This isn't a new hotel, even though other reviews state this. It has been here for some 10 years and is about to undergo a bit of a facelift. For the money and location, I have found this hotel to be very good.
Happened to visit on a Friday and they have half price cocktails all day.. and not watered down like some others.. try the frozen strawberry daiquiris.. One drink I try at nearly every hotel I stay at, and these guys nailed it!
I stayed in an marina view queen room and for a few $$ above the base room, had an amazing view of the marina, from the top floor of the complex.
The marina offers some fantastic eating and watering venues, all at very reasonable prices for the location. Competition ensure that prices are kept down, even if at the best place to stay.. The Clarion! I definitely recommend Sails, the bar/tab/restaurant just down the road.. Heaps of locals let me know that it was the place for great food at a reasonable price. by the number of people there, it was very obvious their opinions were correct.
I ate at the Clarion, and although a little quite, was very nice food. They have created a great new cocktail menu and also some really interesting food.. Fantastic grilled haloumi, for cheese lovers, and the chef does a special dish every night, which tonight was an awesome chicken breast dish.
For Mackay, this place is very good and will definitely stay again.
If however you are expecting to stay at a 5 star hotel similar to those you find in Sydney or Melbourne, you will be dissapointed.. Mackay is a regional town, and although quite advanced for regional QLD, it isnt Crown Towers, which i would vote easily as no.1 in Australia.
Everything is relative though, and the hotel and restaurant were excellent to what i have seen in the past in Mackay and very affordable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina is considered as Mackay's premier hotel. Located on the relaxing waterfront setting of the picturesque Mackay Marina, the hotel is only a short drive from Mackay's city centre and 20 minutes from Mackay Airport and is Mackay's only hotel with marina views over the tropical blue waters of the Coral Sea. The 4.5 Star hotel provides a selection of high quality accommodation rooms, from Deluxe Studio rooms and 1 Bedroom Apartments through to Executive Suites and Superior Spa suites. All rooms are superbly appointed with all the modern conveniences you would expect to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible including; i-pod docking stations, flat screen televisions, fully appointed kitchenettes and private balconies providing fresh sea breezes and views over the marina setting and out to sea. Our onsite Latitude 21 Bar & Restaurant provides modern Australian cuisine and is open for breakfast daily and dinner Monday to Saturday, room service menu is available daily. The Mackay Marina, voted Australia's number 1 marina precinct, is also right on the doorstep providing a choice of bars, cafes and restaurants including George's Thai, Angelo's on the Marina Italian, The Deck Steakhouse and Mackay's famous fresh seafood at The Lighthouse. Harbour Beach is also just a short stroll providing long stretches of golden, sandy beaches. Other facilities include 24 hour reception and on-site security, secure parking, swimming pool, fitness room, complimentary guest laundry on each level, fully air-conditioned hallways as well as unlimited FREE guest WiFi. The Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina provides the perfect setting for conferences, meetings, functions and weddings providing a number of versatile and high quality function rooms and breakout areas. Our dedicated function staff can help tailor an event to suit any occasion. The hotel provides a range of excellent guest services that have built a strong reputation with business travellers and holiday makers and has been awarded best hotel in its category by Choice Hotels Australasia and AHA's Best Superior Accommodation Australia. Our waterfront location and comprehensive facilities combined with friendly and professional service will ensure your stay in Mackay will be comfortable, enjoyable and productive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Mackay
- Mackay Clarion