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“Fantastic voyage !!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Smugglers on the Beach
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   36 Sandy Beach Rd | Korora, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Coffs Harbour
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“Fantastic voyage !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

Best location, great accommodation ...spotless room!! Quiet place ,quiet neighbours, just relaxing . Fantastic pool area, I loved the setup,the outdoor barbeque area came in very handy as well ,My best vacation in Australia so far . I love it and i definately be back !!!!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Narara
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The staff were friendly and our late arrival catered for without a hitch. This is well maintained , older accommodation in an excellent location. Wed had a ground floor unit which meant we could hear the waves but not see them. The Solitary Islands walk which is excellent is accessed right from Smugglers and you can walk north or south from here so a good spot if you also like walking as well as the beach.

Room Tip: Unit 16 caters for disabled travellers well with a ramp and bathroom facilities with safety rails
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

The girl on the desk was very friendly and helpful. Our 2 bed apartment was very roomy, clean, modern and had everything we needed. It has 3 large windows so its nice and bright. Its right on the beach and away from town so its quiet..
Its only a short drive from the shops though.

Room Tip: We had the upstairs 2 bedroom apartment closest to the ocean so it was private and quiet.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We stayed here for 7 nights. The place was a bit cramped, but we spent lots of time in the balcony which was fabulous.
The ad said it was "beach front". Not exactly. We could hear the sea, which is very very close.
There were a few things that needed repair, like the toaster, kitchen exhaust, shower head, fan. The fan was replaced straight away. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
But I still probably would not go back.

Room Tip: Right next to the sea, but you can't see the sea.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed at Smugglers for 5 nights with 2 kids aged 3 and 2. We all had a great time. The unit was very clean and bright. It's located right across from the beach. You can't see the beach due to the gardens and trees BUT you can hear the waves which is great! It was only a 1 min walk to the beach which was amazing and the girls loved it. I also loved that the car spaces are right out the front of the units so no need to travel far when you have been shopping for groceries or have things to unload. The pool was clean and they had a little toddlers pool that my 2 year old loved. I really had a nice time and felt quite at home in the units. Would definately go back and recommend it to other family's.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 15 which I really liked as its ground level and I didn't have to worry about b...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Queanbeyan, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Smugglers on the Beach. It's a really comfortable unit with everything that is needed for a relaxing holiday. The room was spacious, full kitchen and huge TV and comfortable beds. It's a great place to stay if you have kids, plenty of room for outdoor games and fun in the pool. Can't wait for our next holiday there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

In need of a stopover between Sydney and Brisbane I consulted Tripadvisor about an hour out of Coffs Harbour and took the easy option of going with the No. 1 rated hotel. Staff were superb, room was spacious and decorated in a mix of French provincial and modern furniture, and for the price ($150) you simply could not have asked for more.

(note: the night previous I had stayed in a shoebox atop a night club in Newcastle for $120)

Reading older reviews on the Smugglers, much seems to have been made of highly restrictive rules being plastered all over the place; this was not my experience. The written guide which came with the room requested you do simple things (such as wash up after yourself), and would in no way impact on the holiday of somebody who is not an absolute cretin.

The only thing I would improve upon would be reception operating hours, which with a 5pm closing time seem somewhat restricted (though based on my experience the staff are willing and able to go above and beyond the advertised times).

Do yourself a favour if you are in Coffs Harbour, you could do far, far worse.

Room Tip: Try for a room on the top level for less noise from the neighbours.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 36 Sandy Beach Rd | Korora, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Coffs Harbour
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Coffs Harbour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Smugglers on the Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Smugglers On The Beach is absolute beachfront accommodation located just five minutes north of Coffs Harbour's City Centre. Coffs Harbour accommodation at its finest, Smugglers On The Beach offers 16 fully self-contained resort style apartments. Nestled among tropical gardens, all apartments have their own private patio or balcony overlooking the pool, floodlit gardens or magical Pacific Ocean. The large apartments are designed and custom furnished to provide plenty of space for a relaxed and comfortable holiday, with attention to the minor details that help to make your holiday in Coffs Harbour a special one. With 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments we can cater for everyone from the solo traveler, couples, large families right through to large group bookings for weddings, sporting events, family reunions or almost any other occasion. ... more   less 
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