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Shoal Bay Beach Club Apartments
Reviewed November 30, 2011

I guess the only advantage for Shoal Bay Beach Club is the distance to the beach. Other than that there's not much. It is a serviced apartment with all the facilities (laundry, kitchen). Rooms are clean, if uninspiring. Barbecue was dirty but front desk was quick for the cleanup.

Nobody is there after hours for anything and you need to call for someone to come in.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

My husband and I stayed two nights. I have to say that I was little disappointed after reading all the positive reviews. Yes the appartment appeared very clean but the lack of any decor made the appartment feel quite soul-less. Unfortunatley I found a some hair on the toilet seat and when i went to clean the area the toilet seat neally fell off, it had obvioulsy been broken for some time and it appeared very old. Also the plug hole in the handwash basin really needs attention, a black slug can be seen down the pipe.

The lounge looked old and cheap, we noticed that it was a sofa bed, it lacked comfort and support.

Our appartment was on road side and was a little noisy, could not leave the sliding door open while watching t.v. but this is only a minor issue.

I think with a little more attention to decor and checking on furniture ect it could be a very nice place to stay for a short break. On leaving we did inform Shelly about the toillet seat.

We did have a nice weekend and Grant was very helpful when we asked his advice about the area.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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SBBCA, Manager at Shoal Bay Beach Club Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2011

We thankyou for your feedback on your recent stay at Shoal Bay Beach Club Apartments. We do feel the need to address a few issues that you have brought up.

Lack of decor in the apartment - All apartments are equipped with exactly the furnishings that are advertised in all of our photographs. All apartments are furnished with a sofa lounge, dining setting and entertainment unit in each living area and matched with appropriate wall art. Bedrooms are also equipped with the bedding, bedside tables and matching wall art. Any enquiry or research into our property would find the answers to exactly what is featured in each apartment.

Cleanliness issues - When a guest is checked in to our establishment they are advised by the staff that if they have any problems at all to please let us know. If the managers had been advised to any concerns with the cleanliness of the bathroom this problem would have been rectified immediately. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness and do not like to hear after the fact, that our guests were not happy with something that could have been fixed during their stay.

We do thank you for advising us on checkout about the toilet seat and this problem has now been rectified.

We do hope that you will come back to stay at the Beachclub where you can enjoy our hospitality.

Many Thanks
Grant and Shelley

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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Great location!
Really clean & comfortable.
Really nice staff who gave us all info a 1st timer could want. Booked to go back next year!

  • Stayed: November 2010
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SBBCA, Manager at Shoal Bay Beach Club Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2011

We are so glad to hear that you had a great stay at the Beachclub :)

We look forward to welcoming you back next year, where you will hopefully see some more exciting changes around the complex.

Many thanks
Grant and Shelley

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Reviewed April 13, 2011

We stayed in these apartments in March. The apartment was modern, of a good size and very clean. It was well fitted out with an excellent kitchen and a balcony that was fantastic to use on a warm night. The bed was comfortable and the air conditioning a great advantage on a warm day. The area is within walking distance to Shoal Bay and the local RSL. We would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment block to anyone visiting Shoal Bay.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

My partner and I stayed here a couple of weeks back. The apartment we stayed in was really nice-immaculately clean, modern furniture, a huge balcony (actually we had two balconies), air con, and to top it all off, a brilliant full size kitchen.

The apartments are very close to the beach, I would say less than a five minute walk. And the beach is spectacular. No waves, but pristine, crystal clear water and pure white sand. We were swimming there one day and a pod of dolphins swam past, it was just amazing.

The small township of Shoal Bay is about another five minutes walk, and although lovely, if you don't like Italian food there are not a lot of other options there. Seriously, I think I counted 6 italian restaurants in the small strip of shops! You do have the resort there which has other options but are quite expensive. There seems to be a lot more variety in Nelson Bay which is just a short drive away.

Back to the apartments-I really loved them, they were just perfect for us. It did rain a lot of the time, but that was no problem, we grabbed some board games off the managers (who can also help out with beach gear, dvds and other things to make your stay fun!) and challenged each other to Scrabble...which of course, I won!!

My only suggestion would be to include more than one roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. We will definitely stay here again, though next time we will take advantage of the pet friendly unit they have available, as we love taking our hairy children with us whenever possible!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 6, 2011

My partner and I stayed at the apartments as we were attending a wedding at the more expensive resort close by.

The apartments were very modern and spotless. The apartment had everything we needed, with a great kitchen. The balcony was big, however our apartment was facing the main road so had a bit of noise.

The location was handy for us, but it is about a 20 minute stroll into Nelson Bay, or 5 minutes walk to Shoal Bay. The Nelson Bay Diggers was only a 5 minute walk away though.

Grant the host was fantastic. Felt bad calling him out at 10pm when we arrived but he was very understanding!

Overall the value was great and we would stay again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Stayed here for a long weekend recently with a young baby. Found the bedrooms clean and comfortable - a little small but not enough to be an issue. The kitchen was very good and well equipped (stone tops and even an oven!) for those who like to or have to cook. The adjoining lounge was ok, the sofa was a sofabed and not the comfiest i've sat on.

The road facing balconies are a bit noisy as the road is surprisingly busy - though inside with windows closed it's fine. The pool is a small plunge pool, but the beach is only 5 minutes away.

Being between Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay centres it does mean things are a bit far away - no chance of popping out for a coffee, especially with a baby in tow - but it can be walked and if you have to drive parking is pretty easy.

We didn't use the facilities (games room etc) but they looked well maintained.

Overall pretty good.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Cnr Shoal Bay Rd & Harwood Ave | Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, New South Wales 2315, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Newcastle > Port Stephens
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Port Stephens
Price Range: $84 - $304 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Shoal Bay Beach Club Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shoal Bay Beach Club offers modern stylish one and two bedroom fully self contained luxury apartments. Catering for your every holiday need these apartments are beautifully appointed with the latest equipment to ensure your stay is both memorable and completely relaxing. Shoal Bay Beach Club apartments are ideally positioned conveniently between Nelson Bay and Shoal Bay, located just 200m from the north end of Shoal Bay beach set just behind Anzac Park reserve. ... more   less 
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