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Cairns Harbour Lights

1 Marlin Parade, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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Unparalleled location on the waterfront of Cairns, with beautiful one, two and three-bedroom self-contained apartments at The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. If you’re looking for warm and welcoming service, convenience of location, look no further than us for your next stay. Located just 7km from Cairns Airport, next door to where Reef Tours depart, and close to the city of Cairns, you can spend your time enjoying the diverse offerings of the region and save on time travelling between locations. The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights is the perfect choice for business and holiday travellers seeking the comforts of home and the amenities of a waterfront hotel. To explore and get to know our property and services as well as discover local guides and special offers view our helpful online guest compendium Opens in a new tab.. The tropical city of Cairns Opens in a new tab., Australia has plenty to offer no matter what time of year you visit. Nearby attractions include the superb restaurants, shops and bars, Reef Casino Opens in a new tab., Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon Opens in a new tab., scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef Opens in a new tab., the Daintree Rainforest Opens in a new tab., Cape Tribulation Opens in a new tab. and more. For recommendations on what to do in Cairns, our front desk staff are always happy to help
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Car park
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Baggage storage
Wifi
Outdoor pool
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Non-smoking hotel
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Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Harbour View
Centrally Located
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jayne1 wrote a review Sept 2023
Brisbane, Australia258 contributions74 helpful votes
Wonderful spot, beautiful apartment wouldn’t hesitate to visit again. Highly recommend the harbour view one bed, only drawback early morning wake ups from the tour boats leaving. fully equipped huge amounts of storage just need some pegs supplied for the washing line
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SAMARSHALL77 wrote a review July 2023
Adelaide, Australia205 contributions75 helpful votes
Very comfortable and clean. Very friendly, helpful staff. Perfect walking distance access to waterfront, boats, esplanade restaurants, Cairns Dome and reef terminal. Only spent one night, as went on a boat, but would certainly use again.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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schewtmj wrote a review Jan 2023
Perth, Australia43 contributions16 helpful votes
Great location we stayed here for 9 nights and found the room comfortable for a family of 4 A couple of frustrating and small issues that spoiled the experience. The air conditioner was on a timer for only 4 hours and had to be reset. Waking Up at 2 or 3 am in a sweat having to get up and reset the air/con in the living area every night was by far the most annoying part of our stay. The shower door didn’t close fully and without close attention to shower head position would result in water all over the bathroom floor. We found the location and outlook 5 star. Beds and everything else clean and comfortable. Good size fridge and all you need in the kitchen. The room was not serviced so we had to wash towels and clean ourselves.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 26 May 2023
Dear Schewtmj, Thank you for your review, unfortunately this is not an apartment that is part of our hotel, but an airbnb operated by an individual owner. Please come and stay with us in the future at the Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager
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Companion401536 wrote a review Nov 2022
Malaysia2 contributions
We have stayed here several times and like it better than the two nearby Pullmans. We often get a room with balcony facing the Trinity inlet. The studios are better than the hotel rooms as they give us more room to stretch. The studio has full size washing machine, fridge and kitchen. The hotel is just bordering the sea and there are few nice restaurants along the boardwalk. The location is perfect. The rooms have been always clean and we use the secure undercover car park all the time. The esplanade is very close.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Higher floors facing the sea are great.
