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“Cheap and Nasty” 2 of 5 stars
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Island Coastal Units
Tangara Drive, American River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5221, Australia   |  
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Cheap and Nasty”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I agree with a previous review. These units are VERY basic. Arriving for a winter visit our room had no heater, only 1 extra blanket for a single bed even though the beds had the thinnest of quilts on them. Once we managed to wrangle a heater, it didn't work properly. The bathroom door wouldn't close properly and kitchen equipment was minimal.
The whole place needs serious maintenance. 'Hosts' were nowhere to be found.
Better places to stay I am sure, keep loo

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    1.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

Rooms were not clean, bed sheets were dirty, lots of insect coming into the room whole night.
Cooking facilities are poor.
There was no heater for 2 rooms.
Very old TV
But cheap price
I could have found out a better place for same price if I spent more time searching.
I would pay little more to stay in a better place than this

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

American River is a great spot for fishing or chilling and worth spending a day or so here, and there are some great local sights - great bush walking for the less energetic, excellent swimming beaches at Brown, Baudin and Pennington, and Sunset wines is excellent for its picnic lunch at only $28 with panoramic views. No telephone or internet except at Penneshaw and on top of hills even with Telstra. Some nice bush walks though American River is a sleepy place with littlatourist investment by the look of it and make sure to bring your own food as apart from Kingscote there is little to tempt you unless you like basic fish and chips at silly prices.

While recommending American River as a stopover this accomodation is basic, barely clean, outdated with holes in the curtains, no facilities and basic kitchen equipment, and a shared bbq.
We were here over new year so expected it to be noisy but didnt expect whole families to be tenting in the gardens a few metres from our unit. We also didnt expect that we would not meet a member of staff or the owners in the entire time we were there. Little info in the unit and not even a how are you doing from the staff. Basic courtesy let alone customer service. We left 3 days early and once we found the manager in a lodge in a separate part of town we were told it had nothing to do with them as we booked with Sealink.

I wouldnt put people off American River and KI is superb (but remote and you need to be self sufficient as there are no restaurants of note outside Kingscote) but I would only recommend Island Coastal Units to those who want budget accomodation in a campsite like environment and with zero customer service or personal touch. We definitely wouldnt be back and now understand why camping is so popular on KI.

Room Tip: motel style units which are barely clean, havenft been renovated in years and have basic amenities.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012 via mobile

Large cottage, 2bedrooms, living, dining & kitchen combined.
Location is perfect for fishing & swimming. Perfect accommodation for families. Self contained & American River is a good location, as is between Peneshaw & Kingscote.
Would stay again.

Stayed March 2012
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Address: Tangara Drive, American River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5221, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > American River
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in American River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seafront accommodation at Island Coastal Units is set amidst tall shady trees, only metres away from the picturesque waters of American River, a peaceful fishing destination. Adjacent is Pelican Lagoon, a sanctuary for fish and bird-life. We have holiday units and cabins sleeping up to five people. ... more   less 
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