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“Great location and resort - overpriced though”
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Reef View Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Hamilton Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 19, 2010

Great facilities and the view is amazing. The rooms are quite expensive for the what they are worth. Make sure you take a copy or PDF the package you have if pre-booked, this saved me in the end after nearly an hour of checking out (they couldnt find the package we booked and tried to charge us a higher one).

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2010

I traveled to the Reef View Hotel in the fall in Australia (mid May) and was pleased by the hotel. We were greeted by friendly staff at reception and the concierge were willing to help with whatever we needed. The rooms were much larger than I expected and all have amazing views of the sea. The reef off the beach is not that extensive, but we went out of the outer reef with Fantasea and were able to see a lot of fish! Even though there is much less of a chance of jellyfish outside of summer, you still have to wear a stinger suit. The water was also pretty warm and the sun is hot. I only ate breakfast at the hotel, but the food was excellent and there were tons of options. The beds were quite comfortable and the rooms had a comfortable sitting area. I stayed in a double room before heading out to the reef and a king room after returning a few days later and both were spacious and comfortable. All rooms have a balcony. One thing to keep in mind if you are traveling to Hamilton Island is all the hotels and most restaurants on the island are owned by the same group so it can be a bit pricy to eat out. If you choose to go to Hamilton Island, this is a great place to stay which I would recommend.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2010

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Reef View for 5 nights . We payed for a garden room and very suprised at the view we got when we arrived, it was on the fourth floor and looking out we had the view of catseye beach plus all the other Islands plus the garden. The room was a big size with two queen beds in and bathroom was very very spacious. The room was so good that we thought they made a mistake and gave us the wrong room!
The customer service at the hotel was second to none! Even though the batteries on the tv remote stopped working the staff brought new ones in 4 minutes and I was shocked at how fast they attended to our needs!
The full buffet breakfast is something that you only get in a 5 star hotel in Sydney! All the staff were fantastic and We would only stay at the Reef View Hotel if we go back to Hamilton Island !!! would recommend this hotel to everyone !

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2010

The rooms were spacious. Great large balcony terrific large Bathroom but shower leaked onto the floor after each shower which had to be moped up with lots of towels. Breakfast buffet had a great deal of variety and wide selection of foods available. The staff varied in attitude some were extremely friendly and helpful and other don't even know you exist the customer service could be improved on. Shuttle bus was fantastic it took you various lookout and main points of interest around the island. Loved the green bus @ around peak hour it was impossible to get up the hill you have better chances of walking back then getting the green bus. Food was average in most restaurant and very expensive. The trips to Great Barrier Reef and White Haven Beach were most enjoyable with crew on the boats taking care of you every step of the way. Golf buggy's were fun for a few hours but unless you a hired an electric motor the fumes were very overpowering and not that enjoyable.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Thank doyled0101
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Reviewed April 26, 2010

My wife and I recently stayed here for 5 days. The rooms are very large and the balcony is also large. We had a coral sea view room which had absolutely amazing views. The breakfast was included and was wonderful. Like others have said, everything else on the island is way overpriced. $25 for a small, and average tasting, pizza is crazy. Do not rent a buggy as you can walk just about everywhere on the island within a few minutes. where you can't walk, the free shuttle will take you. Get your picture taken holding a Koala as this was the only place we found in Australia that actually let you hold the Koala as opposed to standing next to it. If you don't mind burning through money, this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

We stayed here for three nights to provide services to a conference being held at the resort.

I was quite looking forward to staying here, as most of the reviews seemed positive, particularly regarding the spacious rooms. As staff, however, we were placed in what is called a Junior Room. This is a much smaller room with an interconnecting door to a regular room, designed for children. The twin beds (which were placed apart) were TINY, and when pushed together (which the staff arranged, no problem) made up only a Queen size. The Junior rooms are also directly next to the lifts (swooshing noises all the time), do not have a balcony, and have a very small, poky bathroom.

My biggest gripe was with the pillows - they smelled terribly musty. After the first night I grabbed the spare one in the cupboard, and it was a bit better.

That aside, we enjoyed our time at Hamilton Island. The regular shuttle service means that personal vehicles are unnecessary, and allows you to indulge in cocktails, which are about the only thing that represents half-decent value.

We preferred the Bouganvillea Pool directly opposite the hotel with views over Catseye Beach, and the Main Pool area for swimming - larger, good bar service and plenty of lounge chairs.

We got a special deal for breakfast which entitled us to Breakfast at the Pool Terrace (hotel - excellent buffet), Sails Restaurant (only had lunch here, but was okay), or the Koala Gallery Cafe. We had breakfast here the first day - it was ordinary, but the koalas are cute, and we were glad we went here first, as we would have been disappointed after the great selection from the hotel's buffet by comparison.

Food elsewhere on the island was varied. Dinner at Romano's was overpriced (even by island standards) and rather bland. Lunch at the Marina Deli was very average indeed, and someone needs to tell them that sitting sandwiches in the display cabinet all day with the bread drying out is not great advertising!

Lunch at the Manta Ray Cafe was very good (expensive pizza, but very tasty), although the service was poor. Probably the most impressive meal, particularly for value, was the Marina Tavern (the local pub). And when I had a problem with my meal (most of which was delicious), I was given a full credit, and a most sincere apology.

We took the ferry over to Dent Island (golf course) which does a great deal for $59 - a two-course meal, plus a glass of wine, which includes the ferry over and back and a tour of the course in your own buggy (if you time it right). Highly recommended.

The Pool Terrace dinner deal was also pretty good, and we ate very well here on our last night.

The Departure Lounge facilities at the hotel are very good, and allow you to make the most of your time before taking the short shuttle trip to the airport.

It was nice to go to Hamilton Island, and a great place to be able to leave your brain in your hotel room, but I wouldn't b rushing back.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

My family (13 yr old teenager and parents) recentaly stayed at the reef view and thought it was great there was some good things and bad things they were

GOOD THINGS
- The View Was Amazing Absolutly Beautiful
- The service was great the employes were fantastic and fast and all were happy and friendly except 1 or 2
- The fish and chips shop was the best value for money go there if your looking for something cheap and tasty
- The shuttle buses came around every 15mins and werent usually very full except for the times around 6:30-9
- The hotel was amazing very spacious and clean
- The elevators were good overlooking the beach
- The pool was fantastic as well

BAD THINGS
- The buggys were expensive $80 for 24 hours or $40 for 5 hours
- Some places were very expensive especially the mantra ray cafe

All in all would love to come back

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 12 Resort Drive, 4803, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Whitsunday Islands > Hamilton Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Hamilton Island
#4 Spa Hotel in Hamilton Island
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Hamilton Island
Price Range: $266 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Reef View Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 383
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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