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“This will always be the place to stay at Margaret River”

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Forte Leeuwin Apartments
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“This will always be the place to stay at Margaret River”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

This was my third trip to Margaret River and re-booked at the same place because my family loves the place. Three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, first floor apartment was just what my family needed. The pool was great and so were the Spa and Sauna.My kids splashed around everyday for 5 days in the pool and Spa. The Gym was unfortunately not in the best shape unlike the previous visit when it was in great shape. The BBQ area is great for evenings and the mini-park for kids was entertaining for the family.This is walking distance to the main street with all the cafes and supermarkets. We will re-book this coming January. I have uploaded heaps of pics on my FB page of each trip to Margaret River.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2014

We were 2 couples staying for 6 nights and were upgraded to a 3 bedroom apartment so that we would have more room. The service was great and very accommodating.
The pool/gym area is great and has everything you need. The location is very central without being in the middle of town, its only a short walk to the shops and restaurants.
The only thing I could complain about would be the fact that we were unlucky enough to share the accommodation with a rugby union team that took over the place. They were noisy, arrogant and cared nothing for any other guests. They were up early, dawn making loads of noise yelling etc. and then took over the bbq area each night. they also invited non residents back and took up all the parking which meant we had to park out in the street about 200 yards away. But I suppose its the luck of the draw and we were unlucky to come across them allbeit only for the weekend. It was the only flaw in a great stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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ForteLeeuwin, General Manager at Forte Leeuwin Apartments, responded to this review, 19 May 2014
Thankyou for your feedback.

We are very sorry that you experienced some inconsiderate guests during your visit but are very happy that you enjoyed your stay apart from that and your time in the region.

We hope to see you again in the future.
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Perth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2014

I stayed here during a Cape to Cape walk recently. I shared a unit with another hiker, who I had not met beforehand. I pointed out there was not a privacy lock on my bedroom door (master bedroom with ensuite). Maintenance person attended the following day. They added a push button lock, but it did not work. No explanation was offered and no further repair was made. I stayed 4 nights. The light on the stairway did not work which is a health and safety issue. I was told the globes are no longer available. Why don't they replace the light itself? This is a major issue. The apartment itself was clean and comfortable. Facilities as advertised were available. The mattresses were hard and sleep was difficult. If you stay here ensure you don't get unit 9 until the privacy lock has been fixed and the light on the stairs work.

Room Tip: Avoid unit 9 due to health and safety issues
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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ForteLeeuwin, General Manager at Forte Leeuwin Apartments, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Thankyou for your feedback.

As advised our apartments are all three bedroom and the locks on the back two bedrooms are not intended as privacy locks. These locks are for locking off doors when the unit is booked as a one or two bedroom apartment. When guests book a three bedroom apartment they usually know the people they are sharing with and therefore privacy locks are not required. We do have locks on the bathrooms for privacy. We changed this fitting with a brand new lock as per your request (maintenance spoke to you about this issue) and to our knowledge it was working. Had you advised otherwise during the remainder of your stay we would of looked at this.
Unfortunately we are no longer able to get the globes for the stairwell light and the fitting needs to be changed by an electrician. We are waiting on an order of new light fittings and as we are in a rural location this is can take time when coming from over east.

We apologise for any inconvenience you may of experienced and hope you enjoyed your time in the region.
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Kippaxs
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We had a two-bedroom apartment and it was set up for four people. Four people could use this apartment and still enjoy plenty of privacy. There is a large and well-equipped kitchen, a comfortable lounge area, two bathrooms, one with a separate toilet, a laundry and a private balcony. There is a communal bbq area with a playground for children adjacent. A lot of thought has gone into making this place comfortable without being ostentatious. And Margaret River is close to lots of places to visit: beaches, wineries, forests, galleries, restaurants etc.

