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“Very good apartment hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of By The Sea Port Douglas

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By The Sea Port Douglas
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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“Very good apartment hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

The By the Sea apartment hotel is a very good spot to stay.
We stayed in a two bedroom apartment. The apartment was spacious and very clean. All appliances were working. Air condition was also working well.
The hotel staff is very nice and offers a lot of complimentary things like beach towels,swimming suites, parking, wifi internet etc.
The beach is very close to the hotel and also close to the main restaurant streets in Port Douglas.
If we stay in Port Douglas we will definitely consider "By The Sea" and 'the Girls' again.

Room Tip: Room on beach side are nice. If you have much luggage you should prefer the lower level rooms may be...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Tanjil South
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

This hotel is literally a stone's throw from the beach. Great hosts who bent over backwards to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Everything is supplied - and I mean everything. Beach towels, deck chairs, bikes, DVD's, books, laptops, ipads - you name it and get this - NO EXTRA CHARGES.
We found that our room A/C wasn't working when we got back from town (5pm) and by the next day a new one had been installed. And we only got charged half price for the room for that night. The hosts were very friendly and helpful, would highly recommend this hotel, particularly for families as you don't have to put your hand in your pocket for all those other things that other resorts charge for !!!

Room Tip: Ask for the sea view, not that much extra, but worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kathyborg
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

I don't normally do reviews but felt I definitely should this time. I stayed here in July 2013 when I was over from the UK visiting my brother who lives in Melbourne. He couldn't wait to show me Port Douglas & I now know why, best time of my 3 week holiday.
By the sea was amazing and I loved everything about it, from the beautifully decorated room with free wifi & iPod docks, to the library of books that I could read to the free deck chairs, to the free bike I could borrow (which my brother made me ride on the beach!) to all the lovely ladies who couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful.
Fantastic place, would recommend it to everyone. Thank you!!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Siane82
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

We recently stayed here and were very satisfied. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
There was a great amount of free equipment for guests to use including bikes DVD's and beach lounges. All our rooms were air conditioned and very confortable The beach was less that 100 meters one way and the shops less than 100 meters in the other. Overall a great place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

My mother and I recently spent 6 nights at By the Sea. Our room was very clean, online photos and descriptions were accurate, and the kitchen was fully stocked with all that we needed to cook reasonable meals that week. The girls at the desk were very helpful with recommendations and bookings for trips and touring. They have the ability to add fees directly onto the room account, so you only have to "swipe your card" once. The "freebies" are wonderful. Their lobby includes over 500 movies, books, magazines, coolers, chairs, towels, toys, etc., etc., that all are able to use for FREE. Wifi was also free, although there was limited connectivity at times (enough to email...not enough to facetime/skype/imessage). The location of the hotel is perfect as well....1/2 block from the ocean and right on the "main drag" for shopping and eating. The only thing that I would recommend is actual comforters on the beds. They do have blankets (and extras in the closets), but no comforters. They recommend that you do not use the AC at night, so this is likely the reason why.

Overall, I give it two thumbs up!

Room Tip: If you are looking for a one-bedroom apartment, Sadies Den (rm 21) is perfect. It is 1 bed, 1 bath...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

I was a solo traveler when I arrived in Port Douglas, the ladies were so wonderful that I extended my stay 2 extra days. My room was generous sized with ocean views. The hotel is literally across the street from the beach, closer than most. It's also just at the end of the main strip of shops and restaurants. The hotel supplies beach towels, chairs, etc and has free wifi in all the rooms and an expansive DVD library. They also helped me book a snorkeling trip to the reef. I couldn't have asked for a better beach travel experience!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Meagan F
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Having just returned from a stay at By The Sea in Port Douglas, I really have to say it was such a pleasure, the room was great overlooking the sea an an the pool, the staff (Girls) were a delight, so friendly and helpful. It is in a great location, so near the beach and the shopping strip and is reasonably priced. I give it a big thumbs up and wish them all the best.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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 58 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
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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