The Sunshine Coast is a naturally gorgeous part of the world, and a very popular family holiday destination for Queenslanders, who are obviously spoiled for choice. Heading to Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast in sunny Queensland for a business trip sounds amazing, but timing it for the first day of Queensland school holidays could have been better thought out.
Trying to find a fantastic hotel at a reasonable price proved to be quite tricky. There weren’t many options due to the timing, and certainly not the kind of hotels these RoomCritics prefer to stay in.
Despite all of these factors, I managed to get a booking for a One Bedroom Beach View Apartment room, at the beach front Mantra Mooloolaba Beach hotel.
The location of the hotel couldn’t be better, right on the beachfront, surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes. Despite this, the hotel was quiet as the lobby and rooms are set back behind a small shopping arcade.
My initial impression of the hotel were not great, the reception decor is very dated and not at all to my taste, but the Check In service was friendly and efficient. Unfortunately the one of the two lifts was out of service, so the wait to get to my room was long. Unfortunate timing for a busy time of year when the hotels are heavily booked.
Room 109 is on the first floor, right next to the lift. The bedroom was next to the door, so early in the evening there was a lot of noise from people waiting around for the lift. This wasn’t an issue later in the night fortunately. There is a reasonable amount of storage in the room. The king size bed was very comfortable.
Walking through the room, it was clear this is set up for a longer holiday stay. The “beach view” was not accurate, as being on the first floor, there was no sight of the beach. However this room had direct access to the swimming pool from the balcony. The view of pool was lovely, but other guests did have a direct view of me too, until I shut all the blinds.
The bathroom had laundry facilities also and the most interesting feature was the shower/spa, that had a direct view through to the pool! The spa feature is unusual, but not enticing enough to trial.
The room also has a fully loaded kitchenette for holiday makers looking to cook for themselves. There was no mini bar, but drinks could be ordered from room service. I didn’t try room service, as there are fantastic restaurants within a minute walk of the hotel.
Room Number: 109
Room Type: One Bedroom Beach View Apartment
Overall, would we recommend this hotel to our friends? NO
- The size of the room felt… Tiny | Ample | Spacious | Palatial
- The view from the room is of the… Wall | District | Garden | City | Ocean
- The hotel room decor is… Dated | Boring | Modern | Modern Swanky
- The size of the bathroom was… Pokey | Small | Roomy | Massive
- The size of the bath was… Not Available | Small | Standard | Large
- The bathroom amenities are… No brand | Hotel Brand | Standard | Luxury
- Storage space in the room was… Limited | Average | Plentiful | Walk Ins!
- Wi-Fi access in the room was… None | Paid | Free – Standard
- Noise from outside the room was… Like Central Station | Bearable | None
- The mini-bar was… None| Nothing special | Everything You’d Want | Some items complimentary
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