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“Great small Motel” 4 of 5 stars
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Tallow Beach Motel
108 Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Suffolk Park
Sydney Australia
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“Great small Motel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Very nice small motel. Great position just a stroll across the road to the beach . Very accommodating owner. Well looked after over the xmas period we were there. Nice room with a small kitchen and annex room to make plenty of room to move around. Would recommend this motel for a nice quite stay. The swimming pool was heated and well looked after with Bali type appearance with seating etc.

Room Tip: Room 7 next to the pool.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We have just spent 4 nights at this excellent motel which is located opposite the beautiful Tallow's beach and only a 10 minute drive into the town of Byron Bay Yes it is an older style motel and maybe not 5 stars, however we give it 5 stars for attention to detail, the owner Susie made us welcome the moment we arrived until the moment we left. We were very suprised to find on our bed a beautiful box of chocolates for our wedding anniversary. Our accommodation comprised of a self contained room with a bathroom, kitchenette which was very well equipped and included a microwave and fridge, our bedroom was large with a very comfortable queen size bed. The pool and surrounding area is private and fantastic with lovely palms and shrubs. We give Tallow Beach Motel the thumbs up and would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tallowbeach, Owner at Tallow Beach Motel, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
thank you for taking the time to write your comments about my motel. we try to keep the gardens pleasant to create the quietness and energy that seems to attract people who prefer to be out of town and yet participate in the attractions that Byron has to offer.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Keeping in mind this is a "M"otel - we were thrilled at the experience. While the rooms are older - they are done up very nicely and the attention to detail and amenities are more than I have experienced at much pricier hotels/holiday homes in Australia. The pool area was well appointed and very quiet. Additionally, the rooms offered much more space (kitchenette, sitting area) compared to a traditional hotel room.

The motel is right across the street from an empty, beautiful beach - which allows dogs! We had a great time getting thrown around in the giant waves. I would highly recommend the Suffolk Park area for those who enjoy the amenities that Byron offers (restaurants, shops etc.) but hate the crowds and traffic. That being said, there is a great bakery, grocery store, indian restaurant, and high quality pub a five to ten minute walk from the motel.

All in all - the goldilocks solution. A great, affordable little spot within driving distance of the Byron "scene" - yet with its own charms and in our opinion, a better beach. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here on my next trip to the area.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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susie971, Owner at Tallow Beach Motel, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Thank you for writing your comments in such detail. as we are tucked away it is most helpful for guests to have some idea of this area
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Forrest, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

I chanced upon this little motel by accident because the local caravan park attendant was awol. Susie instantly made me feel welcome and although I had planned on leaving the next day I kept finding myself booking night after night and when I finally left I felt as though I was leaving a sanctuary. The Bali inspired boutique brought a sense of calm I had not felt for a long time and the sound of the ocean gently pounding the surf lulled me to sleep. It is also a short walk through a bike/walking track to the the local shops and directly across the road from the beach. I fully recommend Tallow Beach Motel to everyone.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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susie971, Owner at Tallow Beach Motel, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Your comments are much appreciated
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Nimbin, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Nice pool and gardens especially the flowering Jasmine that smelled so lovely as I had my morning cuppa by the pool. It's right across the road from a stunning beach, I fell asleep to the sound of the ocean which is fantastic being a mountain dweller.

Came to the Byron area for peace and quite and peace of mind, provided me the perfect location for my "time out", next time I will bring the kids.

Room Tip: Sun room was a great place to chill and read. Was there a restaurant?
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

The website really undersells the motel! We came not expecting much, and were very pleasantly surprised. The spacious room was cosy, clean and comfortable with carpeted floor, soft lighting and newish bathroom. It is evident gradual improvements have been made and are still being made, and our twin room looked newly furbished. We had a queen bed and a single bed, and still there was plenty of room for 3 of us. The kitchenette works for simple cooking needs, plus there is free reliable wifi.

The motel has smartly built a green corridor behind the back windows, so you almost feel like you are living in a park. It also has a pool which while pretty, wasn't well maintained. But why go to the pool when the beach is just a short walk away?

Just a short drive away is the town centre with decent pastries and pastas, and specials on Tuesdays. Or you can drive into Byron itself which is 10min away.

Compared to the crowded and pricey Byron Bay I think this is the better choice, esp. to avoid the bustle. For A$140-150 it's a good bargain. But you'd need to drive to get here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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susie971, Owner at Tallow Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you for your great observations of the motel - yes, we have done some work recently and are still improving things slowly, trying not to change the character of the place. At the same time you have mentioned so many helpful facts, i would like to thank you for your comments and sorry about the pool itself, it usually is sparkling, we had a lot of wind at the time and the pool guy must not have been around to attend to the leaves. You wrote a very informative review, thank you.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Byron Bay has crazy expensive hotel prizes! Suffolk Park is a bit further away from the busy Byron Bay but we had a car so no problem! Room was clean and just fine for 2 nights , 2 min walk to the beautiful quiet beach was awesome, it's a gorgeous walk to Byron Bay via the beach ! There is a great bakery and coffee place down the street , good stuff! And on the way to Byron you pass Mac's Milk Bar and Cafe with really good burgers!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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susie971, Owner at Tallow Beach Motel, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thanks for your review on the motel and also for the great information about the local eatery, e.g. bakery, pub etc. it is so good to have some places nearby so that guests can just walk to the shops without having to get in the car to drive to Byron, even though it is only 5mins. away. It is always interesting to get such comments, in order to let other people know the area a little more.
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Address: 108 Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park, Byron Bay, New South Wales 2481, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Byron Bay > Suffolk Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Suffolk Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
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