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The Waves Apartments
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No. 1 The Esplanade | P.O. Box 108, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Cowes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Thoroughly pleasanat place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed here for a night in December and wished we had time to stay longer. The room was of a very high standard, well fitted out and clean. Our room had a nice balcony to sit out on to enjoy the excellent sea views over the promenade. The staff were exceptionally helpful. Well done.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I booked this room (AJ's @ The Waves, 319) through the Phillip Island Visitor Centre and it is a privately owned apartment. The blurb made it sound really appealing. The reality was quite different. We had been driving for ten hours when we arrived at The Waves and we were all tired and keen to get to our room. There is a reception at the property, but if you are renting a private property, don't expect them to provide you with any assistance. I asked for directions to our room and the woman on reception was very rude. She was not prepared to help at all. She told me that she had no idea where our room was, and I am sure that this was not the truth. We eventually found our room and retrieved the key from the keysafe. The decor was very tired looking and in need of renovation. There was a musty smell and the place was dirty and the bedding stained. The bathrooms were mouldy and we did not enjoy our stay at all. This place was our welcome to Victoria and it was very disappointing. It was overpriced and it underdelivered.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The apartment is spotlessly clean, quite spacious, comfortable and well-equipped and furnished. The kitchen is fully equipped with a big fridge, a microwave, a stove, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery that we decided to grab some foodstuff from the nearby Coles supermarket and fixed our dinner and breakfast.

The beds are very comfy with clean linen. Beautiful deco which makes the apartment very cosy. There is a jacuzzi in the bath which my girls had a real splendid time but unfortunately we were not aware of the hot water supply limit. After that, we had to wait for an hour before the next person could take a shower.

The reception staff is very friendly and courteous. The apartment is within walking distance to shops and eateries as well as the pier. Good parking facilities for those who drive. My whole family enjoyed our stay here. Out of the 9 hotels/apartments/motels we stayed during our 2 weeks' trip to Melbourne/ Sydney, this is one of the best.

Managed to get quite good rates from wotif.com if book early. Will be back here again if visiting Philip Island in future

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great unit, corner unit with a view of the sea, large veranda and stocked with all you could want. Bed very comfortable. Best location in Cowes. Could walk to shops and cafes and restaurants. opposite the beach, Will be back

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Stayed two nights with my honey at The Waves Apartments on Phillip Island in a Beachfront Panorama Suite on the 4th floor. Our unit, #442 enjoyed an excellent view of the ocean, had a queen sized bed, whirlpool, full kitchen/dining area/living room, 2 HD TVs, and garage parking.

The Waves are serviced apartments with all of the amenities to enjoy Phillip Island. Everything you need is in the unit. I was especially impressed with the friendly and helpful front desk staff. I asked if we had received the best rate and they offered us other options. We chose to keep the reserved unit because of the efficient layout and view.

Don't miss the Penguin Parade during your visit to Phillip Island.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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11 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Great location on the beach and a short walk to the Cowes high street.

The apartment we had was surprisingly spacious...a lot bigger than we were expecting. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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 February 5, 2014

Booked via Wotif we did not have a serviced room, however the staff were very helpful and made us feel spoilt on our trip.

Great distance from the beach and close to the supermarket and main strip.

Excellent room- very neat and organised with all facilities.

Would recommend to all!

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Waves Apartments

Address: No. 1 The Esplanade | P.O. Box 108, Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria 3922, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Phillip Island > Cowes
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Cowes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Waves Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 64
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