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Port Douglas Retreat
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed here April 20-27, 2012. At $95 AUS per night, it was a very competitive rate, certainly for Port Douglas. Our room was on the 2nd floor, over the pool. At that time of year, the place was fairly quiet and not full. I do recall a few nights when we could hear a few other guests yakking away late at night on their balconies, as we were all at fairly close quarters in the complex. We told the management about it and the problem was addressed. The room itself was a fairly small studio apartment with kitchenette, but with the balcony the space was adequate for the 2 of us, considering the price. The couple who manage the facility kept it well maintained and it seems the guests did their part, e.g. cleaning up after themselves when using the barbeque and eating area by the pool. The location is pretty much perfect. It's a 5 minute walk, straight shot down the road to beautiful 4 Mile Beach. It's a 5 minute walk in the other direction to the downtown and Macrossan Street, which is a small price to pay to avoid the noise of downtown. This isn't a beachfront property, but close enough without what I expect would be a very expensive beachfront price. You are expected to pay for the whole stay at the front end. Coming from North America I found this to be a bit of a suprise, but I got over it and just made sure we had a room we liked before moving in. I guess that's the way things are done in Aus.

Room Tip: If you want a quieter room, request one toward the back, by the pool.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

We've now stayed at the Port Douglas Retreat and had a great time. The hotel is within walking distance of the main commercial drag on Macrossan and also of Four Mile Beach. Very convenient but also very quiet.

Our room came with a kitchenette, which is perfect for us as we like to have breakfast and sometimes dinner in -- if you've been to PD, you know that eating out is really expensive, and we'd rather spend our money on fun things like snorkelling or renting bikes.

Coincidentally we had the same room on both trips, which were taken two years apart (last visit was August 2012). It's fairly large and has a decent-size bathroom. It gives out on the pool and the barbecue area, which could be a drawback to some as it can get a little noisy when people are out cooking and socializing in the evening. It didn't bother us and never lasted long.

Another thing that wasn't an issue for us is that they don't clean your room everyday, so you have to handle that yourself (there's a broom and other cleaning stuff). I think you can get that service if you pay extra.

We had a car and covered parking was free (you get a remote to open the door after-hours). There's also a rack where you can lock up your bike overnight.

Overall, we love Port Douglas Retreat. It's really good value, and the people are nice and helpful. If we ever go back to PD, we'll probably stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank teppaz
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Port Douglas retreat was a great place to stay. We were in room 2 which was right on the corner of the street and we did get woken at pub closing time every night about 3 am. The amenities were great, we mixed self catering and meals out. The BBQ was clean and nicely situated by the pool. The laundry was reasonable value. The only negatives were that the room is not cleaned everyday.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
1  Thank whisky_doctor
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Port Douglas Retreat is ideally positioned within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, marina etc. This is important, as many hotels are situated well away from these amenities. Room was clean, comfortable and well appointed. Nice pool.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank p0ppy5
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

My husband and I have just had an amazing stay at the Port Douglas Retreat. Gorgeous pool, lovely rooms but best of all the location. So close to the beach, the marina and all the shops and restaurants. Fantastic value for money!! highly recommended!! We will be back.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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4  Thank Mr-and-Mrs-Davie
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

I choose Port Douglas for it's close location to the beach. It is in a prime location from where not only the beach but also other corners were reachable within short time. Anyway, my room was decent. I was lucky that I could manage the room phased to the pool. The reflection of the sun light on the pool's water was something I enjoyed a lot there. The pool area with a barbecue stand was well decorated and designed to offer some good time to relax.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank EvaYolanda
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

PDR is in a great location one street back from main street (Macrossan). Rooms are adequate, beds good, no views but comfortable. Staff helpful. Good value.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Address: 31 - 33 Mowbray St, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range: $74 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Port Douglas Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
IDEAL ACCOMMODATION IN PORT DOUGLAS. Port Douglas Retreat Holiday Accommodation offers self-contained studio apartments in Port Douglas, Far North Queensland, Australia. Perfect holiday accommodation for couples or single travellers. EXCELLENT LOCATION. Port Douglas Retreat Holiday Accommodation is superbly located just a few minutes' walk to Four Mile Beach or Macrossan Street and Marina Mirage. VISITOR INFORMATION. With an in-house tour desk and local knowledge, your hosts can help create your wonderful Port Douglas experience. ... more   less 
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