Shangri-La Hotel Cairns
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As professional travel photographers, we are blessed to visit many great areas in Australia. Cairns is one region where we often work, so while in Cairns we need a base that gives us access to attractions and tours with a minimum of fuss.
The Shangri-La is where we always stay when doing business in Cairns. We have never been disapointed with anything. The service, rooms, food and facilities are always first class.
We don't want to waste too much time traveling from hotels to photography locations, so this was our first consideration in choosing suitable Cairns accommodation to meet our personal needs.
Situated right on the Marlin Marina, Shangri-La Hotel is one of the finest accommodation houses in the city of Cairns and can truly brag about having the best location.
With great views of the Cairns waterfront, lagoon and Trinity Bay, guest are only a few hundred meters from Cairns City shopping, the Cairns Casino and are right on the jetty to take unbelievable cruises to Green Island, Fitzroy Island or the Great Barrier Reef.
They say that position is everything in real estate and the biggest advantage that the Shangri-La Hotel has over other Cairns accommodation is the location. Situated right on the Marlin Marina, everything is straight at the doorstep.
Rooms are nice and comfortable with plenty of space. As with most superior hotels, everything you need is provided.
Bathrooms were spacious with separate shower and bath, plus handy accessories including shampoo and toothbrushes.
While you are only meters from the Cairns Lagoon, you really don't need to visit there as the hotel pool is large and set in a real resort style surrounding.
We booked a superior bay view room, which was excellent and gave us views across Trinity Bay and the Esplanade, but next visit would probably settle for the regular room as the gardens are so beautiful.
We did have noise drifting up from the restaurant while sitting on our balcony, but once you closed the doors the noise was not apparent. It was good to have a nice quiet room after a hectic days sightseeing in this tropical wonderland.
The tour desk is the spot for booking cruises and entry to attractions around the city. All the tours will pick you up at the hotel lobby and the staff at the tour desk work long hours to make sure you are totally looked after. Cairns has some amazing attractions so you probably won't see them all in one visit.
There are some amazing restaurants on the Marina with the hotel's own restaurant North Food & Wine superb. Great breakfasts and delicious evening meals, finished off with the best terramisu desert I have ever tasted, The North takes care of all our dining needs.
We did dine in a couple of other restaurants along the pier, yet The North remained our favorite. You can also use the poolside food service for a nice snack during the day.
Our usual stay at the Shangri-La covers a week and everything is usually perfect from beginning to end. We self drive into Cairns, use valet parking and virtually never need our car while there. Everything is either in walking distance from the hotel or we are picked up at the lobby by tour companies.
I would certainly recommend the Shangri-La Cairns to one and all.
Fun things to do in Cairns
Cairns Tropical Zoo
Kuranda Skyrail & Scenic Train
Undara Lava Tubes
Hartley's Crocodile Farm
Hot Air Ballooning
Airport Shuttle Bus
Kuranda All Inclusive
White Water Rafting
Butterflies & Birdworld