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BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   121 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 45 Hotels in Port Douglas
Perth, Australia
1 review
“Could Not Be Happier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Stayed here for a week in August and really have to say what a great place this is to stay. Rooms are clean and serviced daily with all the basics needed. Jim and Penny are the best host's we have ever met. Nothing was to much trouble for them. They booked all of our tours and even booked them for our family members staying at a different accomodation. Have told all of our friends this is the place to stay and we will definately stay there again next time we visit. Thanks Jim and Penny for the beautiful book the pictures are fantastic, it was a pleasure meeting you both.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DJE007, Owner at BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, responded to this review, August 31, 2012
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed at the Lazy Lizard for four nights and enjoyed exploring the Port Douglas area from this base.
The bedroom / dining / seating area was spacious, the bathroom had a separate bath and shower and, usefully, a short washing line over the bath. The kitchenette had all that we needed as we chose to eat out each night. Each unit had a patio area but was functional rather than scenic as it over looked the landscaped parking area.
The area is quiet and about 20 minutes' walk into Port Douglas. Jim and Penny are always on hand to help and certainly take great pride in providing their guests with an enjoyable stay. Lazy Lizard is very good value base which I'd readily use again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DJE007, Owner at BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
Thank you for making the time to write your review, we enjoy helping our guests make the most of the stay in Port.
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Brisbane, Australia
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17 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Was very happy staff was great very clean and nice faculties like bikes and a pool!!! Neer beach and town great place to spend the night!!! The breakfast was good and it's off the busy road so very quite. Sitting in the sun by the pool really makes you feel like a Lazy Lizard!!!

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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DJE007, Owner at BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Many thanks for making the time to review our property, yes sun and pools go well together.
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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Stayed here 29th of June. We wished we would have known about this place earlier instead of staying at a few lesser quality accommodations. We found Australia to be a very expensive country to visit for five to six weeks, particularly as Americans, but we found very good value at the Lazy Lizard. Jim is an excellent host...very informative as well as very entertaining. Hopefully one day he makes enough money so he can buy some shoes.
The Lizard is very clean and very quiet. This is one of the top five places we stayed at on our journey in this great country.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DJE007, Owner at BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, responded to this review, August 26, 2012
We appreciate your comments and making time to review our property, many thanks for staying with.
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

Our family of 4 stayed here for 4 nights. We had the family suite which had a good amount of room. We had a bedroom with 2 single beds made into a king bed, then a large living room with a queen bed and sofa bed. Breakfast was continental (cereal and toast) which was dropped off the night before in our room. There was a small laundry room available. The hosts were great and helped with arranging all tours. They made perfect restaurant recommendations.
It is about 0.9 miles from town so it would be best for those with a car. There is free covered parking. It is also a little bit of an easy walk to the beach - about 5 blocks.
Overall a great stay.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DJE007, Owner at BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, responded to this review, August 26, 2012
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Short but sweet - We had a pleasant stay for one night and would have stayed longer if time was on our side. The owners, Jim and Penny are friendly people and geniunely wanting to ensure that their guests are comfortable. I noticed a lot of little things that they care about their guests just for example, very clean BBQ area and provided cups/glasses for beer and wine, complimentary biscuits with the complimentary tea and coffee, on their counter they had a small meal pack (my guess for guest arriving late who haven't eaten), whole establishment including room were spot on clean and tidy. Only downfall, we had to have the sliding glass door closed so we couldn't hear or be heard by the guest staying in the next room who were sitting in the outdoor patio area.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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DJE007, Owner at BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
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Ann Arbor, MI
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

My family just spent a week at the Lazy Lizard. As other reviewers have noted, Penny and Jim are great hosts, friendly and helpful. I've never encountered motel owners who care so much about their guests. Housekeepers were pleasant and friendly too. Penny and Jim also provide great tips on worthwhile places to visit.

The rooms are clean and comfortable. The kitchenette is well-stocked, and along with the grill by the pool, visitors have everything needed to prepare nice meals, saving on food costs. It was also great to have breakfast provided.

We enjoyed the patio and it was a comfortable place to share a bottle of wine after a busy day. The grounds were immaculate, and well landscaped to provide privacy and shade.

It was also very easy for us to catch up on dirty clothes with the nice laundry facilities. The motel even had clothes lines behind the motel (out of sight) where we could air dry our clothes. One day we had clothes on the line while we were on a road trip, and when it rained, Penny took them down and put them in the dryer for us. How nice!

The motel is a few minutes walk from the gorgeous beach as well as the marina area, where there are several nice places to eat. There is also a wonderful restaurant, Zai, a couple doors down.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DJE007, Owner at BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
We appreciate your in depth review, it was lovely having your family to stay.
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Address: 121 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Port Douglas
#3 Best Value Hotel in Port Douglas
#4 Family Hotel in Port Douglas
#5 Business Hotel in Port Douglas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rates are for 2 people. Maximum 4 people per studio. Set in tranquil tropical garden surrounds with saltwater pool and waterfall. Relax and enjoy the quiet setting with a barbeque beside the pool. The staff at our free tour desk can advise on tours to the reef or rainforest and beyond, which ever suits your needs. ... more   less 
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