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“motel was ok” 4 of 5 stars
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EconoLodge Albury Paddlesteamer
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   324 Wodonga Place, Albury, New South Wales 2640, Australia (Formerly Albury Paddlesteamer Motor Inn)   |  
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Ranked #24 of 31 Hotels in Albury
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“motel was ok”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

This motel was nice for the overnight stay. I arrived just a the reception was locking up, yet he reopened and checkedme in. The price was ok, though maybe a touch expensive. Most of the facilities were closed by the time i checked in. I couldn't find the compendium, but the map on the door indicated a laundry in the corner, but when i went there it was staff only. I found out the next day that there was one upstairs for guests. The room was good with a new large flat TV, but no DVD.
The shower was quite nice in the morning, plenty of presure and hot water.
the bed was a bit too soft and springy.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2011

The Paddlesteamer looks impressive from the outside but we were sadly dissapointed when we saw our room. We had a spa room that was old and dated. It was winter so we needed to have the heating on - but it was really loud and smelt strongly of mould. The spa is in the main room, which is great as we planned to watch the football whilst sitting in the spa. Unfortunatley, the old TV had terrible reception and we couldn't get a clear picture and it was hard to hear over the noise of the heater.
Definately not worth the price we paid - have stayed in much better motels in Albury with the same star rating.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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smouch84, Manager at EconoLodge Albury Paddlesteamer, responded to this review, June 6, 2011
sorry to here about your experience at our motel, the motel is now under new ownership and the TV's and cabling have been replaced throughout the motel, we now have 32" LED TV's in all deluxe rooms, 42" TV's in spa rooms and family rooms and 55" in honey moon suite,
we have upgraded our tv station available we now have all 22 free to air stations (digital) and 6 Austar stations,
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Melbourne, Vic. Australia
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91 hotel reviews
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208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

Any positives were cancelled out by this visit. the bedside tables had not been cleaned and had sticky dirty marks, perhaps left by the previous incumbent, also what looked like short curly hair too sitting on the surface. This time the place felt like it just had not been cleaned properly.

The TV reception only allowed viewing of about two free to air channels sufficiently to follow the programme. The airconditioner seemed to take an age to work.

Rather than stay further nights here, chose to move to another hotel in the vicinity.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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129 hotel reviews
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256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

The best thing about the hotel is the price (<$100 aus). Otherwise, there are mixed feelings. The check-in night staff I met were great and super-helpful, the morning person was good but gave bad directions (fortunately, I ignored her directions). The rooms were comfy and clean, but they were clearly dated and a beat beaten up (AC / heating unit missing cover, e.g.). The rooms were huge, though, had the usual appliances and even a kitchenette if I remember right. It would be a comfy place to spend a few days with kids. There was a little pool in front and a restaurant. Otherwise, there's not much within walking distance, but it's a very short drive to town center. WiFi was available, but not free. There's a McD nearby with free WiFi.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wollongong, Australia
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57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2010

I have stayed at the Sundowner Paddlesteamer twice over the past 3-4 years while en-route to Melbourne. Our decision to stay here was largely based on price, and having stayed here before. The price was around 30% less than on my previous stay, presumably due to the new freeway which bypasses Albury causing reduced demand for rooms.

The ground floor room was clean, comfortable and there was ample parking at the hotel. Check in was friendly and convenient. We arrived after dining had finished, so I drove in to town to get some food to bring back to the room. Our stay was excellent, and on the basis of the room and service I would normally recommend to stay here again.

Unfortunately this hotel has introduced credit card surcharges. I find it deplorable that while hotels enjoy more benefits of credit card use than most other industries (booking guarantees, pre-authorisations, charging for no-shows, charging for late charges, avoiding large cash transactions), the industry has been one of the most bullish industries in Australia to introduce credit card surcharges. It also makes it misleading when comparing prices between different hotels. I go out of my way to avoid providing repeat business to hotels who surcharge, which will definitely cause me to look elsewhere next time I travel through Albury, rather than simply rebooking at the Sundowner Paddlesteamer.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AlburyPaddle, Manager at EconoLodge Albury Paddlesteamer, responded to this review, February 24, 2010
Dear OzML,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our hotel. We are delighted that you continue to come back to our property when in Albury and that the room and hotel facilities meet your expectations. I will be sure to pass the lovely feedback to the team.

We are sorry that you were unaware of the credit card surcharge. We will look to make this more prominent through the booking process.

We do hope that we can welcome you back soon for another excellent stay in Albury.

Kind regards,
Joy Rogers
Hotel Manager
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2010

We stopped in Albury for the night on our way north and were positively surprised both by the hotel and the town. It was really good value for $90 with a large well equipped and pleasant room and a great pool. Can't say much about the restaurant as it was closed for the holidays but the city centre is a couple of minutes drive away with nice cafes and restaurants.

Can easily recommend it for both a stopover and a longer stay.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AlburyPaddle, Manager at EconoLodge Albury Paddlesteamer, responded to this review, January 11, 2010
Dear BG007,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about our hotel. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you were positively surprised. Sorry for the inconvenience of the hotel restaurant being closed for two weeks over the holiday period, and hopefully you can enjoy a meal there on a return trip. I will be sure to pass the lovely feedback to the team.

Kind regards,

Joy Southon

Hotel Manager
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Melbourne
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Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2009

Stayed one night in a spa room, the room was comfortable, although a little dark. The aircon was noisey but needed to keep the room warm throughout the night. We had a Spa room and having the spa in the main room was great - could watch the telly whilst having a nice soak. The bathroom (especially the shower) need updating. The restaurant food was empty so the service was pretty good and the food was excellent. Now that the freeway bypasses Albury, the room was nice and quiet.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about EconoLodge Albury Paddlesteamer

Address: 324 Wodonga Place, Albury, New South Wales 2640, Australia (Formerly Albury Paddlesteamer Motor Inn)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Albury
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 31 Hotels in Albury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — EconoLodge Albury Paddlesteamer 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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