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The Ville Resort in Townsville, which was once known as the Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino, has been a much-loved local icon for 30 years and has recently undergone a $35 million renovation. The name of the hotel reflects the relaxed retro style of this resort which has three restaurants, a poolside function space to fit up to 700 people, an infinity-edge pool with private cabanas and a swim-up bar, and an elevated deck connecting the pool to the Lobby level. Our family spent the night in a newly renovated Resort Suite with a separate lounge room, separate bedroom, and two double beds. There was also a walk-in shower, deep spa bath and private balcony with spectacular views of Castle Hill on one side and Magnetic Island on the other.

View from the balcony at The Ville in Townsville
View from the balcony
Resort Suites offers plenty of room to move
Resort Suites offers plenty of room to move
Two double beds are suited to families
Two double beds are suited to families
Deep bathtub (the blinds can be closed for privacy)
Deep bathtub (the blinds can be closed for privacy)

The renovated rooms reflect the tropics without being kitsch, with crisp white decor and a cool bespoke palm frond carpet design made especially for the hotel. We are huge fans of older (beautifully renovated) properties like The Ville as hotel room sizes were so much bigger back in the 80s and 90s. Our accommodation was incredibly spacious and the balcony gave the grown-ups somewhere to chill out and enjoy the view with a glass of wine.

We also had a room service lunch on the balcony before we checked out. This was excellent and very well priced but be warned – the servings are extremely generous. Our son chose a pizza which could have easily fed the three of us. The room service was much like the resort itself, over-delivering far beyond what we expected.  If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Townsville, you’ll be on a winner with The Ville, whether or not you visit the casino downstairs.

Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of The Ville and paid for lunch.

We combined our stay at The Ville with a family trip to Orpheus Island. If you decide to go there with your family, we’ve got some tips for visiting Orpheus Island with kids.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.