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“Fabulous Views! Plenty of space.” 4 of 5 stars
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Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   190 Marine Parade | Rainbow Bay, Coolangatta, Queensland 4225, Australia (Formerly Columbia Beachfront Apartments)   |  
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“Fabulous Views! Plenty of space.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We stayed on the top floor of the Columbia and found the spaciousness of the apartment, the fabulous views and the location first class. Situated across from a lovely bay and with lots of interesting walkways made for a really relaxing holiday. The girls loved the pool and sitting on the decks watching the whales pass by was a highlight. The only downside was the bathrooms which are in serious need of an update. Still featuring the original decor of (I am guessing) the 1970's the rooms look dingy and unhygienic. Once renovated they will add the touch of style this apartment deserves.

Room Tip: If you want glorious views from both sides this is the apartment for you.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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columbiabeachfront, Manager at Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Dear Tor A

Thank you for taking the time post your first review on Tripadvisor. You were quite lucky to still see whales this late in the year - but then again you did have THE best view in the building.
Glad to hear the pool was well loved!

We have two, 3 bedroom apartments in our complex (both on the top floor) and the owner of one of them has just completed a full renovation with stunning results. New kitchen, bathrooms and carpet throughout will make it a much sought after choice. We are also in the process of renovating a 2 bedroom apartment lower down which will also be appealing.

We do have some apartments with original decor bathrooms however this does not affect hygiene. Each apartment is individually owned and it does depend on the owners circumstances as to wether they are in a financial position to renovate.

Once again, thank you and we look forward to hosting you again on your next visit to the Gold Coast


Stacey Family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Whales and dolphins (during season) passing by every day can be seen from your balconies.
We were on level 11 and our apartment was very well maintained and had plenty of plates, cutlery and storage containers, numerous books to read, DVD player and large TV.
Just across the road a excellent safe, clean and patrolled beach.
A short walk to numerous surf clubs and RSL's for meals and drinks and children are welcome.
A very well managed complex.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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columbiabeachfront, Manager at Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Dear spurls5

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. A short review that is packed with information when choosing a place to stay. Thank you again

Stacey Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We had a fabulous time staying here for two weeks. The beach is awesome for little kiddies (and for the big kids too with great waves). It's far enough away from the hustle of the Gold Coast, but not too far, and it's also nice and close for a quick drive down to Byron Bay.

The apartments themselves are great, we stayed on level 15 and had views all the way up to the Gold Coast, and out the back windows you could even check the surf at D-Bah and fingal.

We'll definitely be coming back here again!!

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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columbiabeachfront, Manager at Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay, responded to this review, September 22, 2012
Dear troyandcindi

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted you had a great 2 week holiday.
The apartments on the Eastern side of the building give great views of the surf if you are fortunate to stay high enough. Nothing like waking up in the morning and having a cup of coffee watching how the surf is shaping up for the day.

Thank you again
Stacey Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

As a holiday rental for a family with small children, you can't really go past this place.

Firstly the units are on a quiet and beautiful beach on the southern end of the Gold Coast. Rainbow Bay is a sheltered beach from the dominant south-easterly winds that are characteristic of winter in SE QLD. The beach boasts a sand bank that creates a delightful gutter on the beach in which the kids can play without being pummelled by surf. For adults, strolling out over the bar takes you into light surf. The water is always clear and there's no sharp drop off for some way. In the summer months when the north easterly winds blow, the beach is a little more exposed but you still get some shelter from the headland so the waves still wrap around nicely. The area surrounding the beach is fabulous with sheltered sandy coves for kids to play and rock pools. As the tide comes in, the waves break over the point making for good ocean-gazing if you're kid-less.

The apartments in Columbia all have sea views and the higher you go (17 floors in total), the more spectacular. We stayed in apartment 40 and it was as well stocked as a holiday apartment could be. Comfortable, firm beds - queen and two singles (two rooms). Two bathrooms, one with a bath. The kitchen was very well equipped with everything from dishes for entertaining to appliances and pans for baking. The draws had great knives (a pet hate of mine when I travel in self-catering - i love to cook and you need a good knife) and things like measuring spoons etc. They even had bowls, cups and plates for kids.

