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Woodbyne Resort
3.5 out of 5
2185 Phillip Island Road, Cowes, VIC
The price is £98 per night
1.18 mi from city centre
4.4/5Excellent! (90 reviews)

"Staff was very nice and helpful The property was clean and spacious"…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Woodbyne Resort
Glen Isla House
5 out of 5
230-232 Church Street, Cowes, VIC
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0.95 mi from city centre
4.8/5Exceptional! (55 reviews)

"Really beautiful and quiet place. Nice gardens and lovely rooms."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Glen Isla House
Phillip Island Cottages
3 out of 5
21/23 Osbourne Avenue, Cowes, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £66 per night
0.25 mi from city centre
4.1/5Very Good! (42 reviews)

"Great location - walk to foreshore shops and main street- a bit old and tired needs an upgrade"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

Phillip Island Cottages
Island Break Cottages
4 out of 5
183-189 Justice Road, Cowes, VIC
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1.76 mi from city centre
4.8/5Exceptional! (108 reviews)

"The cottage is wonderfully located between Cowes and the Penguin Center. It is off the main highway so is quiet and private. Very clean and well appointed. A wood stove with kindling all set to light for a lovely evening fire. We were absolutely delighted by our stay there. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Island Break Cottages
Tropicana Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
22-26 Osbourne Avenue, Cowes, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £61 per night
0.25 mi from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (187 reviews)

"Everything was great, nice and quite, very pleasant, great stay."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Tropicana Motor Inn
Castle Villa by the Sea
4.5 out of 5
7-9 Steele Street, Cowes, VIC
The price is £107 per night
0.25 mi from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (49 reviews)
Delightful quirky accommodation

"Good welcome by Ginnie who showed us to the Garden Room. The Garden Room is a separate suite at the bottom of the garden, extremely quirky, charming and comfortable. Enjoy the cool indoor/outdoor shower. Very comfortable bed and lovely Jacuzzi bath for two people."…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2019

Castle Villa by the Sea
Oceanic On Thompson Apartments
4 out of 5
146 Thompson Ave, Cowes, VIC
The price is £109 per night
0.31 mi from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (281 reviews)

"The cleanliness was great & very comfortable! I’d happily use their accommodation again."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2020

Oceanic On Thompson Apartments
Anchor Belle Holiday Park
2 out of 5
272 Church Street, Cowes, VIC
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1.22 mi from city centre
4.4/5Wonderful! (108 reviews)

"Fantastic amenities for kids - they loved the games room and pool"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

Anchor Belle Holiday Park
Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park
4 out of 5
164 Church Street, Cowes, VIC
The price is £54 per night
0.62 mi from city centre
4.2/5Excellent! (131 reviews)

"Great location and right beside the beach. Good shower block."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Cowes Foreshore Tourist Park
North Pier Hotel
3 out of 5
5 The Esplanade, Cowes, VIC
The price is £42 per night
0.22 mi from city centre
3.6/5Good! (541 reviews)

"great location. friendly staff. No where to hang or put clothes in the room. noisy bar fridge. very comfortable bed. the hot water in the shower goes on and off, resulting in scalding or freezing. initial report to staff. was met with " well it's an old building", but subsequent report seemed to ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2020

North Pier Hotel
Seahorse Motel
3.5 out of 5
29-31 Chapel Street, Cowes, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £58 per night
0.31 mi from city centre
4.6/5Exceptional! (598 reviews)

"it was modern and clean.A big TV was a bornus.Close to the centre of Cowes ,but quiet at night. Great place for a break."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

Seahorse Motel
Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
4 out of 5
124-128 Red Rocks Road, Cowes, VIC
The price is £104 per night
2.21 mi from city centre
4.8/5Exceptional! (122 reviews)

"Exactly as described. Spacious, clean, lovely garden setting. Host greeted us friendly and helpful. Could have stayed longer."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island
The Coachman Motel & Units
3.5 out of 5
51 Chapel Street, Cowes, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £61 per night
0.17 mi from city centre
4/5Very Good! (433 reviews)

"Great stay comfortable room and bed close to e erything"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

The Coachman Motel & Units
The Waves Apartments
4.5 out of 5
1 The Esplanade, Cowes, VIC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £91 per night
0.26 mi from city centre
4.6/5Wonderful! (569 reviews)

"Lovely reception staff. great view from the unit, comfortable bed"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

The Waves Apartments
Phillip Island Apartments
4 out of 5
9-11 Bass Ave, entrance off Chapel Ave, Cowes, VIC
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0.11 mi from city centre
4.3/5Excellent! (362 reviews)

"This place is in such a convenient location, a walk to main eating area and the lovely beach."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2020

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Visiting Cowes

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Cowes, and visitors give high marks for the beaches. Relaxing and welcoming, this city also attracts tourists with its spas.

