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“Pleasant Stay” 3 of 5 stars
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Palmer Coolum Resort
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Warran Road, Coolum Beach, Queensland 4573, Australia (Formerly Hyatt Regency Coolum)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 5 hotels in Coolum Beach
Sydney, Australia
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“Pleasant Stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We enjoyed our recent stay at the Palmer Coolum resort but have noticed services and staff have been reduced compared to previous visits probably due to reduced patronage. The Asian restaurant in the square (now Smiling Duck) was only open two of the five nights we stayed. The beach was only patrolled one of our three visits and there were no umbrellas or chairs. So we didn't swim. The beach club pool area was not serviced though food could be ordered in (slower with added fee). The gardens were well maintained. We did not play golf and noticed that only a few did.

On the plus side staff, when present, were wonderful and the food possibly a little better than before.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Stayed here before and it was much nicer but that was many years ago. The hotel is a bit older and more tired but is still comfortable. The staff try to give good service and the amenities around are good with excellent food in the restaurant. Mainly in the area for my golf so the hotel is not so important.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

In general I agree with the most recent negative reviews. The staff were pleasant, however the resort needs major work. The rooms are tired and have nothing modern about them. It would appear that the money is all being put into dinosaur statues and building a new show room for Palmers cars rather than investing in the rooms and amenities that the resort used to provide. Unfortunately I couldn't recommend that anyone spends their hard earned cash on this "5 star" resort.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This place used to be my favorite hang out spot after a long week at work I would head north and check into what to me was a European style haven when it previously was under the Hyatt-regency

The staff, I agree with the other reviewers, are just amazing.
Dedicated to trying hard to keep this place what it was once used to be.

The staff numbers have been slashed, the beach/pool restaurant no longer operates as it used to (now is only open if number of guests is enough)

The place used to have a totally different classy feel to it now unfortunately it has been completely stripped of that

Some unnecessary final touches for example the yellow signs and lack of road tidiness and lack of regular gardening/tree trimming has left the whole atmosphere gloomy.

The rooms are largely unchanged from the time of the previous management, agree need renovation works.

Overall, I cannot put my finger in one thing, the previous Hyatt-regency had that special touch and value for money was there, that is no longer the case, the lack of staffing has translated into so many things.

I have given this place multiple chances to see if it was going to improve, I've stayed numerous times since the new management and can only say this place is more like a sad memory of the old Hyatt-Regency

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013 via mobile

In general, I agree with the other reviewers. Pleasant staff but the resort is a little tired. The rooms are spacious if a bit dated. We knew that the golf course was undergoing spring treatment but were only informed on the day that the entire back 9 was not available for play - fees were discounted but had we known we would rather have chosen another course in the area. Half of the eateries were closed - disappointing once again! Having said that, the meal we had at The Captain's Cabin was a delight! The yellow signage is off-putting! Hopefully, when the dinosaur park and car museum are complete the resort will get a well-deserved upgrade!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The staff were polite, efficient and very helpful. The rooms are a bit old but very spacious and clean. I particularly loved the bathroom. Very big. Plenty of options for eating the food was good. Loved Jeff the T-Rex. Also loved the vintage cars although it will be better when the vintage car museum is built and they are not in the reception area. I liked that the resort is spacious, I don't like that you can't get your car anywhere near your room but the buggy transport was good. We never had to wait to long for a lift. We enjoyed our stay. If your into dinosaurs, vintage cars and golf you have to stay here.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

The staff throughout the Palmer were outstanding and helpful in every way. The resort however is getting tired and in need of renovation. The need to get carts to move around and inability to park close to the rooms was inconvenient although I knew that before I went.

The rooms are large and well appointed, although tired and the high cost of the internet on a daily rate is always a turn off.

There are slim pickings for hotels with restaurants on the coast and the Palmer is certainly pleasant and staff do everything they can to make the stay pleasant.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Palmer Coolum Resort

Also Known As:
Hyatt Regency Coolum Hotel
Hyatt Regency Coolum Hotel Coolum Beach
Hyatt Coolum Beach
Address: Warran Road, Coolum Beach, Queensland 4573, Australia (Formerly Hyatt Regency Coolum)
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Coolum Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 hotels in Coolum Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Palmer Coolum Resort 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the base of Mount Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Palmer Coolum Resort is one of Australia's finest all encompassing resort destinations. Accommodation at Palmer Coolum Resort is set amongst natural bushland, lakes and gardens. Spacious King Junior Suites are popular with couples, while 2 bedroom Woodland, Golf and Lakefront Suites are ideal for families. The exclusive Ambassador Club offers the ultimate in accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, with luxurious 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom Suites. The Ambassador Club Lounge also offers breakfast daily, pre-dinner drinks and canapes each evening, a private pool and tennis court. Superb leisure facilities at Palmer Coolum Resort include an 18-hole championship golf course, the largest day spa in the southern hemisphere including 18 treatment rooms, tennis centre with 7 floodlit courts, 9 sparkling swimming pools, direct access to a privately patrolled beach, Kids Club for children aged 6 weeks to 10 years, the activities centre with cookie decorating, archery and much more! The championship course is complemented by an extensive range of practice facilities including the Golf Education Centre with PGA Teaching Professionals available for private lessons, a chipping green with an adjoining practice bunker, a practice putting green and floodlit driving range. Dining options are aplenty, from the casual elegance of the Captain's Table to the relaxed atmosphere of the Palmer Grill, or Village Square with its tantalizing variety of food and beverage outlets. Enjoy Modern Australian at Ned Kelly's restaurant, authentic South East Asian cuisine from The smiling duck, or delicious pizzas from the Pizza Pasta. ... more   less 
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