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Portobello By The Sea
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable beach apartment.”
Reviewed 14 April 2014

We stayed here in September 2012. This is a very affordable, self catered apartment. It's clean, comfortable & a good size. It is centrally located in Dickie Beach, Queensland. The complex has a variety of shops on the ground floor including cafe's, convenience stores & a bottle shop. Our apartment had a view of the ocean but a lot of noise from the street below. It's close to the beach but those with young children need to be aware that there is a busy street to cross. The pool is small but set in beautifully landscaped gardens. The staff were friendly & helpful & very obliging considering ours was a last minute booking during school holiday time.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We found this to be the best self-contained place we have stayed at in a long time! It was clean, relaxing, conveniently located. Dicky Beach is located right across the road and the concrete walkway right round the coast made for beautiful photos, calming wanders and gentle morning bike rides. The pool area was our children's favourite place to be. We found the hotel to be extremely well cared for right down to the beautiful gardens, clean pool area, and very friendly staff from reception to maintenance. We stayed in the three bedroom/two bathroom apartment which was well appointed and extremely clean. We loved the way it was laid out and found that it was nice and spacious. These things made it a completely relaxing week away. We would definitely recommend this to anyone, and we will definitely be having another holiday here.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Right from my initial booking via the internet, it was a pleaseure to stay and deal with all at Portobello By The Sea at Dicky Beach Caloundra. Value for money I could not fault it. location location location. Clean, spacoius, ample parking , great pool and gardens, friendly staff, right near, supermarket, bakery, bottle shop, surf shop, eateries and a short stroll to Dicky Beach. wish we could have stayed longer, definately our first choice next time we visit Caloundra

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We had a one bedroom apartment. It was very spacious, very clean, comfortable on the ground floor and surrounded by lovely tropical gardens and the pool nearby. We were late arrivals and the keys were there as we had been notified by email. The pool towels we hired for $2 each the following day. We kept these for our stay. The self catering option appealed to us. There was a microwave, an electric hotplate with 2 plates and a full size refrigerator and a full laundry (behind cupboards). There was plenty of implements in the kitchen and bathroom was enormous. The bedroom was very comfortable and for most of the time very peaceful apart from one night where there was a group of rowdy out of control guests who had returned from a wedding…..somewhat noisy. The outside balcony was quite private which was very welcome. The pool was really lovely and warm. The beach was just a walk across the road. A great walk to Moffat Beach. There is a great little group of shops just outside Portobello which offers a grocer, pharmacy, restaurants, fish and chips x 3, bakery and butcher. They are all great and very handy. Just be prepared when arriving late as there is no bathroom pack or tissues so BYO all. We were very grateful to have room in the middle of the complex and not on the roadway. Our experience may have been quite different had we been on the road side of the complex.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
284 reviews
80 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We had a 2 bedroom apartment, good location right across the road from the beach. There was not much around, although a free bus to the Caloundra RSL in the evenings, and a short (but expensive $5.20) bus ride. The pool was also nice for a swim. The apartment was clean and spacious, just what we needed for a week away from Sydney.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Cessnock, Australia
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67 reviews
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Reviewed 7 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed in a 1 bedroom spa suit. Very clean, roomy. Had nice modern furnishings. Across the road from the beach, although no view. The pool was really nice and it was heated. Beside the Portobello is an IGA, takeaway shop, bakery, coffee shop, chemist & surf shop.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2014

Loved Portobellos, great service on arrival & throughout our stay. Apartment (like a house really!) perfect for a family of 5/6. Perfect location & amazing rates. Great value for $$$... we'll be back for sure

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Manager M, Manager at Portobello By The Sea, responded to this review, 5 February 2014
Hi Sonya, thank you for taking the time to review us. We loved the family holiday shots of the apartment and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Those 3 Bedroom apartments really are the size of a house and are a fantastic size for a family of 6.

Looking forward to seeing you and your family for another holiday!!
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Property: Portobello By The Sea
Address: Portobello 6 Beerburrum St, Dicky Beach, Caloundra, Queensland 4551, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Sunshine Coast > Caloundra > Dicky Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Dicky Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Portobello By The Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Affordable 4 star luxury Caloundra Holiday Accommodation, just an hour’s drive north from Brisbane. Portobello By The Sea is located opposite beautiful Dicky Beach, an unspoilt stretch of sun-drenched white sand, on Queensland's magnificent Sunshine Coast. With a superb patrolled beach at the front door, excellent for both swimming and surfing, a holiday at Portobello will be both refreshing and memorable.The spacious one, two and three bedroom Caloundra resort apartments are set amidst landscaped tropical gardens and feature an open-plan design with large timber decks or private balconies to enjoy the sea breezes whilst enjoying your Caloundra holiday. Laze by the lagoon style heated pool with wading area perfect for the children, or enjoy a sizzling BBQ by the poolWith local shops, restaurants and cafes nearby, just park your car and relax whilst on vacation on the Sunshine Coast. And when it's time to take in the sights, Portobello is only minutes away from the heart of Caloundra and close to all the major tourist attractions on the Sunshine Coast - Australia Zoo, Underwater World, Montville, Maleny, The Glass House Mountains, The Hinterlands and so much more... ... more   less 
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