My mother and I stayed here at the beginning and end of a road trip around Far North Queensland. Having stayed at Clifton Beach previously we chose to stay again as it is a lovely quiet area. We found Clifton Palms a pleasant spot to stay, the rooms are old but are clean, comfortable and well maintained and have everything needed. While not on the beachfront it is close to the beach and supermarket and there is a good restaurant nearby. There are also a couple of basic eateries near the supermarket. There are plenty of great places to visit up and down the coast which makes it a good base.
Long story short... in April 2013, we found ourselves in Clifton Beach at 9pm without a place to stay. We showed up at the Clifton palms, and thankfully the front desk was available and very accommodating. We even got a deal on the room as it was so late. Our room was big and clean, the bed was crisp and white, and the ceiling fan provided much needed relief from the heat. We returned another night that week, and have no complaints. A very friendly and comfortable stay.