There is a very interesting story for this motel that guests should be aware of before they stay.
Exmouth was originally settled by the Americans during World War II (there are references to Operation Potshot throughout the town), and it is still the base for the submarine operations for the American navy in the southern hemisphere. The motel is on a military base that is owned by the US navy and post-September 11 leased by the Australian government. There is still activity on the base - so it's not abandoned as some has alluded to. The resort building was built by the US military in 1972 (not the golden age of American architecture) and was eventually left derelict until 1997 when Axel and his family moved to Exmouth and breathed new life into the building in the form of the Seabreeze Resort. Boy, am I glad they did.
What did this mean to my stay?
First, the building is built to US specification including electricity. There are US and Australian power points, which is unique and convenient for our North American gadgets. It also means that if there were any electricity issues, it is probably the culprit.
Second, the water supplied is different (better!) than town water. It does not have that chlorinated tinge that town water has.
Third, we could not hear another guest because of the thick, steel re-enforced walls. The place was very quiet in the evenings.
The location of the accommodation is the nearest resort to the Cape Range National Park. This is really where people spend most of their time when visiting Exmouth because this is where the good beaches, Ningaloo reef and hiking trails are. We spent two days in the national park, so being that bit closer was well worth it. Also, many tours do pick-up/drop-off - and Seabreeze is the last to be picked up (read: more time to sleep in) and first to drop off which is great after a long day. The resort is 5km from the centre of town, but that's 5 min by car. You need a car regardless of where you stay in Exmouth so this isn't really a big deal.
The room we stayed in was well appointed and clean. The water pressure in the bathroom is great. Individual shampoos and conditions are provided - and they are very good (which is rare for hotel/motel shampoos/conditioners). The towels were fluffy and lovely. My partner and I both slept really well. Despite the aircon looking like a noisy beast, it was quiet and effective. The room also has a good sized fridge and the basics you need to cook a meal and clean up! We noticed that family suites have lovely dining tables in the common areas.
The pool looked well cared for. We did not use it because we were keen to snorkel and swim in the sea.
There is also a BBQ area with heaps of seating, condiments, etc.
The crown jewel of this place - service. The USP of this place is that nothing is too much for their staff. We showed up early (the morning flight in from Perth gets in 7:30am) and there was no issue accommodating our early arrival. They offer snorkel gear for hire at reasonable prices (we hired fins for my partner for $5/day), free dinner shuttle to/from town (we were meant to book by 4pm, but there was no issue when we requested a lift in at 5pm), personal recommendations for tours, etc. These people genuinely wanted our stay at the Seabreeze and Exmouth to be outstanding. The staff always had time to chat and offer suggestions to make our stay better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Sea Breeze Resort Exmouth, a unique owner-operated resort located next to the Historic Naval Base just 5km north of Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. We are the closest resort to the Ningaloo Marine Park in Exmouth. Our resort was a former Chief Petty Officer Quarters of the US Navy and the Passeck Family "recycled" this building and turned it into one of the best resorts in Exmouth. With only 30 fully self-contained studios we are proud to offer personalized service to all of our visitors. Our facilities and services are unique which makes our resort the perfect place to stay in Exmouth for a couple, the family escape or for corporate guests. Our 30 studios are quiet and serviced daily. Each studio features a kitchenette with cook top, range hood, large 260 liter refrigerator, microwave with convection oven & grill. Guests can enjoy free WIFI, 8Ch Foxtel, Restaurant and airport transfers on request. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Exmouth
- Exmouth Best Western