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“Christmas on Kangaroo Island”

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Kangaroo Island Seafront
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Penneshaw
Sydney
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“Christmas on Kangaroo Island”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2012

This was my first trip to Kangaroo Island (KI). It is beautiful, very rural and based around nature and wildlife. But that is one of the reasons we chose KI.

To me it is more of a 'hotel' than a 'resort'. The photos that are on the internet spruce it up to more than what it looks like in person. However, in saying that it is in close proximity to the ferry and the penguin walks. We were not there in the season for the penguins but I hear it is something to put on the 'to do' list if you can.

The room we stayed in was pretty basic but it was clean and tidy. I think the value for what we paid was slightly under par. A couple of nights it sounded as if there was a cyclone outside but upon closer inspection it was because the weather stripping on the door was partially ripped off. So just double check on the way in.

The staff and the owner 'Richard' are very accommodating and very friendly. The pub up the road is where we ate at for most of our meals due to the hotel restaurant being closed over the Christmas period.There was a good selection of food but it didn't change much so we also tried out the fish and chips takeaway shop just down towards the ferry that was also pretty good.

KI is pretty spread out so be prepared to drive and I suggest at least 4 days to see everything on the island. The location of the Seafront is out on the peninsula so it is about 20kms just to get back into the main part of the island. However, some may see this as a positive because Penneshaw is a quaint town with freindly locals.

Friends of ours tried to book after us and the Seafront was fully booked. The found some other places but they were located in the middle of the island which was too far to drive. At teh last minute they found a bed and breakfast called 'The Rookery' which was just a short 10 minute walk from where we were staying. Sharon is the owner of that and it is quite a good alternative if you are looking for a self contained living area right on the water for around the same price.

Overall I would recommend KI and the Seafront to others, but just be aware that there is a fair amount of driving involved and with all the activities it is usually takes up a full day each time. Just be conscious that the rooms are very basic and the price we had to pay was likely because it was in peak season. You don't end up spending much time in the rooms anyhow.

If you go to see the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, make sure you stop off at Weirs Cove to have a look. It is in between those two and a great view! There is a bit of history there as well because it is where the lighthouse keepers had their food brought up on a pulley which you can still see where it was located.

Room Tip: We had an oceanview room which had great views but a small balcony. Ensure the weather stripping on...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2012

We stayed ina villa two adults and one baby. The room was clean and live up to expectation. The staff were very friendly and exceptionally helpful. We even left a bracelet behind and they rang us to advise us they would be sending it in the post ! The resort itself is not a resort persay. Best to advertise its a hotel or motel nevertheless a great stay

  • Stayed November 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2011

Kangaroo Island is suffering from the recession in late 2011, but despite the cutbacks the Seafront Resort is a very nice place to be. It is about 30 KM out on a peninsula, so your mileage can add up, but the tranquality and friendliness of the area more than make up for the distance. We enjoyed a great breakfast, and great rooms at the motel, plus it was walking distance from the penguin walk. Note to 2012 travellers, however, the park department is shutting down its hosted walks for awhile to let the penguin population restore itself. It seems the penguines are declining (the seal population is also rising, so there are other reasons for the decline!)
If you are looking for a great place to stay and relax, this is one to consider.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2011

Had a sea-front room and pleasant enough but all more basic than they make out. Hardly any staff. Don't really need to book on penguin viewing as they are all over the place. Had better meal down the road in the local pub with bigger portions.

They have photographed their hotel with a special lens which makes it look much larger and more imposing than it is.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2011

Very nice room for a family of 4 - sofa bed was suitable for 2 kids. Beware though, the air-con unit is only in the living/kitchen area. no A/C in the bedroom. Stuffy for us initially upon arrival as that was a warm day. could be worse in high summer. Shouldn't be an issue in the colder months, I presume. Wierd thing is, this is the first hotel we've stayed at that does NOT have a phone. so any issues, you've got to run to the reception, which is not opened 24/7. And boy, did we have an issue! We experienced an electricity trip on nite 1 -- total blackout! our attempt to get it back up on our own by fiddling with the switches on the box were futile. And there was no phone or help available at nite. In the morning, it was impossible to shower without hot water, nor could we make breakfast. So time was wasted as we had to move to the room next door. So we had less time to look around the island as a result. The staff tried to make it better for us by bringing us a breakfast tray.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2011

Good hotel very close to ferry. We went on the Penguin walk which was fun and the view from our room was fab. Dinner in their nice cafe was great and a nice option to having to fully dine with just my daughter and myself. We drove around and found ourselves just hanging out at the hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

Very pleasant rooms and furnished with consideration for travellers needs both for short and long term holiday stays. We have no problem in recommending this hotel to others.

Room Tip: Our room was the cheaper Heritage, but good views over sea with access to balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kangaroo Island Seafront
Address: 49 North Tce, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > Penneshaw
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Penneshaw
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kangaroo Island Seafront 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Seafront is perfectly situated in Penneshaw - Gateway to Kangaroo Island, and overlooks the magnificent Backstairs Passage. Kangaroo Island is totally unspoilt with white beaches, stunning coastlines and home to an abundance of wildlife. If you're looking for four-star accommodation in an idyllic setting, this is surely the place, located on the Esplanade just 500 metres from the Sealink Ferry Terminal. The Kangaroo Island Seafront has 16 rooms and 12 Villas.....Choose from the 4star Sea Front Rooms with spectacular views and private balcony, 4star Sorrento's rooms located upstairs in the original guest building or the sanctuary of our Deluxe Villas. Bringing the family? Why not stay in one of our 1, 2 or 3 bedroom Villas. FREE WiFi for all our guests ... more   less 
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