The Benson Hotel

The commercial property on the corner of Grafton and Spence Street, formally known for the Rydges Plaza Hotel, was purchased by Think Hotel Pty Ltd, in early 2021. Soon after, The Benson Hotel, a tenant of Think Commercial, began its two-part project of revamping the building. Part one, which was completed 1 July 2021, includes a full refurbishment of the hotel foyer, level 3 bar and restaurant and the event spaces, and a refresh of the hotel rooms.

The building complex offers locals and tourists a great range of the ‘holiday vibe’. It includes two hairdressers, Cartel Collective and Scene Hair, Palm Day Spa and Allabout Cairns (tourist group). The tenant mixes on the ground floor compliments anchor tenant, The Benson Hotel above. Whilst COVID restrictions have affected hotel bookings, falling to less than 20 per cent occupancy, Ian Pirodon, General Manager of The Benson Hotel Cairns is hopeful for Cairns tourism as ‘Freedom day’ arrives.

“Earlier this year we began a massive refurbishment of our boutique hotel, ready to welcome guests for a relaxing and indulgent holiday experience,” Mr Pirodon said.  

“Due to lockdowns, bookings from interstate guests have dried up completely or are being cancelled at the last minute. We’re looking forward to the time when our hotel is humming again – it will be amazing to see happy guests enjoying our poolside oasis and all that Cairns has to offer,” he said.  

On the other hand, since opening locals have been enjoying the new entertainment hub, “We have been warmly welcomed by Locals, our unique food & beverage offerings in our beautiful level 3 rooftop delivers delicious and engaging experiences for couples or groups seeking to unwind or celebrate.”

Definitely worth checking out the Benson Hotel when in the Cairns CBD!