Our stay in Port Douglas to see the Great Barrier Reef is part of a larger holiday. We stayed for 5 days. This is a 5* hotel according to the official rating with a matching price. We have found Australia very expensive and they charge you for every little thing. Even at Sydney airport you pay 4$Au for the trolley which you can only take about 100 metres to the check in desk. The 4$ is not refunded as in the UK.
I was worried about coming here after seeing some of the reports by others who had really hated the place. We have been staying in some beautiful 5* hotels and so this boutique hotel could have been disastrous. However the hotel is just across from a very quiet road from the beach. Port Douglas is a very quiet place with only 2,000 inhabitants but the tourists swell the numbers. It is the best place to stay for the reef, rainforest and croc hunting in the rivers. There are many different species of colourful birds flying around which is wonderful.
It is very different to any other 5* hotel I have ever stayed in. If you usually stay in large 5* hotels which are plush then this is not the place for you. There is a Sheraton further out of town. This boutique hotel is very small - I think 36 suites. It is clean on the whole though our room was not swept or washed on our second day. The used glasses were not washed up but put in the dishwasher. It is all a bit DIY. The decor is 1970's with louvre doors, cane furniture and glass topped tables but that is its style. The walls are not chipped or marked and it is in a good state of repair. The bed linen is spotless and the bed is comfortable but there is no choice of pillow types and I struggled with the non feather pillow. Yes the sail awning over the beach side entrance is dirty but then it is right on the beach and would be a nightmare to keep clean in this heat and humidity. It would need to be changed every week to be clean. The suites are on different levels each leading out to a large verandah and then into a small communal area with either a hot tub or pool. Each suite has a bedroom separated by louvre doors and a sitting room with small kitchenette. There is a flat screen TV with a dvd player. The hotel has dvd's (no charge!) and loads of books to read. There is a DIY washing machine with detergent and dryers on each floor which is a real help when you are on a long holiday - I caught up with the washing and ironing.
Breakfast is adequate with hot and cold food - all help yourself and you even make your own tea. I prefer to be served. They cleared the tables quickly which is better than some of the 5* hotels we have been staying in. You can order a different cooked breakfast if you want to but we were not told about this. I just asked for an omlette and got it. The food and service in the Hi Tide restaurant is good .
The staff are very efficient at booking any tours you want to go on. We compared the great barrier reef tours and found Poseidon to be the best. The cost for a day on the reef is around 200$Au per person There is an internet station which you pay for. If you bring your own computer then WIFI is expensive at 50$Au for a week which works out cheaper than doing it daily if you are here for more than 4 days. We have always had complimentary wifi in every 5* or even 4* hotel we have stayed in. The hotel is very quiet apart from the door banging into the rooms which resounds due to the bare corridors. I would recommend this hotel so long as you know it is very different from standard chain 5* hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Port Douglas Peninsula Boutique Hotel is ideally located on the Esplanade in Port Douglas, overlooking the famous Four Mile Beach and just a short stroll to the shops and restaurants in Macrossan Street. This 4½ star Boutique Hotel offers 34 modern fully serviced suites, with both ocean and/or pool views. The hotel has 3 levels (pool/ground, 1st and 2nd floors) each has lift access to upper the level suites. Our outdoor heated pool oasis ensures year round enjoyment of this tropical paradise.Unique to this boutique style of accommodation each suite features discreetly concealed kitchenette with full size refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. A full selection of glassware and crockery compliments this facility giving you the flexibility for self catering if you wish. Your suite offers a light and tropical open plan sitting/lounge and dining area offering you the perfect setting to relax, indulge & enjoy…All our suites are fully air conditioned and have ceiling fans allowing you year round comfort. Our spacious ensuite bathrooms boast walk-in shower and large contoured twin 2 person bath. Each suite also has a private in room safe, iron & ironing board. 2 complimentary guest laundries are located on the 1st & 2nd levels of the hotel.As a special touch during your stay all our suites offer exclusive aromatherapy burners and eco friendly bathroom amenities. Complimentary use of bathrobes is provided. On arrival you are welcomed with a cooling aromatherapy infused refresher towel and welcome drink.To allow you to stay in touch with the outside world during your stay each suite has Wi-Fi internet access, cable TV, complementary DVD players (DVDs are available from our library), ISD telephone and iPod docking station.Hi Tide Restaurant the only restaurant overlooking Four Mile Beach is open for breakfast, lunch & light snacks daily and dinner Sunday through to Friday evenings.The hotel is suitable only for adults and does not cater for children aged 15 and under. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peninsula Port Douglas
- Port Douglas Peninsula