First of all, I've rated this as 1 out of 5 to draw attention to the review and make a couple of points. My girlfriend and I were taking a trip up the east coast of Australia and happened upon Yeppoon. We decided to stay at short notice and went to the information centre. They recommended Coral Inn to us and we ended up booking a queen room at short notice.
The owners were initially friendly and welcoming and charged my card before we could see the room and the venue. The rooms are newly done, although very small and you do feel that you are in someone's home rather than staying somewhere.
Although I was travelling I still had to do business calls to the USA and use a computer. Both my girlfriend and I smoke and normally there is a smoking area somewhere. There isn't here, you have to go all of the way out of the venue. Although we were disappointed, we were still going to stay. However, when I asked if the owner could open the gate so I could park, I was told that costs $5. We'd already listened to all of the local tour pitches and this immediately made me feel that everything usually included at an establishment would cost money.
We had just stayed at a lovely place called Sandcastles in 1770 for the same amount of $99 and the contrast was so much we decided we couldn't stay even one night, and asked for a refund.
It was obvious the owners didn't want to lose the booking, so I was told that they had been charged $15 by Booking.com. I said I would pay the $15 at which point they told me they didn't know how to do refunds!
I was going to call the bank and ask them to reverse the card charge and at this point the owner said they could give me $85 cash.
Strangely there was no-one else staying here - which I notice in the positive reviews too, which should have spoken volumes to me.
We ended up going to The Driftwood Motel for $120 - beach view, pleasant owners, free parking, a full suite with kitchen, free tea and coffee - a very welcome contrast!
If you're a non-smoking backpacker this is a clean place, has a pool, is well located and I would imagine one of the better places to stay.
If you smoke don't stay here at all
If you're a couple looking for some time away and a nice place to stay, avoid this place and go somewhere else - my advice would be to go to the Driftwood Motel as it's the only place I've stayed and will add a review!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral Inn Yeppoon is a low-priced short-term boutique accommodation and holiday destination. Appealing to guests wanting convenience and something out of the ordinary, the property is centrally located and within walking distance to the Yeppoon Central shopping centre and CBD, safe beaches and the Capricorn Coast Information Centre. Take a break on the coast and chill in a relaxing atmosphere with private pool, barbeque and extensive communal kitchen and lounge room. All modern and quiet rooms have their own en-suite, TV and fridge. The coastal town of Yeppoon offers a temperate climate and beautiful beaches on the Capricorn Coast. The whole coastline is protected by the Great Barrier Reef and the Keppel Bay Islands located only 13 km offshore. The Capricorn Coast has some of the most picturesque and safe swimming beaches in Australia. ... more less
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