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“Great Location on Horseshoe Bay” 3 of 5 stars
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Shaws on the Shore
4.5 of 5 Condominium   |   7 Pacific Drive | Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia   |  
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Coolangatta, Australia
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Great Location on Horseshoe Bay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Shaw on Shore is located on Pacific Parade right opposite the swimming nets of Horseshoe Bay. Below the complex is a small supermarket Foodworks and a restaurant. We had been advised to stay at Horseshoe Bay due to its North facing location plus its well maintained beach with a lifeguard. The accommodation is rated as luxury, and this may be the case for Magnetic Island but it is really a 3 star Holiday Unit. The apartments (we stayed in a two bedroom unit with access only to the main bedroom) are large with a separate bathroom and laundry. All modern conveniences with flat screen TV's in the lounge and main bedroom. Decor is very dated with White Cane Furniture and sad paintings. They are obviously trying to update the floors, but it is a slow process with different tiles in each room and stacked outside in the breezeway - not an attractive greeting. Stairwells were dirty and dusty and not well maintained. Our apartment appeared clean with crisp sheets, but on closer inspection it was obvious that a good clean was needed. Infact the whole complex needed a good spring clean and declutter. Loved the concept of supporting the McGrath Foundation with their Pink Towels. Overall we had an enjoyable stay, mainly due to its great location to all the Pacific Parade cafe's/restaurants. If you dont expect too much I would recommend this block based on its location and size of apartments.

Room Tip: All apartments seem to have a view of the beach but the four apartments on Pacific Parade overlook t...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Saw the premises from the road at Horseshoe Bay and had a look. Although there were only 2 of us, we were given the top floor corner 3 bed apartment and given access to the master bed and ensuite.

We were only planning to stay one night but stayed 2. Everything is a short walk away. Would definitely come again if on Magnetic Island

The Manager, Deb, was helpful, the facilities, location and views great, and this is an ideal place to relax (it was mid week and not school hols)

Room Tip: corner suites are large, sunny and great balconies
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 July 17, 2012

Staff were rude and unpleasant. The rooms where messy and unclean. On check out, management were very uncorganized and unprofessional. Also the Manager performed unauthorised transactions using my credit card details. Their criminal activity has prompted my bank in started a formal investigation against their crimes.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Shawsontheshore, Manager at Shaws on the Shore, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
We are at a loss to understand this anonymous review.
It does not reflect in anyway all the other excellent reviews we've had.
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Brisbane, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

We stayed four nights here for a family holiday.
It really was spacious! This meant everyone had plenty of space to themselves (something I value on holidays ... especially when you want a break from kids).
The apartment was perfectly clean and bedding etc. was very comfortable. Little things like the bowls of water outside the apartment to wash sand off made sure it stayed that way.
The kitchen was fantastic - it had everything you needed. Two TVs also helped.
Margaret & staff were very helpful and very quick to help if needed. Local knowledge also helped to ensure we got to the best places for what it is that we were after from our holiday.
Our only upset was that our apartment balcony mostly overlooked the rubbish bins from the shops next door. We still got our bay views, but looking directly out wasn't as pleasant as what we were expecting.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the trip to Magnetic Island and our stay at Shaws. We would definitely stay here again, but would be specific about our unit next time.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Our fourth stay at Shaws, loads of space for six of us, clean and tidy. Nice bathrooms and kitchen. Location to almost die for right on the Shore at Horesehoe Bay, get a front balcony and watch the sun slip slowly away. Restaurants, bars and a shop right on the doorstep.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melboure, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

We spent 2 night at Shaws on Shore on Magnetic Island. The accommodation was fantastic. Plenty of space in the apartment, immaculately clean, and great ocean views. The decor is a little 80's but don't let this put you off. We found the apartment to be very comfortable and enjoyable to stay in. The manager Margaret was a real pleasure to deal with and we found her to be very helpful during the booking process and our stay.
Shaws in right across the road from the stinger net on horseshoe bay, making it an ideal place to stay for families.
We were so happy with the accommodation that we will stay again.
The only let down was the restaurant downstairs. The service was pretty average and mistakes with our orders were not corrected despite mentioning them to the staff. The restaurant had only been open for a fews day so perhaps it will improve. The food was quite nice but not quite as described on the menu.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

Just spent 4 glorious days at Shaws on the Shore, Maggie Island. Where to start? Beautiful accomodation; spotlessly clean, extra spacious, fabulous ocean views, bright, airy, stunning tropical decor! I am not kidding, this place has it all! Our unit was completely stocked with all the comforts of home in the kitchen, bath, bedroom, living room, and laundry room! We just picked up some of our favorite foods, bevvys and we were set for a luxurious, relaxing treat!
Two nice shops very nearby, superb restaurants within minutes walk and spectacular Horseshoe Bay directly across the street! Can't ask for more than that! The pool and Barbeque area is serene and beautiful! The views from our balcony were breathtaking. There were plently of hiking trails (for those that like to stay active) and the drive to neighbouring beaches and other shopping areas is 10 - 15 minutes tops (if you felt like you needed to be on the move) We stayed put most of the time and enjoyed the beauty of Horseshoe Bay!
The owner of Shaws is one of the most beautiful people we met in Australia. She was very sweet, funny, kind, always made time to talk to us (made us feel like family)! She has a vast knowledge of Maggie Island, so if you have any questions about where to go, what to do, how to get there, etc. Margaret would more than happy to help you!
We loved our stay! Felt like we were worlds away from everything, yet everything we needed was right there - which is exactly what we had hoped for. Heavenly! We would stay at Shaws on the Shore again in a heartbeat and I would strongly recommend it to all my friends and family! I do not write reviews very often.....but I felt Shaws was certainly deserving!!
Enjoy your stay!!! The Canadians!

  • Stayed March 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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Address: 7 Pacific Drive | Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Magnetic Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Magnetic Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Shaws on the Shore 4.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fully self contained luxury 4.5 star 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments at fantastic rates. Supermarket, and restaurant in the resort and pub right here. Huge apartments with balconies overlooking the stunning coral sea. Fabulous recreation area with swimming pool and BBQ. Features include full air conditioning, large plasma screen TV, master bedroom TV, Austar, DVD player and free DVD hire. Wireless internet facilities and on site management. Carparking facilities, and local car hire available. ... more   less 
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