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Mantra Esplanade

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We had a very pleasant stay in a lovely sea view room. Completely happy with the room, the staff and all the amenities. This was our second stay at the Mantra on the Esplanade. We will be back. The location is ideal for excursions and the abundance of dining options are super.

Stayed at the Mantra Esplanade Cairns October 2017 , found the property clean, secure parking convenient and hotel staff very helpful. Was disappointed with other inconsiderate guest slamming doors and dropping Sigonella ash from their balcony on to myn.

We were extremely disappointed with your motel during our stay. On arrival we were asked if we would allow contract painters to access our balcony at 07.30am the next morning and after consideration we did not want to be disturbed. We were woken at 06.30am by the sound of the contract painters and the scissor lift they were using outside our balcony this proceeded to happen on a daily basis and invaded our privacy. We feel that the motel is placing profits before people with poor management in not vacating the affected rooms.

Great Location - right in the heart of Cairns next to the Night Markets & Casino. Check in was interesting, we were standing behind another couple checking in and when it came to our turn to checkin the receptionist said we’d heard everything and she didn’t need to run through it again. No ice machine in the hotel, there are 2 Indian restaurants right downstairs so if you don’t like the smell of Indian food then this isn’t the hotel for you. Walking to our room in the hallways there is a very distinctive smell. The room was fine, clean, balcony. We did ask at the reception about WIFI & were told that there is Free Cairns Community WIFI. She failed to mention that it’s only available in the lobby. Not in the rooms. Overall - great location. Front of house staff could be bit more helpful.

With its great position on the south end of the Esplanade the Mantra should be a no-brainer. First impressions are good - lovely foyer, and attentive and friendly reception staff. The problems start in the lift - I did not manage once to get my key card to register so that I could press my floor. Luckily the lift eventually stopped at my floor, but I had problems getting into my room. The issue is with the system, not the cards. The room itself was pleasant and well maintained, but a bit tired.

I stayed in room 420 - spacious and clean. Very comfortable. The staff were very professional and efficient. The hotel is in a great location - very central and close to restaurants and other facilities.

The property is conveniently located in a central location with easy walk to the fleet terminals, Rusty's Market, Night market, supermarket and many eating places. A great location for first time visitors. The room is clean and comfortable, with added benefit of the provision of kitchen and laundry.

The first Mantra I've stayed at where breakfast wasn't included was very disappointing. Also there was no assistance to take our baggage to our room and no trolley to help with the heavy bags. While staff was friendly there was not much information which made us feel that we were part of the Mantra family

I felt the place is a bit tired and my room wasn’t all that clean. Dust on the walls from the Air conditioner. The smell of curry permeates the hallway from the restaurant below. Overall average and will find a different hotel upon my next visit.

My room was clean and tidy although a little tired in terms of the furnishings. I occupied the last room down the end of a very long corridor. Not much of a view from the room and no desk or table where I could sit to do a bit of work before and after visiting my clients. The hotel is close to the shops and restaurants though.

53-57 The Esplanade Cairns QLD

Hotel highlights

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)

Located in Cairns Central Business District, Mantra Esplanade is next to Cairns Regional Gallery and Esplanade Lagoon. This 115-room, 4-star hotel has an outdoor pool along with free self parking and a fitness center. Located in central Cairns, the hotel is also near Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park.


The 115 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including balconies, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect WiFi and TVs with cable channels and pay movies. Hair dryers and ironing boards are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Mantra Esplanade, guests enjoy features like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and WiFi in public areas. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with dry cleaning/laundry and tours/tickets. Additional amenities include laundry facilities and barbecue grills.

Room options

Hotel Room Ocean View

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Bedroom, City View

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 1 Bedroom, Ocean View

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 2 Bedrooms, City View

King 2 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1591 reviews