Review: Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites
Life in Australia is slowly getting back to pre-pandemic normality with domestic and international travel high on the agenda. The first cruise ship after two years of Covid restrictions has sailed away, airports are getting back to the madding crowds, hotels, bars and restaurants are filling up once more. Good news for hospitality, tourism and local businesses alike.
We are not sure when we are going to venture out of the country, so we’ll be doing a lot more local, regional and possibly interstate travel later this year.
A few weeks ago, I scored a good deal for a one night stay at the Oaks Waterfront Suites – The Entrance on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Excited as, we packed our overnighters and hit the road.
Check in was seamless, greeted by the pleasant reception staff, room key was issued and directions given for the car park, which is nice and secure through a large gate with a choice of parking floors. The location is pretty much perfect, adjacent to the magnificent waterfront with easy access to the main centre of town, with shops, restaurants and parks just a few steps away from the main entrance of the suites.
We were in room 518 – 5th floor, no direct water views but we enjoyed sitting on the balcony with glimpses of the Esplanade and setting sun over a pleasant glass of local red.
Although it’s an older hotel-apartment style complex, showing some wear and tear in high traffic places, it does feel very solid and maintained compared to some “Cardboard Walled” new builds we have stayed in. The room was impeccable, a king size bed with crisp linen, clean carpet throughout with a dining table, lounge and television with air conditioning, as it was a pleasant 18 degrees that night we didn’t bother using the unit.
It’s completely self contained, so if you want to do a spot of light cooking, there is a kitchenette with all the utensils and cutlery that you will need. There is also a fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, all helping to make a longer stay practical as you can freestyle your time and activities knowing that everything is available no matter what time you get back.
The bathroom was a good size with plenty of room to move around, it was also home to the washer and tumble drier.
From our balcony we were opposite another complex, but looking over to our right we had views of our buildings swimming pool/spa and patio area.
The swimming pool is quite large with a seperate hot water jacuzzi. The pool was not heated but it was a pleasant temperature to do a few pre-supper laps before jumping into the jacuzzi for an invigorating water massage. It was a great way to relax after the drive up from Sydney.
The hotel practices Covid Safety Protocols and hygiene and has signage displayed confirming this. In high traffic areas we noted hand cleaning stations, but it’s still a good idea to carry your own hand sanitiser. Although it was only a one night stay we really enjoyed the overall experience from the Oaks. I wish we could have stayed longer but we couldn’t, maybe next time as it was a very relaxing and pleasant stay.
We highly recommend this accommodation on your next holiday to the Central Coast of NSW.
Type of accommodation: Fully furnished apartment
Check in: From 2:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am
Free secured parking and wifi throughout.
Accommodation was booked through WOTIF with mates rate discount.