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Coral Beach Lodge
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Reviewed December 5, 2006

Its all about expectations. The Port O Call is a backpackers and with that in mind its okay. Don't expect the Ritz.

We had a spacious double room, en-suite with air-con (at night) and a tv. The lodge facilities are fine - pool, tv room, bar/restaurant and laundry. They've clearly had some problems with security - there are signs everywhere about locking doors. The insect screen on our sliding window-door had a hand-sized hole in it next to the lock!

That said, though, we had absolutely no problems and did not hear of any. Our 2 nights here were perfectly enjoyable. I just wouldn't recomment it to anyone wanting to spend most of the day there. If you need a good value bed, its okay.

Small niggle. The website says it is "5 minutes to everywhere". Its 5 minutes to nowhere! We walk quite quickly and its a good 15 minutes to the main drag in Port Douglas and the same to the marina for boats out to the Reef.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2006

We were shocked when we contacted Port O' Call the day before our visit to give them our flight info. They have a once per day shuttle at 10:30am that will drive you from the Cairns airport to the hotel. If your flight happens to get in after 10:30am, as most do, there IS NO FREE SHUTTLE!!! Then you have to pay $30 per person to take the airport shuttle to the hotel. This was an irritating and unexpected expense.

Once we arrived at the hotel the rooms were clean, the food is absolutely amazing, and the beach is only a short walk away. So, this is certainly not a reason not to stay with them. But be aware of this pitfall before you go.

The best itinerary would be to stay in Cairns a night or two, enjoy shopping, and maybe do the trip to the reef from here (it seems to be cheaper if you leave from Cairns). Then, take the 10:30am shuttle from Cairns when you are ready to transfer to see beautiful Port Douglas. Budget for expensive food though. The restaurants in Port Douglas are pricey!

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2006

This hostel was great value as it also included a free of charge coach trip from Cairns to Port Douglas. The room was large with with a huge bed, en suite facilities, fridge and private patio with outdoor dining chairs. The staff were friendly and they can prepare a breakfast which is delivered to your room in a basket.Port Douglas is a charming town with multiple diving trips to the reef.

  • Stayed: July 2005
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Reviewed January 24, 2006

BEWARE: the staff are useless, patronising and unfriendly; the facilities are unpleasant and the atmosphere is one of distrust - a far cry from the warm, welcoming and incredibly helpful hostels that we have come to love across Australia so far. Upon entering our double ensuite room (number 18) we found that the toilet was completely blocked (how could this have not been noticed when it was cleaned??). I trotted over to the reception and the lady swapped us into the room next door (number 17) - luckily I checked the toilet there before we moved all our stuff and found that it had exactly the same problem. So off I went again to reception and this time they laughed and said "oh it must be the rain - this happens quite a lot" as if the explanation would make up for not having a toilet... I left the matter, assuming that there would be a lot of communal toilets for the dormitory rooms which we could use - of course I was wrong (they were all locked). After a few hours in the town centre we returned, and the toilet seemed even worse, so I took the now very familiar route to the reception and asked the lady what was going on (different lady this time). She wasn’t in the least bit bothered about this problem, and when I asked her whether this was affecting the whole place, or perhaps just the two rooms she was very patronising and rudely said that "she didn’t have the time to check all the toilets as she had much better things to do" (I had interrupted her reading her book and I was the only person there). Any reasonable person might have replied "sorry about this problem sir, we have not had any other complaints so it is probably just the two rooms - I will call out a plumber and get the problem fixed as soon as possible". Because it was clear to her that I wasn’t leaving without a slightly better resolution to the problem she begrudgingly agreed to call out a plumber. Hours later when the plumber did come, I had a chat to him and it transpired that: a) this problem had been going on for some time - it was due to some nearby tree roots b) it only involved the rooms 17 and 18 and c) they all knew about it. Bear in mind, that when booking my room (a few weeks before) I decided to pay the higher $100 a night rate for a ‘deluxe double’ for the very reason that it had an ensuite - the normal doubles were a lot cheaper. I spoke to another lady, who was talking to the plumber and asked if I could get some deduction for having paid for a deluxe ensuite without a working toilet. This lady was again very rude, said "NO" in a raised voice and immediately walked away almost in disgust! As for the facilities, the kitchen was unhygienic, smelt bad, had rusting fridge shelves and there were signs everywhere saying "you are being watched on cctv". The hairdryer in the toilet didnt work. The bikes we hired were in very bad condition with brakes that wouldnt stop a fly and missing spokes. The pool table didn’t even have a full set of balls (three yellows have been replaced with three whites - very useful!). All in all, I would avoid this hostel at all costs.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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Reviewed January 4, 2006

We were very disappointed by the room given to us during our stay in Port O Call and also with the attitude of the staff. I had asked for a Budget double room almost a month before our arrival and had made a reservations. Inspite of this we were given a very small room (room 30) in the corner of their bunkhouse building. The room seemed like it had been made as an afterthought outside the building. The regular price was $59 and we were charged $69 since "it had a private courtyard and that was the rate quoted". The courtyard was a dump to be frank.. the table and chair were covered in mud - even before the rain. Supposedly the other "bunkhouse rooms" are even smaller than that room!!!

We were given another much better room the next day after we asked for it. The difference was only $8 and this budget room was much better with private bathroom and a fridge! We felt cheated and duped and discriminated against that we were not even offered this budget room in the first place inspite of having the reservation. We felt $69 is too much to charge for the dump of room that was given to us on the first night. That room is not worth even $40. the air conditioner was so loud that we could hardly sleep a wink! When we expressed our displeasure and mentioned this to the staff, the reply we got was "I just work here". not a word of apology!!!

BTW the rates advertised on their website and quoted for reservations are much higher than the rates they offer to walk-ins! (Thats how the better room was $77 while on website and initial quote was $89)

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Reviewed November 23, 2005

We stayed here for 5 nights in a motel room and loved it. The room was well kitted out and the communal kitchen was handy. The bistro served excellent food at very reasonable prices and seemed popular with the locals. The pool area was small but very nice and there was a nice atmosphere generally. Would definitely recommend it to any travellers to Port Douglas.

Stayed: October 2005
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Reviewed September 28, 2005

Stayed here for 2 nights in one of their motel rooms. Was quite impressed, not at all what I'd imagined for a YHA! The room was clean and large and came complete with tv, DVD player and air-con. The hostel is reasonably well located for both the town and the marina (where many of the reef cruises seemed to go from). The hostel has a great bistro restaurant with fantastic and reasonably priced food which seems to be used a lot by people not staying there and very little by the people who are actually staying there (!), probably because the prices aren't aimed at the average backpacker. This is a bit odd because it seemed to alienate them from using the on-site restaurant and bar. In summary - great hostel, good value for money and lovely food!

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Address: 1-7 Craven CL | Corner of Wharf St., Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia (Formerly Port O'Call Eco Lodge)
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range: $45 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Coral Beach Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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Quality accommodation with an emphasis on the things that matter - air conditioning, quality beds with the best quality cotton sheets and deep feathered pillows, your own refrigerator and free WiFi. ... more   less 
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