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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Focus Apartments

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Focus Apartments
Melbourne
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“Loved it!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Stayed for a week at Focus apartments and had a ball. We arrived late, and it took a quick easy phone call to retrieve our keys from a safe. Great system and very easy. Our apartment was a nice high one, and we stayed in a two bedroom even though it was just the two of us. Was great to have the extra space. Having a laundry was great, and the kitchen was well equipped for cooking meals. The view was amazing - and had us up bright and early each morning. We made full use of all the facilities - especially the tennis court and gym. The pool and spa were divine. Loved being so close to the beach, and wandered through the shops most days. Each apartment I understand is decorated differently depending on who owns it, ours was tasteful and clean. Perhaps some of the artwork wasn't to our taste but that's not we came to the Gold Coast for. The old adage 'you get what you pay for' was superseded here - we had a fabulous price for the 6 nights we stayed - and go far more than we expected. The ladies at the desk were friendly, chatty and professional. Will stay here again!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

We again enjoyed a lovely 5 night break at Focus. We were staying on a Winter Warmer package in a 3 bed renovated apartment on 27th floor. Two balconies have been enclosed making it even more spacious. It was clean, up-to-date, with hinterland and beach views. The third bedroom had no wardrobe for clothes, but it was of minor consequence. We were greeted by a friendly team, with no issues. Our only minor issue was no teapot in the kitchen, so we made do.
The grounds are well maintained as always, and the pool was at the right temperature even for July.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

We stayed here for a week and had a lovely trip. (I'm very surprised by some of the previous reviews!!)
We had amazing views of the beach from all rooms in the apartment . Staff were really helpful and friendly. The apartment was well equipped and really big. Loved the pool and spa, which was well used as the beaches were closed during our stay!
Short stroll to the shops and restaurants too.That was our first trip to gold coast and we had great fun. Will definitely stay again next time we are in surfers.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

I would highly recommend choosing another property over this one. Although the location and view are both fine, Focus Apartments are dreadfully run down and the service is appalling. We had checked in late, having arranged to pick up the room key from a mailbox, to find that although we had reserved a two bedroom apartment for four people, one room had a double bed and the other had bunk beds. And to make matters worse the top bunk bed was so close to a ceiling fan that for reasons of safety the ceiling fan had been disabled, so instead there was a rusty floor fan. When we approached the service desk the following morning we were told there were no other rooms available (although the building was empty) and that our request to be moved to another unit that had two double beds would not be possible. The manager was rude, dismissive and was unwilling to switch us to the room we had reserved at the time of booking . Our third floor apartment was shabbily furnished and depressing, the staff rude and the experience negative, and I would not recommend Focus Apartments, ever.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

It was our first trip to the Gold Coast and a hotel would be too impractical since we're a party of 7. So we looked for an affordable apartment with complete amenities for convenience, and a location at the heart of Surfer's Paradise, as close to the beach as possible, would be a bonus. After reseacrhing possible choices, Focus came on top with price, location and the fact that it is as iconic as the Surfer's Paradise street sign made us choose it. I also wanted an open verandah so I can shoot a time lapse video of the sunrise/sunset. Overall, a pleasant stay dampened by a broken dishwasher, busted downlights, and dated interior. If you're a big family on a budget though, who wanted to be as close to the action in Surfer's as possible, I'd recommend Focus.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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qld
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Our family of 6 stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment on the 8th floor. We booked several months in advance & asked for an apartment 15 floors or above due to our mum being a light sleeper, but this was not taken into account. Street noise and road traffic from below are quite audible from the bedrooms, especially the garbage trucks each morning so if you are a light sleeper, definitely request a higher floor.

The apartment was partially refurbished, but still no where near the standard of the deluxe apartments pictured on their website. Rooms had great ocean views from every bedroom and living room. Kitchen was well stocked with utensils and crockery to prepare meals.

Lovely BBQ area & spacious grounds.

Only complaint was the sand all over the furniture and floors upon our arrival which we had to vacuum.

Room Tip: Ask for refurbished ocean view rooms on the higher levels.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

We have stayed here 2 times now. each time it just seems to get more run down. the rooms are very large and offer great views of the beach and city. each time we had a 3 bed and a 2 bed apartment. They have everything you need for your stay however they could do with a lil make over. some parts are run down and a simple paint job would even make it better.
The pool and spa are amazing though and can not fault the facilities at focus. staff are away happy to help with any issue and the outdoor area was very clean and fresh with a large grass area to sun bake. if looking for something easy with no fuss for a good price you can beat focus.

Room Tip: rooms don't have air con so make sure you get a room that faces the beach so you can get the coo...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Focus Apartments
Address: Focus Apartments 114 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Surfers Paradise
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 122 Specialty Lodging in Surfers Paradise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Focus Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Focus Apartments is situated at 114 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise - we're the round, 32 storey, white building that's right opposite the beach. We are within easy walking distance of Cavill Avenue - the hub of Surfers Paradise. With convenient underground parking and intercom security access, Focus welcomes you to the Gold Coast, 365 days a year. ... more   less 
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