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Tropic Sands Apartments
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Tropic Sands Apartments
Ranked #41 of 43 Hotels in Port Douglas
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“Great Value in Port Douglas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2006

What a pleasant surprise -- we found the Tropic Sands well worth the money we paid. The only disappointment was the pool...much smaller than it appears in the brochure picture and web site. Our apartment was very clean. However, there were lots of little ants lived in the master bedroom and bathroom. The apartments only get cleaned when you leave, so don't count on someone else making your bed each day...or changing the towels. You're not supposed to remove the towels from the rooms, so you may need a spare if you're planning on going (a short walk) to the beach. If you want to save a little $, this is the place to cook your own meal. The grocery store (Coles) is about a 7 minute walk, and the kitchen and pots/pans are more than adequate. Denise is a wonderful hostess, and will point you in the right direction for activities and restaurants. We were very glad we stayed in Port Douglas rather than Daintree or Cape Tribulation...there isn't much up there aside from your resort. Port Douglas is a charming town. Look for deals, or Standby Rates, during the low season. These rates are good deals for travelers willing to risk showing up without a reservation. It would have dropped our nightly charge by A$30/nt if we'd just shown up. Watch out for speeding tickets taken from cameras...seems the police nab speeders with cameras positioned along the road between Cairns and Port Douglas (and all sorts of places around the country as well, according to the signs posted).

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2005

While vacationing in Port Douglas in May 2005, we stayed at Tropic Sands for 4 nights and found the apartment to be very clean and convenient to the main restaurants and supermarket in Port Douglas (Macrossan St, 2 blocks away) as well as Marina Mirage (3 – 4 blocks away), where the catamarans leave for the Great Barrier Reef trips. Its handy to be able to walk to the supermarket to buy things to cook for dinner as eating out every night in Port Douglas can be expensive (main meals are generally A$25-30). The apartment complex is also far away enough from the main road so that it's not too noisy from all the restaurants and bars.

The apartment complex have a smallish but clean freshwater pool and a BBQ, and the floor plan is exactly the same as on the website. The plumbing was good and the AC kept the place nice and cool.

There is parking downstairs if you rent a car (the Avis office is only 3 blocks away too) but we found that with having day trips to the reef, we didn’t need the car for so many days. Instead, we just hired a car for the drive from Cairns airport to Port Douglas and then rehired again when we wanted to drive up to the rainforest ourselves. Denise, the owner was very friendly and helpful. For the price we paid, it was a great value and definitely better than expected.

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Property: Tropic Sands Apartments
Address: 21 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4871, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 43 Hotels in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tropic Sands Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropic Sands is a small tropical style accommodation complex with one bedroom apartments and is ideally suited to adults and couples. The property features a handy location amongst the palms and native trees, and only a short walk from Four Mile Beach, the Marina and Port Douglas Village. The apartments provide a communal barbeque area, outdoor swimming pool, complimentary undercover car parking and tour booking service (located at nearby Beaches Resort on The Esplanade). ... more   less 
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