The apartment itself was clean and well decorated. It was equipped with a great TV (with foxtel), stereo (iPod dock and charger), DVDs, books and some games. Recently being renovated it was also refreshingly comfortable. We entertained on the second last day we stayed and it was effortless...the owners of this unit have done well to make holiday leasers feel at home.

Finally, management of the block is efficient, friendly, helpful and service-oriented. We'll definately be back.

Room Tip: Talk to the management team on site about your needs for the holiday and they'll steer you to th...
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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columbiabeachfront, Manager at Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Dear Chileanddreamin

Thank you for the very in-depth review. Besides the great feed back for our complex, you have described perfectly the great benefit of staying in Rainbow Bay, for those who have yet to experience our gorgeous part of the Gold Coast - right down to the weather patterns!
The owners of the apartment you have described have taken great care in listening to what the public want. I especially thank you for mentioning in your 'room tip' about talking to us about your requirements - if you have never stayed with us before we do like to take the time to discuss the best options if your a family with young children, a family reunion or on a boys surf trip.

Again, thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts about Rainbow Bay & Columbia Apartments
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We stayed in a the garden apartments, which are two levels making it feel so spacious. We love it. View of the ocean and also direct view of pool. There was also direct access to the garage. Easy access to everything and very private - it felt like our very own beach house!!

A few years ago we stayed in an apartment on a higher level and like all Columbia apartments, it was great, but just like any other apartment. My preference is the two level, apartments on the lower levels - I like the thought of having a private beach house to myself, with the convenience of a pool, tennis court and reception.

Managers are great and really friendly. Location awesome, a really relaxing beach holiday, not a party place, so perfect for us. We will be back!

Room Tip: We prefer the two level garden apartments with ocean and pool view, felt like our own beach house.
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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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, Manager at Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay, responded to this review, July 13, 2012
Dear lovetravelexplore

What amazing feedback - thank you for taking the time to write this in-depth review - it really helps people make their decisions about their holiday. Trip Advisor is a much used website for this reason. We enjoyed having your family to stay and look forward to your return visit

Best Regards
Stacey Family
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Launceston, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

We always stay here when in Coolangatta and for very good reason. Perfect, quiet location on the beach in Rainbow Bay, but just a stroll away from the busier Cooly shops and restuarants. Stunning ocean views with the beach straight across the road. Room decor and fittings can vary a bit but they are generally of a high standard.

Room Tip: The higher the better for the views if you can stand the height, on the Western end which also has g...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay, responded to this review, June 26, 2012
Dear RockabillyPete

Thanks for your great review. The location is ideal and hard to beat. Thank you for mentioning about room decor. As the self-contained apartments are all individually owned they do vary. As a new guest looking to stay with us, we consult heavily about your needs (suitable floor level, travelling as family or couple etc). If required, we will forward photographs of the best fit for you, so you can select the apartment that will best suit you.
Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again when you next visit Coolangatta

Best Regards
Stacey Family
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. We were immediately impressed with the service provided and the standard and cleanliness of the apartment. How can you go wrong with two balconies overlooking the ocean? We had an end apartment and it was brilliant. This felt like a home away from home for us and we were extremely comfortable. The location can't be faulted and it was so quiet (apart from the sounds of the waves crashing on the beach conveniently located directly over the road). If we had one criticism at all it would be the check out time of 9am - we wanted to stay longer!! Highly recommended and we'd definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Go for an end apartment to maximise your view of the beach.
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  • Stayed June 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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columbiabeachfront, Manager at Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay, responded to this review, June 11, 2012
Dear Christine J

Thank you for the great review. We would have to agree with you - we are blessed with being in the gorgeous location of Rainbow Bay. One visit and your hooked! When next you visit, please check to see if we can offer you a later check-out time as it is possible at off-peak times.

We do hope we will be able to serve you in the near future

Best Regards
Stacey Family
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Address: 190 Marine Parade | Rainbow Bay, Coolangatta, Queensland 4225, Australia (Formerly Columbia Beachfront Apartments)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Coolangatta
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Coolangatta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Columbia Apartments on Rainbow Bay offers affordable Rainbow Bay Accommodation. Just perfect for long or short stays. Relaxing self-contained apartment accommodation with north facing, spacious balconies that bask in the sun and boast ocean views of pristine beaches all the way up to Surfers Paradise. ... more   less 
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