We have spent quite a lot of nights in this hotel. The check-in was very fast but unremarkable. They just sort of hand you your key and tell you where your room is. Be aware when you book a suite on the upper floor: there are no elevators so you have to haul your luggage up yourself. We were not asked if we needed someone to help us.
The room was ok (rattan furniture,shower needs an update) but the jacuzzi is not big enough to sit 2 people as they show you on the picture. They apparently have different sizes so make sure you check with them.
Front desk is totally hopeless with any question you have for them. There is one guy that is very efficient and helpful (Geoff). The rest of them either do not care or are just plain rude. They need to be retrained and reminded that they are there to help the guests.
We booked trips through the hotel shop. Wow what to say here.
They promise you go to the Withsunday beach. Well instead they take you to see the beach from the lookout post and then drop you off on some small beach next to the real thing. I have looked now at many blogs(too late) and this seems to be the thing they always do. Their excuse is that "the currents are wrong" but they cannot be "wrong" all the time right?? So if you want to go specifically to that beach make sure you book it with someone else. Plenty of places to book in the town itself. Snorkeling in Manta Ray bay was awesome and better than we have seen at the Great Barrier Reef itself.
Poolside chairs. It is pretty clear a lot of guests prefer the grassy area because that is the only shady place with an overlook on to the sea. Great actually. So you would think there would be chairs set out for you to lay on. No. Every day you have to lug your own chair to that area from the pool chairs. No idea why this is done.
Overall judgment: reasonable stay with irritations. We would not go back to this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Positioned on the absolute ocean front and just a short stroll via seaside boardwalk to the enchanting Airlie Beach resort village; with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafes; lies the Coral Sea Resort. A stroll in the opposite direction crossing a separate boardwalk with the sea below is Abel Point Marina, your direct access to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Sea Hotel Airlie Beach
- Coral Sea Airlie Beach
- Coral Sea Resort Hotel
- Coral Resort Sea
- Coral Sea Resort Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands