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“OK but overpriced basic accommodation”
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Cocos Beach Resort
Perth, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
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“OK but overpriced basic accommodation”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

Based on previous reviews I expected the worst, but actually I found the property in mostly reasonable condition. The furniture is fairly minimal (still only a double bed) but it was all clean and not too worn.

My room had new appliances (TV, fridge, microwave). The box-type air conditioner was also reasonably new and not too noisy. The power outlets looked new too, but they should have taken the opportunity to install a few extra outlets (e.g. you have to choose between a single bedside lamp or the clock/radio...).

The bathroom was clean and had some new fittings, but they need to bring the plumber back - the toilet rarely stopped flushing, the shower head needed replacing, and there was a leaky water pipe right outside the room pouring a lot of precious water onto the footpath. On the plus side, the solar hot water worked well. They provide towels, tissues/toilet paper and basic tallow soap - bring your own shampoo and anything else.

Although a microwave is provided, crockery is limited to mugs, glasses and teaspoons - if you're planning on self-catering (and if you're vegetarian, you probably should be), you'll need to bring things to cook in and eat from - plastic take-away containers could be handy.

Housekeeping service is provided 5 days a week and reception is attended daily except Sunday, although hours are quite short.

For a basic motel in a remote area the Cocos Beach Motel is not too bad. But it is expensive for what you get - I was charged $40/night more than the price on their website, and that makes it overpriced.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

The Cocos Beach Motel is on West Island. There are a number of other Bungalow / House / Motel type rooms available at varying prices dependent upon season and whether winds are good for kite surfing. There are also a couple B&Bs, houses on Home Island. These are all more expensive than the Cocos Beach Motel which is probably a little overpriced for one room with separate bathroom / toilet. However everything is imported so cost is high but don't go with an expectation that you are getting a luxury south east asian or Pacific island hotel. There is nothing like that. The units are converted single quarters so dated and could use a refurbishment but are comfortable and clean. Step outside and you will quickly see why these units have the best view. It is fabulous. You will also hear the ocean crashing on the reef 24 hours. You can take your own food (check weight and any import restrictions), there are bbqs that you can use and if you are into fishing, there's plenty options available. Trips to other islands, kite surfing, swimming (go to Direction Island for the day), visit Home Island for cultural history (the Cocos Islanders are wonderful people), canoeing, cycle around West Island, go to the Club, 9 hole golf course, walk the beaches, there's the local artist in residence with a fantastic set up (well worth the visit) and you can hire, bikes, utes or motor bikes. It is about the island experience and it's great. The staff at the motel were very welcoming and friendly, with great information and looked after us really well, thank you very much. We would recommend it. Just remember it's basic but ok.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

There are not a lot of choices of accommodation on the Cocos Islands. Home Island has about 6 B&Bs/ Cabins and 1 Motel. The Motel is the cheapest and is run down. Very hard to do an accurate comparison prior to arrival - but make sure you check inclusions and deals before you book. Some of the other accomm has self contained facilities which means you can do your own cooking - take your own food from Perth.

The motel has microwave, kettle and the normal basics. It also has the only restaurant on the island - offering all main meal times. There is also a cafe on the island offering breakfast and lunch (closed Saturday). All food on the island is expensive whether you buy at the shop or eat out. Pick and choose and there are some bargains. Eg Buffet dinner at night at the restaurant is great value for the big eating men. Fresh bread from the store is delicious and priced as mainland.

All motel rooms are aircon (box) and ensuite and are furnished in a very basic fashion. Bathrooms very basic and tired. Double bed (not queen), bedside table, with 2 chairs and small table in main area. Outside there are sun lounges and picnic tables and chairs in various states of repair. Every accomm block had tarps on the roof and badly needed work both exterior and interior. Lots of rust, heavily marked paint work, worn upholstery (but the sheets were clean each day) - and that's inside :/

But the view and beach access was amazing. We watched turtles grazing on sea grass as we had our sundowners each evening. We walked down and along the beach immediately below our room and could walk across to the pub in about 12 seconds :)

If we were to return we would stay in one of the self contained cabins. Better fit out, cleaner, better maintained, but not necessarily immediate beach front...

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Cocos Beach Resort

Property: Cocos Beach Resort
Address: West Island, 6799
Location: Indian Ocean > Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cocos Beach Resort is beautifully located right next to the ocean, and within short walking distance to local amenities on Cocos Keeling Island’s West Island. The Resort provides accommodation and catering services to a wide range of organisations and individuals which include the Royal Australian Air Force flight crews, contractors, ship’s crews, Australian Army units, school groups, kitesurfing groups, bird watching groups, and individual tourists from Australia and beyond. No matter where our guests come from, they can be assured of the warmth of traditional Cocos Malay welcome which seeks to provide the services that one would expect in such an exotic island environment. ... more   less 

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