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By The Sea Port Douglas
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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102 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Good basic quality comfort”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

By the looks you willt hink you're back at the eigthies, but look past that. It's a small place with nice appartments on a very good location. Only 300 meters from the beach and at the main streat of Port Douglas. The girls help you with good tour booking advice. Also they suply free additions suchs as bikes, towels, beachchairs, sun umbrella's etc. The rooms are basic but have everything you need. Bed's are very comfy. We've got a free upgrade to the family room and with that had a nice spacy balcony with a BBQ. We just arrived after a 32 hour flight and it was very nice to get back from our jetlag in this appartment.

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Dublin
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

We stayed in 'By The Sea' for a week in November with my parents and our twin girls. We had one of the 2 bed appartments and the space and facilities it offered were great. A large outdoor veranda with table and bbq was great. Meant we had loads of home cooked meals whilst the girls were able to play in a safe and shady environment. The kitchen is well equipped and there are two bathrooms, with a washing machine. They provided the cots for free and the pool was nice and shaded for the most part. It is ideally located, right by the beach and at the start of the main street so it was an easy stroll to restaurants, shops and bars. The property is run by a very nice and helpful bunch of ladies that were always willing to help and advise. Value for money this is a great choice.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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87 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2012

Again, don't be turned off by the cheesy music on the website - we had a great 3 night stay at By the Sea in Port Douglas. We took a rainforest cosy for just over $100 a night and it was exactly what we required. While basic, the rooms are freshly refurbished, really clean and just the right amount of space for a short stay. The staff were every accommodating and effortlessly friendly. We had a few dips in the pool, and the pool gear (floating rings, etc) was a bonus. The complimentary beach towels and bike hire were also a big plus.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2012

The Girls - Wendy, Jodi and Louise make this place. By The Sea is perfectly positioned by the beach. It is 5 minutes walk from all the restaurants and bars.The rooms are smart and the appartment surrounds are really funky in colour and style. The swimming pool is delightful and there are bikes available for local trips. But it is the Girls that stand out - They are so obliging and will go to all lengths to make sure you extract the most out of your visit.

Graham Walker, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bellerive, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is a great place to stay. Don't be put off by the terrible music on the website. The staff are friendly the place is clean and the location is ideal for a holiday in Port Douglas. Availability of beach towels and other things you might want but wouldn't choose to take on a plane are a real bonus.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Clean Apartments, Friendly Staff, and only steps away from 4 mile beach, what more can you ask for? Oh yeah, chairs, beach towels, coolers, ice, umbrellas, beach toys... Its all included in your stay. We spent 9 nights here and were very happy. I can't say enough good things about by the sea. If we ever get back to Port Douglas we will be staying at by the sea.

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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2012

My husband and I booked accommodation here from 4/12 until 7/12/12 to celebrate our birthdays of the 5th and 6th. WOW, we were so impressed. As nearly every one has said, the free things really made a difference. You could grab chairs, eskies, coolers, ice and towels and just walk to the beach -which we did several times. Four Mile beach is divine, the sand is so soft, you can't help but relax looking at spectacular views all around you.

Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, even trying to help me with phone charger, when I realised I left mine at home. The room was cute as and fully equipped. We also had the added treat of a bottle of bubbly for free to celebrate. It's those special touches and bonuses that make this place fantastic, on top of the location. We will try to get back for a stay again, and highly recommend this accommodation to everyone considering a place to stay in Port Douglas. Just do, you won't regret it. :)

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: By The Sea Port Douglas
Address: 72 Macrossan St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia (Formerly Archipelago Apartments)
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — By The Sea Port Douglas 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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