After reading a few of the reviews on this place I was a little concerned but with the Mantra wanting $220 for a standard old room with a 32cm CRT TV the price was right for the weekend away so we booked it.
Now internal exposed brick hasn't been in fashion for several decades but when you find out it was built in 1979 you start to understand some of the reviews. Having said that I was actually looking to fault the room and could find none with ours. While old in styling the room was spotless and a credit to the cleaners. The few painted walls were all clean and fresh and the shower had enough pressure to blow you head off. I should point out that we had the most basic room in the complex the standard double bed room.
It is a very unusual layout in that all the rooms are on the 2nd level of a maze of rooms that form several courtyards within the complex. I swear I never used the same exit twice. Each room has a balcony but some are only 8ft long and 3ft wide while others are large open areas shared by several rooms.
On the lower level there are several restaurants and cafes. These restaurants ranged from Mediterranean to Spanish Tapas to wood fired pizzas and Indian. For breakfast there was a cafe serving anything from croissants to bacon and eggs. Mixed among the restaurants are some shops and on weekends they have markets in the courtyards. Last but not least the resort has the only cinema in town should you tire of the beach and location wise it is a 10 minute walk to the nearest supermarket and bottle shop.
All in all it was quirky and clean and both myself and my wife enjoyed our stay. We would certainly stay again and have already recommended it to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imagine a resort styled to reflect the ambience of a Mediterranean village, with beautifully appointed accommodation, a choice of fine dining experiences, the casual atmosphere of cafes & alfresco eateries, and the joie de vivre of a village markets. Take in a movie at the Cinema Paradiso, relax in the Roman Baths & Spa or just wander across the road to enjoy the pristine waters and white sands of beautiful Ettalong Beach. The Resort complex comprises of 16 restaurants & cafes including: Beef & Barrumundi Steakhouse Bar & Grill - Ettalong Hong Kong/Chinese - Menhir's Spanish Tapas Bar - Namans Kitchen - Olive Modern - Ghandi Indian Restaurant- La Fiamma Woodfired Pizzeria - The Walkabout Cafe - La Cucina Cortesi Italian - Ettalong Pizza & Pasta - Fusions Oyster & Tapas Bar. Weekends and Public holidays we have largest undercover markets on the Central Coast with over 100 undercover stalls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ettalong Beach Tourist Hotel Ettalong Beach