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Akama Resort
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   625 Esplanade | Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 23 hotels in Hervey Bay
Sydney, Australia
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“Lovely apartments - great launchpad for Tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2008

We had a lovely time staying at the Akama Apartments - that stay was made all the more wonderful by the fantastic service provided by the management which included recommending and booking tours, places to eat, things to do and organising taxi's, etc. They could not have been more helpful .. a big thumbs up to Matt and his lovely wife.

The apartments themselves are very new, spacious and modern with every amenity you would need. We ate breakfast in and visited restaurants and had take-away delivered for other meals. We can recommend a trip to The Boat Club for a very reasonably priced meal and the cafe's overlooking the nearby marina were great too. Take-away from Thai and Indian were very good too.

As far as location goes, it's only a few hundred metres walk to the Marina/Club where the boat tours leave from ... most other tours will pick you up from the front door. It is not central to the general shopping districts which are inland a bit although there are a few tourist type shops at the Marina area.

We had two apartments booked on the fifth floor, which had views out to the marina and the bay itself. There is a nice pool and spa but it was a touch too cold (August) when we were there for that. There is also a nice BBQ area if you want to self cater. A secure underground carpark is also provided.

The rooms are equipped with a large plasma TV and LCD in the main bedroom - DVD's can be hired from reception or BYO.

Getting around Hervey Bay itself is a bit more difficult without transport as the public transport is infrequent. Walking is easy but it's probably a 1.5km walk to the Urungan pier. The best part of the waterfront walks is probably another 2-3km further along the beachfront.

The taxi fare cost us about $17 from the airport - but service is not all that reliable so book ahead and allow for them to be up to 20 mins late on pickup.

Hervey Bay itself is quite spread out and a visit to the Centro shopping centre or any other stores is going to require a taxi, car or bike. We thought about hiring bikes but as there were 8 of us it was cheaper to hire a car for the day.

Stayed August 2008
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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17 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2008

Everything about this hotel is 'cool'. The 2-bedroom apartment we stayed in was well-apponted, clean and spacious. We loved relaxing on the lounge with the huge flat screen TV after a day out sightseeing. We had breakfast in the balcony overlooking the pool. The kitchen is to die for. Very helpful and friendly reception. Quiet location - walking distance to the marina and the bus stop. A stone throw away is the Boat Club where we had dinner on our first night and went back again on our last night. The meal was simply delicious and reasonably priced. Would love to go back.

  • Liked — clean and comfortable beds, location
  • Disliked — if you don't have a car, have to walk a bit to the nearest supermarket.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2008

On our way to visit Fraser Island we decided to spend a couple of nights in Hervey Bay. Hervey bay itself is a quiet spot however is ideal as a launch pad for Fraser Island. We were a bit peeved to miss the whale watching because we were a month too early. Was'nt to be. When looking up the net for spots to stay there was very little choice for Hervey Bay. The Akama was one that seemed to stand out. We therefore rang directly only to talk to a very friendly owner. We booked in for 2 nights. It is situated in Urangan Harbour, which is a lovely spot and close to the boat club which is a nice spot for a cheap drink and a bite.
On arrival at this hotel we noticed how new it was. Reception was very friendly, however on arrival to the rooms we were amazed at the space and decoration of the rooms. It was the most modern hotel I have stayed in on my recent trip. Everything was spotlessly clean and of the highest standard. We had zero complaints. When booking a trip to fraser, the owner could not have helped us more. He was a great help and we had a super time.
All in all a great hotel. Hervey bay itself is not the wildest spot, but that suits a lot of people. The irish bar shut at 9.30 pm very strange. Maybe the time of year. The hotel made up for everything that the town lacked.

  • Liked — Rooms
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2008

The complex and the apartments in particular were very clean, spacious and modern with comfort being of the highest degree. Staff were very helpful in providing advice about and booking our day trip to Lady Elliott Island. Would recommend a stay at Akama to anyone.

  • Liked — the close proximity to all services and tourist venues
  • Disliked — that I couldnt stay longer!!!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2008

We stayed at Akama before Xmas and were very impressed with both the quality of the apartments and the overall postion and friendlyness of staff. The apartments are very modern and the furniture and equipment is very new and modern. It actually meets its 5-star rating!

The position is also great as it made it very easy to head down to the marina and enjoy the food and atmosphere down there.

We'll definately be back during whale season for another stay.

  • Liked — Room quality and closeness to Marina
  • Disliked — nothing to mention here
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 625 Esplanade | Urangan, Hervey Bay, Queensland 4655, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Fraser Coast > Hervey Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hervey Bay
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hervey Bay
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Hervey Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in Hervey Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Akama Resort 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akama offers a dress circle location for anyone wanting to experience the very best of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Akama Resort is right across the road from Hervey Bay Marina - clubs, shopping, restaurants and Whale Watching vessels.The apartments are luxuriously spacious with high ceilings and a flow through design to very generous balconies - push back the concertina doors and open your apartment up to the views and tropical breezes. ... more   less 
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Akama Hotel Hervey Bay
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