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Broadwater Beach Resort Busselton
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Busselton
perth wa
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“could be better”
Reviewed February 28, 2009

we were a little dissapointed over all with our stay. the room was very well sized and very clean, we had a ground floor studio. the restaurant was the biggest let down, limited menu and quite pricey. breakfast was a big let down, they only had a continental breakfast available, no cooked food and it was expensive too. the location could be better described in their web page, it's so far out of Busselton we almost turned round because we thought we had missed it. probably why there's no map on their page. however we had a good weekend, access to the beach is brilliant and the pool was excellent. the staff were friendly and helpful. would we come back? probably, but we would make arrangements to eat elsewhere.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 19, 2009

I stayed here with my partner and 10 month old daughter as a base for visiting the Margaret River area. I found the villa to be a bit on the basic side, clean enough but could do with a freshen up as it looks a bit dated and well used. We booked a 2 bedroom villa but ended up with 3 bedrooms. This actually was not a bonus as all this meant was that we had a large, circular metal staircase in the middle of our living area which used valuable space and was not safe for our daughter. If you are booking a 3 bedroom villa be aware that small children could not sleep in this roof top bedroom as there is no door, it is open so they could climb over and fall and also the stairs are difficult to negotiate. We borrowed a travel cot, at a cost, and it was very well used and had a mouldy smell so we didn't use it. When you pay for something like that which doesn't cost much to buy you'd expect it to be in a good state of repair.
The kitchen was very basically equiped and I found it hard to prepare food for my daughter i.e. no sharp knife, veg peeler, etc. We were going to stay for 4 nights but ended up going home after 2 as it was a hassle for me rather than a holiday.
We had a drink in the bar once and I sat on a sofa to feed my baby, a man came up to tell me to be careful as one of the legs was missing from the sofa! It was just little things like that which made our stay less than enjoyable. The beach is nice to walk along but not particularly picturesque. We didn't use the pool but it looked nice and wasn't too busy. For me, there are better places to stay, closer to Margaret River so I wouldn't recommend this place if that's what you plan to do.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
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vic
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

Hotel rated as 4 star – but nowhere near it. It's in a good location, has good facilities, child friendly. We stayed at this resort for 3 nights - 1 couple and an 8 year old in Studio Apartment with Loft. We paid $170 per night -deal of the day, it is good value for money (normal tariff is $239).The apartment was so dated - need of an upgrade.
There is a reverse cycle ac/heater in the main bedroom for the whole apartment. Loft room has a ceiling fan, no heater and no wardrobe. 1st day was very sunny - the loft was nice and warm. 2nd day was windy and cold, loft was cold (no electric blankets). On the website it looked very spacious and appealing, but disappointed when we walked in. Very limited cutlery and dishes. There were no champagne glasses; we had to use wine glasses for champagne. No cereal bowls or any - my son used pasta plate for his porridge. Rooms were serviced daily. 2nd day we rang the reception to report spa was not working. Receptionist said, they’ll send someone to have a look at in 5mins. No one turned up. We rang again, they would not answer the phone. This was about 6.30pm Reception closes at 8pm. The matter was forgotten. Very disappointed. The Stilts restaurant is good. Check-in staff - friendly, made us feel welcomed. Check-out - not friendly, no greetings - need training.

  • Stayed October 2008
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Western Australia
Level 5 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2008

We stayed at this resort for 3 nights over Christmas. 2 couples and a two year old. Firsty they booked us into a villa with no cooking facilities and two rooms - one with double the other with single. I told them that this was unacceptable as we were travelling with a baby and needed cooking facilities etc..... I was told too bad.
Unhappy with this, I rang the resort again and was told that there was another room available with full cooking facilities and two double rooms. Funny that!

Our room was not ready when we arrived for the 2pm check in and we were told to wait for an hour. The manager of the hotel was not jovial or polite and looked like he didnt want to be there. This was to be said for the other front desk staff who couldnt break a smile either.

So to our room. Well very limited, very old and outdated with no ambience whatsoever. This resort first opened 17yrs ago, so really is in radical need of attention. (didnt floral bedspreads go out in the early 90's??)

The facilities in the room were very limited. Our toddler didnt have anywhere to sit and play with her toys as the floor was hard lino. So we had to put our beach towels down for her to sit on.

There is two pools. One inside with a spa. The spa area was enclosed and the windows looked like they had never seen a cleaning cloth in their entirety.

There was no internet connection or facility at the resort (come on get with the times) and when ringing reception received a monotone response of 'nah we dont have it'.

So all in all, I would not recommend this resort and wont be paying their exorbitant prices ever again. We paid $315 per night because of Christmas(normal tarrif being $215 pn). There is a plethora of accommodation options in this lovely area and for that price you could get something much, much nicer and more modern.

  • Liked — The only thing I can comment on is the fabulous location - right on the beach
  • Disliked — Drab and uninviting.... needs a refurbishment in a hurry if they are going to keep charging top dollar
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Perth, Western Australia
Level 6 Contributor
205 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 764 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2007

I just stayed for 4 nights with my family during schoolies. We would certainly come back again (happy to take Tennis Villa No. 44) but would certainly NOT come back during schoolies.

(for those who don't know schoolies is when our nation's finest have reached the pinnacle of their secondary education and run amok along the Australian coastline to "let their hair down").

Apart from schoolie related issues - human excrement in a bush, vandalised reticulation, drunken, expletive-laden conversations with a few feet of my 5 and 7 year-olds as they walked past and discarded liquor bottles around the place - the trip was good.

It's in a good location, has good facilities, has a nice in-house cafe (Stilts) and the accommodation is family-friendly.

Yes, overall we would recommend the place (but only for 51 weeks of the year).

  • Liked — Family friendliness
  • Disliked — Presence of schoolies during stay
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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geneva
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Reviewed November 19, 2007

I was worried after reading the other reviews here but we had no problems with the resort. We were in a first floor (second for americans) access villa with 2 bedrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a third bedroom in a loft. The loft was accessed by steep stairs and was hot and had no cupboards or drawers. Suggest ceiling fan and stroage space would improve loft space, Nice view over bush to the sea (easy access to sea through back gate. near the restaurant but no loud noise problems. Pool, games room, BBQ amenities all fine.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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Perth
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 17, 2007

Stayed at the Broadwater Beach resort over Easter this year. Hotel and decor very dated. We booked an exective villa for $415 AUD a night. The villa was so dated it was in serious need of an upgrade. We booked the exective villa as it was the only room category with a BBQ. The BBQ looked like it hadn't been cleaned since the 70's. After complaining we moved to a beach villa (next to the bar) very noisy. Even though our room was better it was still in need of serious maintenace. Our bathroom sink was held together with tape. Not sure if they have a renovation in their near future plans but avoid hotel at all costs until they have!

Stayed April 2007
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Property: Broadwater Beach Resort Busselton
Address: 1 Holgate Rd, Busselton, Western Australia 6280, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Busselton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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#5 Top resorts Hotel in Busselton
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Busselton
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Broadwater Beach Resort Busselton 3.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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