We stayed in a one bedroom apartment - room 1003 (lvl 3) which had a beautiful 160 degree panoramic view (south facing) of Bribie Island, Pumicestone passage, Bulcock Beach & the Glasshouse Mountains. Monaco's ocean facing apartments seem to be thoughtfully designed to maximize views on the balconies.
To get good ocean views, make sure you are above the 4th floor. There was an outdoor table & chairs on beautiful balcony, but it did get windy and was often wet when it rained.
The apartment was well designed, spacious & new. The kitchen was fully self contained with modern full sized whitegoods & stove/oven etc. There was a very large shower inside the combined laundry/bathroom. I was hoping for a bath/spa, which I'm sure some rooms have... though the view made up for not having this.
The common BBQ and outdoor area is spacious and this adjoins the pool. Unfortunately the heat swimming pool is long and narrow so isn't very spacious once a few people get into it. I managed to do some laps in it when there weren't others in the pool (about 20 metres in length). There is a small wading pool for children & also a small outdoor spa which is a warm temperature. The sauna room and gym are also of smallish size but useable when there aren't too many people around.
There's lots of upgrades being done to Caloundra at present, so it can be a little noisy, but this didn't bother us. The esplanade is getting a face lift but the main street is still a sleepy country town. Much less hussle and bussle compared to Noosa or Maroochydoore (or Surfers Paradise). Bulcock Beach has surf & inlet beaches, so is suitable for families, couples, kite surfers & retirees. Monaco is well situated between the esplanade & main strip of shops (20-50 metres walk either way).
There is a Coles & Woolworths shopping centre (a short drive or moderate walk) away from the beach, and smaller convenience stores closer by to pick up supplies. Otherwise there's lots of dining options along the waterfront or on the main street. We didn't try the Shingle Inn which was downstairs next to the main reception.
The room rates were extremely reasonable (but have just recently gone up) and the staff were also very helpful in honouring their original prices when we booked. Overall a very comfortable stay in a beautiful part of the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monaco Apartments are located in the cultural heart of Caloundra with breath taking views over the Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island, shipping lanes and beyond. Ultra modern and chic apartments offering the latest in luxury accommodation, you will never want to leave Magnificent Monaco! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monaco Hotel Caloundra