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Colonial Palms Motor Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 hotels in Airlie Beach
cairns
1 review
“A great place to stop and relax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

i would like to thank the staff especially Bernie for their fantastic service while staying at your hotel. My dad and I relaxed , had a fantastic meal while stopping over for the night to continue on with our travels . The rooms were peasant , clean and the view was awesome . We will be going back to stay there when we are ever in airlie beach again . Keep up the good service it was noticed and will be recomended to friends and family . Thanks again natalie H

Room Tip: The rooms were airy , clean and the view from the balcony fantastic
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Our stay here was excellent. Great breakfasts included in rate and very helpful and friendly staff. Internet worked very well. Room serviced everyday. Within walking distance to town and all facilities. Lovely swimming pool. We're able to park car under cover outside our room. We enjoyed out time here very much and highly recommend it. Glenn

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Hong Kong, China
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Nice rooms, good location, very considerate hosts. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend this Inn. The staff were especially friendly and the standard of the accommodation was consistently good. Nice room, good food etc. No complaints with this one!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Blenheim, New Zealand
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6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We stayed one night on the way to Cairns,friendly staff and management ,room was modern and very clean and views of water and pool and one of the most comfortable beds we had slept in on our travels.Continental breakfast is a must,and hassle free parking provided.We a;lways book accomodation from reviews on trip advisor and were pleased that we were not disappointed .Would be hard to find better ,recommended to all travellers.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Cardiff, Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Continuing our journey from Cairns to Brisbane, Airlie Beach was a must-do destination. The Bruce Highway took us through Bowen, which I remember had quite a reputation back in the 60/70s, but they've all grown up and gone fishing. When we finally pitched up at Airlie, it seemed in the middle of a building-site, the main throughfare all dug up, we felt a sense of foreboding............we need not have worried. My wife and I were impressed by the general standards of accomodation wherever our travels took us throughout Australia, with large well-appointed rooms and big, comfy beds, often at a value price, which contrasted with the overall costs generally throughout this wonderful but expensive country. This hotel/motor inn was no exception. It was outstanding and simply the best we've come across. It is difficult to encapsulate in a few words, but from the effusive welcome we received from John, the owner, to the heavenly food prepared by his partner, Bridget, and all the little touches provided by the managing team of John's charming daughter, Phoebe and her helpful husband, Bernie, made this a very special place. John seems to enjoy his wine, as any good Queenslander would, and he shared his knowledge and his very good cellar with usmost liberally. On retiring to our ground floor room, we sank gratefully into the biggest and best dressed bed we had encountered, and slept like babies. The following morning, we were called to make an early start as John had arranged a 3 islands boat trip for us, but he had also thoughtfully arranged a full menu breakfast which was superb, setting us up for the day. The Colonial Palms has recently left Best Western group, affording John and Bridget the opportunity to remodel the whole interior. It has an elegant, cool and sophisticated feel. If you get the chance try to eat at this Inn as Bridget, a former winner of Australia's top catering prize, will discuss any menu of your choice, and serve up some of the best food you will ever experience anywhere, except on Sunday evening as we found to our cost. Enjoy!

Room Tip: All the rooms seem to enjoy the same high standards
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Mum and I drove into Airlie with no reservation in place for our accommodation so when I saw the Best Western sign I thought we could rely on them for value. We were welcomed in, given a room with twin pillow top beds in one room and a Queen Pillow top bed in another room with kitchen etc and breakfast included for $140 per night for both of us. We ate dinner in the restaurant attached to the hotel and had the most amazing chicken and tarragon pie! The hotel has a pretty pool,laundry and plenty of car parking. The staff are friendly,helpful,and greet you by name. We didn't want to leave.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here on our journey from Melbourne to Cooktown, so were looking for economy on our stays, but Colonial was such a wonderful surprise! Lovely private balcony on first floor was great for drinks at end of day but the beds & pillows were absolutely the BEST! I brought my own pillow on the journey, just in case, but certainly didn't need it on this stay! Reception very friendly & helpful! Thank you so much, Colonial for giving me the 2 best nights sleep of our journey so far!!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Colonial Palms Motor Inn

Address: 2 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Airlie Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Colonial Palms Motor Inn 3.5*
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Also Known As:
Best Western Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach Best Western
Colonial Palms Motor Inn Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

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