"Great hotel but need better wi-fi"
Everything about the place was really neat. We were there from Sunday to Wednesday. Unfortunately only a couple of the restaurants were open. I don't know if it was because it was before the busy season. I know many more are open during the weekend. We were in rm 37 and the wi-fi was very hard to get. We moved closer and sat in an area near the office […] and got great reception. So if you rely on wi-fi you should ask for a room close to the office. Everyone was very gracious and we loved the room and the balcony. One other thing, they are building next door and the workers started at 7am. I told the office and she said they were blocking off the room until that was finished. But just to be on the safe side, don't book rooms 35 - 37. The office never received our booking from Hotels.com but they were easily able to accommodate us and were extremely nice. All in all It's a great location and really affordable especially if you use the kitchen to prepare you own meals. Eating out is a challenge. Everything is take away (take out) and not many of the places were eat in. Plus everything closes real early, like 5 or 6 pm. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not really what it shows in photo as advertised"
was good but What shows in photo is not wht it really looks like as booked for balcony view outside as didn't get that, went to relax with family as in facility's tells got spa , as cudnt find any spa and pool is small and didn't to use pool as closed at 17.00 . So wasn't worth the tripGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Can do better for the price"
Only good thing is it is close to restaurants. But for me with a car no distance to too far in a small suburb like Ettalong. Now comes the real stuff about this hotel, which is not all that good. Very noisy. Noise next door including flushing / showering conveys very loud and clear and very disturbing in all kinds of odd hours. Toiletry is very very […] minimal. I think they can up their game for the price they charge. Enquiry next door at Mantra has a far better deal. Next time? I would prefer another hotel, not this one definitely. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"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
"Comfortable stay with everything at hand"
At first, the hotel seems a bit strange, but once you have managed to find the reception, it gets better. The room was a bit noisy, but we managed to get changed to a better one. The bed was good and the shower was excellent! The guys at Toto bar were friendly and the music and drinks great. The pizza in La Fiamma is the best we've had in Australia […] so far! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Worse hotel ever. Swimming pool was not heated. Rooms was dark no lights. Had to wait 20mins to check in. Room door didnt open. Spa had cold water. Just a bad experience would never stay there again.Genuine Expedia 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
"Great Hotel, Great hosts."
01/23/15 Bill F Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
My entire family , mum dad, kids, grand kids and friends stayed for 4 nights at this hotel to celebrate my son's 40th birthday. We booked 8 different room to accommodate our big family. Staying at this hotel was great experience for all of us. The rooms were clean with all necessary amenities. The management was very friendly and helpful. Will definitely stay there again and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to stay at very unusual and exotic hotel at Ettalong.
"Fantastic Hotel - Classic Art Deco Style"
01/19/15 Robert b
Great experience and comfortable hotel, not to mention it's part of many surrounding restaurants that are fantastic to choose from. It is in a world of its own with an art deco style and markets on the weekend. Each cinema is unique with a fantastic feel to match the atmosphere and staff's welcoming attitude. We had a great time. Robert
01/10/15 Chickenthing Newcastle, Australia
I booked a two day stay at Ettalong beach tourist resort for my husbands birthday and liked the idea that the accomodation, cinema, restaurants and ferry wharf were all close together. We were to travel in a group of 4 so booked the family room however two people cancelled so we asked to change to the honeymoon suite for only about $20 per night extra. The suite was huge and lots of natural light. The "honeymoon "additions were a spa bath and an excessive bike. We walked around the huge facility and I could see that some rooms were not well lit, however it gave the place some charm. The communal areas were decorated in Mediterranean flavour with flower boxes and statues every where. The pool was small and quaint but hard to find. We were there on a Wednesday and Thursday and some of the restaurants and cafes were not open until the weekend when the markets were on, however there was still plenty to choose from. The local IGA and bottle shop was a 10 minute stroll from the complex and the ferry was a 2 minute walk. We had a great time and I am glad I chose this hotel over the Mantra as it did not look like it had any character perched on top of the Ettalong diggers. I can't wait to go again To experience the saturday markets.
