"Hidden gem discovered."
Kept refusing my review.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Everything was excellent except the bed was too soft,the atmosphere was fantastic,in a great location with shops and great food in the piazza resturants,great place to go for a weekend not far from the cityGenuine Hotels.com guest review
overall very goodGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Interesting place, car park is too small and pool very cold but place us interestingly differentGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We had everything we needed and the location is handy to the beach and shops.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Location is good with easy access to everything. We had a central room and unfortunately there was little or no 'sound proofing' from the noise of the adjoining restaurants, cafes and the hotel. No chance of sleeping until all everything was closed downstairs. The room had heaps of windows but we couldn't open the curtains because they all faced into […] the complex. Would have preferred a smaller room where we could look out the windows, and get some sleep . Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"all under the one roof"
The Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort was a convenient location to stay for our 2 nights away. We could park the car and forget it. We could easily walk down town or to the water during the day and then in the evening walk downstairs for dinner with numerous dining options and then catch a movie. There was also a number of breakfast options downstairs as […] well. The place was a bit of a rabbit warren but quirky. Interesting place to stay and we enjoyed it. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not bad but not great"
The hotel is in a great location, checking in and out was easy. The rooms look a little dated but are comfortable enough. The TV didn't work even after the attempts of 3 different people and 3 different calls to reception. It was written off as being because of the wind which seems unrealistic and was painful because I was staying there alone. The […] facilities around the hotel are great with plenty of food and drink options available in the complex. The walls are a bit thin and could clearly hear the people in the room next door.... Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Save your money"
This is the first place I have stayed at, that a microwave is not standard for the room. The air conditioning was not working properly, so they supplied a tiny heater which did nothing. The surrounding restaurants in the hotel were empty of a night time, which is to me a sign of bad food or service. The indoor pool was actually an outdoor pool with […] a make shift roof on it. Which by the way was not closed. Pool and spa were not heated, so could not be used by my son. Overall a waste of money and will not go there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
11/17/14 Kerrie B Melbourne, Australia
We loved our stay and it was so close to outstanding restaurants ( LOVED LaFiamma BEST Pizza I have ever tasted) and the cinema too. Felt like I was staying in Spain mixed in with a real Aussie Beach holiday feeling. I was recovering from a serious fall and the staff could not have been more helpful with the use of the disabled lift and supporting me getting around. I can not wait to return as it was a gorgeous holiday Many Thanks Larry and to all your friendly staff
"So much more than Paul and Simon expected !"
11/05/14 paul h
Resort style hotel that features fine Mediterranean and Asian cuisine dining at more restaurants than we had time to visit in our 7 night stay. Larry, the hotel Manager will ask you periodically if your enjoying your stay and if there is anything more they can do for you. On sight cinema is amazing and much cheaper tickets than Sydney city tickets. Enjoyable weekend market place with very helpful and friendly people. Purchased the perfect Xmas present for my partner at Maxima Cafe while having breakfast. Facility wise, we wish we had booked longer to enable us to explore more of the dozen or so cafe/restaurants, the gym and see more movies. The bed was very comfortable, as comfortable as our bed at home. Some hotels we have been to in the past you just cannot sleep the first night of stay. The widescreen TV has lots of choice channels. The two minute walk to the beach was also a luxury and pleasant surprise. A perfect mix of French Provincial and Italian architecture blend perfectly with Renaissance decorated walls and ceilings makes for many photographic opportunities. A hotel we definitely will go to again and again. A very enjoyable experience !!
"A very disappointing stay"
11/02/14 Craig S Canberra, Australia
We booked this hotel off Wotif & it seemed like a reasonable bargain compared to the limited & pricy offerings on the Central Coast. Although the advertisement may not have been entirely accurate..... When we got there, we found the small undercover car park & noted everything is pretty dark in line with the home grown italianate style of the place. Columns painted dark gold which are difficult to see & lots of other touches once you get in. The carpark is really tiny & the only real opportunity to park was in the open air car park at the rear & then try to find your room in the dark after sunset as exterior & balcony lighting is sensor controlled & they only seem to work once you are halfway down a corridor. The reception clerk was welcoming & things seemed ok & the free wireless was welcome. Until we got to the room. That is we had to find it in the maze of corridors & dead ends as the building has been built upon more than once & as such is confusing to navigate on the first & subsequent times. The room was small & while it did have doors opening up onto a common balcony - it did not have any other ventilation to the room other than an air conditioner which was quiet but we found out during the night that it was on a timer & turns itself off & the room gets pretty stuffy very quickly. Also the nylon fluffy blankets were hot & sweaty. As were the plastic covered pillows inside the pillowcases. The room has exposed brick walls & I'd wager they are a single thickness as all noise from adjoining rooms is transmitted very easily. We found this out when our neighbours turned out to be early risers (before 6) on Saturday & the markets were being set up from 7 on Sunday. They also only make up the room after the 2nd night so hang up your towels! All in all - not very restful & the ambience is ordinary. The bathroom was an ok size for a budget motel, but the fact the exhaust fan cover fell down & the shower rose fell off during our stay just added to our general feeling that the place is not overly good. On check out this morning, there was no one around, so we didn't even get an opportunity to put our complaints to the staff. Anyway - the best things about the place are the Coast coffee shop across the road & the Bakery Cafe just down the street. Also, the beautiful Brisbane Waters are only minutes away on foot. But, you can all of that for a few dollars extra per night at the Mantra up the street. Keep driving!
