A peaceful retreat with great value for money
01/04/2017 CherriesCrowd, Poole, United Kingdom
I arrived at Airlie Beach around 9:45am after a 14 hour coach trip so I was worried I would have to kick my heels until the 2pm check in time. Fortunately when getting to Mango House I was greeted by ... more
I arrived at Airlie Beach around 9:45am after a 14 hour coach trip so I was worried I would have to kick my heels until the 2pm check in time. Fortunately when getting to Mango House I was greeted by Peter (the owner/manager) who very kindly allowed me to check in immediately and also upgraded me to a pool side apartment for no extra cost - for this I will be eternally grateful! Peter is a straight forward guy and is genuinely interested in helping out his guests.
The apartment was large with separate toilet, shower plus a living room, kitchen and separate double bedroom. Just about everything I needed for my 3 night stay. Great air con and ceiling fans meant a cool stay.
It is far away from the backpacker centre of Airlie Beach so if you like a quiet night then this is the place to stay.
For food shopping I did try the supermarket across the road but to be honest preferred to shop at Woolworths food store in Airlie town, as the choice and quality of food is far superior. It can be walked in about 25 minutes or if you are like me I preferred to get the bus which stops pretty much outside the hotel and runs a couple of times an hour during the day. If you buy a "daily ticket" then you can use the bus all day for the price of 2 singles (Just under 6 dollars).
Across the road is a decent pub with food and also a coffee shop in the little shopping area opposite.
To be balanced I guess I should point out any negatives - the only thing I can think of is that the decor and sofas are slightly dated and the extractor fans in the toilet and bathroom a bit noisy - for me I have no problem this but it is noted here anyway.
If people want 5 star luxury then it's best to pay for a 5 star hotel and get all the gloss and false welcomes you get in places like that but if people want a very good value for money hotel with a straight forward genuine guy running it then this is well worth looking at.
The day I checked out was the day before cyclone Debbie arrived in Airlie Beach so I do hope all is well with everyone in the town.
It is a 15 minute walk to the port where the Reef and Whitsunday Island ferries depart from - or again the bus can get you there a lot quicker. Some buses go into the port whereas some just go past the road end of the port so take care where you are getting off!
This is a beautiful part of the country and the setting of Mango Beach Hotel is very pleasant.
Again, a big thanks to Peter for his assistance and letting me have my room 4 hours early! less
petehansen, Manager at BEST WESTERN Mango House Resort, responded to this review
Hi and pleased you enjoyed your stay. You possibly know by now the day after you left Cyclone Debbie did arrive. And was a goody no water for a few days and no power for 11 days and lots of wind and rain and whitsundays made national news for a week or more but now all fixed and business as usual. Thank you for the review and enjoy the rest of your travels Pete