We booked a privately owned Unit 531, Laguna on Hastings (aka The Sebel) via Richardson & Wrench Noosa for $236/night in March
For the money we paid, we were wowed by the size and quality of the apartment, and it's huge balcony accessed by fully bi-folding doors. It felt more like a 4* Hotel Suite which would have cost triple the price.
The rooms look like they have recently been renovated, in a tastefully neutral modern style.
It is fully self-contained with washing machine & tumble dryer and full kitchen facilities ...again, all new looking.
There is lift access to the apartment but we found it quicker to walk up the two flights of stairs.
The only downside to the apartment was that the balcony was walled - on one hand it would've been nicer to let some light in, but those that did have a rail style wall, were not at all private as the apartments look into each other making it a little awkward. We were more than happy to trade this off for its totally central location and stumbling distance to the beach.
The other thing that could cause an issue for some, is that this apartment - whilst on the top floor - overlooks the pool ...and due to the design of the apartments, the sound carries exceptionally well. If there are a lot of kids there during your stay, you will hear them - and the loud rumbling of the pool water features [which do turn off in the evening].
We were given a parking space directly underneath the property, which had both lift & stair access back into the apartments.
POOL / WHIRLPOOL
The pool was fantastic - warm, water features, a little bridge running over it and surrounded by some very comfy and large lounges. It is fairly small and can become crowded but again, I'd expect this given it's location (ie, if we were out in the sticks, I'd want it to be much more spaced out).
There is also a separate toddler pool around the corner which also has a little water feature and is very shallow throughout.
The whirlpool (again in a separate location), was delightfully hot and a nice treat to jump into on the day it was raining.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION!
You can't get much better than this. Walk out of the gates and you are in the prime part of Hastings Street, with cafes, restaurants, shops and bars galore. Cross over the road and through a little walkway and you're on the beautiful sands of Noosa Beach - it's clean and well kept but did get quite windy when we were there, so prepare to get sandy!!
NB: If you are intending on self-catering, I'd recommend buying food at a supermarket on the way up as there is only one little privately owned supermarket in Hastings Street which is very basic.
OVERALL -- TOP MARKS!
GREAT FOR: couples and families who like to be in the centre of all the action whilst having a little haven to stumble back into once you've had enough.
NOT GREAT FOR: noise sensitive folk; or those who love their sense of space (you will get that INSIDE the apartment but you're right in the CBD, so outside the apartment you'll have people all around you)
There is such a great vibe in Noosa - the entire family loved it (Hubby, myself, Miss14 & Mstr12). It feels polished without arrogance. We will definitely be back, with The Sebel (and specifically this Unit 531) at the top of our list.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just moments from Noosa’s main beach and surrounded by world-class restaurants, cafes and boutique stores, The Sebel Noosa is an oasis in the heart of cosmopolitan Hastings Street. Take the opportunity to lounge by the pool or bask in the sun along the beach, or simply escape in our Hampton inspired apartments, which are perfect for families, couples and groups. Free parking is available and entry to car-park is available from Noosa Parade, Noosa Heads. The Sebel Noosa aims to exceed guest expectations and ensure their experiences are memorable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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