  • There are 223 hotels and other accommodation options in Cowes
  • The closest major airport is in Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), 50.8 mi (81.7 km) from the city centre
  • The next closest is in Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), 53.3 mi (85.8 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in Cowes

The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the beaches and Cowes Beach. Wildlife is a top activity, and Phillip Island Ferry Dock is one place to visit. Additionally, you might want to add Phillip Island Wildlife Park to your agenda.

Dressing for Cowes

  • Between January and March, you can expect the daytime average to be around 27°C and the night-time average to be 10°C
  • From April to June, temperatures average about 20°C during the day and 5°C at night
  • July to September averages 18°C during the day and 5°C at night
  • Between October and December, the average temperature is 24°C during the day and 7°C at night
  • Cowes gets about 12 millimetres of rain per year
  • Hottest months are usually February and January with an average temperature of 25°C, while the coldest months are July and June with an average of 5°C

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place to stay in Cowes?
Glen Isla House is a favourite property for Expedia customers. This 5-star guesthouse offers free WiFi and free parking. Reviews from our site also recommend Arthur Phillip Motor Inn and North Pier Hotel as top options for your stay.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Cowes, will I receive a refund?
Yes! You’ll find that most hotel reservations are fully refundable provided that you cancel before the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which often is within 24-48 hours of the scheduled arrival. If you have a reservation that’s non-refundable, it might still be possible to cancel it and be given a refund within 24 hours of booking. Enter dates and click on “Search”, then you can use the “free cancellation” filter to view the best deals in Cowes.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in Cowes?
Based on reviews, Seahorse Motel is a popular 3.5-star apartment for our travellers looking for an economical choice, and features free WiFi and free parking. Other good choices to stay on the cheap include The Coachman Motel & Units and Tropicana Motor Inn.
What's the best accommodation option for a family holiday in Cowes?
The Waves Apartments is a top 4.5-star apartment on Expedia for families, and features free parking and laundry facilities. Other good options to stay with the children include Holmwood Guesthouse and North Pier Hotel. Also, children of all ages will enjoy a visit to Phillip Island Wildlife Park.
What's the best accommodation for a romantic holiday in Cowes?
Island Break Cottages is a favourite 4-star cottage for couples, and features free parking and a garden. Other good options for your romantic getaway include Ramada Resort by Wyndham Phillip Island and Castle Villa by the Sea.
What's the best accommodation option to stay near the beach in Cowes?
Glen Isla House is a top 3.5-star beach property with an outdoor pool and free WiFi. Glen Isla House is another good option for your stay near the beach. Head to Cowes Beach or Main Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the best luxury place to stay in Cowes?
Hilltop Apartments Phillip Island is a 4-star apartment and popular for Expedia travellers looking for a luxurious stay. Holmwood Guesthouse and Castle Villa by the Sea are two other upscale options for your trip.
How is it to stay in Cowes?
Families will find child-friendly activities in Cowes, and visitors give high marks for the beaches. Relaxing and welcoming, this city also attracts tourists with its spas. In Cowes, there are 285 hotels and other accommodation options to choose from.
What should I see while I'm in Cowes?
The city’s natural setting is picturesque, including the beaches and these places to visit: Cowes Beach, Main Beach and Silverleaves. Wildlife viewing is a local activity, and Phillip Island Ferry Dock is one place to visit. Additionally, you might want to add Phillip Island Wildlife Park to your itinerary.
What's the seasonal weather in Cowes?
The hottest months are usually February and January, with an average temperature of 18°C, while the coldest months are July and June, with an average of 10°C. Average annual rainfall for Cowes is 279 mm.

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