Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort

A five-star renovation of an iconic hotel on the Cairns foreshore has brought new life into the luxury hotel market of Far North Queensland. The resort’s original design by CA Architects was developed and delivered by ThomsonAdsett.

Overall works included a complete renovation of over 250 existing luxury suites, plus the addition of a 13-storey, 55-room tower, which is now a Cairns icon.

Riley’s signature hotel amenities include a 1,000m² swimming lagoon with its own man-made beach, a boutique day spa and three new restaurants, including one on top of the tower with panoramic views of Cairns and its tropical surrounds.

The design criteria for this project was to mix beach-themed interiors in a tropical esplanade location. The foyer of the hotel has been designed to reflect the beauty of the location without interrupting the direct views to the esplanade foreshore.

This project is environmentally responsive and reflects the unique qualities of the Cairns foreshore to visitors and locals alike.

  • AIA Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards 2023 – Winner Eddie Oribin Award for Building of the Year
  • AIA Far North Queensland Regional Architecture Awards 2023 – Commendation for Commercial Architecture

Cairns, Australia