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“Fantastic spot when you're in the Gong” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Quality Suites Pioneer Sands

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Quality Suites Pioneer Sands
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Wollongong
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
241 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Fantastic spot when you're in the Gong”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

We secured a preferential rate which was organised by our friends who were getting married. We avoided the two night minimum stay that is often imposed when staying on a Saturday night. The rooms were enormous, and fully self contained.

Aside from the spacious rooms, the accommodation was conveniently located behind a major pub which was a great place to regroup post wedding.

Whilst it is a little out of the main centre of Wollongong, it's only a $10-$15 cab fare into town.

Hard to fault!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank jdmiller83
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QualitySuites1, General Manager at Quality Suites Pioneer Sands, responded to this review, 23 November 2011
Dear jdmiller83,

Thank you for your kind words, we really appreciate your feedback. You are indeed correct that the hotel is only a small distance from the city center of Wollongong - 4.5kms, which is a small cab fare or quick drive. The free gong shuttle (bus) and Towradgi train station also service the area bringing guests to and from the hotel.

Again, you are right about the Towradgi Beach Hotel being our friendly neighbor - its only 100m door-to-door from ours to theirs for a bite to eat, live music, kids playground and friendly atmosphere.

We hope to see you back at the hotel again in the near future.

Best wishes,

Leigh Evans
General Manager
Quality Suites Pioneer Sands
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Mountain View, Hawaii
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2011

Great location, 2 train stops North of Wollongong in Towradgi (Towradgi trains station a 10 min walk from the front door). Nice suites, at least the studio I had while exploring the area on some free time after a business trip that took me to Australia. Excellent beaches, nice people, great place to get away.

The room was spacious and clean. The bed was great, nice television, excellent balcony with table & chairs. Room had fridge, microwave, dishes, etc - made a great option for eating in.

Internet access was reasonably priced and fast - great for staying in contact with family back home. Wish I could have had my wife with me on this trip - perhaps next time.

I will look this place up again if I get a chance to return.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank sfendt
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Sydney Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

We stayed 2 nights in a one bedroom apartment that was clean, spacious and very good value but it was the friendly helpful service that set this hotel apartment. We got there well after happy hour at the small bar had closed but the lovely lady at check in offered us a glass of wine at happy hour rates to take up to our room. The following evening another gentleman gave us a terrific recommendation for dinner and organised a taxi and couldn't have been more helpful. Even breakfast staff had a lovely relaxed friendly vibe. The hotel doesn't have sea views but I'd certainly be back as it's an ideal base for the area and the staff couldn't have been nicer.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Pepper6
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New South Wales, Australia
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241 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2011

We found this hotel quite by chance after checking out of another hotel in the city. If you don't HAVE to be in the CBD - I would highly recommend you consider the Quality Suites. Absolutely fabulous staff throughout the hotel, gorgeous contemporary, spacious suites, balconies with views over the escarpment or coast. We really wished we'd found it before we arrived in Wollongong and then wanted to stay longer. Secure underground parking is FREE. Access to and charge back facilities at the adjacent Towradgi Beach Hotel (which does good pub meals and great pizzas!) and a simple but pleasant cafe for continental breakfast (cooked breakfasts available on weekends). Suites provide everything you could want with full kitchen facilities, mini-bar, toiletries, air-con, comfy beds and exceptionally clean. We will be back as we have family in the area and not only is it a lovely place to stay - it's also a lot quiter than being in the CBD.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank tez823
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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2011

Stayed a night midweek here in July and had a fantastic time. Service was very friendly and helpful when enquiring about local dining and transport, apartments are very spacious with a FULL kitchen (dishwasher, oven, stove, fridge/freezer etc) not a dodgy little excuse for a kitchenette. Seperate dining room, loungeroom, big bathroom and bedroom. Undercover parking was included which is a good bonus.

The place looks brand new and was immaculately clean. The foyer is light and lovely. Breakfast was continental and had cereals, yogurts, juices, variety of toasts and crumpets, muffins, pastries etc. Simple but adequate as it was very quiet midweek. There was no room service and the cafe downstairs is only open for a light lunch. However the Towradgi Pub is 100 metres down the back (not close enough to hear any noise at all as there is a residential apartment block between) which serves great food and is very family friendly.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank __hellyes
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Additional Information about Quality Suites Pioneer Sands

Property: Quality Suites Pioneer Sands
Address: 19 Carters Lane | Towradgi, Wollongong, New South Wales 2518, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Wollongong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Wollongong
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Wollongong
#4 Luxury Hotel in Wollongong
Price range (per night): $148 - $265
Hotel Class:4 star — Quality Suites Pioneer Sands 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wollongong's boutique accommodation & conference and events. The Quality Suites Pioneer Sands - is ideally located on the Sydney side of Wollongong at only 55 minutes drive from Sydney Airport. We offer One and Two Bedroom Apartments with large open plan space flowing onto balconies with escarpment or Wollongong skyline views. All apartments feature modern finishes, Austar cable on LCD TV's, internet, air conditioning and fully self contained kitchen facilities. Other facilities include a cafe, outdoor pool, gym spa and onsite business services. This could be your next stop for your business or leisure trip to Wollongong. ... more   less 
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