By Gwen O’Toole
The second Pullman-branded hotel to open in Australia, the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns, has opened its doors following the completion of a multi-million dollar overhaul from what was once the Sofitel Reef Casino.
The newly refurbished Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns
The internal upgrade at the Reef Hotel Casino Complex has been two years in the making and houses the 128-room five star Pullman hotel, conference rooms, bars as well as restaurants.
The Wharf St entrance to the CBD entertainment complex was the final part of renovation along with the renovated Flinders Bar and Restaurant in the gaming area.
General manager Paul McHenry says the restaurant, which complements Pullman’s restaurant Tamarind aims to make the casino complex more “dynamic, opulent and tranquil”.
Pullman Reef Hotel Casino executive assistant manager, Adam Rowbottom, said the updated entrance provides a dramatic sense of arrival for guests. “The entrance is modern and more efficient, offering easier access for taxis, limousines and coaches. We had some 11,500 visitors come through on New Year’s Eve, and frequently welcome large groups into the complex, so the entrance really is important.”
The hotel’s meeting and conference rooms and pool have also been upgraded, in addition to full external repainting of the complex. It hosues the Reef Casino and the $4 million Cairns Rainforest Dome, providing visitors with the opportunity of seeing Australia’s wildlife in a picturesque setting.
Located adjacent to Cairns Port terminal, the base for charter vessels operating day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, the property is also ideally positioned for groups wanting day trips for scuba diving or snorkeling the reef.