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International Lodge Motel
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   40 Macalister Street, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 27 hotels in Mackay
Melbourne, Australia
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“Lots of reasons to stay here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

The International Lodge (IL) is an older style motel completely renewed and re-fitted. Brand new beds, bathroom fittings, fridge, TV, microwave, toaster, kettle, etc.
The cleaning standard is great and better than even many big 5 star hotels. Walls are rendered brick and the rooms are quiet.
I stayed on the upper floor, room 10, which I got for $130 for the night. All hotel/motels in the area are always busy due to the fact Mackay is a jump off point for the Whitsunday Islands and it also services the huge Bowen Basin coal mines, so book in advance as far as you can.
There are no restaurant facilities here but they are next to Table 38 cafe which is part of the Quest Apts complex. You can get breakfast, lunch, dinner here and if you ask the IL receptionist for a charge back sheet in advance, Table 38 will charge this back to your room so you can pay on one bill at the end of your stay.
The manager, Hunter, has a wealth of local knowledge, just ask him what you want to do, eat, drink or buy and he will point you in the right direction.
Room split system a/c was great, there was also a ceiling fan above the bed.
The IL is in the town centre, beware of booking a room in many of the motels on the Bruce Highway as these are a long way from the CBD and there is not much around.
The IL's carpark is a bit tight, so if you had a boat or caravan you would probably have to park on the street, as this is a busy area you may have a problem finding a double spot.
The IL is located in Macalister St near the cnr of Victoria St. In Victoria St in either direction you will find pubs, shops, banks, Italian, Thai, and Chinese restaurants, etc. On the corner is an old pub with a bar that does $6 counter lunches, had a huge feed of bangers and mash. Right next door to the IL is a Chinese Restaurant/Take-away. About 100m away is Sorbello's Italian restaurant, had dinner here,OK but a bit "plastic" and pre-made for my liking, but it was pouring with rain and didn't want to walk far.
A short drive or cab ride on the other side of the main bridge is the Mackay Harbour/Marina complex, if you have time, have a meal and a few drinks at the Sails restaurant or The Deck Steakhouse next door, great spot.
All in all the International Lodge is a great little oasis in the centre of town and deserves the high ranking.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

I was up at Mackay to look around for work. Perfect spot as I could walk all around the business area and shops. The room is great. Comfy bed, 32" LCD TV with Austar. Air Conditioning and a fan above the bed. As others have said the bathrooms are small but OK. The shower is big enough just the basin toilet area is small. Overall rooms are great, very clean. You can walk to 3 different Pubs within 200 meters. The Big Cane land shopping center is about 600 meters down the road. Plenty of breakfast places around also. Will stay here again. The guy at reception is fantastic, very friendly and helpful. This place is very good value when you compare other places in Mackay. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed two nights and were quite happy with the room except that the bathroom is really very tiny. Shower was good but hand basin is very close to the sliding door. Apart from that one little blemish the rest is great. Fan above the bed as well as a good quite air conditioner. Microwave as well. Bed was comfy and even though we were at the front of the hotel is was quiet at night. Very clean rooms and the staff are really, really friendly and helpful. The location is great within small walking distance to restaurants and shops. Would definately stay there again.

  • Stayed February 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

We were a little hesitant when we first drove into this motel -- it has been around for a while. However, we were pleasantly surprised. The man at the desk (owner?) was very friendly and recommended about six places for supper. The motel is about a block from the main street, so we were able to walk to a restaurant. The rooms have been completely renovated. They are very small, but clean and comfortable. The furnishings are inexpensive but adequate. Good TV, efficient AC, and free wifi -- all great features! This is a good basic motel for a night or two.

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Frankston, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

We stayed at the International for two weeks while I was recently working in Mackay. I would highly recommend the motel. The rooms are not huge but the hospitality was. Relatively quiet, close to town and the rooms were probably amongst the cleanest I've experienced in motels. The staff are VERY friendly and VERY helpful.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Arrived at 5pm and was warmly welcomed by the staff. Was provided with a good idea of what there was around town and where to find it. Manager also was able to move some people around to also 2 families to be closer together.

The Motel looks like it has been around for a while however has been totally renovated. An excellent bed, good air conditioning and a hot shower. Parking was at the front of the motel room.

Location is excellent being about 1/2 a small block from the main street where eateries are located.

In summary this place is professionally run and all of us felt welcome and I would stay there again on my next visit/

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012 via mobile

Get in early to book and prices are cheaper however relative to Mackays current accommodation pricing it is cheap. Comfy room & bed, turn down service if want, friendly doorman who accommodates your needs (no ice so he went and bought some and promptly bought to room), really central to access north, south or west mackay, walk to shops/dining , free cable movies channels & free wifi works really well! I'll be back! Thanks :)

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 40 Macalister Street, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Mackay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 27 hotels in Mackay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — International Lodge Motel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mackay CBD Accommodation - International Lodge MotelAt the International Lodge Motel we offer accommodation in the heart of Mackay, Queensland, just walking distance to all the pubs, clubs and restaurants in the center of the city, providing a comfortable motel for both business and leisure travellers.Located just off Victoria Street, the main street of Mackay in Macalister Street, the International Lodge Motel is a great choice when attending functions in Mackay CBD, no need for a car or a taxi.The International Lodge Motel has 20 well-appointed rooms, with recently renovated ensuite bathrooms and comfortable beds.The Mackay Entertainment Centre, Artspace, Senior Citizens, Library and Sharp Training Centre are all within a 2 minute walk. The newly renovated Canelands Shopping Centre is a 5 minute walk away along the beautiful River Walk. Bluewater Lagoon is close by for the kids to enjoy as it is free admission. ... more   less 
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