What are the best places to stay in Cairns?

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Cairns offers a variety of places to stay while you explore the Great Barrier Reef (read: they’re not all aimed at backpackers). Check out this list of where to stay from our Forbes Travel Guide editors.
1. Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns. The Shangri-La Hotel in Cairns lives up to the brand’s global reputation. As the name suggests, it’s located directly on the Marlin marina, making it a great base for water activities. The hotel features contemporary rooms with private balconies, an on-site swimming pool, shopping arcade and fitness center.

2. Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Cairns. Located right on Trinity Inlet in the center of Cairns, all rooms at the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino feature private balconies with city or water views. The hotel’s many facilities include a casino, rooftop swimming pool, nightclub and numerous bars and restaurants.
3. Thala Beach Lodge, Port Douglas. Port Douglas is a popular vacation spot and this 145-acre, eco-certified property is located on a secluded headland and features private cabins overlooking the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest or beaches.

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