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181 The Esplanade

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Deluxe Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, Ocean View | Balcony
Front of property
1 bedroom, pillow-top beds, blackout curtains, iron/ironing board
Full-sized fridge, microwave, stovetop, dishwasher

Overview of 181 The Esplanade

181 The Esplanade

4.0 star property
4-star beach aparthotel with outdoor pool, near Cairns Esplanade
8.4 out of 10 Very good
8.4/10 Very good

322 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
181 The Esplanade, Cairns North, QLD, 4870
Main amenities
  • 21 smoke-free apartments
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Spa tub
  • In-room childcare
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Car hire on-site
  • Front desk safe
  • Laundry service
Feel at home
  • Cots/infant beds (surcharge)
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Kitchen
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Private hot tub

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Cairns North
  • Cairns Esplanade - 1 min walk
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre - 2 min drive
  • Reef Fleet Terminal - 3 min drive
  • Cairns Marlin Marina - 4 min drive
  • Palm Cove Beach - 20 min drive

Getting around

  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 7 min drive
  • Freshwater Station - 10 min drive
  • Redlynch Station - 12 min drive
  • Cairns Station - 28 min walk


  • Annabel's Bakery - 11 min walk
  • Muddy's Cafe - 10 min walk
  • Sushi Train - 9 min walk
  • Odett's Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Lobby Bar - 7 min walk

About this property

181 The Esplanade

181 The Esplanade puts you only 3.4 mi (5.5 km) from the airport, and a five-minute drive from Cairns Esplanade. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool, and the hot tub makes for a relaxing end to the day. A sauna and a steam room are other highlights, and apartments feature private hot tubs and kitchens. Fellow travellers love the comfortable beds and location.


Chinese (Mandarin), English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Property is professionally cleaned
Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions and an access code; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Babysitting*


  • Pets not allowed

Property amenities


  • Outdoor pool
  • Sunloungers
  • Private hot tub
  • Hot tub
  • Sauna


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • Free extended parking on site
  • On-site car hire

Family friendly

  • Cots (infant beds): AUD 11.0 per night
  • Babysitting (surcharge)


  • Fridge (full size)
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • Pillow-top mattress
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Rollaway/extra beds: AUD 25.0 per night


  • Combined shower/bath
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Living spaces

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Sitting area


  • 42-inch TV with cable service
  • DVD player

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Garden


  • Washer/dryer
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry service

Climate control

  • Air conditioning


  • No pets allowed


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • Lift
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible (with limits)
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Limited housekeeping
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Luggage storage
  • Blackout curtains
  • Safe at front desk
  • Free newspapers (reception)
  • In-room massages
  • Front desk (limited hours)

Location highlights

  • Near the sea
  • On the waterfront
  • Near the boardwalk
  • Near the airport
  • Near a train station
  • In the business district
  • On the boardwalk
  • On the Strip

Things to do

  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Waterskiing nearby
  • Snorkelling nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


  • 21 rooms
  • 10 floors
  • 1 building
  • Built in 1995
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms avaliable

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • In-room babysitting is available for an extra charge
  • Cots/infant beds are available for AUD 11.0 per night
  • Rollaway beds are available for AUD 25.0 per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is professionally cleaned; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag and hen parties.
This property accepts major credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

181 Esplanade
181 Esplanade Apartment
181 Esplanade Apartment Cairns North
181 Esplanade Cairns North
181 The Esplanade Aparthotel
181 The Esplanade Cairns North
181 The Esplanade Aparthotel Cairns North

Frequently asked questions

Does 181 The Esplanade offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, 181 The Esplanade does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at 181 The Esplanade?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at 181 The Esplanade?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at 181 The Esplanade?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at 181 The Esplanade?
Yes, there's free self and extended parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at 181 The Esplanade?
You can check in starting at 2:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at 181 The Esplanade and nearby?
Have fun with nearby activities such as cycling, boat tours and hiking. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub and an invigorating swim in the outdoor pool. 181 The Esplanade also has a sauna and a steam room, as well as a garden.
Does 181 The Esplanade have private hot tubs?
Yes, each apartment has a private hot tub.
Does 181 The Esplanade have a kitchen or kitchenette?
Yes, there is a kitchen, which also includes a coffee maker, cookware and a fridge.
Does 181 The Esplanade have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, each apartment features a balcony.
What's the area around 181 The Esplanade like?
181 The Esplanade is in Cairns North, a short 7-minute drive from Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) and 4 minutes' walk from Cairns Base Hospital. Travellers give top marks for the aparthotel's prime location.



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Property conditions & facilities


8/10 Very good

Ocean View?
Ocean view or Garden view? If you look closely you can see the ocean through the trees but I paid for an ocean view. This was not it! Lots of great space with two bathrooms, laundry and all the basics in a kitchen. A local phone in the apartment/lobby would have been very helpful. Bit of a hike to get to the Esplanade/Marina but definitely doable. Surfaces were all very clean but if you look up or down you will find plenty of dirt, ants and even mold. For a short term stay this place will do the trick but a bit of investment or even fresh paint would do this building some justice.
Veronica, 7-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Old apartment , amenities are limited , A/C was too cold in one room vs nothing in the other bed room, blinds were not closing property . Need revamp . no nearby convince store as well .
Verified Wotif guest review

6/10 Good

Nice sea view and very spacious accommodation. For the price however, it all felt a bit old and tired. Mmmmm beige. The kitchen was well equiped but the cups were all filthy with coffee rings. The laundry was great but the machine was excessively loud which meant we couldn’t have it on while kids were in bed. We were woken at 2am each night from a loud plumbing noise that we guess was the cistern filling when a person in another apartment used their toilet. Being directly under the 6am flight path capped off the lack sleep.
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10/10 Exceptional

Maureen, 7-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Really spacious and great layout. Full kitchen and allowed easy cooking. While supplies were good, the packaged dish detergent etc is just not as good as dishwasher tablets or a bottle of dishwashing liquid but we realise that is hotel style. Very secure and lock up parking but hard to get a park. Having numbered car parks for guests units would be good, instead of having to find one.
Lisa, 4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great place with view. It's a little out dated but still functional. Great time and place to stay
Yeng, 6-night family trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great stay!
This was a great accommodation for a family of four adults. Two bedrooms and two full bathrooms and spacious living space. Location is excellent with (partial) ocean view (depending on which floor you are on) and walking distance to city centre.
Auke, 6-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very good for family or group stay. Excellent location. One magic key opens all doors :-) The toilets should have exhaust fans installed.
Mayank, 7-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Good value and great views.
Catherine, 3-night family trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Clean and spacious serviced apartment. A bit far from main town centre (on the outskirts of cbd) but that’s the only negative.
Krishti, 4-night family trip
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