This attractive, two-story colonial-style hotel in the heart of town is the best bet in Cooktown. With a wide front veranda and horizontal wide-slat shutters, the two-story building has the air of a plantation house. Guest rooms and apartments are simply but smartly outfitted with tiled floors, lounge areas, flat-screen TVs, and furnished balconies overlooking tropical gardens or the Endeavour River. The Balcony Restaurant and Cocktail Bar ($$), the town's most upscale
eatery, is particularly good, serving classic Aussie dishes and showcasing local seafood and other ingredients, but only from April to October. It's open every day for breakfast, served on the veranda. The onsite Café Bar Bistro and Bottleshop serves light lunches, coffee and local beers; or you can chill out in the cocktail bar. There's a pool, a guest laundry, and a car-hire outlet on site.