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By The Sea Port Douglas

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

First impressions on arrival were the fantastically friendly staff. The foyer was full of fun free things to borrow during our visit. Games and DVDs , books to read, shopping trolleys, bikes and pool and beach inflatables. Our room was a corner pool view and partial sea view and it was bright and perfect for our stay. The kitchenette was fully equipped and had a full size fridge, no need to eat out if you prefer eating in . The room was spotlessly clean , bathroom modern ( rooms were renovated last year I believe), and the bed was king size and comfortable enough for us, with a great choice of pillows to suit our preference. As they note on their website this is not a luxury hotel (and the rate reflects that), but if you want a spotlessly clean, renovated apartment in prime position in Port Douglas (free parking) and meters from the beach and main shopping strip then look no further. We loved our stay and would definitely stay here again and a note, to save money, book directly through their website or call direct and you will get a better rate. PS I am a fan of Sam Toft prints so it was a nice touch that our room was decorated with her prints . The picture I added is a view from our balcony and shows how close four mile beach is to the complex.

We had a really lovely 3-night stay at By The Sea Port Douglas. Lizzie helped us check-in upon arrival and kindly walked us through all the amenities provided and showed us to our room. Our room (with a king bed) was clean and comfortable for the two of us - ample space, storage and electrical outlets to plug in our electronics. By The Sea Port Douglas is just steps away from Four Mile Beach, which made for a lovely sunrise walk/run along the beach. Also steps away (and around the corner) is a path to the Four Mile Beach overlook (pretty views). Located at the end of Macrossan St (the main street in Port Douglas), there are many options for restaurants and shopping within a short walk. Grocery store is also walking distance for those who prefer to cook their own meals. The amenities provided made the stay even more enjoyable - everything from beach chairs/umbrellas to grocery trolleys, DVDs to bicycles. All complimentary, as mentioned in several other reviews. The staff here is so friendly and so helpful. We had a fantastic stay. Location, included amenities, and wonderful staff make it a "no-brainer" for us to stay here again for our next visit to Port Douglas.

We stayed here in March 2017 (sorry for the delay) and we had a fantastic time, we didn't want to leave! The staff were amazing, so friendly, full of information and ready to help. Our apartment room was lovely, a nice size, clean, with kitchenette and a small balcony. Just what we needed. The equipment they offer for free to guests is just brillant! We have never stayed in a place quite like it. On our first morning, we packed up our beach trolley filled with umbrella, chairs, inflatables and off we went for a day at the beach and we had a wonderful time! By the sea is also located minutes away on foot to heaps of bars and restaurants, it also has a car park too. We hope to be back one day! Thank you!

One hundred metres from the Port Douglas beach and two hundreds metres from town, these beautifully kept villas are peaceful, well-appointed and totally spotless. Everything is catered for and the surroundings are sublime. By The Sea is reasonably priced for the market and is a magical hideaway in the heart of Port Douglas. Special consideration and highest of recommendations to Marieke who upon arrival makes you genuinely feel part of the family and can not do enough to make sure that you enjoy your stay. Marieke is a beautiful and vibrant personality and resonates By The Sea to its patrons. Stay HERE!

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff are super friendly,helpful & professional. The rooms are very clean and have wonderful amenities. There are so many unexpected "extras" freely available to make your stay even more comfortable. Excellent location. We will definitely be staying here again!

Absolutely fantastic accommodation. The Jelly Bean was everything they promised us and we had a terrific time. We didn’t need to bring anything more than our clothes and we had two pools to choose from and we could see the beach from our unit, just a short walk away. The staff were excellent, friendly and did a brilliant job.

This is a great place to stay, especially a sea view room where you get the ocean breeze in. You can still walk everywhere but the beach location means more breeze and no mosquitoes. Fantastic customer service and everything you need for a holiday. Only downside was pool was a bit small with not much room around the sides so quickly filled up. Renovated rooms and comfy beds. No cafe or restaurant but a great one over the road. Highly recommend, especially for families.

friendly staff, clean, airy and beautifully styled, comfortable. I liked having the couch and the table to sit at inside as well as on the balcony. so many free extras. if you have a family this would be a perfect place to stay. loved being so close to the beach. quiet and an easy walk to the shops.

What’s not to like about By the Sea. Location is amazing, easy walk to beach or shops, the service is outstanding, and the accomodation is very comfortable and has everything you need. And of course the pool, our second home. Dare I say we’ll be back again.

The staff of ladies here were all very helpful and friendly. We were interested in birding and one even sent us to a local swimming hole where a sunbird was nesting. She told us exactly where to look. The hotel is very nice with all types of items that can be used by guests including bikes, and beach stuff. The only thing that prevented me from rating it a 5 was the lack of an elevator. We were on the 3rd floor and dragging the bags up and down was a struggle. But we would recommend it to anyone capable of climbing stairs.

72 Macrossan Street Port Douglas QLD

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free bike rentals

By The Sea Port Douglas is a short stroll from Court House Museum and Rex Smeal Park. This 24-room, 4-star apartment has conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Centrally located in Port Douglas, the apartment is also a short walk from St Mary's by the Sea Chapel and Sugar Wharf.


The 24 recently renovated apartments feature kitchens with microwaves and stovetops. LCD TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Tempur-Pedic beds sport pillow menus and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. IPod docks, coffee makers, and ceiling fans are also standard.

Property features

Guests of By The Sea Port Douglas enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and free use of bicycles. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for AUD 38 per person one way. Front-desk staff can assist with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach apartment include a computer station, a library, and express check-in.

Room options

Superior Studio Apartment with Superior Sea View

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Superior Studio Apartment with Partial Sea View

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Studio with Balcony

King 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Rainforest Terrace- Superior 2 Bedroom Apartment

King 1 | King 2 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

96% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1368 reviews