Big message to owners: Charging for WI-FI when people are paying a premium is CHEAP AND NASTY!!
Between my partner and myself we have been coming here once or twice yearly for 8-9 years. It hasn't changed one bit. Maintenance is average. Same furniture, carpet, paint on walls etc. I seem to think that they changed the bed (in the unit we always get anyway) to a less comfier one, perhaps when changed ownership in 2010. We noticed a differenct in comfort (bed didn't seem as fluffy/ comfy). ALso a HUGE annoyance: TV's in bedrooms both get progressively worse and don't work now. 2nd room has sound but no vision. Master bedroom only gets channel 7! Has had new owners since 2010. Seem to want to cash in on their investment in addition to trying to charge for kids, WiFi, they have scrimped on a decent B'fast almost entirely. Small loaf of bread in freezer, unsure if fresh or used. No eggs. Tiny pckts of butter only. 2011 have a liquor licence and the Fridge is now stocked as a Mini Bar with so much alchol that would be hard to fit in food for a few days stay or for a family! Also as such, unclear if juice in fridge is complimentary anymore. Have changed from giving a large box of quality chocolates to only four average ones. Recent addition is two complimentary wines (white and red).
Why do we stay? Dunno? Creatures of habit.? More money than brains - maybe!
Perhaps that it is the stunning ocean views when sitting in the lounge or spa that draws us? We have recommended it to friends.
Another thing to mention is that we come to Chocolate Gannets in winter time for the rugged rough ocean and chilly weather so we can use the fireplace. The downside of this is that if you want to eat out, many of the restaurants close over winter - bit of a bummer! I highly recommend Italian place called Casalinga. Apollo Bay Hotel can be ok or average, been lately, was average.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chocolate Gannets is only 2 1/2 hours drive south west from Melbourne, on the Great Ocean Road, directly opposite a beautiful sandy beach. Surrounded by rolling countryside yet only about 2.5 Kilometres from the Apollo Bay restaurants and cafes, just a 30-40 minute walk along the beach into town.Our 5 star self contained Sea Villas provide luxury accommodation with spectacular views of the southern ocean and its ever changing moods and hues. Each Villa can accommodate up to 4 guests and we are also children friendly. Whether you are just passing through or looking for a family or romantic getaway Chocolate Gannets allows you to have a little indulgence while you are away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chocolate Gannets Apollo Bay