Room Tip: Upstairs is more private and quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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ForteLeeuwin, General Manager at Forte Leeuwin Apartments, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Thankyou for your positive feedback. We hope to see you again in the future.
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Diego Martin, Trinidad
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

If you're prepared to pay approx $200 a night to stay at this place, then choose elsewhere, it's not worth the money. It's tatty, dirty, the walls inside of the house haven't been washed since they were probably built, some had old, dried blood on them. The carpets are dirty with stains in most rooms, the tiles in the bathroom are dirty, dust everywhere. The patio was covered with leaves fallen from the trees above, nobody bothered to sweep up, then all the dirt was carried inside of the house from the patio making the place even dirtier.
It's gloomy, dark and depressing, even after putting the lights on, it's still dark probably because all the dust that has been collected on the lamp shades for years.
The sofas had stains all over them, dread to think what they were and how long they've been there. The BQ was dirty with thick layers of muck on it from cooking which nobody bothered to clean or to scrape off. Some electrical plugs were also not working.
The spa outside had so much chemicals in it that it was almost burning my skin off.
Staff at reception were not helpful at all, in fact they just couldn't be bothered at all.
Other guests in the neighbouring apartments were smoking out in the patios, all the cigarette smoke coming inside through the windows and had to keep the windows shut.
All in all, I will never set foot in that place again, I wouldn't even stay there for free, and I will spread the word to others not to stay there, it's disguisting, depressing, not fit for staying there for a holiday which people have been saving up hard for. I wouldn't even let my dog stay there, never mind holidaying there.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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ForteLeeuwin, General Manager at Forte Leeuwin Apartments, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Thankyou for your feedback.

After speaking with the staff we are perplexed as to which apartment you actually stayed in. Forte Leeuwin Apartments only manage half the apartments on the property and we haven’t had any issues with power points or been advised in January to date of any dirty backyards, sofas etc. From your comment re reception been not helpful we suspect that you stayed in an apartment not managed by us and that we were unable to help you with these issues due to this.

The BBQ’s in the playground area are cleaned at least once a day and twice if used before the staff leave. If it was a BBQ in your patio area then it is not a Forte Leeuwin Apartments managed unit.

Could you please contact us at your earliest convenience to advise which apartment you stayed at so we can clear this up.

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Singapore, Singapore
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2014

We chose this apartment after reading wonderful reviews and there is no doubt about them. We were all in awe when we arrived at the apartment. Everything was available (incl washing machine, dryer, kitchen utensils). You just need to bring some food and clothings for the stay.

Location is convenient. Supermarket and eateries are just a walk away from apartment.

However, do note that there is only 1 air-con unit in the room. The other 2 rooms have only got ceiling fans installed. Weather was pretty cooling when we were there end Feb. Do not know about summer time though.

Was given very clear instructions about obtaining keys afterhours. Thumbs up for this wonderful built-up. We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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ForteLeeuwin, General Manager at Forte Leeuwin Apartments, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Thankyou for your positive feedback.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again in the future.
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Newcastle, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014

We chose this place for its great central location because we were travelling for the purpose of touring the wine region. It was self-contained and possessed the basics we required. Luckily, we were only using it as a base for sight-seeing so were did not spend much time sitting in the unit which, in my opinion, would have been depressing. The decor and aspect were quite gloomy. The overall cleanliness was good but the oven griller was still dirty from the previous occupants. Other guests were at times very noisy. We were awoken at night on several occasions and there is no 24 hour reception. By contrast, the staff on the desk were very helpful and unobtrusive. This made our stay reasonably comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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ForteLeeuwin, General Manager at Forte Leeuwin Apartments, responded to this review, 11 April 2014
Thankyou for your feedback.

We hope you had a lovely time exploring the region and the apartments are now in the process of been refurbished over the coming months.

If you re visit the region we hope you visit us again.
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Property: Forte Leeuwin Apartments
Address: 46 Wallcliffe Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia 6285, Australia
Region: Australia > Western Australia > Margaret River Region > Margaret River
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 51 Speciality Lodging in Margaret River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Forte Leeuwin Apartments 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Relax, Unwind, Have some Margaret River Time" at Forté Leeuwin Apartments. Situated in the world famous wine region of Margaret River, Forté Leeuwin Apartments are only a five minute stroll to the local township, which boasts renowned restaurants, bars and galleries. Our fantastic on-site facilities include: Large outdoor swimming pool, 2 outdoor heated Jacuzzis, Fully equipped gymnasium, Sauna, Half size tennis court, Children's Playground, BBQ area. Each apartment features up to 3 bedrooms and includes fully equipped kitchens with dishwasher and microwave oven, Satellite television, DVD and CD players, Washing machine and dryer. These superbly appointed self contained apartments in Margaret River are perfect for the romantic couple, the corporate traveller, holidaying family or small groups. Forté Leeuwin Apartments booking policy. ... more   less 
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