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“Just Perfect!” 5 of 5 stars
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Marlin Waters Beachfront Apartments
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   131 - 133 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence
Lewes, East Sussex
2 reviews
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“Just Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2008

We have just returned from a wonderful 3 week stay at this apartment property. I can't speak too highly of the property and of the managers. Our apartment was very clean and comfortable and was fully equipped with everything you might need. More than that though, I don't think there is a property in Palm Cove in a better location. Every apartment at Marlin Waters has a ocean view with balcony. This is not the case with other more expensive properties. From our apartment it really was a joy to sit and listen to the waves of the Coral Sea breaking on the sand. The apartments are a stones throw from the beach (and I do mean a stones throw) There are many different restaurants to suit all tastes but we also had a fully fitted kitchen to eat at home. Last, but not least, the property is managed by a extremely helpful and pleasant couple for whom nothing is too much trouble. They will help with car hire, book trips, advise on all and sundry. Wished we had known before we booked all our trips in the UK.

  • Liked — Privacy and the location
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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296 reviews
83 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2008

This has to be the best value and best located holiday apartments in Palm Cove. Why pay more than $250 per night at the resorts when you can get a lovely 1 bedroom apartment where you have uninterupted views of the beach, which is directly across the esplanade. This was perfect for my wife and I with our 4 month old baby and the cot was provided free of charge. Restaurants (high end and cheap), shops and cafes are either side of the apartments. The Managers are extremely friendly and helpful. We stayed for a week and got the 7th night free. We liked it so much, we cut short our stay in Cape Tribulation and returned to the apartmetns for our last night of our 2 week Queensland holiday.

  • Liked — The location - directly opposite the beach
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 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
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Adelaide, Australia
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2008

We have just spent 7 nights staying here and were not impressed with the overall condition of the unit.
It was the little things that let it down.
The quilt/doona cover needed replacing, the additional blanket had holes in it and needed washing. The curtains weren't properly fitted, they hung on the floor.
In the living area, the cane furniture needed a good clean, the sofa was worn out and too uncomfortable to sit on, the wooden louvre shutters were broken at the base and difficult to open and close. The prints on the wall had splash marks all over the glass.
In the kitchen, the cutlery and crockery was odd pieces and didn't match.
Our concerns were raised with the resident "hosts" and we were met with an unwillingness to take our comments seriously.
Palm Cove itself is a nice spot to stay, and we were determined not to let below standard accommodation spoil our time in far north Queensland.
Don't be quided by a four star rating - this relates to the facilites provided - you need to check the quality of the accommodation that goes with this rating.
Our advice would be that during July there is no need to book in advance anywhere from Cairns to Pt Douglas, so take a little time and inspect the quality of the accommodation on offer.
We have stayed in self catering type accommodation across Europe, Britain and North America and have a good idea of what constitutes value for money.

  • Liked — location on beach front
  • Disliked — shabby nature of the room
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2007

We stayed in the Coral Sea Beachfront Apartment, looked in Marlin Waters Apartment. Top floor of Marlin Waters. wonderful apartment well stocked with all the things you need - full kitchen and laundry if required. Lovely balcony to look out at the birds in the trees and the sea. Great staff who were happy to advise on trips and things to see and do.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Littleton, CO
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2007

We spent 5 nights at Marlin Waters in January of 2007. This is not a luxury hotel, but suited our needs perfectly. We were in a second floor, very clean, apartment with an excellent ocean view The "room" is a fully self-contained one bedroom apartment providing meal and laundry flexibility. This apartment had the best television of twelve accomodations we had in NZ and Australia.. Air conditioning was effective during a very hot and humid season. There is a small outdoor pool that we did not have time to use. Outstanding site personnel were very helpful in recommending and booking tours.

Stayed January 2007
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Additional Information about Marlin Waters Beachfront Apartments

Address: 131 - 133 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Queensland 4879, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Palm Cove
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Palm Cove
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Marlin Waters Beachfront Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marlin Waters Beachfront Apartments are located on the beautiful Palm Cove beachfront, nestled amongst magnificent melaleuca trees, opposite the patrolled and netted beach (in season). All our apartments are 1 bedroom fully self-contained with ocean views. A fold out sofa in the living area allows for an extra adult or child to be accommodated. The kitchen is fully equipped with full size fridge, stove and microwave. Each holiday apartment has its own private balcony or patio and wireless broadband. A lift services all levels. The property has a pool, spa and electric barbeque for your use. Marlin Waters is perfectly located for you to visit and explore the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest or Atherton Tablelands with most tour companies picking up from the front door or hire cars can be arranged. All tours can be booked on site at no extra cost. For the ultimate in Cairns apartment accommodation, look no further than Marlin Waters Palm Cove beachfront apartments. Palm Cove is a seaside village with boutique-style shops, you can enjoy a game of golf or tennis, go sailing, parasailing, fishing off the Palm Cove jetty or dine at one of the many restaurants which are all within easy walking distance. Contact us now for more information on availability and bookings ... more   less 
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