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!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Have the best of both worlds by staying at By the Sea Port Douglas. The convenience of staying in the main town centre (Macrossan Street) but also the tranquility and beauty of staying right by the sea! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- By The Sea Port Douglas Hotel Port Douglas