Rydges Esplanade

Cnr Esplanade and Kerwin StsCairns4870Australia
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About Rydges Esplanade

Set amid tropical gardens in downtown Cairns, Rydges Esplanade is a modern, multi-storey chain hotel offering upscale lodgings. Perks include three outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts painted in Australian Open blue and a health and fitness centre featuring a gym, spa and sauna.

The smart, air-conditioned rooms feature flat-screen TVs, en-suite bathrooms and tea and coffee-making facilities. The private balconies offer mountain, city or Coral Sea views. Family rooms add games console links for the kids. Apartment-style units with kitchens are also available.

Besides free Wi-Fi throughout and paid parking, amenities comprise a 24-hour reception with a tour desk, lifts and extensive function rooms.

The swish on-site CHB Restaurant & Bar serves a full buffet breakfast. It also provides all-day dining, with a focus on Australian dishes and tasty tapas.

Boat tours of the amazing Great Barrier Reef depart from the main marina, which is five minutes’ drive from Rydges Esplanade. The Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns is nine minutes’ stroll away.


Cnr Esplanade and Kerwin Sts, Cairns, 4870, Australia
Telephone: +61(7)40449000 | Fax: +61(7)40449001 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour reception
  • Airport shuttle
  • Business centre
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Conference rooms
  • Deck chairs / Sun loungers
  • Express check-in / out
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parasols
  • PC with internet
  • Pool bar
  • Porter service
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Supermarket
  • Terrace
  • Towels at the pool / beach
  • Washing machine
  • Wellness centre / Spa
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with bathtub
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cable TV
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Electric kettle
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Room safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Whirlpool / Hot tub


  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot
  • Childcare / Babysitting

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

Great Water Pressure and Comfy Beds

The spacious rooms were a hit with guests who singled out two amenities that really made their stay a great one. The first was the excellent water pressure and the second was the large and very comfortable beds which contributed to guests getting much needed rest after a day exploring Cairns.

Helpful Staff

A number of previous guests to the hotel made very positive remarks about the staff at the hotel who it seems were willing to go above and beyond their normal duties to make helpful suggestions to guests about what to do and what to see.

Amazing Views of Mont Blanc

From high floors, the views over the Coral Sea rated very highly amongst guest reviewers, with a number of people commenting that the views were the highlight of their stay at the hotel.

Negative Reviews

Unreliable Wi-Fi

A number of guest reviews mentioned the slow speed of the Wi-Fi, whilst some guests were frustrated by the speed, others were equally frustrated about its reliability with some reviews highlighting that staying online was a struggle.

Town a Bit of a Walk

For some guests the 10 minute walk into the night markets in the centre of town was a little bit too long and their reviews commented that they thought that the hotel was too far out of the city centre. Other reviews warned future guests that Cairns is very spread out so take some good walking shoes.

Old Rooms

A number of reviewers mentioned the tired and dated rooms at the hotel which some believed were in desperate need of an overhaul. Some guests also mentioned stained carpets and shabby bed linen in their reviews which also could use replacement.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 1361 reviews across the web
7.9 /10
  • Expedia
    8.0 /10
  • Hotels.com
    8.1 /10
  • ebookers.com
    10 /10
  • Hotelsclick.com
    8.2 /10
  • other websites
    7.6 /10
7.9 out of 10 based on 1361 reviews