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“Disappointing”
Review of The Boathouse

The Boathouse
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The Boathouse
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed July 1, 2006

We booked the apartment through a discount website but the price was still quite high considering the standard of the property (we paid $AUD250 per night). We booked a one bedroom apartment, we in fact ended up with a 2 bedrooom apartment but the 'downstairs' was supposedly 'blocked off' (which it wasn't as it was the access to the garage). The downstairs bedroom (and ensuite) was deservedly blocked off as it had terrible water damage to the ceiling and floor (paint was peeling off the ceiling and there was a big brown stain on the floor and in the ensuite). The upstairs section of the apartment was fairly clean, although there was water damage again above the bed (more peeling paint). The bathroom area was tiny - with no real area to store your toiletries. There is no bath and the shower area is very small (lighting was terrible). Fair enough to say you sell it as a one bedroom apartment but not when the guest can still see and smell the damage.
The way the units are built lends little privacy to the individual apartments, the curtains are minimal and the remaining windows have timber louvres, but you can hear other people having showers and people walk past your apartment having full view inside.
The pool area is small, certainly not much room for sunbaking or swimming.
Be aware also that there are heaps of stairs, and the complex is built on a hill so although the complex lends itself to young families it is pretty difficult with a pram. I think there are much better apartment properties available in Port Douglas at this price. The only thing it really has going for it is the location in the centre of the township.

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Reviewed May 4, 2006

a friend of a friend in sydney recommended the boat house apartments and i'm so glad i listened - they are an absolute gem of a find! nestled in the middle of macrossan street (so very central) but tucked off the main road (so very quiet) are 17 large luxury self-contained apartments (1 and 2 bed) with balconies or gardens. Very luxuriously furnished (the theme is buddha) and with all mod cons (TV/CD/DVD, air con, great kitchens and laundry facilities), a pool and 5 mins walk from the beach and the buzz of port douglas nightlife. The team there were great and so helpful (Tracey is the best!) and i cant wait to go back there - as long as there is sunshine next time! - check it out

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Property: The Boathouse
Address: 42 Macrossan St | P.O.Box 55, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boathouse Apartments are nestled amongst luscious tropical foliage, a private haven in the heart of the cosmopolitan township of Port Douglas. It consists of 18 uniquely designed one and two bedroom fully self-contained apartments. All consisting of a full stainless steel kitchen, laundry with washing machine and dryer and air-conditioned to provide you with maximum comfort. The Boathouse offers you extreme relaxation for your ultimate holiday experience. ... more   less 

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