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Surf City Motel

3.5 of 5 Motel   |   35 The Esplanade, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Torquay
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Hotel is in a good location, right on the beach and easy walking distance to some cafes but a bit longer walk to the main area of Torquay which is just further down the esplanade. Rooms are a decent size and bathroom has a spa bath. Sufficient amenities and friendly staff. It is easy to miss driving past. Look out... More 

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Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Booked a couple of days here over Christmas to enjoy a break with the family, checked in to our room (2 adults and 2 kids) and room was small with a double bed and a single bed. Went to reception and they moved us to another room with a king bed and double pull out bed. The pull out bed... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Was pretty disappointed from moment I walked into reception. Person couldn't be less interested in checking me in. Room appeared fine, but after a while it just felt unclean. Sheets didn't feel clean and both of us felt itchy all night. Room had a terrible view of a fence/wall with badly positioned 'frescos'. Restaurant/bar was also closed. I think it's... More 

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Cremorne, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

One of the nicest Motels I have ever stayed at. Across the road from Torquay Beach, nice clean rooms and great facilities. The owner operators were helpful and friendly. I had a relaxing and enjoyable 3 night stay and hope to get back there again.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Stayed here while exploring the great ocean road, wasn't overly expensive but was overly great either. Best part about this hotel was having a place to park your car right next to your room. Typical drive in hotel. Met some cool people in the hotel bar and had a few drinks with the staff after they had finished. We got... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We (3 adults) spent 2 nights at Surf City so we could explore the Great Ocean Rd. Good points - cheap; big room with a 2nd room for my mum; a little kitchenette; close to main restaurant part of town; opposite the beach. Areas of concern - the air con heater struggled to heat the big room; the portable heater... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We arrived after a 10 hour drive from Newcastle, NSW, happy to be starting our Great Ocean Road adventure we arrived at Surf City but if this was the norm we would have gone straight home !!!! The place was grubby our room had cigarette butts in an ash tray at the front door, the room was big but freezing... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We stayed here for my 50th birthday. Great location, walking distance to beach, restaurants and shops. Great for catching a sunset. The rooms had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Owners very friendly and accommodating.

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Townsville, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Maybe we caught the owners out unawares, maybe they had things going on at the time beyond their control? We called in as a late booking, 10 minutes notice, reduced rate ...... appreciated they could get us in. But, heater not working and owners really not interested on reporting this Kitchen and restaurant being refurbished at the time. Room had... More 

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Ourimbah, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This was the 1st motel we found to stay in for the Great Ocean Road trip. Great location but disappointing accommodation. Old, out of date decor and over priced at $130 for queen room. Advantage of dining and drinks after a long travel. Meals over priced but value for money. Ordered breakfast for next morning but did not arrive. Would... More 

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Address: 35 The Esplanade, Torquay, Victoria 3228, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Torquay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Surf City Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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Also Known As:
Best Western Torquay
Torquay Best Western
Surf City Motel Torquay, Victoria

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