Hilton Hotel Cairns – Hotel Review

Hilton Hotel Cairns – Hotel Review
Hilton Cairns Hotel Review

Hilton Hotel in Cairns is one of the best hotels to stay in the lovely city of Cairns, in far north Queensland. I’d place the Hilton Cairns in the top 3 hotels of Cairns along with the Pullman Reef Casino Hotel and the Shangri-la Hotel. Located right in the heart of Cairns City, next to the Cairns Marina waterfront, there is a choice of rooms with a view of the waterfront or with city views looking towards the mountains inland from Cairns.

Hilton Cairns Hotel Review
Hilton Cairns Hotel Review

Tripatrek Score:  9.4 /10
The Tripatrek score is an average of these 5 features of the Pullman Reef Casino Hotel:
Location: 10 / 10
Room Quality: 9.5 / 10
Hotel Facilities: 8.5 / 10
In-house Restaurant: 9 / 10
Restaurants near-by: 10 / 10


The location of the Hilton Cairns hotel is perfect. Right next to the Cairns Marina which is the hub of activity. Also right next to the city centre for easy access to loads of restaurants, tourist services and convenience stores. There is a late night convenience store right next to the Hilton. Directly to the rear of the Hilton Cairns is the Cairns Casino for some quality entertainment, live music and a good choice of restaurants.

Room Quality

The average price for a room at the Hilton Cairns is around $200. I have seen the price in low season go down to $155 and it can by upwards of $250 in the high season.

King Hilton Deluxe Room
King Hilton Deluxe Room

I would recommend spending the extra money for a Hilton Deluxe room which has an excellent balcony with un-interrupted views of the waterfront.

The rooms have all the amenities you would expect from a luxury 5 star hotel. With comfortable beds, a large bathroom, room safe, large TV screen and a desk for if you need to get some work done.

Hotel Facilities

24 hour reception area.

Good quality Wi-Fi Internet access that work in the rooms. I had no problems with the internet access with fast download and upload speeds.

The outdoor swimming pool is a nice size. The pool is curved around the outside of the hotel building and is still good if you keen to swim laps. The swimming pool is heated so even in the cooler months (Cairns doesn’t get that cold in winter) the pool is comfortable to swim in. Nice garden area around the swimming pool with deck chairs to relax.

Outdoor swimming pool at Hilton Cairns
Outdoor swimming pool at Hilton Cairns

The fitness centre is adequate, with some walking machines and exercise bikes and a few free weights. You can definitely get a good work out at the gym but not a huge selection of exercise machines.

In-house Restaurants

There are 2 in-house restaurants to choose from at the Hilton Cairns. Inside, next to reception is Cafe Sunrise which is where the excellent buffet breakfast is served. You can also get meals there for lunch and dinner.

The highlight of dining at the Hilton Cairns is the award wining Mondo On the Waterfront. Located right on the waterfront, Mondo has a eclectic menu with cuisine from all over the world. From Asia rice dishes, Indonesian Satay, Sri Lankan Chicken Curry, Mexican food, Chicken Schnitzel, Aussie Burgers and steaks and a choice of fresh local seafood.

Restaurants at Hilton Cairns Hotel
Restaurants at Hilton Cairns Hotel

I went in for dinner at Mondo On The Waterfront and had the Indonesian Chicken Satay with fried rice and was really impressed. I visit Indonesia often and I can say this dish at Mondo was spot on for authentic Indonesian food. I would not hesitate to go back and dine at Mondo On The Waterfront.

Restaurants near-by

Walk out the front of the Hilton Cairns and you are right on the Cairns Marina Waterfront which has a huge selection of the best restaurants in Cairns. I can highly recommend the fine dining experience at Dundee’s Australian Restaurant. Also walking distance to the centre of Cairns city for choice of more top quality restaurants.

Hilton Cairns
34 Esplanade
Cairns City QLD 4870

Website: Hilton Cairns

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