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Albacore Apartments
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“Perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

Location was fantastic and very central.
Apartments were a great size and very well equipped.
Apartments were very clean and the whole complex was very well presented.
Management were very friendly and accommodating.
Great views from the balconies

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 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 Katrina G
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

We stayed at Albacore apartments for 3 nights. We found reception to be very friendly and helpful and told us to mention to him if we had any concerns with the apartment.
We loved our apartment on the 5th floor, so spacious and clean. We could not fault a single thing!! We will be booking through booking.com again and will stay here again next time. We are glad our friends in Canberra recommended it to us, as they also stay here and love it!!
We loved walking on the boardwalk (it was right next to the apartment) and having coffee at the cafe along the route. The shops were so close, we walked to get a pizza last night and to Woolies for supplies one day. Thank you Albacore for a quiet and relaxing 3 days.

Room Tip: Stay in the 2 bedroom apartment on the 5th floor!! We enjoyed watching people walk past each day an...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank camella2016
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Melbourne, Victoria
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54 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2014

We stayed at Albacore Apartments for five nights at Easter. Very large, comfortable, well equipped apartments with a great view. We would be a bit wary about staying during the height of summer as we think the bedrooms would get very hot - in the main room the aircon was needed on a 25 degree day due to the very large windows and the bedrooms aren't airconditioned.
We had one small issue with the spa bath - on filling up and turning on brown greasy muck came out of the spouts, which was disconcerting for the person in it at the time. We didn't use it after that.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms have a great view. Some rooms have bigger balconies than others.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank rdk1
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AlbacoreApartments, Manager at Albacore Apartments, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Dear rdk1.
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Albacore Apartments.
It's great to hear that you enjoyed our large, comfortable apartments. We are very fortunate that all of our apartments have views over the water.

Having days of 25 degrees over Easter was certainly lovely, and due to our position you can open the windows up and enjoy the afternoon sea breeze. One thing you can guarantee in Merimbula is an afternoon breeze!
For those guests who do prefer air conditioning, we replaced all of our air conditioning units just before summer, and as the new units are twice the capacity of the old units, our repeat summer guests have found them very effective. In addition all bedrooms now have ceiling fans.

It's a shame to hear that you had a problem with the spa. We clean our spas thoroughly after each guest stay with a commercial spa cleaning product, however one thing we cannot guarantee is the quality of our local water supply (this has been documented in the local paper), which can quite often be discoloured due to burst pipes or water mains works.
If you ever feel something isn't quite right please don't hesitate to let us know while you're here.

We hope you had a relaxing Easter in Merimbula, and look forward to seeing you again the next time you visit the Sapphire Coast.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

I booked to stay in the Albacore Apartments through finding them online. Most of the reviews were quite good and the pictures looked really nice and the location was perfect!! Our first night was great, although when we walked in there were crumbs all over the kitchen bench (we didn't use any cooking utensils as we went out for dinner, but I'll get to that later) although the bed was quite hard (most places have pillow toppers these days to soften up hard beds) the bathroom was lovely and large with great water pressure, but maybe, just maybe, think about replacing the spa bath plug, as compared to how nice the spa looked the plug was pretty disgusting.. The real trouble started when we went to cook our bacon, eggs and hash browns for breaky. The pan IS NOT nonstick and so everything was ruined in the pan from sticking, so I suggest taking your own nonstick pan to cook in, we also couldn't work out how to use the overhead fan (this was our fault as we didn't realise you just pull it out to turn it on) so the room smelt of bacon. On top of these issues we went to use our utensils which were pretty much all dirty from the previous guests, not happy about this as you are threatened with a extra charge of not taking your rubbish out or leaving the room clean yet the cleaners/hosts are not checking to make sure other guests are living up to this expectation before the new ones check in. I also had trouble signing into the free wifi and when I called reception to ask for help I was given a short answer of "look in the hotel guest guide" which was still not much help (this may of been my fault not understanding the instructions correctly) Overall we really enjoyed our stay at The Albacore, apart from these few issues, the thing is The Albacore boasts 4 1/2 stars and we payed a good price to stay and so I just expected a little more. We would definitely stay again and just take our own frypan the view was amazing and the location was great.