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David T wrote a review Aug 2022
Adelaide, Australia3 contributions
My wife and I and 2 other friends stayed in an AirBNB. 301 at harbour lights Cains August 2022 the view from the apartment was stunning unfortunately the apartment was not as advertised as their were a few issue which spoiled the experience. 1 The couch was not fit for purpose as the base support was torn and saggy. All 4 of us are aged pensioners and once seated, we need help up. 2 The air conditioner was set on a 4 hour timer and could not be adjusted. 3 The shower cubicle leaked all over the bath room floor which made it slippery and dangerous. 4 Fan in main bed room did not work at all (not good on a hot night). 5 Second bed room floor to ceiling wooden blinds did not keep out light at night.I read a review last August 2021 saying the same thing and the reply was that curtains were being made.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Glenn1962 wrote a review June 2022
Sydney, Australia163 contributions88 helpful votes
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We had a 1 bedder on level 2. Location is everything. This is where u want to be in Cairns and stuff the car. Room was small but decent balcony, moderate water view, fantastic amenities with pool, gym, sauna n spa. Fully fitted kitchen with small fridge and full cooking facilities. Nice a quite part of town without major traffic noise and good lifts The Harbor Lights precinct is within one of the 2 major restaurant strips. It is on the river and clearly the fancy part of town. This is the place to stay along with the Shangrai La and Hilton.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 11 June 2022
Dear Glenn1962, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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Deb H wrote a review May 2022
Melbourne20 contributions44 helpful votes
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My mum and I stayed at CHL for 5 nights. The location was fantastic being within walking distance to many restaurants, the Esplanade strip and the Cairns CBD. The foyer and central architectural design within the centre of the building was beautiful. The rooms were nice, but were a little musty, likely because the aircon is on a lot with little fresh air coming in as it’s too hot to open doors for extended periods. Bed was comfy and the bathroom was spacious. I saw negative complaints about no hot water, but it just takes a bit to come in. And when it does it’s perfectly fine. It was great to see real hair dryers in the rooms. And closet storage was good. On the 9th floor I had a great view of the harbour and the city scape as did my mum on the 7th. The pool was simple but good to cool down in with nice views and ample shade. The staff were impeccable. Hannah (and her cute sidekick Colin 🐶) were a delight to deal with. So friendly and helpful, she really made our stay pleasant as did Colin! We had only a couple of issues, mum changed rooms because the first room was a bit too musty and there was an issue with an over achieving fridge that was freezing everything. But they were remedied quite quickly. Curtains in our rooms are probably due for some cleaning. Otherwise a great stay! Would return.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: The hot water may take some time to come in, just be patient!
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Responded 21 May 2022
Dear 1312debh, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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fozzie_8 wrote a review May 2022
Geelong423 contributions76 helpful votes
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On the water front in Cairns near all restaurants and much of the entertainment. I had an apartment room that was on the 2nd floor. Outlook was over the waterfront and opposite the Hilton. 2 min walk to the centre of cairns. Clean fresh room with good security. Room service because of Covid was on request and I got it done once during the week. The reception staff were great and very helpful. If you did get there after 10 pm I don't know how you would check in but I am sure there would be a way.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 21 May 2022
Dear Fozzie_8, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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ScubaJoJo wrote a review Mar 2022
Sydney, Australia250 contributions61 helpful votes
The staff couldn't have been more accommodating or helpful! The room, a 1 bed apartment was superb with water views. The 4th floor pool was amazing with views over Cairns town and the water. I guess what made our stay the most memorable was the staff, thank you Greg, Hannah and Jo.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 26 Mar 2022
Dear ScubaJoJo, We very much appreciate your comments regarding your stay at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team. I am sure that this feedback will serve as an encouragement to all of our staff as we strive to continuously improve the quality of our services. Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope your next visit will be as pleasant as the previous one. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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Karen D wrote a review Mar 2022
4 contributions2 helpful votes
The hotel is perfectly located near the cruises and central to everything. However, the rooms are musty, and without an ounce of character. The inside is large but austere. As it’s ageing everything creaks or makes loud noises eg. The air conditioning. I would not stay here again.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
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Responded 21 Mar 2022
Dear Karen D, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience at the The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations; please allow me to express my sincerest apologies. At The Sebel, we strive to provide a superior service experience for every customer; therefore your feedback is very important to us. Please rest assured that we are taking the appropriate measures to address the problem and prevent future occurrence. We appreciate your sharing your concerns, and it is our hope that you will give us the opportunity to better serve you in the near future. Sincerely, Odette Laska General Manager The Sebel Cairns Harbour Lights T. +61 7 4057 0801 M. +61 4 03 409 231 E. h8777-gm@accor.com
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AU$266 - AU$588 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cairns Harbour Lights
Which popular attractions are close to Cairns Harbour Lights?
Nearby attractions include Cairns Esplanade Lagoon (0.4 km), Cairns Art Gallery (0.4 km), and Samurai Gallery Australia (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a fitness centre.
Which room amenities are available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Guests can enjoy free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, a parking garage is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cairns Harbour Lights?
Conveniently located restaurants include Orient Express Sushi Train, Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse, and Tha Fish.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Is Cairns Harbour Lights located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Cairns Harbour Lights?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Cairns Harbour Lights offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and conference facilities.
Does Cairns Harbour Lights have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.