My wife and I stayed here for 6 nights of our honeymoon, following fun stops in Sydney and Melbourne.
For the HOTEL itself, we were pretty disappointed. The Reef View is massive (as opposed to any feeling of intimacy) and it’s really dated. I’m pretty sure nothing has changed since it opened in the late 1980s. Upon arrival we were happily stunned with the view from our 13th floor room, but we were equally stunned by the overwhelming smell of mildew. We complained to the front desk, and they showed us another room on the same floor which had the same problem, so we kept the original one. They cleaned out the air conditioner and for a couple days that helped, but a few days in the smell was back. On furnishings, the bed needs a new mattress, the linens were not particularly impressive, the couch was OLD and faded, and there were no drawers for clothing. In the bathroom, no bathrobes (though we did get them upon request) and the bath towels were just average. The beach towels they provide are scratchy and pretty small for beach towels. The bathroom also needs updating – very early 90s style. WiFi was included, but very, very slow. The housekeeping services were minimal – the toilet never looked clean after its first use and again, the mildew smell was pervasive. Our package included breakfast, which we decided to eat at Sails (the oceanfront restaurant just down the road) instead of in the lobby restaurant because the lobby restaurant looked like a cheap cafeteria.
It’s important to separate the review of the ISLAND from the review of the HOTEL. The ISLAND, in short, is drop-dead gorgeous. It’s an expensive place to visit, as lunches averaged A$20 per person, dinners averaged A$120 per person (including a bottle of the cheapest wine on the list), and cocktails averaged A$15 each, but the scenery is truly epic. Outside the building, the beachfront was pretty impressive and the pools were plentiful and clean, but you can access all of that if you’re staying anywhere on the island.
Eating-wise, HIGHLY recommend Coca Chu (near the Reef View) and Bommie over on the marina. Mariner’s was NOT worth it, and Romano’s was solid, if unexciting, Italian food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Reef View Hotel features 364 extremely spacious, well-appointed rooms all with private balconies overlooking either landscaped gardens or the breathtaking vista of the Coral Sea. The upper-most floors boast 18 luxuriously appointed suites. All rooms face the sea complete with outdoor furniture to experience the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Additional Reef View Hotel facilities include the Pool Terrace restaurant, Reef Lounge bar and Tour Desk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Reef View
- Reef View Hamilton Island
- Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island