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Amy N
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Josie and Clint B, Manager at Albacore Apartments, responded to this review, May 3, 2014
Dear AmyLou033.

Thank you for your review of your recent stay at Albacore Apartments.
As we were away while you were here we were not able to meet you personally, but understand our relief managers happily assisted you with your queries.

It is always pleasing to read that guests have enjoyed their stay at Albacore, but also disappointing to read that the apartment wasn't as clean as you hoped. We and our staff pride ourselves on the cleanliness of our apartments.
Our relief managers have advised that as soon as they were made aware that your apartment wasn't as clean as you hoped, they were quickly able to rectify the situation to enable you to enjoy the rest of your stay. We apologise for this inconvenience.

We do ask guests to remove their rubbish and wash all dishes prior to departure (just as you would do at a holiday home or cabin), it is part of the booking conditions and is not a threat.

Finding a mattress type which suits all guests is every accommodation providers challenge. Some guests like a firm bed, and some a soft bed, that is why we keep a few mattress toppers on site so that if you require a softer bed all you need do is ask one of our staff.

Although apartments are not supplied with a non-stick frypan for the cooktop, there is a non-stick electric frypan in each apartment which is perfect for cooking things like bacon. You'll have to give it a try next time you visit. We also have 2 outdoor BBQ's which some guests prefer to use for cooking.

Thank you for your suggestion regarding the spa plug. Our plugs are standard rubber plugs and we will look into something more stylish for the future.

Thank you for choosing Albacore for your visit to Merimbula, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay on the Sapphire Coast and look forward to meeting you the next time you stay at Albacore.
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Gisborne, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Could not fault Albacore. The manager Clint was nothing but helpful and a pleasure to deal with. The room and amenities were spotlessly clean and the views across the lake were a delight to wake up to each morning. Walking distance to shops made life easy. Overall a delightful holiday in a modern well appointed apartment. Thank you and we are already looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: Some rooms have larger balconies so it may be worth asking if they are available.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Wes L
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Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
40 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

Stayed at Albacore for the third time,they are great apartments very clean comfortable furniture and nice and quiet,great view over the Inlet from your large balcony,all apartments have a great view,lift up to the higher floors and secure off street parking.
Manager was very helpful,the gardens and pool are very well maintained .
I would recommend this property for couples and families alike,great value.

Room Tip: We had room 19,highest floor which is level 5 ,great view nicely furnished,spa bath,two bedrooms
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank R0ck07
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Charlton, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We recently stayed at the albacore apartments for 10 nights. My husband, son and I had the most amazing time. We drove 12 hours to get there and when we arrived at our apartment we were thrilled. It was everything and more then we hoped for. The apartment is so spacious and clean, the view is amazing, we could have sat out on the balcony all day everyday. Management was so helpful on arrival, we were give fantastic advice to make our holiday even more enjoyable. We swam in the lovely clean pool everyday and it was really comforting to know our car was parked in a safe and protected environment. If we did not live so far away we would be back in a heartbeat.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Albacore Apartments
Address: Market Street, Merimbula, New South Wales 2548, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Merimbula
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 59 Specialty Lodging in Merimbula
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Albacore Apartments 4.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Merimbula at its best in our fully self-contained accommodation. Generously proportioned, well designed one and two bedroom apartments, all with magnificent panoramic water views. Large open planned living areas extending to private balconies where you can sit and watch the world go by, with sweeping views across Merimbula Lake.Albacore Apartments has a lift to all levels, and secure undercover car parking, enabling you to go straight from your car, up to your apartment. Enjoy a barbecue in the fully enclosed sun drenched courtyard, take a dip in the heated pool or relax on your private balcony. We also offer a 3.5* ground floor motel style room, suitable for overnight or shorter stays. ... more   less 
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