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Leanda-Lei Apartments
Canberra, Australia
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“Not luxurious, but comfortable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

We stayed here for 6 nights in March. Leanda Lei has 19 apartments of different sizes & is approved for up to 40 guests.
We had booked a 1bedroom apartment through Oxley Travel of Port Macquarie (along with flights), but got allocated a 2 BR apartment, #11. There had been a flight cancelled the day prior to us arriving and many of those passengers were still waiting to get back to the mainland so we think they were still in the apartment we had been scheduled to occupy. Whatever the reason, it gave us some additional space to store the cases.
Leanda Lei is probably 700 metres from the post office and less than 200 metres from the museum. Joy's shop, one of the 3 general stores on the island (and the biggest of the 3) is right across the road. Leanda Lei doesn't pretend to be anything but comfortable mid-range self-catering beach accommodation. Low set among well maintained gardens, the apartments seem to have been refurbished sometime in the past few years and are in pretty good condition.
The apartment was basic but comfortable. The main bedroom was a reasonable size with a queen size bed & built in wardrobe & two bedside tables. The bed was firm and extra pillows were provided. The kitchen had a gas cooktop (all stove on the island are gas, I was told), fridge/freezer and microwave as well as toaster and electric jug. Plenty of benchtop space. Cooking utensils are adequate if a bit basic. There is a 32" LCD/DVD TV, a dining table & 4 chairs and a cane frame lounge suite of 2 single & a double seat lounge in the good sized kitchen/lounge/dining area. A good sized covered deck at the back of the apartment has a wooden table and bench seats. 2nd bedroom (not used by us except for storage) has 3 single beds, built in robe & 2 drawer units.
The odd mosquito gets in, but insect spray is supplied.
The bathroom was the only downside to the apartment. It is compact (no bath and a tight fit to get the toilet in) with a shower curtain in the shower recess. The drain was due for some cleaner, but not too bad.
Administration is very casual and low profile - we were met at the airport by a young woman with the Leanda Lei mini-bus and she pointed to our room when she dropped us off. The next time we saw someone from Leada Lei was on our 3rd attempt at visiting the office to ask some question. When you can find them, the staff/owners are very helpful. They do a free shuttle run to restaurants at 6.30 each night - just write your name & destination on a whiteboard outside the office. (Getting back is your own problem, but some restaurants seem to do that if you ask). There is a large recreation area (2 large rooms) where you can get WiFi access (at dial-up speeds, for about $10 for 4 hours, less for more time). There is also a 50c payphone there. We hardly ever saw anyone else in there. There are also several BBQ areas . Guest laundry with coin operated machines (3X$1 for washing machine, 4X$1 for dryer). Bikes available for hire.
On the night before departure, we were left a note detailing check-out arrangements, advised to hang on to our towels if we wished to shower before departure & after checking out (a shower & toilet available in the recreation room), and given a time for our lift out to the airport.
All in all, a good honest 3.5 star place with good, low key service. We loved Lord Howe Island, loved Leanda Lei and will probably be back.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2012

A group of us stayed at LL in March and had a wonderful time. Great staff and beautiful grounds. The two bedroom place was perfect for us as we were traveling w two kids. The accomm seems to have been recently rennovated. BBQs are located in great courtyards. Very handy having a laundry there too. Very well located opposite Joy's store and only half way up the hill. Beds were very comfortable and units clean.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Enjoyed our stay. Friendly staff and a lovely location. Also appreciated the weber BBQs. Rooms are of a good size but are basic and lacking in some ways.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2012

20 of us stayed at Leanda-Lei in late February and it was great. Our apartment was fairly well appointed but we could have done with a few more serving dishes. The BBQs were handy and cleaned daily. The bed was very comfortable. I would certainly recommend it for a group of like minded people.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2011

My husband and I went to Leanda-Lei for a week in October 2011. We were in a one bedroom apartment down near the BBQ. The room and facilities were excellent, the bed was very comfortable and soft. Sitting on the balcony we looked straight towards Mt. Gower and it was superb. Jenny (reception/owner) was delightful - nothing was too much for her and was always courteous, polite and had a smile. I love the way that they take you by bus at anytime to any of the restaurants/properties. I would highly recommend Leanda-Lei.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glad you enjoyed your stay with us - we look forward to welcoming you again some time!
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Property: Leanda-Lei Apartments
Address: Middle Beach Road, Lord Howe Island 2898, Australia
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Region: Australia > Lord Howe Island
Amenities:
Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Lord Howe Island
Price range (per night): $175 - $330
Hotel Class:3 star — Leanda-Lei Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern Studio, One and Two Bedroom Apartments ideally located on Middle Beach Road, 300m to Lagoon Beach. ... more   less 
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