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Kangaroo Island Seafront
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Penneshaw
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“See the penguins”
Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

It's about a 200m walk from the ferry terminal. If necessary I believe they will collect you. A pleasant enough room with a sea view, fridge, and free wifi, and a helpful reception. They don't do food any more, just breakfast, which was good. There is a small fish shop nearby which has a good reputation, and you can either have a picnic on the lawns opposite (mind the seagulls) or take it to your room. Otherwise the local pub looks a good bet - very busy with a lovely terrace overlooking the ocean. There are a couple of other small cafés as an alternative.

Just down the road is the penguin centre which offers short tours (one at 9.00 pm and one at 10.00 pm) at a small cost. The guide takes you down to the rocks where you can see the fairy penguins waddle out of the sea to feed their chicks. There are only a handful of penguins left, most have been taken by seals, but we were told the colony is recovering.

We liked Penneshaw, and the Seafront Hotel.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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seafront49, Manager at Kangaroo Island Seafront, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Dear Juan

Thankyou for choosing to stay at the Kangaroo Island Seafront. It was pleasing to read that you had an enjoyable stay with us and had a great time touring around the Island taking in some of the spectacular scenery and culinary delights the Island has to offer.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 23, 2014 via mobile

Our fave hotel so far on this trip. It is great to see a hotel furnished and decorated with taste. Bedding beautiful. Lovely tropical gardens. It is not opposite ferry like some reviews say but maybe 100 m up the road and you can't see the terminal, only the boats going back and forth. Staff so friendly and will organise transfers for you at a discount. We had a villa which was spacious and had microwave plates and cutlery, small freezer. No minibar hooray, parents don't want to be nagged by kids wanting chocolate. Recommend.

  • Stayed January 2014
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seafront49, Manager at Kangaroo Island Seafront, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Dear Anna,

IThankyou for staying at Kangaroo Island Seafront. It was good to read your room was above your expectations. We trust you had enjoyable time on Kangaroo Island. We look forward to seeing you again at Kangaroo Island Seafront.

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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

this is very well located for the ferry from the mainland and has some lovely self-contained cabins in the gardens with own kitchenette. good size rooms, clean and tidy. good place to stay when touring Kangaroo Island, even though is at eastern tip of the island. pleasant helpful staff.

Room Tip: go for a cabin rather than a room in the main hotel
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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seafront49, Manager at Kangaroo Island Seafront, responded to this review, January 30, 2014
Dear John

Thank you so much for your lovely comments and taking the time to share your thoughts. The team really do appreciate being acknowledged for their efforts.

I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and we would love to welcome you back again.

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Shepparton, Australia
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Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

It looks a bit dated from the outside - the sign had faded and we actually drove past it as we didn't realise we'd arrived. But the Seafront Room we had was clean and comfortable - except for where you could feel the 2 single beds pushed together in the centre. Breakfast was lovely. Didn't use the pool as the weather was too cold for me. Free wifi is a bonus, however it was a bit annoying having to get a new code every 24 hours especially as it's free. Should just give a voucher for each day at checkin along with the breakfast vouchers.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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seafront49, Manager at Kangaroo Island Seafront, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Dear kait1989

Thankyou for staying at Kangaroo Island Seafront and taking the time to share your thoughts. We value all feedback and are also pleased to advise we have new signage in the works.
We trust you had enjoyable time on Kangaroo Island. We look forward to seeing you again at Kangaroo Island Seafront.

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Federal Way, Washington
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We booked a double room but ended up in a spacious and comfortable garden cottage with a large sitting room and kitchen area and a larger than normal bathroom. There was a small deck out front with a table and 2 chairs. I would definitely recommend these cottages. Internet was very slow but this seemed to be a problem everywhere on Kangaroo Island. Easy walk to the hotel from ferry but steep up hill. Budget rental car office was 2 blocks away as was IGA grocery and penguin night walk.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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seafront49, Manager at Kangaroo Island Seafront, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Dear fsdukejr

Thankyou for staying at Kangaroo Island Seafront. It was good to read your room was above your expectations. We trust you had enjoyable time on Kangaroo Island. We look forward to seeing you again at Kangaroo Island Seafront.

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Salinas, California, United States
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Penneshaw is the tiny port city on Kangaroo Island. We didn't realize that we would be stuck there for 2-1/2 days, without a car and there is no public transportation. On one day we went on an excellent tour operated by Sealink Travel Group to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, Pamdana Wildlife Park, Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and Remarkable Rocks, but the other days were a loss. After we had walked (in a freezing cold wind) to the Visitor Center and checked out the one intriguing shop, there just wasn't anything to do. It was too cold to stay out and the charming little museum didn't open until mid-afternoon. If you come here on a three-day tour, make sure you get two tours! and make sure your package includes the transfers from the port to the hotel to the airport. The hotel is listed as 4-star, whatever that means. We stayed in a room with a nice view. The wind howled around like someone was singing opera! Only breakfast is served in the hotel; for other meals you need to go across the street to the old Penneshaw Hotel (owned by the same company). The dining room was pleasant although the food was average. It looks like locals spend a lot of time in the bar which was pretty lively.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nicola P, Manager at Kangaroo Island Seafront, responded to this review, December 2, 2013
Dear Ann,

Thankyou for choosing to stay at the Kangaroo Island Seafront, It is dissappointing that you didn't recieve more information on Kangaroo Island from your travel agent. Here at the Seafront we offer complimentary transfers from Ferry to Hotel with prior arrangements (your agent needed to advise us if this was required)

Kangaroo Island is a unique destination that requires planning ahead. To avoid disappointment, tours and transport bookings are strongly recommended before arrival.
We thank you for the feedback
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is on the esplanade overlooking the beautiful ocean a and greenery of KI.
Greeted by a lovely lady who gave us a full run down of the hotel and penneshaw..
Due to previous tripadvisor posts about the seafront room I was expecting it to be small, but was happily surprised. Very comfortable size for a couple with a lovely balcony overlooking the ocean.
Cafes, hotels and take away all within walking distance. Glad we chose penneshaw to stay and not kingscote

  • Stayed November 2013
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seafront49, Manager at Kangaroo Island Seafront, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Dear B0bla

Thankyou for choosing to stay at the Kangaroo Island Seafront and taking the time to share your thoughts. It was pleasing to read that you had an enjoyable stay with us and enjoyed the town of Penneshaw. We hope to welcome you to the Kangaroo Island Seafront again.

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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
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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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