Reef View Hotel

12 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, 4803, Australia | 3 star hotel
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Hamilton island

A travel blog entry by cheshers


Up just after 6 this morning to pack up an unorganized Caravan. Once that was done we put it in storage at the BIG4 and Damien and Ronelle offered to take us to the marina to catch our boat. So we were able to sit about for an extra 40 minutes and chat with them instead of catch the bus and waiting at the harbor for 75 minutes. Kai has been a …

Hamilton island day 2

A travel blog entry by cheshers


Mmmm. I love a buffet breakfast. And so do our boys. Bacon, eggs 4 different ways, sausages, hash browns and other healthier stuff that's not worth mentioning. It's not a Health Spa. After breakie we hired a Golf buggy for 24 hours. So far we have done burn outs, skids and jumps. Cos it's not ours. On our 2nd set of tyre's we drove around the …

Whitsundays - Relaxing on Hamilton Island

A travel blog entry by rtw2010


After we'd said our goodbyes to the Fraser Island crowd, we headed back to Eddie and Ross's house in Coolum Beach, (they'd invited us to house sit and to look after the cat while they visited Woodsy and Iona in Perth). We only stayed a couple of day's, enough time to see the Glasshouse Mountains and a few more of the Sunshine Coasts …

Wow!!! What a Way to Finish!

A travel blog entry by camac52


Arriving to Hamilton Island so early meant we could not check-in and get our room until later. No problem, we jumped on the local bus that drives a loop of the island, had lunch, then hoofed it down to the marina strip, the "downtown" of the island, and checked out the shops and restaurants. Later, after getting into our room, we hit the hotel's …

It's wet outside.

A travel blog entry by wadhwani


Pretty much a non-day today. The heavens opened up and, boy, did it bucket down. All day long. It just kept on pouring and pouring. We started off with a late breakfast and then lingered around in the bedroom for a good part of the morning and Rosa and I took a nap whilst the boys happily passed the time watching TV. Like most kids, they could …

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    TravelPod Member ReviewsReef View Hotel Hamilton Island

    Reviewed by cheshers

    Better than Amazing

    Reviewed Sep 9, 2013
    by (11 reviews) Kilmore , Australia Flag of Australia

    The hotel may be over 23 years old but it is still remarkable. And the views..... Words cannot describe them.


    Our view
    Hamilton Island, Australia

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by floz

    The dream comes true

    Reviewed Apr 20, 2012
    by (4 reviews) Milan , Italy Flag of Italy

    Paradise in Queensland at only one hour and a half from Brisbane!

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by travel.bug.

    Excellent Views & Service

    Reviewed Sep 16, 2009
    by (20 reviews) Sydney , Australia Flag of Australia

    The ocean views were incredible. We have photos with turquise blue waters and clear skies and ones of sunrise with black silhouetted hills shadowed by a golden sun.
    The staff were very friendly and gave us recommendations for meals, tours and activities.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island

    Not a luxury hotel


    We recently spent 5 nights at the Reef View to thaw out on our way back from New Zealand. We wanted luxury and relaxation and only got the latter. Hamilton Island is a resort island and is beautiful but expensive. We had a deluxe coral view room at the hotel and the view was spectacular. However, the hotel itself is very dated and needs to be refurbished as it looks shabby in parts. The rooms and bathrooms are very large and comfortable but more of a 3* than 4*, the rooms were meant to be serviced daily but this was questionable. We had breakfast at the hotel and it was a very unpleasant experience, basically a free for all and every time you moved from your table it was cleared regardless of whether you had finished eating. Staff were also not that friendly or helpful. The hotel also attracts families, a fact we were not aware of, dont stay here if you prefer a child free hotel..!! The island is small enough for you to walk around and does offer a reasonable selction of restaurants and activities. Having stayed previously in Port Douglas we would prefer to return there than Hamilton Island in the future.

    Stay Away from Hamilton Island Generally & Reef View Hotel Specifically


    Poor overall quality. Definitely not a great Honeymoon spot. As we're quickly realizing, Hamilton Island has become infamous for 5-star prices and 2-star value (read other TripAdvisor reviews, for example).

    We enjoyed the Reef View Hotel!


    We just returned from Australia, and spent three nights at the Reef View Hotel. After reading the two previous reviews, I can offer a different experience. This was a tropical paradise! However, since I had some unpleasant experiences on this trip at other popular hotels, I recognize that you can have both experiences at the same hotel. We stayed in a Coral View room at the Reef View, and it was very nice. We also found the staff to be helpful and courteous. With regard to restaurants, we had good experiences at the restaurants: a very nice barramundi dinner at the Mariner Restaurant; another nice dinner at Romano's restaurant; and excellent pizza at the Manta Ray cafe. Each of these restaurants is located dockside, across the island from the hotel. But they were easy to reach by the regularly-scheduled bus. They are also just a fifteen minute walk, easy during the day but unnecessary with the buses in the evening. My only cautions concern the tours: trips to the Great Barrier Reef frequently encounter choppy water, so watch out if you tend to get seasick! And you are advised to wear wetsuits provided by the tour operators to prevent Irukandji Jellyfish stings if you intend to swim at Whitehaven Beach. Based on information we read before the trip, I didn't expect jellyfish at Whitehaven.

    Psychedelic Mess!!


    We stayed in this hotel Feb 2005, after being supposedly 'upgraded' from the Palm Terrace Bungalows. The hotel was awful, not through its lack of cleanliness or facilities, but through its faded grandeur, if indeed it was ever grand. The hotel itself looks awful, it was designed without any thought for the surrounding environment and the decor has not been updated since its inception, which must have been around the 60s or 70s based on the colour scheme. The whole place is in need of some urgent restoration or a bulldozer!!

    One redeeming feature is that the ocean front rooms have nice views. It may suit families, although it is well overpriced for what you get, if your a couple stay well away!!



    Period of Stay - 3 nights in November 2004



    Fantastic hotel, great views and huge rooms! All you could ask for for a greath time. Lovely staff - we will definitely be back!

    Stayed at the Reef View for 7 nights


    I spent 7 nights at the Reef View Hotel with my boyfriend in September. This was our second trip in as many years and it was a lot more enjoyable (and relaxing) the second time around!

    Awful Rooms!


    This hotel has the worst rooms I have ever stayed in. They are very old. The wall paper was falling off, the furniture is old and tired, the bathrooms are strange with your closet in the bathroom and suitcase table in the bathroom as well. The rooms are not carpet but tiles, just a really awful room. The only good thing about the room was the beautiful view. I got the room half price off the internet for $225AUS it is normally over $400AUS, it is a very expensive hotel and definately not worth it.

    Had a great time...


    We stayed at the Hamilton Island Resort in early January, 2004.



    Despite its location which is glorious this is a badly run nasty hotel which should never have been built. The rooms are old fashioned and in great need of updating. The facilities are poor and the a/c is not sufficent for the hotel - imagine breaakfast with the staff swating over you......

    TripAdvisor Reviews Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Traveler Photos Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island

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    Enjoying the rain
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