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Rae's on Watego's

8 Marine Parade | Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
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Rae's on Watego's
Ranked #16 of 30 hotels in Byron Bay
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Canberra, Australia
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258 reviews 258 reviews
32 hotel reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a pretty blowy day when we lunched at Rae's and we were seated snugly in the back corner away from the wind. We opted for the set price winter special of 2 courses and a glass of wine which was plenty for a lunch-time meal. Our entrees of calamari and balmain bugs were served with an Asian twist... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seven of us booked into Raes for dinner, very disappointed, Clam Chowder starter was ridiculously small with numerous Clams that weren't opened. Our mains took 2 hours to come out to us, even though the Restaurant was not that busy for a Sat night. It was a shame there was no background music for some ambiance and one of the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have only been to Rae's for lunch and I have to say it was flawless. Attentive service and the seafood curry was insane . Large group of us and everyone enjoyed all aspects of the lunch. Beautiful spot and good value. I will return.

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Canberra, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

You can tell that this was once a grand lady, but has lost some of its shine. There was rust on the sign "Raes" and some of the wooden shutters could do with an oil. It is nevertheless still graceful and beautiful. If you are looking for corporate style perfection, this is not the place for you. If you are... More

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Saint-Tropez, France
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This truly is a unique style of accommodation, in a wonderful way. The old world charm of the rooms and common areas are delightful & more-ish, as are each of the dishes at the well-priced restaurant. It is hard to find such atmosphere in many similar establishments globally now, due to the lack of historical respect when hotels are refurbished... More

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Narlidere, Turkey
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have stayed many times over the years and see they have returned to their boutique neatness. The present hotel team are very personable and enthusiastic a good 4.5 out of 5 but not a patch on the excellent houseman Brett or Bert? of 5-6 years ago. He was the perfect host able to give intelligent and witty repartee...all panache... More

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31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

Rae's met every expectation. Anyone looking for a typical resort type stay should move on. Raes is much more tasteful than that. Respectful, attentive service/assistance is always on hand, the rooms are indulgent rather than 'stock standard' resort variety, the dining is appropriate to the total experience, the pool is lovely (more so than just large) ... and the location... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We celebrated my husband's 40th birthday with a weekend at Rae's. We could not have been happier with the position, the service and our magnificent room. We had read that Rae's was getting a bit 'tired' and is due for a renovation. Although it is getting older, there is something magical and timeless about Rae's old world charm. We hope... More

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great property...great rooms....and the restaurant is still good....we recently stayed there with a group of friends and the restaurant produced the finest fish green curry I have had anywhere in Australia...so much so I had it for lunch three days in a row. The rooms were well appointed...try not to get the room next to or near the pool out... More

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Sydney, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The total experience of Rae's on Watego's is one I will always hold dear. It was unique, memorable, blissful, indulgent, personal and an experience of pure relaxation. The service was warm, professional and first rate including, in room dining, restaurant, housekeeping, spa and front of house. The spa experience was exceptional. The steam room wonderful, the decor beautiful, the massage... More

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Address: 8 Marine Parade | Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Bay
Also Known As:
Rae`s On Watego`s Hotel Byron Bay
Raes On Wategos Byron Bay

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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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#4 Spa Hotel in Byron Bay #5 Family Hotel in Byron Bay #6 On the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay
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Rae's on Wategos in Byron Bay is Australia's most iconic boutique Hotel. It combines modern luxury with bohemian grandeur - a truly unique experience. Situated on absolute beachfront, Rae's on Wategos has been voted one of the world's top 25 Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and offers a unique and unforgettable romantic experience. Whether you visit our Hotel, Restaurant or Day spa, Raes on Wategos is a boutique retreat with magnificent surroundings and personalised service like no other. With only only seven rooms in the Hotel, Rae's provides an elegant, opulent and exceptionally private space where one can lose oneself in the mystique of a bygone era. ... more   less 
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