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“Hostel/Guesthouse - fine for a stopover” 3 of 5 stars
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Orchid Guest House
34 Hale Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 15 Townsville B&B and Inns
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“Hostel/Guesthouse - fine for a stopover”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2011

We stayed here two nights as we wanted to visit Magnetic Island but following the cyclone it was not possible to stay in the island itself. We hadn't booked somewhere and the tourist info place recommended this. It is as the last reviewer said a bit of a hotch-potch place - it definitely feels lived in! Our room was with a shared bathroom and so our room literally had twin beds a fridge and a small chest of drawers in was quite small. However it was clean and comfortable and had what we needed including good aircon.

There was access to a shared kitchen which was well stocked and clean and the shared bathroom was also kept clean with shampoo and shower gel supplied.

I would say this is more a place to do a stopover as we did rather than somewhere you would use as a holiday stay as it is more like a hostel than a guesthouse.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2010

We had booked in this accommodation for 4 nights but after arriving and having a look around...we decided it didn't meet our expectations.....it is very much a closed in environment and overgrown with trees and plants...I was getting bitten by the mozziies and felt I would have to hybernate in our room if we stayed...the freezer door in the fridge of our room was hanging off because of ice build up...it needed defrosting badly....the room overall was clean and tidy...but there was laundry in the guests l;ounge waiting to be washed.....not very becoming of a property.....It was very much a ''hotch potch place'' would probably suite the younger backpacker, but more mature people be aware..........

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Fran A, Owner at Orchid Guest House, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
I am sorry this customer was not happy with Orchid Guest House.As there was a storm brewing on the day of arrival the mozzies were out in force all over town.Most guests like our tropical gardens.The ensuites are compact, but older couples on a budget tell me they are comfortable and good value at half the price of city motels.
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Address: 34 Hale Street, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Townsville
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Ranked #3 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Townsville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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