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“Spacious but lacks cleanliness”

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Contessa Holiday Apartments
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Main Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 July 2012

The apartment is in a great location - walking distance to Tedder Ave but I found it difficult to stomach how it lacked cleanliness. The bedspread had a very unpleasant looking stain and 3 out of the 4 pillows on the bed could not be used (stained) and the floor was sticky. Ensure to check the apartment allocated has Air Conditioning - middle of Summer it is essential. The apartment is spacious but due to the cleanliness factor and lack of A/C made the stay most uncomfortable.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We chose the Contessa based on reviews at TripAdvisor and found that our two-bedroom/ two bathroom 'executive plus' ( Flat 173) more than met our expectations. It was beautifully furnished, well equipped kitchen, bathrooms and laundry; very comfortable beds and the added bonus of a collection of DVDs, magazines, books and board games. Sheets and towels were replaced after five days. There are two swimming pools, free underground parking. The only drawback is that it is not air-conditioned in the bedrooms but has overhead fans. Jan and David at reception were most helpful and friendly. Can't beat the view either!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank ElaineVZ
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

Wonderful location, very well presented apartment block and delightfully helpful managers.
We stayed here for a week in January 2012 in a 9th floor apartment. The decor and furnishing were very basic and a bit surprising but comfortable and met most needs. Wonderful views, light and airy apartment, pool and tennis court, across from main beach and near to Tedder Avenue for nice eateries. Good to have a car but could get about on foot. This is private holiday rental apartment from a family rather than a resort hotel.

Room Tip: Try to pick a room higher up, it is a very tall block and I am sure it must be spectacular higher up...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank likabreak
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

stayed on the 27th floor, apartment was clean tidy etc, no problems

would use again

luck of the draw which apartment you get seems to be the problem

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Tayug
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TRIPCOTESSA, Manager at Contessa Holiday Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2012

Thankyou for your kind comments. Guests may request a specific apartment (if available) simply by ringing our office direct. Our reservation staff would be happy to assist. Many return guests use this service.

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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Stayed there over 20 years ago when the place was new. Still all the same decor, except now warn out. No BBQ area in the grounds (big let down). I remember being told 20 years ago a BBQ shelter was coming. Unit was poorly equiped with furniture that should have been dumped years ago. No plates, glasses or knives and forks seemed to come from the same set. Very poor for 4 star. This place could be good but is suffering neglect. Reception was closed all public holidays (seems poor for the busiest time on the GC)

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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Dreadfully appointed. Furniture acquired either in op shop or roadside pickup. Unclean at start. Broken beer bottles on balcony. Dirty pillows and slips. Ancient cutlery. No barbeque, 1 small old dented rusted frypan. Broken fan in second bedroom. Dishwasher had to be put thru twice each wash. Dining room chairs collapsed. Bathroom fittings fell off during shower. Dave the manager reckons the owner is proud of the place. A very poor attempt to defend the indefensible.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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4  Thank Jack F
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

We have stayed in these apartments twice now and are impressed. The first time we stayed with my parents in a 3 bedroom - easily big enough for the 6 of us. The second time we had a 2 bedroom. The apartments were both very clean and nicely furnished. The facilities at Contessa are great - lovely outdoor pool, tennis court & indoor pool well used by us! It's not far to walk to the beach and Tedder Ave is around the corner with lots of great restaurants and bars.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank ozwardies
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Additional Information about Contessa Holiday Apartments

Address: Contessa Apartments 1 Serisier Ave, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Gold Coast > Main Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Main Beach
Price Range: £96 - £274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Contessa Holiday Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This magnificent Gold Coast resort has it all! Contessa is ideally located next to the broad, white beaches and the blue Pacific Ocean on Gold Coast's Main Beach. It is only a short stroll to cosmopolitan Tedder Avenue, with its world class restaurants offering superb cuisines, alfresco dining and nightly entertainment; and exciting central Surfers Paradise is just a few minutes to the south. Relax in style in your own 2 or 3 bedroom full self contained apartment and soak up the spectacular views and refreshing sea air. Set on two acres of beautifull manicured lawns amidst landscaped gardens, the resort also features an outdoor pool and spa, tennis court, indoor heated pool and spa, fitness room, sauna and its very own marina on Nerang River. When staying at Contessa, all the attractions of the Gold Coast are within easy reach! ... more   less 
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