The Ramada Resort Port Douglas served up a lot more than I expected and only disappointed on a couple of fronts. The room and resort facilities were above expectations for a medium priced resort hotel. The room was large, clean and very well appointed with a big screen TV, full size fridge, warming oven, compact dishwasher and washing machine. Reception and restaurant staff were courteous and very accommodating. The hotel is on the outskirts of town, a short 5 minute walk from 4 Mile Beach which is a great place to walk or run plus there is a children's playground at the beach entrance. On the downside there are few other facilities close-by so it requires the use of one of the shuttle bus services at $5/trip to get into the town centre for shopping and restaurants if you aren't arriving by car. My biggest beef is with the restaurant. Firstly, the hotel books events which take the complete restaurant out of service for the other guests; options being room service (hotel offers 20% discount for the inconvenience) or head into town as there are no other restaurants within easy walking distance. Secondly, the only breakfast service you are offered is self-service buffet style 'Express' or 'Full American', which is just not good enough for a large full-service hotel. Finally, there are usually 2 or 3 dinner specials that are offered at a good price, however, these are often sold out very quickly. In my books if the hotel is offering a special it should be available for all guests whatever time they choose to eat. The Ramada Resort Port Douglas is good for those seeking a 'resort' experience, but not so good for those who want to make the most out of being in Port Douglas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immerse yourself in a topical oasis .... Located a short walk from Port Douglas' famous Four Mile Beach the Ramada Resort Port Douglas provides a laid back tropical oasis set amongst relaxing rainforest gardens. The centerpiece of the resort is the heated tropical lagoon pool complete with waterfall and swim-up bar. The resort surrounds a unique pocket of Melaleuca rainforest, free flowing waterways and delightful lily ponds. Large barramundi can be seen swimming in the ponds, native birds and Ulysses butterflies with the iridescent blue wings make the gardens their home. Ramada Resort Port Douglas is the perfect base to just kick back and relax or for those who wish to get out and experience the World Heritage rainforests, Great Barrier Reef or the many attractions, tours and activities the region has to offer. Spacious and air-conditioned rooms, on-site restaurant and bar and the modern resort facilities all combine to make the Ramada Resort the perfect choice for your Port Douglas holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Resort Port Douglas Hotel Port Douglas
- Mercure Port Douglas
- Port Douglas Mercure
- Treetops Port Douglas