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Peninsular Beachfront Resort
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, Queensland 4557, Australia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

This is our 4th time to Mooloolaba and stayed at the Peninsular twice. Would not stay anywhere else now, have teenagers and can see them on the beach directly from our room. The tennis court is a hit with our kids and the pool is landscaped beautifully, makes you come off the beach and before going to your apartment stop off for a long swim and spa. The pool is comfortably heated for all year round swimming.
Great place to go for just a weekend, not too far from airport.
The staff at Reception are so helpful and always remember you when you walk in off the Esplanade.
Highly recommend the Peninsular.

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  • Stayed October 2011, 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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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Well set up apartment for a family, great location - overlooks beach and close to everything. Kids loved the resort pool. Would definitely stay again for a family holiday.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

The Peninsular has, without a doubt, the best position at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. It is directly across from the surfing beach so our well-equipped apartment looked out onto the blue of the Pacific, but through a beautifully landscaped, extensive area, including the walkways.
The facilities, bright, open foyer, lifts, secure carpark, and pools are excellent and matched by the friendly, obliging staff.
Good restaurants and shops begin at the pedestrian entrance to the Peninsular while the route to the M1 and other attractions borders the carpark entrance.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

1st stayed in 2003. 2nd visit 2011. Outstanding accommodation and location. Rooms are excellent and Front desk outstanding. Will definitely stay again when we return to Sunshine Coast. Most highly recommended

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

I take my parents away every year for 12 days and although they had visited Mooloolaba on another occassion I hadn't.
I loved showing them around as I normally do, but this time it was most relaxing. As my mother suffers from depression it was the perfect place to relax and not think of much.
Our room was perfect with staff downstairs being very attentive with suggestions of what one can do and see.
The location was perfect with the beach across the road and shopping, restaurants etc just downstairs and along the Esplanade strip.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return in the not too distant future.
Happy Holidays

Room Tip: Ask for beach front units, beautiful
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wodonga, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

What a fabulous 2 weeks we had at the Peninsular in Mooloolaba!! The location is perfect, cafes, beaches, clubs & shopping all at your doorstep. The accomodation has the most amazing views and the staff are exceptional and help with anything you want. The rooms are comfortable and the facilities the best on the strip with the Tennis Court, Pool, Spa & Garden BBQ areas. We have stayed at most Mooloolaba Esplanade apartments and without a doubt this would be the best by far for loacation and facilities.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tweed Heads, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

My issues are as follows.
I booked a 2 bedroom apartment on the 7th floor with full ocean views to the front. I requested a higher level apartment to take advantage of the view. The views are good and the position of the block is also good.

I asked for each room to be made up with a double bed and this was done. The sheets were nice and clean and I believe that there were no issues with the master bedroom and ensuite which was used by the other couple in our party. The lobby area and pool areas were clean, modern and quite nice. But I wasnt spendng 5 nights in the lobby or pool area so that was the extent of my satisfaction with the place.

The kitchen bench had not been properly cleaned and the rangehood was greasy and quite filthy and didnt seem to work. The kitchen utensils and crockery items were of a poor standard and gave the appearance of having been placed there because they were oddments or not wanted in the owners own home. Noting was matching and and there were no steak knives which was inconvenient.

The ironing board did not have a proper cover on it so if you didnt put a towel on it prior to ironing, the diagonal imprint from the metal base would transfer onto your clothing during the ironing process.

The BBQ's adjacent to the pool area were dirty and not fully roofed so you could not BBQ when it was raining. The balcony furniture was faded, old and cheap.

The main issue was with the second bedroom. There were no bedside tables. There was just one narrow high tallboy so you could not place any of your personal items on it (book, phone, water, earphones, reading glasses and radio or ipod etc) and actually get to them when you were in bed which is inconvenient if you are staying for a week. My husband used two pillows on the floor for his bedside table. The reason this seemed to be set up in this way was that the owner of the apartment had locked one side of the wardrobe in the second bedroom so that they could keep their own personal items there when they were using the apartment. As I was paying for the use of the apartment I expected to be given full use of all its facilities given the high price that we were paying.

The second bedroom is already small so when the two single beds were made up into a double bed, the bedspreads had been rolled up and placed on the floor of the wardrobe. There is nowhere else that they could have put them as there is no other storage cupboard in the entire apartment. Given that only one of the two wardobes were available for us to use in that room, placing the bedspeads out of the way on the floor of the wardrobe meant that we had nowhere to put our shoes or suitcases. Because the owner of the apartment had locked one of the cupboards, we were effectively left with just one eighth of the available wardrobe space in that room which is not enough for two adults for one week. There were not enough hangers in the wardrobe. The likely reason they had to have a tallboy and no bedside tables is that the side of the wardrobe that they had chosen to lock off probably had drawers in it and so they would have still needed to somehow provide the paying guests with drawers thus they put a tallboy in the room which left no room for bedside tables as well. If they unlocked the second wardrobe in the room as they should, then there would be no need for a tallboy and then bedside tables could be placed in the room instead.

The set up of the second bedrrom was a shambles and it is simply not worth booking a two bedroom apartment if you have anything other than 2 small children who have no practical or comfort needs and wouldnt notice or be inconveneinced.

