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“Great Overnight Stay on GOR” 4 of 5 stars
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Captain's At The Bay
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   21 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia   |  
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Ranked #5 of 20 Apollo Bay B&B and Inns
Hexham, United Kingdom
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29 hotel reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Great Overnight Stay on GOR”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Captain's on the Bay is set one block back from the seafront and was a very pleasant surprise in this uninspiring little town. We needed an overnight stay on the Great Ocean Road and this was just right. Cottage room was spacious, well decorated and maintained. Bathroom fully tiled with twin hand basins and large walk in shower. Good breakfast cooked to order with plenty on the buffet too for continental. Very friendly and efficient lady was on reception as we checked in, taking breakfast orders next morning as well as doing check out.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed one night in the Captain's cottage. This is wonderful decorated, beautiful bathroom (shower for two), very spacious, great bed. It was a bit rainy so the distance controlled fireplace was the cherry on the cake. We slept very good indeed. Breakfast is awesome.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Only stayed the one night at Captains by the bay in the Top Deck. This consisted of 3 queen rooms and two bathrooms. There was a lounge area with a microwave and tea and coffee facilities. There was also a very spacious outdoor area for 6 people on a balcony which we enjoyed glimpses of the sea over a glass of wine. Spotless bathroom and crisp sheets. Staff friendly and attentive. Kids borrowed DVDs from reception. Simple but adequate breakfast . Would recommend.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Captain's at the Bay gave us the impression of an impersonal but functional motel like place to stay.
Our room was large, clean and comfortable with useful touches such as tea/coffee making equipment and iron and ironing board. It opened out onto a car parking area one side and a small yard which was overlooked by a building on the other.
Whilst the staff were perfectly pleasant and friendly, we found them to be rather impersonal.
The included breakfast was very good with hot dishes.
It is a few yards walk from Apollo Bay high street shops and restaurants so is very conveniently situated.
The high spot of our stay was two dinners at the Vista restaurants just by the hotel -superb food and excellent service. We made friends with the chef who had cooked at the Fat Duck in the UK.
Captain's at the Bay is a convenient and comfortable stopping place but no more than that.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

My wife and I were travelling from Adelaide through to Apollo Bay along the Great Ocean Road and then back again. We chose, for our two nights in Apollo Bay, Captain's at the Bay because it looked really nice and new in the photos. It was also a "Romance" package with a bottle of wine included in the room.

The room, on arrival, was firstly upstairs. Not happy about that for a start especially when you have to cart stuff up and down stairs all the time. Minor, but there was no mention of that throughout the booking process. I would have not booked had I known, or booked one of their downstairs rooms.

The room was beautiful. The renovation that had been done was excellent. The huge bath in the main room next to the bed was an interesting touch. The double shower head was also a very nice touch. Where the bathroom let the rest down was the stupid sensor light that was always on. Due to a hotel being sued by a guest one time because they fell over in the dark, it is now law (apparently). I've personally never heard of that, or stayed in any other accommodation that has a sensor light so i hated it. I'm a light sleeper and every time my wife got up to go to the bathroom, the light came on. Keep that in mind with this hotel.

Other than that, the B&B is well located with a small grocery store across the road and only minutes walk from the main street and all Apollo Bay's eating spots. The same for the beach. Minutes walk away.

This review is mixed really. I found what we paid to be a bit too high for what we actually got. I guess we were paying for the reno but the room was lovely and comfortable. The staff were also really nice too. As I said, mixed review. I think I was expecting more and I was let down a bit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

My wife I stayed in a Bridge Room at Captain’s by the Bay for two nights.

The room was beautifully appointed and very modern. There was a queen sized bed and a couch for two. The bathroom was also very modern and had a double shower. The room also had a large bath in the bedroom but we did make use of that.

Although we had a room facing the back of the property and not facing the water, the rolling hills behind Apollo Bay make a good view just the same.

The position was one street back from the main street. This worked in our favour as it was incredibly quiet during the night even though it was schoolies weekend.

Breakfast is served in the dining room between 8.00-9.00. A good spread of continental breakfast with the option to order bacon & eggs is a good way to start the day. A word of warning, the spinach is very heavily flavoured with garlic which can be a bit uncomfortable during the day.

Apollo Bay is a great place to stay and we were happy with our choice of staying at Captain’s by the Bay.

Room Tip: Just beware the garlic spinach at breakfast!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Stayed here one night during our GOR road trip. The location is one block behind the main road so its really quiet. Very impressed by this place. Everything was perfect from the private parking, the size of the room and bathroom and the yumm breakfast. The most excellent thing is the warm greetings from the lady on the main reception. She is probably in her 60s. We found her really welcoming and made our stay unforgettable.
We stayed in Terrace 3, one of the basic rooms but the size was comfortably big with courtyard. They have 2 lazy boy chairs in the room and they also gave us a bottle of complimentary wine. The bathroom was huge, completed with toiletries and hair dryer and the towels are just super soft and thick.
I would recommend this place if you are travelling to the area, you won't regret it worth every cent that you spent.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Captain's At The Bay

Address: 21 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Apollo Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Captain's At The Bay 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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Captain`s At The Bay Hotel Apollo Bay
Captain's At The Bay Apollo Bay/Great Ocean Road

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