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Rae's on Watego's

8 Marine Parade | Wategos Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
Rae's on Watego's
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Rating summary
  • 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building definitely lives up to its billing of iconic and bohemian, and its setting above Wategos Beach is beautiful. Food at the restaurant was excellent and the service very laid back and friendly - perfect if you're in no rush. As an hotel experience though it didn't meet our expectations at all, especially given its premium prices. Our room... More 

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Cannot see how they can justify the price. Good location but our room was ground floor on the main road and garbage vans woke us both mornings at 6am The place is tired, and cleanliness not up to expectations-no attention to detail $690 per night (cheapest) you would expect more

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to push the boat out a bit for my last day in Byron Bay so after a wonderful stroll to the lighthouse, popped in here at lunchtime. There was already quite a large family group and another couple, but the charming waiter explained that if I didn't mind a leisurely lunch I'd be welcome. I'm so pleased that... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

We decided to go somewhere special for our anniversary and thought this hotel seemed perfect. We cannot speak for the other rooms but ours smelt damp and musty. They tried to cover this up using some sort of air freshener but that seemed to make the smell worse. I loved the decor of the room but it was definitely showing... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

On our last day at Byron we decided to drop by for a leisurely Monday lunch at Rae's. As we expected, it wasn't busy at all hence unlike some of the other negative reviews regarding service, we perhaps had one of the best service experiences we have had! The two gentlemen, Steve in particular, were the consummate hosts/waiters whom were... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Its location is second to none but it's starting to look very tired and the owners real need to invest some of the money from the exorbitant prices they charge on sprucing the place up. It's now quite Fawlty Towers quite yet but heading in that direction.

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Sydney, Australia
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18 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Rae's restaurant overlooks Wategos beach in Byron Bay. Lucky for us we had the best table in the restaurant in which to take in the views. The waiter was extremely friendly from the minute we stepped into the restaurant, he looked after us so well. The restaurant looked to be understaffed as there were only 2 members of staff on... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Just back from a week at Rae's. It's about our fifth visit (over many years) and each visit keeps getting better. The location is perfect, and the hotel is so relaxing and beautiful. It is a home away from home. We dined twice in the restaurant and had one night with room service. The food was fresh, seasonal and delicious... More 

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Byron Bay, Australia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

After being very excited to share my 50th birthday lunch with my good friends and family, we left being very disappointed by the extremely SLOW snail pace service. Waiting nearly an hour for a first drink when you have 5 kids with you as well is really not acceptable. Whilst the position is wonderful and the food was nice, the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My fiancee and I visited Rae's in early January 2015 for dinner. We did not expect to get a booking at at late notice and a time when Byron had so many people, apparently well overcapacity. We showed up, but the waiter could not find my name on the booking sheet, and said that they had not been taking bookings... More 

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