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Macquarie Lodge
Ranked #93 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Noosa
Gold Coast
Level 6 Contributor
468 reviews
123 hotel reviews
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“Well maintained spacious unit”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

This is an older complex but it is well maintained and the units have been renovated. It is peaceful and quiet because it is located in a suburban area. It would be about a 15 minute walk to Hastings Street and a shorter walk to Noosa Junction. I stayed in a 2 bedroom unit and it had everything you would need. There were a lot of books and board games in the cupboard. The units face onto a grassy courtyard with a pool. Although the complex is on the river it is a steep walk down the steps to get to the river and you can just see it through the trees. The reception is only open 8.30 am to 4 pm so if you arrive outside of these times you need to collect your keys from the safe. I was supplied a good map to help me find my undercover parking spot and where my unit was located. I would recommend this property if you like a bit more space and don't mind being a short walk from the action.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Gold Coast, Qld Australia
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Reviewed 11 January 2013

We stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment (unit 21) for 3 nights and loved the great view through the trees to the canal below. The apartment was clean, modern, well equipped, private and very quiet despite being a busy time of year. Short walk to the shops at Noosa Junction (5-10 minutes) and a longer walk to Hastings street and surrounds. We didn't walk it due to whingy teenager : ) in our group but I think if you are fit and able you could do it slowly in 30 - 45 minutes. There is a hill enroute so bear that in mind. Bed in the main was very hard but management were great and supplied a brand new mattress topper that helped. Plenty of supermarkets and restaurants at Noosa Junction as well as a cinema.

Room Tip: Room 21 which was a corner unit with balcony and lovely breezes.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed 19 October 2012

SSI (Sleep; Shower; Index) 9/10. A nice bed and plenty of hot water in the shower. The room was quiet and we had great nights sleep.

Very Nice Family Unit but it is only a 3.5.star. While the unit was great you have to have at least one star for service. For instance, internet in the units is available and quite a good speed but you need pass codes from reception. Reception has limited opening hours. You can only have internet access if you arrive before 4pm weekdays and 1pm weekends. Outside these hours you collect your keys from a safe. It seems that if you arrive on a weekend (check in 2pm) or before after 4pm week days) you just have to wait until the next day for internet access.

Unit features could vary unit to unit as each unit is individually owned. In our unit there was air-conditioning in lounge room only with ceiling fans in the bedrooms. TV reception varied.

It is a 10 minute easy walk to Noosa Junction, the main “locals” retail centre with shopping centres and strip retail shops. The walk to Hastings St is about 20 minutes each way although I would think in summer the walk up the steep hill may be tough and take much longer.

Staff we met were very helpful.

We were here for 3 nights and during a low occupancy. While we had no trouble getting a sun lounge around the pool, I doubt that the 8 sun lounges would suffice in peak times. The pool is heated to around 27 degrees by solar and gas. It is fed through the spa, so the pool is a bit cooler and the spa will certainly not be a hot tub.

Quite good value for Noosa. It is probably priced appropriately.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not around the pool but rather with a bush/river view. Not only a nice outlook but I...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nelson
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

We stayed at MacQuarie Lodge in Sept '12 for 6 nights with our kids and 1 year old grandchild. The 3 bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor was very clean, spacious and well equipped. Management were very obliging with providing a cot and highchair, and when we advised the vacuum cleaner was broken, it was replaced the same day with a brand new one. The apartment was reasonably modern with a great view. We had free internet usage which was fantastic and the pool was perfect for relaxing and chilling out. Management were very friendly, the only note we would make is that reception is not open long enough, closing late afternoon. The complex was within walking distance of shops and restaurants but we needed to use the car a lot to do anything else. There were 2 nights where sleep was a little elusive due to apartments either side of us having parties. I am sure if we had rung reception we would have had this sorted. Would recommend this accommodation to anyone wanting a nice relaxing holiday with children.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in 3b/r apartment with 7 people. Spacious and everyone had a great time. Clean, neat, quiet and relaxing. Great pool/spa & bbq area. River in the backyard, great fishing for kids. Near to shops & walking distance to Hastings Street. Good value for money and a great place for a family holiday. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Definately would go back.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2012

We stayed at Macquarie Lodge over Xmas and New Year 2011/12 with our extended family and had a 3 brm apt on the ground floor. Our apartment was nicely appointed and very spacious and the location is great - you can walk to Hastings St in 10 minutes or thereabouts.
However, there are unfortunately a few too many buts:
- the apartment's private deck area & outside furniture was neglected and dirty.
- the pool water was unhygenic and the pool area appeared generally unkempt
- the spa pool didn't work during our entire 10-day stay.
- the manager is spectacularly ill-suited for this type of business; he was persistently grumpy and made us feel exceptionally uncomfortable and unwelcome (à la Fawlty Towers, but without the entertainment value)
- the building itself has a distinct institutional feel akin to a council housing estate, and is not at all in line with the "luxury" promise
- in the small reception area there is a stairway to the manager's private quarters; it was literally chained off. We felt that chain perfectly illustrated the general vibe of the place: guests aren't welcome but rather endured.
I wish I could have provided a more positive review ...

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

We stayed at 3 bedroom apartment with wonderful views of the river and the surrounding area. Quiet location very close to the town center and 10 - 15 minutes walk to Hastings street. Lovely management, very clean rooms, elegant furnishing. The main bedroom and the living room had cooling/heating. Very pleasant stay on overall.

Room Tip: Higher floors have the best views, of course. And there is a lift!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Macquarie Lodge
Address: Macquarie Lodge 53 Banksia Ave N, Noosa, Queensland 4567, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Noosa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #93 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Noosa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Macquarie Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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