On my way down from Brisbane I drove past several billboards showing very attractive photographs for Oyster Cove. The words "absolute beach front" figure very prominently on all advertising for this property as does the photographs of an attractive well cared for building.
The reality of this property is completely different. I would have thought that a room described as "oceanside" would have a view of the oceanside. Afraid not. Delightful views over the adjoining buildings. Perhaps a glimpse of blue somewhere in the distant if you hung your head off the balcony at a very unusual angle. Rooms dirty, dated. Bathrooms with enough mould in them to pass as a very acceptable mushroom farm.
The entire property has at some stage clearly been a premium destination. The photographs used liberally in the advertising campaigns clearly come from those days. Its now at best a seedy property in need of demolition. Its very clear from every interaction with staff and management that morale is non-existent and that they have no expectations of return guests. Instead, the strategy is to lure people in once and fleece them while they have them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled amongst 36 hectares of native bushland overlooking the magnificent pacific ocean and gardens is Absolute Beachfront Opal Cove Resort. The perfect destination for family holidays, business trips or short breaks. Resort facilities include 9 hole golf course, heated swimming pool, 3 floodlit tennis courts, gym, sauna, games room, 24hr reception & so much more. Absolute Beachfront Opal Cove Resort, where you can do as much or little as you like. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Opal Cove Hotel Coffs Harbour
- Opal Cove Coffs Harbour