Warning: this hotel is not near the main street of Port Douglas but about 3 kms from it on Port Douglas Road. You would not attempt to walk to Port Douglas in the heat of the day with little kids. It's simply too far away. The only good thing about the hotel's location is it's only a short walk to four mile beach to the rear of the venue. We stayed on the weekend of 2 to 5/11/2013. My wife booked the hotel room some months prior via the Wyndham website. We paid $149 a night for a basic room with a full buffet breakfast each day. I was a bit apprehensive after reading previous trip advisor reviews of this hotel but after paying $149 a night with breakfast i wasn't expecting the best. Check in was easy - no issues there. The hotel itself looks pretty bland once you actually park your car in the carpark and look across at it. I reckon parking near your room could be an issue if this hotel gets fully booked out. We were told if we couldn't find a park to park out on Port Douglas Road!! I would have expected at least one carpark for each room. Our room was easily found but i wasn't really impressed with the corridors. Long corridors with rooms leading off each side. The long corridors gave the hotel a hostel type look to it. The room itself was a pleasant surprise. The room was large and consisted of a lounge/dining room, full kitchen with cook top, microwave, fridge and sink. the bedroom was large with plenty of hanging space. New split system A/C and ceiling fans in each room. The room looked recently renovated. We settled in and headed for the pool. The pool is possibly the best feature of Ramada. It was long, deep at the deep section with hardly anyone in or around the pool during our entire stay. At one stage on Sunday we were basically the only people in the pool and bar area. The pool had a swim up bar and prices for drinks were reasonable. Breakfast was good - buffet style. The only issue I have with breakfast is the use of rosemary herb in the baked beans, eggs and mushrooms. I personally dislike rosemary (and I reckon there's alot of others out there who hate this weed as well) and putting it all through hot dishes at breakfast does not make food taste any better. Management - if you read this, please get rid of the rosemary bushes near the kitchen or have a quiet chat to the breakfast cook to stop throwing this weed into the hot breakfast items. I spoke to one of the service girls at breakfast and I was told basically that's how they serve it. Please loose the rosemary to make breakfast a more pleasant experience for your guests. management - the older blonde lady at breakfast needs an attitude change. She wasn't welcoming and stomped around the place as if she hated it. Management - are you aware of the breakfast trick your employees are doing each day? They place a RESERVED sign on the far away tables so guests don't sit at these locations. I suspect this is to prevent them walking too far to clear tables. The breakfast staff need to know that not every guest wants to sit right beside the pool with a young 4 year old or right beside the food area. There trick was noted by me... There was no noise at night. Our room backed directly onto the eastern carpark and I didn't hear a thing. Be aware there is a laundry on premises. You buy tokens from reception for $4!! The only issue I have with the hotel service was there is no house keeping service each day. No fresh towels, bed making etc. We had the same towel for the entire 3 nights. By Tuesday morning they were pretty smelly. Upon check out we had a note attached to the front door stating that the room had to be clean otherwise a cleaning fee would be charged!!! We aren't messy people and I am yet to see the credit card statement to see if a cleaning fee was charged. I hope not. Overall I would stay at Ramada Port Douglas again if my wife could find another cheap deal including breakfast. At $149 a night with breakfast it's well worth it... My only fear now is getting phone calls from pushy Wyndham timeshare sales people. Again, i hope not...
- 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