Aquarius on the Beach was recommended by friends. We booked a bay view room and it was located on the fourth floor of this 15-storey beach front high-rise in which every room or apartment has a view of Cleveland Bay and Magnetic Island. Our room turned out to be essentially a standard motel room with a narrow balcony and a kitchenette, which comprised a sink, bench, small fridge and convection microwave (no hotplates or oven). We had no complaints about the room although a sliding door would be better than the large hinged door to the balcony, which impinged on space and could not be left ajar on windy days.
The staff were friendly and helpful and we had one free continental breakfast included in the tariff, which fed both of us (we have modest breakfast appetites).
There is a very good, if rather expensive, restaurant next door which has a chargeback option to the hotel, and a very good and equally expensive steakhouse at another hotel nearby. There are less expensive eateries within walking distance. Local attractions such as the Museum of Tropical Queensland and the Magnetic Island ferry are a short drive away.
Our only serious complaint was that the hotel has too few parking spaces for its size, which means that if you drive out to dinner you might not find a space in the hotel grounds on your return and will have to park in the street, as happened to us. The hotel car park is open to the weather, which was fine in July (winter) but could be trying in summer heat. I feel that a four star establishment should offer a good number of undercover parking spaces.
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