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.
- 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