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“Great place to stay in Port Douglas” 5 of 5 stars
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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
London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great place to stay in Port Douglas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My Wife and I stayed at the Lazy Lizard for four nights during our month long trip to the east coast of Australia.

The hotel is great value and the owners Jim & Penny are fantastic hosts. They went out of their way to help us (helping to plan our trips, showed me how to snorkel in the pool and even called local restaurants to book us a table). The room was spacious and very clean. The pool is small yet perfectly adequate and clean; it was a lovely relaxing place to have a swim.

Location-wise it is a little way out of the centre of Port Douglas, but not a problem if you have a car or don't mind a 20-30 minute walk.

The only improvement areas we would suggest would be for hot plates/ a hob in the room and for the free wifi to be a little faster.

Overall we had a fantastic time in Port Douglas, loved staying in this hotel and would highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 March 25, 2014

Port Douglas is a tourist trap with prices to match but this motel offers extremely good value.
We had the Queen studio room and were impressed with how big, clean and well furnished the place was.
He manager was very helpful and friendly.
This motel is not your usual basic offering, is exceptionally comfortable and well located

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

The welcome I received from Penny, the owner of the Lazy Lizard really set the tone for the 5 nights of my stay. It is a delightful place to stay, the room is large, the kitchen area equipped with everything one could need and the bathroom likewise. Yes, it is a bit of a walk into the main area but there is a shuttle bus which stops just across the road when going into downtown Port Douglas and on the return journey the driver just stops wherever he is asked to stop....what more could one need?

Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Jim and Penny are very friendly managers and quite helpful. Location is close to Port Douglas and activities. A short drive by car or 20 or so minute walk to main town.

Best Western was very clean and spacious with outside facilities well taken care of including a barbecue and small pool. The rooms were comfortable with fridge and microwave but overall could use some updating. Continental Breakfast is brought to your room the night before so that you may eat on your own time schedule in the morning. Free internet was good with some slowness at times, but then Jim would reboot it and all was fine.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ludlow Shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

We are so glad that we chose The Lazy Lizard for our stay in Port Douglas. The room we had was quiet and very spacious with good facilities and it was spotless. We were given a continental breakfast on a tray each day which was plenty for the two of us. The grounds are beautifully kept and planted with interesting trees and shrubs. The motel is well away from the main road so we were not disturbed by traffic.

Penny and Jim are the best hosts anyone could wish for. We had recently had news of a personal family tragedy and they could not have been kinder or more understanding and helpful. They also gave the best advice on visiting the area and helped with the bookings too.

I would be very happy to recommend The Lazy Lizard to anyone visiting Port Douglas.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We found this motel in an Internet search and it lived up to expectations in every respect. The room was comfortable and well equipped. Cooking facilities were limited to a microwave but there was a barbecue for general use.

The pool wasn't huge but very adequate for a decent swim.

Jim and Penny were excellent hosts, Jim giving us very good recommendations for day trips, particularly when to go on a boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef and which companies to look at. Our choice of Calypso was first rate as their excursion was first rate.

The motel is about 2 km from the town centre so easily accessible. There's also a walk through to the long beach but we didn't swim there because of possible stingers, being the end of the rainy season.

It's not far from Mossman Gorge and Daintree Forest/Village, which make a great day out. Kuranda is about 45 mins away and another must for a day trip. We took the train up and the Skyrail gondola back, Doing it this way round gives most flexibility on timings for return.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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45 hotel reviews
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This hotel is a good option if staying in Port Douglas. Just know it is between a 20 to 30 minute walk {depending how fast you walk} to the main part of town. And if you have a car, you can just park in town, there are plenty of public parking spaces. The beds were ok, the mattress was a little hard for my liking but when you are tired, it doesn't matter. The bath was large, separate shower and tub. Plus you have a mini kitchenette with a long counter. There is plenty of room to set things on. Also there is couch. But best of all is the free internet in your room. I found the connection to be good, every once in a while it would freeze, but only for a few seconds. The connection is fast enough to watch videos on your computer.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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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 Romantic Hotel in Port Douglas
#3 Family Hotel in Port Douglas
#4 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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