This hotel is a very good place to sit and relax and if you have a balcony you are very lucky. The people staying at this place are very friendly and the rooms are quite big. But.... The pool was very very small and I noticed was isolated from the rest of the hotel rooms. Also the beach was quite a long walk from this hotel. But other than this there is a restaurant down stairs that sells delicious food and I would recommend staying at this hotel only of you are having a short holiday.
"A European experience"
12/14/14 Robyn N Bellingen, New South Wales, Australia
From our welcome to our friendly farewell we totally enjoyed our experience at this unique place. Room 21 was wonderful with it's own little balcony, a wonderful Spanish dinner and nipping down to the Piazza for croissants and coffee for breakfast. Very quiet even though the markets set up early. Can't wait to return Robyn & Peter Nunn
12/03/14 Sharon W Kambah
We were travelling through the Central Coast and finding it difficult to find a motel when we came upon the Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort. What a unique find. The older gentleman who initially took my enquiry was very helpful. The younger person who took my booking seemed very distracted and busy on the mobile even when he was showing us to our room. We felt that we were putting him out a little.But otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed our overnight stay in this unique setting. We had a lovely meal in the Italian restaurant downstairs and enjoyed a drink in the little bar next to the cinema. It was a lovely surprise after a stressful afternoon.
12/01/14 John P Woonona, Australia
We went for a weekend away and found this place very nice. Location is convenient and within walking distance to local shops/restaurants. Free Wifi although signal does drop in and out. Room well appointed although we could not understand why a toaster is supplied but no plates or cutlery.
"Hotel with a busy Rococo Italianate Folly buzz."
11/23/14 Star707 Star707, Sydney
We chose this hotel in Ettalong for a Saturday night stay. All of the rooms are on the first level. Everywhere you look there is some little thing to delight you: a statue; a hanging plant; stained glass windows; a secret place to sit; a Juliette balcony; a view to the downstairs market; a doorway to one of many bars. Check in was easy and pleasant. We were worried that we could get a really bad room because we booked with an online agent that was offering a discount. We were even more worried when we discovered that, as usual, they were fully booked, there was wedding, and so much more happening. But our room was really lovely: totally eccentric with a leaning to Rococo. The mattress on the bed was firm. I didn't much like that the pillows had plastic lining. I expect that in a hospital for obvious reason, but not in a hotel. I found a solution, so that was OK. Our room had a jug, a toaster, you could have a microwave for a surcharge, there were coffee cups, coffee & tea makings and wine glasses. There was a bar fridge with some milk for your coffee. There were no plates or cutlery which was a bit of a mystery because if you made some toast, for example, what would you put it on? The bathroom was clean and pleasant and properly towelled. I noticed that all of the rooms that opened onto the common balcony had net curtains that gave privacy and allowed in day light. Our room had heavy velvet curtains, which were just gorgeous, but no net curtains. That meant that we had to completely close out daylight to achieve privacy. The room was air-conditioned and we were so grateful because the weekend we stayed temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius. This is a totally delightful folly boutique hotel with an amazing weekend market downstairs, 10 restaurants in the complex, 7 bars and cafes and a large multi cinema complex that shows both 3D as well as 2D movies. We didn't go to the movies but we found out that they have facilities for mothers and babies with a crying room, and I am not sure what this one is about, but they have a 9.30 am session, as well. The hotel is close to the ocean and a really lovely bicycle and walkway along the seaboard. You can take a ferry ride to the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, if you like. In fact, in reception they are really helpful about lots of things you can do, like whale watching, visit to a Theme Park about life in early years of settlement in Sydney. What I really loved about this place was that visually, the unexpected kept happening. The rooms are comfortable. The access to a range of dining options and bars is generous. The weekend market and cinema complex are wonderful added extras. The best thing about this hotel is that it is integrated within a broader community of services and activities. There is a unique buzz in the air. Check in time was 2pm and check out time was 10am. We had no problem with under cover parking. Alternately you can park at the back of the complex in their car park, or you can park in the street. Plenty of space. I suggest you stay more than one night. We will definitely be back, we had such a nice time of it.
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 !!
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