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By The Sea Port Douglas
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Galveston, Texas
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“SO glad we chose this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013

After weeks of pouring over reviews (Thank goodness for Trip Advisor!), we decided to try By The Sea. It was the best! Small, fairly quiet, just steps away from the beach, and everything they promised was absolutely true. I had several email conversations with "the girls" prior to arrival and they were SO helpful. I told them we'd be celebrating our anniversary afer I'd spent a week working in Sydney, and we arrived to find a wonderul room upgrade and a bottle of bubbly in the fridge (at no cost to us)! Room 22 was great - 2 bedrooms, 2 patios with table & chairs, one with a gas grill, the other with a view of the beach (which is beautiful, clean & quiet), a stackable washer & dryer in the room (what a blessing that was!), and a kitchen in the middle with full dining utensils, a microwave, tea pot, toaster, and 3/4 sized fridge. The room was even stocked with instant coffee and tea. A quick stop at the grocery store (walking distance, with all other shops), and we were set.

We'd made some of our own tour arrangements ahead of time, and the girls improved on those as well with a simple phone call at check-in (better weather, timing, etc.). Let them guide you to the right snorkeling and sunset cruise company. They were right on every point. You can add something new and pay at checkout, etc. Everything is so easy and yes, you really can grab and go with beach chairs, towels & coolers, or check out a bicycle, video, etc., all at no extra charge. There were absolutely no surprises at check-out, and it took 2 minutes. It was wonderful.

Parking is tight, but adequate, and it was nice to have the convenience of our own car to come & go in to do a little additional touring. There is a pool w/ lots of toys available, convenient & clean, but we never found the time to use it.

Our favorite restaurant was Salsa's.....not at all what it sounds like (or what we thought it might be, having come from Houston), but a fabulous, mixed menu served with linens, not paper, by young men and women wearing t-shirts & shorts (amazing service as well) which we enjoyed because it meant that we could be comfortable dressing that way too. We heard later that this is a local favorite.....no wonder. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. Sure wish we'd spent more time here & less in Sydney!

Room Tip: Room 22 was great. There is no elevator, but the place is small, and the staff is very happy to hel...
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Mornington, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

What a fantastic trip thanks to the girls at By The Sea, they provide everything you need to have a wonderful hassle free holiday, at no charge and no fuss you can get everything for a day at the beach from kids bucket and spade to esky with ice, even iPads. They provide free bikes to get around, free DVD's and great tour advice. The rooms are modern clean and self contained, they even provide a BBQ on your balcony. Perfect, friendly, we will be back, thank you so much. Sue Col and Sarah

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Location is absolutely perfect, 1 min walk to beach and 1 min walk to start of the shops, 5 mins walk to absolute centre of shops, restaraunts, cafees etc and only 10 to 15 mins walk to the marina for your cruise departures. The property has been beautifully renovated with attention to detail a standout. The big feature with this property is the endless supply of complimentary goodies. I won't mention them all, but the items we used were ipad, beach towels, esky, ice, new release dvds. The staff were all very friendly and helpfulll. We stayed in a poolview, side beach view room. The only downside of this was that we were woken 3 nights in a row by inconsiderate people having a 2am swim. Mr recommendation would be to go for an ocean view, rather than pool view room.

Room Tip: Worth paying slightly more for an ocean view rather than pool view room to avoid being woken by late...
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I recently stayed in this beachside accommodation. The location is just amazing, approx. 50m from the beach and located on the Main Street in Port Douglas far enough away so you don't hear the pubs and restaurants but close enough to walk to.

The staff were friendly and professional, but the standout was their policy with regards to borrowing items such as beach towels, beach chairs, movies, books, eskies, etc... Free of charge. Just fantastic and extremely convenient.

The room was clean & comfortable with air conditioning and amenities if you want to pretend your not on holidays and actually want to cook. We stayed in a room that overlooked the ocean and fell asleep to the sound of waves crashing.

There is a small pool to use which is heated (just rather right temperature) and plenty of pool toys to play with or lay on to relax.

The only compliant I have is the overall security. I couldn't locate a safe to store valuables in within the room and hoped they would be there on return. I also noticed that there are no after hours staff on and anyone has the ability to walk right up to your door and attempt to get in.

Overall a great little place for a weekend getaway.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

We weren't sure about this hotel from the pictures - my girlfriend and I were worried it would be full of families, with screaming kids running around. I think it was the colours and decor that made us question it - even though the other reviews were great. But it was absolutely perfect!! We just wanted somewhere that was good value, close to the main stretch of restaurants and close to the beach - this was great. The staff were super friendly and helped us out with everything. They even helped me organise a little treat in the bedroom for my girlfriend's birthday (balloons and bubbles). It's also great having loads of free hire stuff available in the foyer. Bikes, beach beds, DVDs.. etc. Everything you could want. Definitely worth the money.

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Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2013

We stayed for just one night but wish we could have stayed more!! It was the perfect little getaway for my husband and I as a couple but we can’t wait to bring our kids back next time to have a real family holiday. It's literally 1 minute from the beach and a nice walk up the main street to restaurants, shopping and the wharf. They have so many included freebies that you can borrow like iPads, laptops (free Wi-Fi), DVDs, bikes, towels, eskys and ice, bbqs and much more. We stayed in a fully self-contained ocean view room with KS bed (it was extra comfy) and the room was beautifully finished inside with a great beachy yet modern theme throughout that made us feel very relaxed. The view from the balcony was pretty nice too as we could see the beach and hear the waves crashing as the tide came in. The girls were fantastic with our booking and extremely helpful with any queries we had. Like I said it's the perfect little getaway spot without being too pricey or too far from anything and we can’t wait to come back again!!!!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

What a great little hotel. We stayed for 3 nights in a Family Beachside Cosy which was very spacious with a double and 2 singles. We had a Balcony with BBQ and seating plus a very well stocked kitchenette and large bathroom. There is a small pool which catches the sun and ample parking close to your rooms but by far and away the thing we liked best about this place was the amenities provided free of charge by reception. There is a HUGE DVD library of up to date films along with bikes, beach balls, buckets and spades, beach towels, a range of cool boxes and bags along with an ice machine, lilos, deck chairs and inflatables. Basically everything you need for a trip to the beach, pool or out on an excursion – we found this VERY convenient. The staff were great too – for instance our microwave stopped working one evening (outside of reception hours) and Louise was there within minutes taking a brand new microwave out of the box… The staff are also on hand to provide and book any local tours or excursions you may want – very helpful all round. The hotel is well placed – situated at one end of Macrossan street right on the beach. One of the best boutique style stays we’ve ever had as a family – very good value indeed.

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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
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 56 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
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Hotel Class:4 star — By The Sea Port Douglas 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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