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Rayville Boat Houses & Penthouse
4.0 of 5 Cottage   |   9-13 Noel Street, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia   |  
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“Disappointed ”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Stayed for two nights after reading reviews and checking the web site.
Our excitement turned to disappointment when we saw the unit. For a start a large car cannot fit into the carport. The unit had no washing machine or dryer as stated on the web site. The spa was so covered in mould we thought better of using it. The dish washer has been repaired with a piece of wood. I am sure that's healthy. The only a/c is upstairs in the hallway so you have to sleep with the bedroom door open and the hall has no blinds so room was light. As the bathroom is downstairs make sure you don't need to use during the night as the staircase is a killer. The fire place didn't even have matches. The cobwebs in the bathroom look weeks old. This place is very overrated. If your in Apollo bay I am sure you can do better. We won't be staying here again ever and we didn't even get out view or here the ocean.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We stayed in number 6; not the best position as overlooked the BBQ area and next door to reception. If we had booked for longer than one night I would have asked to be moved to another boathouse, however it was an overnight stay for us, so ok.
The house was clean/comfortable and more than adequate. The air con could have been better or it wasn't working properly because we baked upstairs overnight. Check in was smooth and the owner/manager was most helpful advising us of where to eat etc.
I would certainly return if visiting the area again.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Very comfortable and nicely decorated apartment in Apollo Bay, a nice place to rest after a long and winding Great Ocean Road!
We stayed there on a cold and rainy night, and were very happy to find a chimney.
It is little disappointing that the property is not actually facing the ocean… must be the only spot from where you cannot see the ocean in the small-town of Apollo Bay!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

It was absolutely great experience staying for 3 days in Rayville Boat House. The location is good. 5 minutes walk to beach and walking distance to town. We lived in Soft Villa. The room is tidy and clean。 Everything needed was there. The kitchen was like you would have at home, lots of space and plenty of room to store groceries if you decided to stay a while and also well equipped. The manager is so welcome and helpful. Thank you. Great place, highly recommend.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We have just come back from celebrating our one year of marriage and we thought we would go to Apollo Bay Dispite some comments we thought we would stay of Rayville Boat Houses as price was cheaper than other places.

We were shocked the villa sparkled with clean. The spa Bath so comfortable and since a bit cold for us the manager light fire and it made the place so comfortable, I wanted to stay longer but since i have to go back to work i made another booking for two weeks time.

Thank you manager for nice smile and making us feel so welcome.

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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

This was our 2nd visit. The first visit was filled with great memories but this time the experience was terrible. The place was dirty. The oven was oily and not cleaned. The fridge smelled of old food and fishy fragrant. The dishes and utensils were dirty. Not only this, service was terrible. The aircon kept stopping without reason and having asked the person on duty to fix this on 3 occasions, all he could do was blame the hot weather for the breakdown in aircon. If the weather was not hot, would we need the aircon? I have stayed in more than a dozen holiday homes on Great Ocean Road, this must count as the worst. Avoid!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

Very attractive premises, looked very quaint as we arrived. Each "boathouse" is very quaint and self sufficient. We were travelling as a group and had a lovely evening on one deck enjoying the open air and lovely seafood we had brought with us.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 9-13 Noel Street, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia
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Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Apollo Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rayville Boat Houses & Penthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OVERNIGHT AND HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATIONRayville Boat Houses provides overnight and holiday accommodation in fully self-contained deluxe villas with a nautical theme on the ocean side of the Great Ocean Road - inside Apollo Bay. The stylish * * * * 4 Star Rayville Boat Houses are self-contained, deluxe, stand-alone Villas (AAA Tourism Rating) and a luxurious Penthouse. RECEPTIONAt our reception you will receive a warm welcome and advice about all the adventures of the Great Ocean Road as well as FREE WIFI, golf clubs, fishing rods, etc.. . Linen, towels, soaps, tea/coffee and wood for the woodfires are being provided.WHERE ARE WE?Walk to the beaches (60m) across the golf course, to the harbour or back up to the Great Ocean Road (60m) and to the shops and restaurants, attractions and markets of Apollo Bay.Enjoy being lulled to sleep by the roll of the waves from the ocean. The property is directed off the Great Ocean Road towards the golf course and the sea and is therefore quiet, away from crowds or traffic. VILLAS & PENTHOUSEThe modern and spacious Boat Houses are tastefully decorated in a nautical theme and all villas have cozy wood-fire, large corner spa, private balcony, full kitchen, television, stereo, video, individual car-port, air-conditioning and are fitted with all the latest amenities.While the Ocean View Villas have views from their terrace towards theocean, the romantic Deluxe Loft and 2 Bedroom Villas are not only cozy but also provide a view of Apollo Bay's amazing ranges from their verandah. ... more   less 
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