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Review of Raffles Mooloolaba

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Raffles Mooloolaba
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Brisbane, Australia
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8 reviews
“Family weekend away :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

We just returned forma weekend stay in a 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment (October 2012). There were 5 of us – 2 adults and 3 children aged 5, 3 and 18 months. The overall experience was excellent. The apartment was large enough for all of us, with spacious bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The second bedroom had two single beds but there was still enough room to put a portacot in between. The apartment was clean and tidy and very well looked after. There is a full sized kitchen which was great with small children as well. From our room (302) we had a glimpse of the ocean from the balcony (between buildings in front of us). The rooms next door 303 and 304 would had a better view but are also closer to the main street and noise I suspect.

The complex is set one block back and about a 2 mins walk to the beach and the main strip with all the restaurants and shops. So it was very convenient and we walked everywhere. The pool and sauna were a hit with the kids and there were some toys etc placed in the corner for use in the pool which we thought was thoughtful and kids appreciated. There are also undercover BBQ facilities within the pool area as well although we never used it.

We mostly ate out for dinner and I must admit that was pricey but we were on holidays so didn’t complain too much. Most of the restaurants and shops cater for children, with the usual pizza/fish and chips/chicken nuggets and chips. Our kids didn’t complain but it would have been nice if there were other options especially considering the prices. The adult food was great. There is also a Coles nearby and the pub is conveniently located near the apartments too which more than make up for the exxy restaurants along the shore.

We really enjoyed our stay. The closest beach to the apartments is a mixture of large rocks and sand – it’s actually quite good for small children and our 3 enjoyed building sandcastles and running between the rocks. Underwater world is only minutes away by car which was also a hit. There is also a surf type beach near there as well with a playground. Everything is close and convenient so you couldn’t really ask for a better location. There were lots of other families around so it’s obviously a popular area for this demographic.

Overall, we were quite impressed with the friendliness of management and the location of the accommodation and it’s proximity to all the activities. We were very happy with our stay and would definitely visit again.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Marina M
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Witnessed, Manager at Raffles Mooloolaba, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Hi Marina

Many thanks for your very comprehensive report on your weekend away in Mooloolaba. Your detailed review will no doubt be very helpful to those planning a holiday in Mooloolaba.

I'm pleased that you were impressed with the apartment's facilities and Raffles in general.

We hope to see you back again.

Regards
B ob James
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2012

Stayed for 3 nights in a very spacious apartment, it was a 2 bed, 2nd bed was closed off as on,y 2 of us. Very handy for the beach and for the cafe's and restaurants. It was clean.
It was very noisy on the Saturday night as very close to a club, the windows are not double glazed, so we were kept awake till the early hours, so, that's ok if you are a young person out clubbing but not good for family or couple wanting an early night!!
The pool area and pool isn't very big, but fine as long as the place isn't full and everyone is there at the same time!!
All in all, I thought it was reasonable for the space, amenities and location.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ann W
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Witnessed, Manager at Raffles Mooloolaba, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Hi Ann

Thanks for taking time out to post a review of your stay at Raffles and I'm pleased that your apartment met your expectations. Yes, all of Mooloolaba can be noisy on Saturday nights and we are no more immune to it than most other resorts and private residences located in the centre of the Mooloolaba. Unfortunately, this is one disadvantage of our excellent location. The glass in the apartment windows is sound proof glass.
Regards
Bob James
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Albury, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

After a very bad experience trying to check into a hotel that shoved my family of four into a single queen room was so pleased to find raffles and have some extra room for my family, had ocean views, is so close to the beach and esplanade and perfect spot to base your sunshine coast holiday. Management were very helpful and friendly. Will def stay here again. Great value for money.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kym p
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Witnessed, Manager at Raffles Mooloolaba, responded to this review, 17 October 2012
Hi Kym
Many thanks for your comments and it was a pleasure to have been able to help you out. We look forward to your return visit.
Regards
Bob James
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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

Stayed 2 nights there last week in 302. Loved the heated swimming and spa pools. Apartment has an Asian theme..similar to Bali. Well equiped. Apartment has double glazing so is quiet as it is a busy location. But wasn't helped when the apartment above us had a washing machine that went out of balance at 10.15pm.!!!
Across the road is Coles supermarket and also O'Malleys pub. They have lots of specials like wednesday's are $10 TBone steaks with salad and chips. Our night had 2nd main course at half price. Meals were of a good size and reasonbale prices so worth a visit. The beach is lovely for walking and heaps of shops and cafe's around the corner.
We were allowed to move in early and the late check out was great. We would certainly stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TravellingKiwi
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Witnessed, Manager at Raffles Mooloolaba, responded to this review, 20 September 2012
Hi TravellingKiwi
Many thanks for sharing your findings on your stay with us at Raffles Mooloolaba. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the decor of the apartment, the heated pool and spa and our excellent locality. O'Malleys is well known for its great Wednesday night meal specials.
Hopefully we will get to host you again sometime.

