Playful, art-filled and with a keen environmental conscience, Crystalbrook Bailey is the antithesis of your average chain hotel. One of the three Crystalbrook properties in Cairns CBD, it’s a sibling, not a clone – and it’s definitely the quirky one. From the striking green exterior to the colourful baby grand piano and regularly changing gallery in the foyer, Bailey has personality plus.

The location

Crystalbrook Bailey, Qld

Set between the mountains and the sea, the hotel is a couple of blocks from the esplanade and an easy walk to Cairns Art Gallery, lagoon and marina. It’s 5.7 kilometres, about a 10-minute drive, from Cairns Airport.

The rooms

Crystalbrook Bailey, Qld

Filtered light plays on sliding panels of timber battens, the quilt covers look like watercolour paintings and the bright bathrobes are as soft as a well-washed shirt. Rooms look out over the city and the mountains or the sea, and every floor features works by a different artist. The first floor of Residences is officially dog friendly, offering access to a courtyard or balcony, food and water bowls and a doggy treat on arrival.

Food and drink

Breakfast Bar serves coffee, pasties and toasties every morning, and the Latin-inspired poolside Pachamama opens Thursday to Monday from 1pm (it’s currently closed and is slated to reopen from 16 June 2022), but it’s CC’s Bar and Grill that exemplifies Crystalbrook Bailey. How many hotel restaurants source their beef – and the marble for their interiors – from their own cattle station three hours away? The cocktails are excellent too.

For business travellers

Crystalbrook Bailey, Qld

Plenty of power points and charging ports – and an iPad in every room – make working from your temporary home a breeze. Throughout the property you’ll find pleasant nooks perfect for Zoom calls as well as meeting spaces for up to 200 people.

For wellness

Crystalbrook Bailey, Qld

There’s a fitness centre and a small swimming pool; sister properties Crystalbrook Flynn and Crystalbrook Riley, a short walk away, have day spas.


Green is more than skin-deep here: thoughtful tech reduces paper and plastic use, the key cards are made from recycled timber, the coat hangers are recycled cardboard, the toothbrushes are made from sugarcane and corn starch and over 80 per cent of produce used in the food venues is sourced from within a three-hour drive.

The fab factor

Like the art? You can buy most of what you see at the hotel. The website has information on all the artists and their works.

Best for: Thoughtful art lovers
Number of rooms: 217 rooms and 38 residences
Rates: From $245 per night
Wi-fi: Free and fast
Parking: $12 per night self-parking
Address: 163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
Telephone: +61 7 4253 4000

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