Very good 7.2
Based on 16 reviews

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About Waterfront Terraces Hotel


This luxury hotel is located at the peaceful northern end of the Cairns Esplanade. From Cairns International and Domestic Airport, the property is within a 10-minute drive. Major attractions like the Cairns Esplanade, where a large number of migratory nest on a yearly basis, the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, and the World Heritage Rain Forest are also within easy reach. Built with a traditional style of Queenslander’s architecture, Waterfront Terraces Hotel comes with spacious, beautifully furnished apartments with sea-facing private balconies. Ideal for families or large groups, it boasts modern facilities like a sparkling saltwater pool and large BBQ area. Guests can easily access nearby supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants, Cairns Hospitals, and the Muddy’s children playground. Also, the hotel arranges many package tours to the tourist attractions.
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Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Garden
  • Massage(s)
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Room service

Services and conveniences

  • Laundry service
  • Newspapers
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shop(s)
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Babysitting service
  • Family room


  • Pets allowed
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Child and extra bed policy
Infant 1-1 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-12 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Minimum age of guests is: 1 year(s).
  • Guests over 12 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Check-In From: 02:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 10:00 AM
Distance from City Center: 1.5 km
Distance to Airport: 5 km
Number of Floors: 22
Number of Rooms : 22
Room Voltage: 240
Year Hotel Built: 1998
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Very good

based on 16 reviews
  • Cleanliness 7.8
  • Facilities 6.0
  • Location 7.3
  • Room Comfort/Standard 7.6
  • Service 7.3
  • Value for money 8.6
  • Food/Dining 4.9
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Jamie from Canada
Family with older children
2 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 5 nights in January 2016
The end of our row jjourney hotel
Spacious, clean, views of ocean
The rooms were clean and spacious, the staff were GREAT at helping book dives and day trip excursions and where to get affordable groceries. The other families staying there were nice and friendly. It is a bit of a walk into all the restaurants and shops (10 minutes) along the esplanade but there is always taxis going by and will get you right into town in 2 minutes for less than $10. It was our last stop on our rtw journey and the Great Barrier Reef was on my wife's bucket list - she is now happy. Great location and great staff - a/c worked well but you have to keep it on (in January). Will highly recommend the Waterfront Terraces for the price!!!
Reviewed January 19, 2016

Louise from Australia
Family with older children
2 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in November 2015
Very comfortable accommodation.
Size, convenience, view
Very comfortable - it has everything you need except an elevator!
Reviewed November 09, 2015

Evelyn from Papua New Guinea
Family with older children
1 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 2 nights in July 2015
Good View, Peaceful and Accessability to other areas in city was good.
Enjoyable. Slow in connectivity with Wi-Fi network; TV reception no clear with some channel.
Reviewed July 07, 2015

Scott from Australia
1 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 4 nights in March 2015
Mid priced
Quiet, space, pool
It was ok for the price but it wasn't super spotless.
Reviewed March 13, 2015

Fiona from Australia
Business traveler
1 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 3 nights in January 2015
Privacy, quiet considering esplanade frontage and good value for money
Reviewed January 27, 2015

Riona from Canada
Family with older children
2 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 4 nights in June 2014
Nice stay in a quite surroundings
Spacious, Overlooking the water & the Esplanade, Quiet location
Our 2-bedroom apartment was spacious though fixtures were a bit dated. Cleanliness is average and kitchen facilities is basic. It had a nice view overlooking the water and the Esplanade. A leisurely stroll along the Esplanade from the hotel to the city center might take at least 30 minutes. So I would not recommend this hotel if one is not driving. Besides, though there is the word 'hotel' in the name of this property, it is indeed a totally self-catered apartment. It has no daily cleaning service and will only provide you with some initial set-up supplies like tissues, a small pack of milk for your coffee, coffee and tea bags. If you need more supplies thereafter, you will have to pay for that(We however had successfully got tissue replenished). At the end of your stay, you are also required to put away all kitchenware that you have used and to throw away all your rubbish. Otherwise, a fine will be followed. The rules stated in the check-in paper seemed quite strict and we dare not to put it on a trial.
Reviewed July 08, 2014

Carmel from Australia
2 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 7 nights in June 2014
Very comfortable apartment for the price.
Very good floor plan. Amazing shower and thick fluffy towels. Lovely views, from balcony and close to esplanade.
Very comfortable apartment although not luxury as stated on sign at front of apartment and on website. Quiet and close to esplanade and parks. Bedroom was set back a considerable distance from lounge area which was much appreciated as I was unable to hear TV if reading or having an early night. (Hubby has it on high volume and channel surfs frequently) Pool was exceptionally clean and lovely gardens. Nice leisurely walk into shops and restaurants. Very happy with our stay and would return.
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Shirley from Australia
1 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 5 nights in March 2014
Great value
Location, great value, spacious rooms
Reviewed April 01, 2014

Linda from Australia
2 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 8 nights in June 2013
Good apartment with lovely view
Apartment, price, kitchen utensils
Lovely stay. The apartment was an easy drive to the city centre and had a lovely view of the esplanade. Ceiling fans were a great idea as it wasn't hot enough for a/c but hot enough for fans. The apartment had comfortable furnishings and the kitchen was well supplied with utensils, pots, pans and crockery.
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Bruce from Australia
1 Bedroom Apartment
Stayed 7 nights in June 2013
Great weather very relaxing.
1.close to dining. 2.very quiet.3. great place for families or couples.
Excellent would return again one day. Close to most restaurants and shops.
Reviewed July 10, 2013


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