Hotel Shangri-La The Marina Hotel 5 star
Pierpont Road Po Box 7170 Cairns, Australia
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Like the rest of the hotels in the Shangri-La group, this is a high quality establishment. Open all year round, its irreproachable level of service and comfortable guest rooms have given it a reputation in the city of Cairns. Essentially made up of business visitors, this city hotel does not offer much in terms of leisure facilities, apart from the big beautiful swimming pool on the building's rooftop. You will probably be impressed by the efficient friendly staff who are ready to bend over backwards to accommodate your needs.

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    Location 8.05 /10

    The hotel is at the heart of the city of Cairns and the airport is no more than a quarter of an hour away by car.

    Accommodation 8.95 /10

    Like the rest of the hotel, the Shangri-La's 255 guest rooms are all decorated in a contemporary manner that is not only stylish but very comfortable as well. Spacious, most of them have a superb view over the marina but they are all equipped with a furnished balcony. The king size bed is so snug, it might be a struggle to tear yourself away from it, especially with its views through the big picture windows! As for facilities, nothing is lacking: air conditioning, a television, safe, minibar, etc. The bathroom is separated from the room by nothing more than a big glass door, which can be screened off with a big white partition. As in all Shangri-La hotels, one floor is entirely given over to the "Horizon" rooms. Guests booked into one of these are provided with an exclusive lounge for their breakfast and pre-dinner drinks. Even the check-in for these rooms is found on this floor.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The Shangri-La is an immense building located just next to a beautiful large marina. It looks quite imposing but has all that you need when it comes to a comfortable stay. The lobby is a magnificent, vast space, and its high ceilings mean it is well ventilated. You might find it hard to get used to the rather harsh air conditioning though! The reception area echoes with the sound of a little fountain. The contemporary decor would not look out of place in even the finest of hotels, but the surroundings somehow lack warmth, in both senses of the word. You will find a superb swimming pool surrounded by vegetation on the rooftop. With huge palm trees surrounding the infinity pool, here you will entirely forget that you are in the city. Large parasols allow guests to stay in the shade. When it comes to relaxing, the hotel has a gym and a spa with 6 treatment rooms, where you can be pampered in a whole series of different ways.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    No less than 9 restaurants can be reached directly from the Shangri-La, although not all of them actually belong to the hotel. The Tides and Bar is located on the ground floor. It is a long, lounge-style dining room where you can enjoy your meal in an intimate indoor setting or, preferably, sit outside to enjoy the open air on the terrace, which has a superb view over the marina. The restaurant can seat up to 250 diners and serves up Australian cuisine with an international twist. The quality of the food is good but the dishes are unlikely to leave a particularly strong impression. In the morning, breakfast is served as a continental buffet, but lunch and dinner are both served la carte. An alternative place to eat is the Pool Bar on the top floor of the hotel, but the menu here consists only of snacks.

    To know

    Scuba divers will be interested to know the Great Barrier Reef is only an hour and a half away by boat.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, golf, dance, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room


    • The guest rooms
    • The view of the marina
    • The contemporary decoration


    • The air conditioning is set too high
    • The lack of sports facilities

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    • Overall Score nc/10