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“He was so rude to us.”
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Seachange Lodge
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“He was so rude to us.”
Reviewed 9 December 2011

he practically yelled at us. At first glance the place looked good. But as we (girl friend and I) were trying to clarify our bookings, the owner took it that we're bargaining, and started to relate us to the previous tenants who left without paying. That was very embarrassing and insulting for us. Then he yelled at us and even offered to book us a cab to leave. Good thing his wife came to diffuse the situation. There was also a stench of alcohol in his breath.

We didn't sleep well fearing he might barge into our room at night wanting us to leave or do something nasty.

Otherwise I think the rooms are well equipped. :-) clean... And has a beautiful garden. If you can put up with the service that is...

  • Stayed November 2011
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2011

Our group of 6 adults rented the Seachange Lodge, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom, Garden Cottage for 2 nights in June 2011.

Bedding was a queen, two singles and a futon double bed. All bedding was clean and comfortable, except I would recommend Seachange upgrade the futon double bed with a better sofa bed as it was a little too basic. The cottage presented very well and the owners were helpful to explain the area and answer our questions about, well, anything really.

Property: beautiful gardens, a small pool with amazing view and a jetty with watercraft for use. Also within walking distance is a supermarket and a terrific french restaurant.

All up a good stay and we'd go back again :)

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Port Dover, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2011

I spent one night here on my way home from the islands.
Great spot, within easy walking distance to a supermarket that stocks everything you might want and buses are everywhere (very cheap) to get you wherever you want to go.
The kitchenette provides everything you need to be self sufficient & control expenses during your stay.
My little porch on the water with my own dock made me wish I'd stayed here sooner.
Nice room . . . clean & well appointed with everything you'd need. "Fun fur" bed spread was a little outdated but all in all I'd certainly recommend this location.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Kabul, Afghanistan
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

We stayed here in October 2010 for three nights. We had flown from Europe and our peaceful room at Sea Change was the perfect place to acclimatise and get used to the time zone. Rick had stocked the fridge with milk and bread and there were enough tea bags to see us through. The kettle and crockery in the room meant that we were able to look after ourselves and that we didn't have to go out to eat when we didn't feel like it.

The room was in an absolutely beautiful spot, overlooking the bay. We took the glass bottomed canoe (a bit scratched!) out one evening, which was fun. Sea Change is also an easy walk to the main street of Port Vila and its restaurants and bars. It was also fine to walk back (even in the pitch dark) or to catch one of the shared taxi/buses in the town.

After staying here we flew on to Espiritu Santo, but made a mental note to stay at Sea Change on our way back through Vila.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

We stayed here for 7 days in the Lagoon Lodge down by the lagoon. The rooms were clean and comfortable plus the kids had a seperate bathroom which was great at night. The only down side was the dogs barkng at night.
The supermarket was only a 5 min walk and town was an easy 15 min. Very easy to get a bus from the front door.
Great to be on the lagoon though not really swimmable. The swimming pool was small but perfectly fine for the kids.
We borrowed the canoes and the dinghy to go over to Erakor resort and snorkelled there and had lunch which was amazing.
Wendy and Rick had lots of useful advice, including Le Lepa which was great. They even stored our bags while we went to Tanna for 4 days.
Thoroughly recommend this as a much better alternative than being right in town which is noisy but also still able to walk most places.

Room Tip: lagoon cottage is better than garden cottage in my opinion as right on the bay.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Seachange Lodge
Address: Captain Cook Avenue, Port Vila, Efate, Vanuatu
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Region: Vanuatu > Efate > Port Vila
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 27 Speciality Lodging in Port Vila
Price range (per night): $86 - $223
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Seachange Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A truly special place for special people, with an ambience you can't buy. Six units tucked away in an exotic tropical garden. It’s like visiting a friend's house instead of being in a commercial resort. From the Waterside Chalet, to the Garden Cottage that is ideal for two couples or a family group, to the single room studios, the care to detail makes Seachange Lodge that very special place. ... more   less 
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