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The Bluff Resort Apartments
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Adelaide, Australia
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30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Stunning views”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

The view from the living area/balcony looking across the water to Granite Island made up for any shortcomings. We stayed in a 3 bedroom apartment - 2 adults and 2 teenagers - plenty of room for us all to have our own space when we needed it. The bathrooms could do with a bit of an update.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
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46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2012

We stayed for one night in a three bedroom apartment. The apartment was very clean and spacious (two storeys, with kitchen, lounge, dining room, bathroom upstairs, bedrooms and another bathroom downstairs). One of the bathrooms had a spa. However the most outstanding feature was the view! We had large glass windows, leading to a balcony with spectacular views of the sea and Granite Island.

The pool was well maintained, also with nice views of the sea, and we certainly made use of it during a very warm day. There are also tennis courts.

The location is very close to walking trails that lead up to the Bluff. Encounter Bay is a very peaceful place to stay (much quieter than Victor) with some nice cafes. I recommend the Beach House café for really good pizzas. The Whalers Inn restaurant is situated underneath the accommodation complex; however this was a little disappointing. Food was nice but servings were very small and prices were high (a $60 seafood platter for two was barely enough for one).

Only one minor complaint about the accommodation – they were scarce on the toiletries, providing only two small tubes of body wash and one conditioner to share between 6 people (I suspect one of the body washes should have been shampoo). Other than this we had an excellent stay and would certainly stay there again.

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  • Stayed January 2012, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Adelaide, Australia
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83 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2012

The accommodation part of the resort is now separate to the restaurant which retains the name of Whalers Inn. We stayed in a newly renovated studio apartment which was very clean and comfortable with a great view. Good for a short term stay such as a weekend but limited for any longer than that. We would stay again.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 301 which was at the end of a building and was quiet with a small balcony and love...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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sydney
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55 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

$380 per night rediculous for an older apartment..nice views but no blinds so all this glass and glare.overpriced and dissapointing. its now called bluff view not whalers inn..wdnt come back here

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Alice Springs, Australia
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2012

We picked the Bluff View as coming from the desert, our priority was a view of the sea. We definitely got exactly what we were looking for, we just never knew a view of the sea could look so good. Our apartment had glass windows right across the section facing the sea, and the view was uninterrupted. Other than that, the apartment had everything we needed for a short stay, and the spa bath was an added bonus. We were in a sea view studio apartment, and really enjoyed that it was a little bit different with the stair case entry. There is plenty of parking and very private once you are in your room. Loved having a door to the balcony that we could leave open and listen to the ocean while we slept. Extra benefits included direct access to the bluff walking trail, and the Esplanade walking/cycling pathway. The only improvement that could be made would be the quality of the mattress. The view was definitely worth the money in what was very reasonably priced accommodation.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 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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1 Thank Cathy B
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26 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

Excellent and good value. The kitchen floor could do with a scrub but otherwise everything was great.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 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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Perth
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192 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2011

Situated on the outskirts of Victor Harbour. We had a room that had kitchen and living area with beautiful views back towards Victor Harbour. Room was very clean and well layed out. Greeted by friendly staff. Would recommend.

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  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Property: The Bluff Resort Apartments
Address: 123 Franklin Parade, Encounter Bay, South Australia 5211, Australia (Formerly Whalers Resort Apartments)
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Encounter Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Encounter Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bluff Resort Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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