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“Fabulous time over Christmas”

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Rayville Boat Houses & Penthouse
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We stayed over Christmas and had the absolutely best time! The managers were really welcoming. We liked the sea-atmosphere. The beach houses seem newly refurbished. Direct way down to the beaches, The water was beautiful, Quick walk up to Apollo Bay, Apollo Bay actually has good culinary places to go to. The property provides Golf Clubs for the adjacent 9 hole course. Ideal place to go to places in the Rainforest and along the Great Ocean Road. The Managers organized activities at the beach and they nudged us and planned and guided us to do the first stretch of the GREAT OCEAN WALK. Fabulous experience. Thanks for the good time!

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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Stayed in 3 bedroom unit in Nov 12.
Pros: sleeps 7, allow 1 night stay, helpful manager who help us to drown the crayfish we ordered from fishing co-op, unit looks nice from the outside, good location. helpful manager who help us to collect crayfish from co-op.
Cons:
1. Only 1 air-con upstairs in the living room hence we have to open the windows in bedroom for ventilation. However, due to the strong wind, the blinds were flapping and making lots of noise at night, so its either you endure the noises or you sleep with blinds up and risk waking up early morning or sleep with no ventilation
2. Towels look like rags.
3. Only 1/2 a roll of toilet paper given for us.
4. Some cooking utensils came without knobs, again, tea towel looks like rag.
5. Flooring is wood so whenever 1 person walks about, the rest can hear it loud and clear.
6. Also, no point ordering the crayfish from the co-op, it is way to expensive compared to say Queen Victoria Market.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

It was in a good location, love Apollo Bay. Considering we paid luxury prices, it wasn't really luxury accommodation. However, I think it would be great for a family staying for a week or so.
The pot belly stove was nice on a cold night..

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Penthouse is NOT an accurate description ! Just the rooms above reception. While the lounge,dining and kitchen were acceptable, apart from the strange placement of the fold down ironing board on the lounge wall, the rest of this "suite" was below par. The two bedrooms were seperated by as cavernous stairwell which they described as a "fire escape" an extremely steep staircase which descended to the rear of reception, and which was not sound proofed which meant that we could clearly hear conversations from below. The bathroom was old and tired with broken missing and discoloured floor grout, mouldy discoloured venetian blind resting on edge of spa, mould visible on shower door, water damaged cabinet adjacent to hand basin, wobbly towel rails and ancient thin tired towels provided ...far from impressive.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank S00T
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Decided to have a night away along The Great Ocean Road and stops in Apollo Bay. Located Rayville Boat Houses through wotif.com and a discounted price on their Luxury Penthouse. From their site it looked cosy and just what we were after.

On arrival we were greeted by Ross. Very nice guy with a kiwi accent. Made us feel welcomed straight away. The penthouse was a lovely setting, open planned kitchen, dining, lounge area finished well. Great large comfy couches, split system that warms the place wonderfully on a cool rainy day. Two bedrooms both fitted with very comfortable QS beds. Nice decor. Large shower and delux two person spa in the bathroom. Set up as a fully self contained apartment. Close to the main township and shops. There are two supermarkets in town, Foodworks being the large and cheaper option than IGA if you're after supplies.

Their is a distant ocean view from the bathroom when seated in the spa, however if you're planning a romantic get away in the spa, you won have privacy from surrounding apartments if the blinds are open. Lacked on the little attention to details for a " Luxury Penthouse Apartment", and for the price I would have liked to have seen perhaps a complimentary bottle of wine and nibbles and bath salts, aroma candles etc to set offa romantic stay. Little things that would make a BIG difference and memorable experience. Saying that when asked at reception, candles, matches and spa salts were supplied.

A consideration if booking to those who have trouble with stairs, then the only way to the apartment is up a tall flight of stairs from the front. So for elderly, bad knees, or other ailments then for consideration before booking.

For places to see and activities, they provided great advice and content. Overall for a night away it was a very nice place to stay, if those few little details were added it would have heightened the experience overall to a 5/5, so on this point I rate our stay a 4/5 and would recommend it.

Room Tip: Luxury Penthouse Apartment - two bedroom. Fits 2 couples well. There is a note on their site prefere...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Stayed three nights in a two bedroom deluxe villa and enjoyed every minute of it.
The log fire made all the difference to the cosiness of the sitting room. Take a good bottle of wine, a few candles and some relaxing cd's and you have the perfect setting.
The kitchen was well appointed, and the bedrooms clean and comfortable.
Only complaint was that the water pressure in the shower was a bit a slow but that didn't bother us.
The managers are pleasant and lit our fire on our arrival. Lots of heating is available with a split system upstairs and a heater also in the dining room. All bes have electric blankets so warmth is not an issue.
Would definitely stay here again but the chances of us returning from Queensland minimul.

Room Tip: All villas are in a quiet location
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

We stayed at Rayville in a Loft Villa in Winter to get to know this part of Victoria for a week and really loved it. The place is absolutely beautiful (it seems our villa was freshly rennovated). The Beach Villas are great with the wood fires in winter, we nearly didn't want to leave the villa. However, walking to the restaurants and the beaches was good and for us it was the ideal place to start our venture from, as Apollo Bay has everything (supermarkets, restaurants, ..) you need and all the attractions (12 Apostles, Rainforest, etc. ) are very close.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rayville Boat Houses & Penthouse

Address: 9-13 Noel St, Apollo Bay, Victoria 3233, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Apollo Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Apollo Bay
Price Range: $268 - $579 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rayville Boat Houses & Penthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OVERNIGHT AND HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION - Rayville Boat Houses provides overnight and holiday accommodation in fully self-contained deluxe villas with a nautical theme on the ocean side of the Great Ocean Road - inside Apollo Bay. The stylish * * * * 4 Star Rayville Boat Houses are self-contained, deluxe, stand-alone Villas (AAA Tourism Rating) and a luxurious Penthouse. RECEPTIONAt our reception you will receive a warm welcome and advice about all the adventures of the Great Ocean Road as well as FREE WIFI, golf clubs, fishing rods, etc.. . Linen, towels, soaps, tea/coffee and wood for the woodfires are being provided.WHERE ARE WE?Walk to the beaches (60m) across the golf course, to the harbour or back up to the Great Ocean Road (60m) and to the shops and restaurants, attractions and markets of Apollo Bay.Enjoy being lulled to sleep by the roll of the waves from the ocean. The property is directed off the Great Ocean Road towards the golf course and the sea and is therefore quiet, away from crowds or traffic. VILLAS & PENTHOUSE. The modern and spacious Boat Houses are tastefully decorated in a nautical theme and all villas have cozy wood-fire, large corner spa, private balcony, full kitchen, television, stereo, video, individual car-port, air-conditioning and are fitted with all the latest amenities.While the Ocean View Villas have views from their terrace towards theocean, the romantic Deluxe Loft and 2 Bedroom Villas are not only cozy but also provide a view of Apollo Bay's amazing ranges from their verandah. ... more   less 
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