11/02/14 alarchdu Fairfield, Australia
This review starts negative, but you can judge my feelings by this response: while I have complaints, especially how my mobility disability interferes with me enjoying time away from home, I decided, along with my partner, that we would be staying at this hotel in preference to the others in the area we have tried, next June but for two nights instead (there are other demands on time and money), so we could enjoy what we missed of this resort. And we missed a lot! On the negative side, the resort is a work-in-progress, a progression that seems to have taken about 30 years. Although the indoor weekend market and the cinemas seem to have been around this long (and the slow elevator to the guest rooms even longer), the rest of the resort seems to have been added over this time, while keeping to the same Victorian-period decor in a medieval-inspired complex. The renovations are not immediately obvious, but the age is. The structure seems to have been inspired by what I have seen in some Italian towns: an almost citadel square building closed to the outside, but built around an internal plaza onto which smaller dwellings open. The ground floor is entirely service and facilities (almost a score of restaurants and cafes, most internal to the main streets, and some effectively "outdoors" within the complex; an "indoor" pool and limited and tight guest parking - I only found one internal carpark near the main entrance, limited to about eight cars, but could see another accessed by another entrance. There is some street parking, but there are many visitors to the restaurants and market. The flooring was mainly stone/tile and not too friendly to my rollator, and while there was generally enough clearance for a wheelchair, it would be tight. I could not find any other shops, although a general store stocking convenience items and newspapers, perhaps even tourist paraphernalia, would be welcome. The first floor was given over to a multiple screen cinema complex, a function room complex, at least two restaurants/bars, and about 40 guest rooms I could see. Each guest room opened onto a corridor or a vestibule. My double room was only about the size of a motel room of 30 years ago (no real room for a single bed to be added) but equipped with the usual facilities (but not self-contained - I have never used these facilities anywhere, such as the Mantra rooms) that all worked (especially the TV). But at least there was more than enough room for me to get to the bathroom without leaning against the walls - a welcome relief from other motels. The internal structure of this floor was like a labyrinth, a result of the overall structure being like a a building ring with a cross of buildings in the centre, with the gap between buildings covered by a light but generally weatherproof roof (a few very minor leaks during the vicious storm on 1/10/2014 - 2/10/2014). Made for an unusual but pleasant experience (except for getting lost), except an overloaded room air-conditioner. The rooms are advertised as having a balcony. This needs some qualification. Our room (and the five around it) had a front door opening on a corridor, and a rear door that open onto a communal vestibule that also functioned as a strollway. Other rooms we could see from the restaurant area had very small rear balconies opening onto the "open" space. I could see no guest rooms from the outside, just some function rooms on the east side of the complex (although I could not see too much when driving in an area where the locals seemed to have gotten their driving licences from inside cereal boxes). Only one key was given for the room, which meant we had to leave the room together, and the under-powered air-conditioner turned off when we removed the key tag. In spite of what seemed to be limited parking (which definitely had parking bays that were too small), I had no trouble finding a space when I needed one. The staff were very friendly and helpful, about the best I have experienced (except for the Hyatt in Nashua, Connecticut). It was good to find a variety of cuisines on Saturday night and Sunday morning, with good-quality food at fair prices (although I missed sitting outdoors in the evening with a drink and a smoke). The resort is still being modified, as are its surroundings. A beachfront is being developed n Brisbane Waters just a short walk away, meanwhile the town centre and a full-service shopping centre is only about a km away. I do suggest that the management pay heed to the population that is mobility restricted (about 10%) and also the population that is incurably addicted to smoking (again, about 10%), and during the continuing renovations upgrade the elevator to an all-hours self-service one and added a partially open external area for guests who smoke (my preferences, but I can't be alone in my guilty pleasures or conditions). The resort has improved upon what has been described in previous reviews, and now that it is being more readily advertised should attract more clients (especially given its competitive pricing). I admit the rooms are slightly smaller and older than new arrivals, and needs more maintenance (but I have seen worse as standard), but no resort has such an interesting and pleasant design and facilities, especially for the price. I will return!