The owners of the apartment should keep their personal items elsewhere, not in the unit that they want to rent out to paying guests. There is no TV in the second bedroom but there was one in the master bedroom.

As all of the apartments are privately owned, there are no set standards for each apartment so you dont really know what you are getting with each apartment at the time that you book.

The windows didnt open in the second bedroom so it was very stuffy and there was no fresh air available in that room. There was a dead moth on the windowsill and some cobwebs hanging from the ceiling of the second bedroom. There is no air con in the bedroooms, only in the loungerrom. There was a film of grey dust around the edges of the second bedroom where it has built up and has not been properly vacuumed.

There were small brown coloured splash marks of an unknown origin on the tiles around the toilet that had not been removed prior to our arrival. The blinds in the second bedroom did not work properly and were an absolute pain to pull up or down, so it was best to leave them in one position all the time. If you pulled them up then you got a face full of dust as they had not been dusted in a very long time.

The worst thing was the glass door on the second bedroom. It did not have a proper door on it. The door looked as though it had been taken from a 1950's home that was being demolished and brought into the apartment to replace a normal door that may have been damaged. Although it was opaque it gave us virtually no privacy when changing and it also let a lot of light and noise in from the loungeroom if the tv was on.

Since the apartment was leased as having 2 bedrooms, it is quite obvious that 2 separate couples might want to rent it. The design of the main bathrom was such that if you were in the main bathroom and your partner opened the door to also come in, then everyone else could see you due to the mirror on the wall reflecting the entire image from the bathroom into the kitchen and living area. It was not a good setup if two couples want to rent the apartment and are trying to live in it for a week.

The Landmark is better complex as we have stayed there before and we are booked in at the Mantra in August so we hope that it will be better than the Peninsular. I would not return to the Peninsular at the current price. I would only consider it at a heavily reduced price and even then it is still not suitable for two couples. It is only suitable for one couple. I feel that the price you pay is directly proportional to what you should expect. At 160 dollars a night it would have been acceptable, but not at 250 dollars per night or more. Its just not worth it. You can do much better. In this economic climate and the fact that the entire area was devoid of tourists at the time we were there, these types of "tired" apartments need to lift their game or lower their prices.

We paid an additional cost for a "rennovated / upgraded apartment". Frankly I'd hate to see the ones that weren't rennovated. Even the price of the "standard" apartments should have at least had the minimal standard that the so called "upgraded" apartments had. The website says that upgraded apartments have had 70,000 dollars worth or rennovations done on them. Don't expect to see 70 000 dollars worht of upgrades. The furniture and decor in our "upgraded" apartment looked very cheap and dated. The lounge was of inferior quality, cheap, sloppy and uncomfotable. We were told that the differences in decor, furniture and fittings was due to the fact that the apartments are all individually owned so the owner decides what to put in them, colours and standards etc which is in my opionin not a very good situation as you can end up with anything and there is no set standard. One set of guests may get lucky and another may not when both sets of guests have both paid the same amount for their apartment. Not a satisfactory arrangement at all. I felt as though our apartment had been stocked with cast offs from the owners own home whenever they decided to replace an item of their own futnirute or crokerty etc. I felt a fair bit ripped off actually. From my understanding, there are no uniform standards in this block from the furniture to the fittings, kitchen items, decor, t.vs, fixtures, basically, the lot. Being assigned an apartment is a lottery if you are not a return guest and you have not requested a particular apartment number.

It was nothing to do with the complex but be aware that street sweepers and trucks enter the side road adjacent to this hotel reguarly at 3am and 4am which did nothing for the "holiday" experience as all of us had our sleep disturbed but my husband told me that this is normal as they need to get into the street when there are no cars parked.

Admittedly we should have said something to the management at the time that we experienced these issues and we should have given them the opportunity to rectify them but we did not mention these problems until the end of the 5 days when we were checking out. I was assured that they would have done something to reccitfy some of the issues but frankly I couldnt really see how most of the issues I had could have been rectified anyway.

We travel extensively as we are retired and we have stayed in mcuh better apartments at other popular beach side destinations in australia and queensland for much less cost.

When these types of apartments get old and tired, the price needs to be adjusted to reflect their current condition so as to avoid disapointment and poor customer reviews.

Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: 13 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba, Queensland 4557, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Mooloolaba
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Mooloolaba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Peninsular Beachfront Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Peninsular Beachfront Resort is an award winning Mooloolaba accommodation with 65 fully self-contained 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses all overlooking beautiful Mooloolaba Beach and Bay. These Mooloolaba holiday apartments are large and modern and all have stunning views and in room broadband internet access. The resort features include four onsite restaurants, hairdresser, beautician, jeweller and a range of fantastic boutiques. The Peninsular also has a gas-heated pool, spa, sauna, 3 large covered BBQ areas, gymnasium and full-size floodlit tennis court. Peninsular Beachfront Resort is right in the cosmopolitan heart of Mooloolaba within a short walk to all boutiques, al fresco restaurants, bars, tours and attractions. Just as important, the world famous Mooloolaba Beach is barely 25 paces from the front door. ... more   less 
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