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Portobello By The Sea
Certificate of Excellence
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Level Contributor
159 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great Location!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Although we only live nearby we have often hankered after trying this place out - we went there for an anniversary and weren't disappointed.

The management was very helpful and obliging to a special request I had and we had a very comfortable stay.

The resort is above a restaurant and shops and all you need is right on the one block. The famous Dicky Beach is right across the road.

Recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rodney W
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Manager M, Manager at Portobello By The Sea, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Thank you for taking time to review your stay with us. Nice to hear you had a lovely stay for your special Anniversary. See you same time next year!!!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed at Portobello By the Sea in a two bed apartment (No 20) and found it to be in excellent condition, very clean and well equipped. The relaxed and friendly nature of the Managers was wonderful and the pool area / BBQ was excellent. Parking was well catered for and lift access to the complex was very good. The location so close to the surf patrolled beach (Dicky's) was so convenient and the heated pool in the complex was well maintained.

There is an excellent restaurant 'Table Manners' in the complex as well as a chemist, surf shop & BWS. The local shops provide an excellent selection IGA, Bakery and takeaways (the Japanese around the corner is also very good).

I will certainly be returning and make the following notes to others:
- road noise can be experienced from the front facing two bedroom apartments
- take your own docking station should you require music in the apartment
- note the opening hours of the office - although a handy SMS was received prior to arrival to ensure no problems were experienced for check in and check out.

Overall a very good experience and we look forward to our next stay.

Room Tip: Apartments overlooking the lush tropical garden and pool area
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manager M, Manager at Portobello By The Sea, responded to this review, May 1, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review of Portobello By The Sea. We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you had a chance to experience some of our local restaurants. Table Manners the new restaurant in our complex has had some fabulous feedback by the diners. Also the Japanase restaurant is fantastic and makes the best Sushi!!. We are very lucky to have such a variety of shops, cafes & restaurants at our door step. Certainly no need to cook whilst your on holidays!!!

We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!!!
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Cleveland Australia
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

A truly great place to spend quality time enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the Sunshine Coast. Close to everything, the hinterland and other beaches but delightfully tucked away and very close to the SLSC Club and Dicky Beach Caloundra. We have stayed at Portabello a couple of times now and thoroughly enjoy just being there and intend to go back again whenever we can. Apartments are generous in size with great kitchen, lounge and balcony areas and most of all the people who manage the complex are friendly, welcoming and willing to assist. Thanks Rosa and Pia!! Denis & Elva

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DenisElva
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Manager M, Manager at Portobello By The Sea, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Thanks Denis & Elva for the wonderful review. We're very happy to hear that you always enjoy your stay with us at Portobello By The Sea. We are very lucky in that we have everything you need at our doorstep so you can enjoy a nice relaxing stay with us. "Just park the car and Relax" And as you mentioned our apartments are very spacious and have everything you need to make your holiday enjoyable. Look forward to seeing you and your family very soon!!
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

We had a great time at Portobello. Lovely, clean and spacious apartments - great layouts with bedrooms situated at the back of the apartments so noise and morning sun was not an issue. The pool was a big winner - warm, and great for kids with lots of shallow areas for them to swim to. Loved the location across from the beach. Having shops around the corner was also very convenient. Very friendly service as well. We are already planning our next year's stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Danni F
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Manager M, Manager at Portobello By The Sea, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thanks Danni for taking the time to review Portobello By The Sea. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We do have a great pool and the convenience of having everything at your doorstep without having to get in the car is a huge bonus when you just want to relax. Look forward to welcoming you back on your next stay with us!!
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Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

If you are looking for a place to stay that is away from the hustle and bustle with an ideal location, Portobello By The Sea is the place for you. Caloundra is a few minutes drive and the hinterland and many other popular beach locations are not far away.
PBTS is located above restaurants and small business shops where you are able to acquire any item required for day-to-day living. The patrolled surf beach is approximately 100 metres walk and the surf club about the same. Great meals at the club.
The rooms are large, very comfortable with all facilities included. I appreciate undercover parking and this is available in an after hours secured car park.
The on site managers are second to none. We have stayed at PBTS on several occasions (we are not unit owners) and the complex is always clean, well maintained with tidy grounds. The managers are very hospitable and prepared to go out of their way to ensure that guests enjoy their holiday experience.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Portobello as a place to stay.

Room Tip: Ask the Managers to answer any questions that might make your stay more personalised.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ken459
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Dickybeach, Manager at Portobello By The Sea, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Hi Ken, thanks so much for your review, we really appreciate your comments and advice for other travellers. We of course agree, the location is great with all amenities nearby, the rooms are very comfortable and the Managers....well what can we say!!! Thanks again and hope to see you soon.
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Nana Glen, New South Wales, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

We will be back for sure. Portobello has the beach across the road, skate park also, take away, supermarket, chemist, BWS, and Restaurant, within a blink of an eye! We also found that it was quite a comfy drive from various attractions. Loved it and are planning our next trip already!

Room Tip: Northern side rooms have better views, but are a bit noisy (didn't bother us though). Southern...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Andrea A
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Dickybeach, Manager at Portobello By The Sea, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thanks for the great review Andrea, look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Horsham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
88 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

This was our second visit to Portobello. We love the pool, which is lovely and warm. The apartments are very well appointed, with everything you need to self cater. There are 2 BBQs by the pool for use by guests. The ocean is just across the road, perfect for a couple of nights as it is only about 90 minutes north of Brisbane. But equally good for a longer stay. I would happily go back.

Room Tip: We like high up (3rd floor) overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Erika54B
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Dickybeach, Manager at Portobello By The Sea, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Hi Erika, thanks so much for taking the time to post a review on Portobello By The Sea. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your 2nd stay with us and we hope to see you again soon.
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Property: Portobello By The Sea
Address: Portobello 6 Beerburrum St, Dicky Beach, Caloundra, Queensland 4551, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Caloundra > Dicky Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Dicky Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello By The Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable 4 star luxury Caloundra Holiday Accommodation, just an hour’s drive north from Brisbane. Portobello By The Sea is located opposite beautiful Dicky Beach, an unspoilt stretch of sun-drenched white sand, on Queensland's magnificent Sunshine Coast. With a superb patrolled beach at the front door, excellent for both swimming and surfing, a holiday at Portobello will be both refreshing and memorable.The spacious one, two and three bedroom Caloundra resort apartments are set amidst landscaped tropical gardens and feature an open-plan design with large timber decks or private balconies to enjoy the sea breezes whilst enjoying your Caloundra holiday. Laze by the lagoon style heated pool with wading area perfect for the children, or enjoy a sizzling BBQ by the poolWith local shops, restaurants and cafes nearby, just park your car and relax whilst on vacation on the Sunshine Coast. And when it's time to take in the sights, Portobello is only minutes away from the heart of Caloundra and close to all the major tourist attractions on the Sunshine Coast - Australia Zoo, Underwater World, Montville, Maleny, The Glass House Mountains, The Hinterlands and so much more... ... more   less 
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