"Amazing, breath taking,"
10/08/14 flexsildabigdog Sydney, Australia
It starts with the welcome you receive on check in, you know its not all about the money but mainly about you feeling at home. The grand Decore where you can see no corners were cut with the decorating of this beautiful renaissance themed paradise. the hospitality by the owner and his family makes you feel at ease. this is a hidden gem where around every corner there's a new pleasant surprise. the staff, cafes, under cover markets, all are top rated. I have travelled the world and stayed in he most expensive hotels worldwide, but nothing compares to this hidden gem on the central coast. I for one will not stay at the Mantra ever again now I have discovered this wonderful place. Thank you to all that made this last weekend memorable.
"A Different Experience"
This resort is different and has a lot of character but it certainly needs to be updated. We arrived at 2pm only to be told that the cleaners were running late and asked to come back in an hour. After checking in, the room was clean but clearly stuck in 70's! We were only provided with 1 bath towel each and did not get a hand towel, bat mat or face washer. We were told that our room would only be serviced after the 2 night, at an extra cost of $15. The tea and coffee provided were cheap options. The plastic cover over the pillows was uncomfortable (thankfully we brought our own!) and we could hear the kitchen staff clean dishes well through the night. It was certainly an interesting resort with plenty of cafes/bars within the complex. The markets on the ground level were good. It also hosts a cinema.
""great place for a unique stay""
10/03/14 moongara Geelong, Australia
We have just returned from a five night stay in this amazing resort. Our group of 55 had a fabulous time. The tours organized by the effervescent Lyn were wonderful. And who of us will ever forget the amazing Margie. This hotel is a touch of Italy/Greece in a small Australian beach town. The decor is incredible from the balconied apartments to the statues and murals that line the passage ways and decorate the cinemas and piazzas.The staff were really helpful, rooms clean and the shower hot. What more could you ask for? Thanks to all involved for making our time truly memorable.
"Will not stay at this hotel again"
10/03/14 Phil H Newcastle, Australia
We booked a family suite as we where in Woy Woy for a sporting event with the family, and when checked in we where in a family room. The family suite advertised a kitchenette, but the family room had only a very small refrigerator. We could not cook any meals, (but there is plenty of restaurants near by), and the food we took with us we managed to cram into the small fridge, only to find the next morning that the fridge was not working. We left the hotel early due to our commitments so we where unable to complain to reception. We have usually stayed at Mantra Ettalong beach in the past and will be returning to Mantra, never to stay at this Hotel again.
"Little bit of Italy up the coast"
09/18/14 LouRob11 Sydney, Australia
Took an unusual range of family members to this little slice of Italy -9 year old, two 50 year olds, and two 90 +s! Everyone was catered for- with the markets, the cinema, the art deco pool and the many restaurant- this is an unusual place well suited for our unusual group dynamic! Its certainly out there with its combination of Italian forum and north coast beach culture but thats all part of the charm and the unique experience. If you are looking for modern chic boutique this is not the place but it is certainly up there in a class of its own. Everyone in my group thought it worth the trip for sure!
"Bizarre but fun."
07/27/14 ninoid Sydney, Australia
For the Sydneysiders out there: Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort (EBTR) is the Central Coast's answer to the Roman Forum on Norton Street. This place is like a confusing kitsch shopping mall with a food court and market on the ground floor and a badly laid out labyrinth of tudor/greco-roman style motel rooms above. EBTR proudly advertises its establishment in 1999, but the face-brick walls, crunchy plastic pillow protectors, double beds (!?), lamp shades and kitchen cupboards all scream 1970s timewarp. Many of the restaurants were closed (on a Saturday night?), but it didn't really matter because Toto Espresso and La Fiamma Pizzeria were both excellent and remarkably authentic. This place definitely has an unusual kitsch-cringe charm - which is exactly why we booked it, but we were disappointed they couldn't provide the Roman Baths that were advertised on its website. As a result we were upgraded to a family room, so we had a bath. The enjoyment of a hot bath with jet pump options mitigated the humming faulty air conditioner that wouldn't turn off. All in all we had a great time thanks to good food and a love of all things weird. Would probably (maybe) come back, but next time I'll bring my own pillows.
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