Words by Carlie Tucker
Travelling to Cairns for work comes with plenty of benefits: fabulous weather, the Great Barrier Reef close at hand and the Daintree Rainforest even closer. It also happens to play home to an array of hotels that not only cater to business travellers but put you in prime position to take advantage of all the city's best natural assets (that is, if you have the time of course). If you need help narrowing it down, here are our top picks:
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Cairns Sheridan Hotel
With easy access to both Cairns Airport and Cairns City, this hotel is ideally positioned for corporate guests in town on a short trip. In fact, it is the closest hotel to the Cairns Airport.
Of the 74 available rooms, there are three different configurations to choose from, ensuring a room for all pocket sizes. This includes Deluxe and Executive Rooms as well as Suites. In addition to a comfy bed and private ensuite, each features air conditioning, WiFi access with an NBN connection and designated work desk.
Beyond the rooms, the hotel is well-appointed with an onsite restaurant and cocktail bar. The former changes up their main menu every three months to utilise the best seasonal produce, while the latter offers a convenient spot for cocktails with clients or co-workers. There is also an outdoor pool, and conference rooms are also available with capacity for up to 200 delegates. Catering is available as is all the tech equipment you could possibly need.
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Rydges Plaza Cairns
When you book your business stay in this SmartSTAY Cairns hotel through your FCBT Travel Manager, you'll get the added benefit of complimentary WiFi, a discount on breakfast at the hotel, complimentary parking and 20% off dinner at the hotel restaurant. Though the benefits of staying here go beyond FCBT freebies. It also happens to be centrally located and offer plenty of great business-friendly features.
The rooms and suites feature modern interiors with Rydges Dream Beds, private bathroom facilities and sitting area. Many rooms also feature a private balcony with beautiful views. If you're looking for an escape from your room, there's also a dedicated business centre, pool and gym access. Alternatively, take a break at the Lilo Bar & Restaurant or take advantage of the tour desk to explore the tropics. The Cairns Foreshore and Promenade is close at hand as is the Cairns Lagoon and Skyrail Cableway.
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Pacific Hotel Cairns
This award-winning Cairns hotel prides itself on providing personalised service for all guests wether in town for business or pleasure. And, with a position on the Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour, it's easy to take care of both! The spoils of the city centre are not far away, while the Reef Fleet Terminal and Reef Casino are just moments away should you have time for some recreational activities.
Rooms range from Standard to Deluxe, all incorporating contemporary style and comfort. This includes quality beds, private bathrooms, balconies and high speed WiFi access. Many also feature tranquil views of the stunning surrounds, including ocean and harbour views.
Further adding to your comfort and convenience during your stay, the Pacific Hotel Cairns features an onsite restaurant (Bushfire) serving up churrasco BBQ and ocean views. There is also a dedicated pool deck with an outdoor swimming pool and event facilities to suit groups of all sizes.
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This quality hotel is also located on the Cairns Esplanade, providing easy access to the best that this city has to offer. Enjoy a variety of attractions at your fingertips, including restaurants, the Reef Casino, Cairns Central Shopping Mall, Cairns Lagoon and the ferry terminals whisking travellers out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Featuring 230 rooms and apartments, choose from four different staying options. All offer the hallmarks of a great hotel – comfortable bed, private bathroom and balcony – while some feature the convenience of two to three separate bedrooms and kitchen facilities. Air conditioning and ceiling fans are also fitted throughout all rooms.
A sweep of additional facilities are also available to hotel guests, including in-room internet access, BBQ facilities, an onsite gym, lagoon pool and secure parking. The 24-hour reception comes in handy if your schedule is hectic as do the four available onsite restaurants.
Another SmartSTAY hotel, if you book through your FCBT Travel Manager, you'll enjoy complimentary WiFi Internet Access, guaranteed late check-out to 11am and complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) for the duration of your stay.