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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 #3 of 45 Hotels in Port Douglas
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Fantastic hosts and super clean rooms”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

I stayed at the Lazy Lizard for 10 days and thoroughly enjoyed my holiday there. Penny and Jim are absolutely fantastic hosts and really go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience whilst staying in Port Douglas. They are very knowledgeable about what to do in the area, how to get there etc. and will organise tours and airport shuttles for you. They both work very hard and genuinely want their guests to feel welcome and have an enjoyable time.

My room was very spacious and clean, and was serviced every day. The room also had great air conditioning and a modern television. The motel is about a 15/20 minute walk into the main strip of Port Douglas. It's a very easy walk, literally straight down the road. You can also walk to Four Mile beach within five minutes. The motel is in a very quiet and safe area, with a great cafe/restaurant called Zai that is within about a three minute walk.

I would highly recommend this motel in Port Douglas. Penny and Jim definitely make this a fantastic place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, November 27, 2012
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Wellington, New Zealand
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The rooms are large and comfortable and their servicing is first class. But remember it is a motor inn rather than a resort. The pool is small (and rather public near the entrance) and the rooms look out onto the parking area. The owners have placed attractive vegetation between the rooms and the long line of car parks but there is not much else to look at. Jim & Penny who manage the motor inn are extremely helpful and hard working. If you just want a good place to bed down in comfort this is a great base from which to see Port Douglas, the reef and surrounding areas.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, November 27, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to review our property, we appreciate your comments, it appears many travellers are more interested in clean, quiet and value for money. Many thanks
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Stayed here on our trip around Australia. What a wonderful place. Rooms were very clean and spacious and very well equipped. Plenty of parking in the shade which was great, and near to our room,
A small laundry was available with a washer and dryer and also a washing line.
The hosts, Jim & Penny, were very friendly and very helpful.
Free internet was available in the reception area.
Wish there were more places like this.
Great value for money.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, November 27, 2012
Thank you for making the time to review the Lazy Lizard, we both really enjoy our guests, helping them to relax and finding activities that best suit their requirements. We appreciate your comments.
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

My parents and I stayed at Lazy Lizard Motor Inn for 5 nights in October. The rooms were clean, spacious, well equipped and very affordable; excellent value for money. The town centre of Port Douglas is within walking distance.

The owners Jim and Penny were great hosts, they gave us great advice on day tours, offered us beach towels to use when going to the beach, we could make use of their bicycles at no additional cost and after telling that my parents never snorkelled before, Penny was even so kind to give them an introduction in the swimming pool before going "in the deep" on the reef tour. Thanks very much for making our stay so enjoyable.

Stephan, Marian & Theo from Melbourne / The Netherlands

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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DJE007, Owner at BEST WESTERN Lazy Lizard Motor Inn, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
We really enjoy the look of pleasure when our guests arrive back from the reef with huge smiles and being able to help them with the snorkelling in the pool gives us a real buzz.. Thank you for making time to write your review, we appreciate your comments.
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

If this hotel was almost anywhere else in Australia it would be the best place in town.

The rooms are spacious, well equipped and pretty new - bath, microwave, big flatscreen and DVD player. The owners are super helpful and didn't even mention that we arrived an hour after check closed without calling (sorry about that!).

The rooms are all ground level and you can park beside all of them under a canopy so no hauling of bags around the place.

  • Stayed October 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, November 2, 2012
Thankyou for your positive comments, we enjoy welcoming our guests and help them with information and advise. We appreciate you taking the time to review the Lazy Lizard.
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Bali, Indonesia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

We stayed 9 nights great roomy room has everything from bread board to hair dryer and vey clean that is a must when we travel and stay.great location can walk to beach 5 mins away. The main river and shops are a 15 min walk. I highly recommend this motel. Jim n Penny will look after you they are the owners.cheers have a great stay:)

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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, November 2, 2012
Many thanks for making time to review our property, we certainly enjoy making our guests holidays relaxing. We appreciate your comments
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I've stay at the Lazy Lizard whenever I am in Port Douglas. Penny and Jim ( the owners) are great! And the place shows their dedication. The rooms are always super-clean.

As many others hace noted the fact that there is an electic frying pan ( and fridge ) provided can be good if you are on a budget. I like to cook,and there are 2 very good supermarkets in PD so I always save some money by making a tasty dinner with the electric frying pan ( mmm@ Brussel Sprouts and Pancetta ! ).

There is also a grill you can use ( located next to the pool ).

PD is a great base to explore this part of Queensland- I think it is much much better than Cairns. The Daintree is a 1 to 2 hour drive ( maybe 2 to Cape Trib).


As noted by others it is maybe a 15 minute walk into town ( a 4 minute drive ) but this is no biggie. It is not like you can;t walk into town. Also the beach is a 10 minute walk at most.

There are no grounds/gardens, but there is the small pool, and you can park your car right next to your room.

If you are going to Port Douglas stay here. You won't regret it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, October 19, 2012
Thank you for making time to review the Lazy Lizard, we really enjoy our guests & learn so much about other peoples careers and life experiences.
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Address: 121 Davidson Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Port Douglas
#2 Family Hotel in Port Douglas
#3 Romantic 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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Best Western Port Douglas
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