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Oxley Cove Apartments
Ranked #15 of 42 Hotels in Port Macquarie
Reviewed 25 February 2013

Port Macquarie is a beautiful place to visit and had something for everyone. However Oxley Cove Holiday Apartments is NOT the place to do it from.

In all my travels I have never met a site manager/owner as rude and unplesant as Ian. The man has no place dealing with people & for the sake of tourism in Port Macquarie should probably be run out of town. I've never been treated so deplorably any anyone in my entire life & would urge anyone thinking of a trip to Port to steer clear of this establishment.

That being said, Port Macquarie is a great spot & should not be missed. My stay at Oxley Cove Apts was the only black spot on an otherwise great trip.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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4  Thank wayward j
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Oxley_Cove, Manager at Oxley Cove Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Thanks for taking the time to write your review.

I am not sure what the problem was between the manager and yourself. I am sure if you could contact us the problem could be rectified.

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

We travelled as a group of 5 adults and 2 children (one a toddler so in our own portacot) My parents in law paid for all the accommodation, so we were happy to go along with their choice.

Pros:
Walking distance to beach and town
Clean and tidy
Pool and BBQ area
Price

Cons:
Cramped living spaces not ideal for so many guests and children. My nephew hit his head on the dining table and required treatment at hospital - his fault but the living area is packed tight with furniture.
One bathroom with so many was terrible, not even a separate toilet
Communal coin laundry
Tight car spots

Would I stay there again? No. But if you are on a budget, it's sufficient. And Port Macquarie is awesome.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Oxley_Cove, Manager at Oxley Cove Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Thanks for taking the time to write your review.

If asked we advise guests all of our units have one bathroom only. We are sorry to hear of your child hitting his head and hope he has recovered from the bump.

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Reviewed 12 January 2013

We really enjoyed our one night at Oxley Cove Holiday Apartments. The apartment was spacious, clean and very comfortable. The kids loved the pool and the location was really nice and quiet. Just a short walk to the beach and dinner options. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Oxley_Cove, Manager at Oxley Cove Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. It is a shame you could only stay one night. Maybe the next time you will be able to stay longer and enjoy what Port Macquarie has to offer.

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Reviewed 27 December 2012

Reception staff were friendly. We had a ground floor corner apartment and the guests were all spread out so there was no noise at all really. The apartment was clean and had recently been repainted; couldn't fault anything, pool was lovely. Car spaces are cramped, but due to a lower number of guests everyone got a carport to themselves. Walking distance to club, beach and shops. Really good value for money.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Lilacbella
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Oxley_Cove, Manager at Oxley Cove Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Thanks for taking the time to post your review. "Good Times Great Value" is our motto and you are now aware of that.

We look forward to having you return.

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Reviewed 6 August 2012

we stayed in a two bedroom apartment with another couple . One bathroom makes it a little hard at times, if you have a bathroom hog!!! There are 2 areas with with va ites for cleaning teeth, makeup etc, but only 1 toilet and shower, together. rooms have kitchen and bathroom between them so is very private. rooms were very clean and had everything you need. it is in a very good position. Beach is only across the oval, so is very close. Port city bowling club is about 200 metres and has very good meals. The buffet LUNCH on Fridays and Sundays is exceptional value at only $11 for all you can eat. The variety is outstanding and the sweets are plentiful and delicious. not far to centre of town for shopping, about 5 minutes by car, or 15 minute walk. Downhill going, up hill coming back, but is a lovely walk.

rooms are a good size and there is a balcony facing the ocean, although I don't think any had water views.

Things to do...... Sunset cruise for about one and half hours is very interesting, and only cost $10 yes $10 and is BYO alcohol and food, so is excellent value and you learn a lot about the area. Just walk along waterfront in town, away from the beach and you will see the boats lined up.
visit Ricardo strawberry farm . Pick your own in buckets, they are delicious. Also have all strawberry products in shop. you can also buy superb fresh tomatoes of all varieties and all sorts of tomato products. Drive out of town and take the road to Kempsey and when you get back to the main highway turn right, go over the big bridge and turn off to the right after about 5 klms. There is a big ,sign on the left side of road, then turn right. is about 3minutes down the road. Is well worth the visit. You can also have a meal in small cafe there, and make it a great day out.

All in all, Oxley Cove is a very reasonable, very clean place to stay for a great holiday.

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
4  Thank penwar
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Oxley_Cove, Manager at Oxley Cove Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Thanks for your detailed review.

It seems you certainly enjoyed yourself. Port Macquarie definitly has many activities and beautiful scenery along the walks.

We hope you get to return and enjoy paradise with us again.

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Reviewed 8 June 2012

My partner, myself & 6 other couples, holidayed here for 1 week, in May 2012. We found the staff friendly & helpful & the quality of the apartments excellent value for the low rental charge. These apartments had everything in them we required, close to the beach & ample facilities close by. Thank you Ian & staff, we will return one day.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Kathleen B
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Oxley_Cove, Manager at Oxley Cove Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Thanks for the wonderful review. It is always good to enjoy yourself with friends.

We trust you all will return soon.

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Reviewed 28 April 2012

I found the apartment very good value. It was quite old and basic but comfortable and clean. The rooms were large. We were looking for accommodation for a family of four for one night at a budget price and most places we contacted offered a simple motel room for more money. I consider this was a good choice at a very good price.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Bec73
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Oxley_Cove, Manager at Oxley Cove Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2014

Thanks for posting your review.

Our motto is "Good Times Great Value" and you have enjoyed that.

We look forward to having you return soon.

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Address: 29 Owen St, Port Macquarie, New South Wales 2444, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Port Macquarie
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 42 Hotels in Port Macquarie
Price Range: £66 - £133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oxley Cove Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come for the location, stay for the serenity at Oxley Cove Apartments: a Port Macquarie icon on New South Wales' mid-north coast. Leave the car in undercover parking - we're situated 300m from Town Beach and a short walk to the CBD. Our guests experience the peace and quiet of coastal life with the comforts of town a short walk away. All 26 apartments are fully self-contained with air-conditioning, Austar and WIFI. Swim in the solar heated pool, enjoy a BBQ in tropical garden surrounds or meander into town to sample award winning local wines and Port Macquarie's freshest seafood. ... more   less 
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