on and asked us what type of ants they were. Obviously we didn’t know so she had a look. “Oh, they’re little sugar ants. What a bummer”. I kid you not, that was her exact response. The only solution she could offer was a can of bug spray the next morning. Also, to do this, we had to use our own mobiles due to the fact the 2 phones in the room were not working. 4. Sheets were dirty, paper thin with stains all over them as well as only being rationed 1 pillow each with the ones for the sofa bed in the cupboard looking quite filthy. There were also numerous missing knives and cutlery, so too bad if I needed to cut up a meal! 5. With 6 people staying 3 nights, you would assume they would give you more than 1 1/4 rolls of toilet paper! How long is that meant to last us? Housekeeping is severely lacking here. 6. Who on earth keeps saying this is in a good location!?!? It is ages away from anywhere and you honestly have to drive to get into town if you don’t feel like walking for hours. We were going to stay there 3 nights (ended up staying one) and they gave us a refund for the last night after stating there is a 2-night minimum. I genuinely have never wanted to be out of a place quicker. This place is an absolute joke. I have travelled around Australia and the world and this is hands down probably the worst I have ever been to. Hopefully this review will help others in the future to NOT STAY HERE and be informed about the proper state of the Waterfront Terraces.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Rachel198005 wrote a review Jan 2022
Yeppoon, Australia191 contributions8 helpful votes
We stayed for 4 nights over Christmas. The room was a good size for a family of 5. It was clean and great to have a washing machine and dryer in the apartment to use. We could hear aeroplanes, but this was not a nuisance. Quite interesting to see the different ones coming in and out. The pool is heated and on the day we arrived, it was too warm for a hot December day, but was better a couple of days later. Pool was clean and large. Gardens are well kept and in a handy location. We had a lovely view from our balcony. It could be hard to stay here with kids in prams or elderly people etc as there is no lift, but you could request a ground floor apartment so this wouldn't be a problem.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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TeamJaffa wrote a review Dec 2019
Victor Harbor, Australia257 contributions107 helpful votes
I am writing this review after just dropping the key off following a recent 4 say stay. This has to be one of my favourite places to stay in Cairns. We found it practical, functional, well positioned, great parking and a beautiful outlook from the balcony. Of particular value to us was the highly functional small kitchen and laundry. I did hear planes but honestly they were not noisy during our stay and I slept like a rock. We will definitely return.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Judy Graham W wrote a review Aug 2019
Greater Adelaide, Australia5 contributions2 helpful votes
Rather old right in the path of planes taking off, very noisy.Lack of kitchen ware. A long way from Central Cairns if you are walking.Across t😀🙂😃🙂😀the road from sea and walking tracks.Swimming pool and Bbq area all Ok
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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AU$172 - AU$210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterfront Terraces
Which popular attractions are close to Waterfront Terraces?
Nearby attractions include Crackerbox Palace (0.3 km) and Opal Art Global (0.09 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterfront Terraces?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Waterfront Terraces?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Waterfront Terraces?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterfront Terraces?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterfront Terraces?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cock & Bull, Cairns, Tia's Cafe in Cairns, and Blue Mango Cafe and Wine Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Waterfront Terraces?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Waterfront Terraces?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Waterfront Terraces have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the bay view available here.