We were advised upon checkin that we were lucky to get the room at the rate we did, for $170.00 a night - as they are usually $400 or more. The room was okay but apart from a high ceiling and a spa it was bland and dated. I was very surprised to read that the building was barely ten years old, since while it was all clean and tidy, it had that 80s blandness and clashing, twee furnishings that usually comes from neglect rather than design. Also the sandy rendering (ubiquitous across WA it seems) seemed to go on forever - for a building so tall and so long I found it hard to believe nobody thought of placing a strip of white, or blue or anything to ease the monotony. This was worsened by the sheer distance we had to walk down windowless beige hallways to get to our room. I have to give them however, the spa was nice enough and when it broke down the service was prompt and friendly.
Apart from the fountain at the entrance (which was quite nice) there's no sense of grandeur from the cavernous spaces of the atrium and the courtyard outside. The atrium was begging for a grand piano or some kind of centrepiece, and the furnishings said 80s casino not naughties hotel. Perhaps my perception is skewed however by the atrocious and exorbitantly priced meal and drinks we had while at the restaurant in the atrium.
Another nice thing was walking down to the beach past the lake and park area in the courtyard; this is a nice appointment especially with the ducks about the place. It also dawned on me on my walk that the place was very busy in this area, and after speaking to people and asking the front desk it dawned on me that timeshares are the bread-and-butter of this hotel, and only sucker tourists who know no better (like ourselves) would stay on the basis we did.
On arrival in Perth and staying at another hotel, I became aware of the full breadth of the dud deal we'd been sold in Busselton. Wouldn't recommend staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Abbey Beach Resort sits on the beautiful Geographe Bay beachfront, set amidst four hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, and just two and a half hours drive from Perth. The resort comprises 185 luxury units onsite with one, two and three bedroom apartments, plus studio suites. All apartments and studios are serviced daily and feature a private double spa, a bathroom with each bedroom, reverse cycle air-conditioning, Foxtel, private balcony and views over the lake/ocean/swimming pool, gardens, tennis courts and children's playground. Superb resort facilities include a complimentary Wi-Fi in the Atrium, restaurant, cafe, two bars, a 25 metre indoor heated swimming pool and spa, outdoor pools surrounded by lovely gardens and shaded with gazebos and umbrellas, squash court, full size and half court tennis, gymnasium and sauna. Abbey Beach Resort has the largest and most versatile function centre, with conference and corporate facilities, in the south west. Meeting rooms and boardrooms of varying sizes, as well as a ballroom and atrium, are available for workshops, dinners, exhibitions, trade displays, events, conferences and weddings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abbey Beach Hotel Busselton
- Abbey Beach Busselton