Regards
Bob
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2012

The perfect place to enjoy a quick break from the rest of the world, outside the holiday periods. We stayed with another couple in a 2 bed appartment on the 2nd floor. Great accommodation and location. It is only one minute from the strip which is full of eating and drinking places. The beach is one short block away. Coles is one minute away if you need to grab a few goodies to eat in.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paul T
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Witnessed, Manager at Raffles Mooloolaba, responded to this review, 6 September 2012
Hi Paul
Thanks so much for posting comments on your brief stay with us. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your joice of accommodation and our close proximity to all that Mooloolaba has to offer.
Hopefully you'll get the opportunity to return sometime in the near future.

Regards
Bob James
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Brisbane
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2012

My friend and I recently stayed here and we were very impressed with the accommodation, location and friendliness of the staff. The accommodation was more like a very livable apartment with a full kitchen and great size rooms, so you don't feel as though you are crowded in.
Really easy to get to the beach and restaurants, and conveniently located near the supermarket as well. Bob gave us the tip of where to go for coffee and he was absolutely spot on. Loved it and would go back and stay in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linet C
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Witnessed, Manager at Raffles Mooloolaba, responded to this review, 29 August 2012
Hi Linet C

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Raffles and for the positive comments.

I'm pleased that you appreciated and enjoyed the presentation of the apartment and my tip for where to find the best coffee in town. We, the team at Raffles, do strive to present our apartments in a clean and homely manner and it's great to receive the acknowledgement.

Hopefully you will get the opportunity for a return visit sometime in the near future.

Kind regards
Bob James
Resident Manager
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

We chose Raffles after finding a very reasonable low season rate on Wotif & checking reviews on Trip Advisor. We chose to book directly with Raffles & they were happy to offer the advertised rate. We stayed for 5 nights in an apartment on the 4th floor with some water views having paid a little extra for the water views. All in all we had a very pleasant stay. The apartment was clean & furnishings very comfortable. The view was perhaps the only disappointment. As Raffles is a block back from the water the water view is filtered between buildings somewhat. That said we spent most of the time in the pool & spa on level 1. The saltwater pool was very clean as was the spa. Being low season we had the pool & spa to ourselves most days. The pool was heated to a lovely 28 degrees. We had a couple of friends visit for one evening so we asked Bob the manager at Raffles if he would mind opening the 2nd bedroom & bathroom. He was more than happy to do so for what was a small additional charge which was very reasonable. All in all we would say that Raffles offers reasonably priced quality accommodation at the doorstep of the restaurant & entertainment strip. Bob, the manager was friendly & helpful with any requests. We would certainly recommend Raffles for good value 4 star accommadation.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark W
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Witnessed, Manager at Raffles Mooloolaba, responded to this review, 28 August 2012
Hi Mark W

Many thanks for posting a review of your stay at Raffles and for your positive feedback.

I'm pleased that after your research you were more than satisfied with your choice of accommodation in Mooloolaba and I am delighted that you would certainly recommend Raffles for its good value accommodation.

I hope that I get the chance to extend the same hospitality to you again.

Regards
Bob James
Resident Manager
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Property: Raffles Mooloolaba
Address: 65-69 First Ave, Mooloolaba, Queensland 4557, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Mooloolaba
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Mooloolaba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Raffles Mooloolaba 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RAFFLES MOOLOOLABA,a 4 star intimate Mooloolaba resort, is just a short stroll to all that idyllic Mooloolaba has to offer.Raffles Mooloolaba comprises 30 modern and inviting fully self contained spacious and comfortable one or two bedroom Sunshine Coast holiday accommodation apartments. Every holiday apartment offers a double corner spa bath ensuite to the master bedroom for that extra bit of relaxation and rejuvenation after a day of absorbing the attractions of Mooloolaba..Choose from a ground floor apartment with its own private and secure courtyard, a deluxe apartment with either garden or partial ocean views, ocean view apartment or an ocean view rooftop apartment with its own private rooftop with BBQ and outdoor furniture setting.(List features)Relax in private on your own east to north facing balcony or enjoy our resort facilities - heated pool, spa, BBQ entertainment area, lift, free parking and tour desk.Walk across the street to the supermarket, 80m to the closest restaurant, 200m to the local bus stop, 150m to the nearest beach, 500m to the Surf Club and Underwater World, or take a 5 minute drive to the coast's largest shopping and movie complex or a 30 minute drive to Australia Zoo.RAFFLES MOOLOOLABA is the ideal base for your Mooloolaba accommodation and Sunshine Coast adventure ... more   less 
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