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Mantra Esplanade

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great place for the family short break from Townsville. The hotel and staff was first class, rooms were clean and very spacious. Hotel supplied a porta-cot for our 14 month old. Location is great and central to the CBD. Would recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Cairns.

Great location on the esplanade. A little outdated now though But had a great stay. Great service and the people on the desk were always so positive and helpful. Didn’t like that we were in a room that had two entrances (rooms for two groups together)

Overall it was a very pleasant experience. The pool was a little small and the car park was difficult to access at times. Unfortunately our room was not ready when we arrived and it was after 3pm before we could check-in. The location was on point - the view was amazing.

On the positive side the location was phenomenal (across the street from the artificial beach and right by the harbor), and the staff were very nice and courteous. However, that's the best I can say for it. We purchased a 1 bedroom suite. When entered our room for the first time it smelled vaguely of urine, the carpets were worn and stained, and there was dust on some of the surfaces. The sheets in the pull out sofa-bed were sandy. My wife and I both had instinctual negative reactions to a room that we were paying a lot of money for. We asked for a different room, and one was not available until the next day. So we slept in that room. The next day we moved into a room in somewhat better condition but with its own issues. The major issue in this room was the fold out sofa-bed. The mattress was so warn that you could feel every wire and spring. My daughter who is allergic to dust mites slept on it, and in the morning her eyes were severely swollen and red, presumably because of the dirty mattress. This hotel needs a big renovation and much better cleanliness.

My daughter and I came here for our own end of school celebration. The Mantra was lovely. Nice apartment style with a great small kitchen (microwave/cooker, full fridge, cook top and usual toaster, kettle pots n pans). Able to cook all our own meals. Woolworths is just across the road from the back of the hotel. Go around the back of the pool area for quick acess to the supermarket. It's a large Woolies and has in store Sushi (easy dinner), the BWS is out the back of the Woolies but not IN Woolies. Lagoon style pool was nice and we had a few dips. You need your room key for access, pretty standard. The Mantra is very central to a lot of things. 4 block walk to Central shopping mall or $8 Uber. 1 block walk to a lovely Italian restaurant called Simply Italian (in The Hilton). 1 block walk to the main departure jetty for all the boats going out on the reef. Pretty much across the road from The Lagoon and frontage. Your apartment is not serviced unless you ask which was not a problem. Got new towells when needed. BTW the pool towells are under the vanity in the bathroom. Fully aircond. There's a coffee shop in the foyer. Daughter had a Caramel Cap which didn't have any caramel taste so she wasn't impressed. If you want to be environmentally friendly with your rubbish, there's recycle bins outside the elevator on the car park level. Had a very nice stay and think here is a good option.

Booked a penthouse suite for a birthday weekend. Housed 8. More than sufficient space, friendly service, reception was very welcoming of guests and all parties. Nice pool, great rooms, top location and an all out great stay.

Very nice apartment in good location in Cairns. Nice view from room and staff were very pleasant. Near to supermarket, bars, restaurants and the lagoon. Would definitely recommend both location and apartments

Super location of hotel. Great View, we were on level 7 in a 3 Bedroom Apartment. There was lots of room. 2 Bathrooms. Pool was nice, not as big as in the photos. Short walk to shops, lots of cafes. Short stroll to lagoon. Reception can call a taxi for you and it will be there in a few minutes.

Great Location and easy to get to everywhere. The staff are very accommodating, even after checking out. We had a late night flight but had day trips organised so had to check out early in the morning. The staff looked after our luggage and still helped us right up until we left for the airport. Couldn't recommend them highly enough.

Great room, and a great place ro relax, and getaway for the weekend....!! Comfortable beds, and really comfortable to hang out in, Car parking was a breeze & undercover. The view overlooking the Cairns Sea front was stunning, just a great place to stay.

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

1 Bedroom City View Apartment

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

1 Bedroom Ocean View Apartment

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

2 Bedroom City view Apartment

King 2 | Twin 4 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1706 reviews