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“Spa heaven!” 5 of 5 stars
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Island Palms Motor Inn
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   115 The Lakes Way, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Forster
Sydney
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30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Spa heaven!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Probably the best spa room we've ever stayed in. You can actually fit 2 people in the spa in comfort. Plenty of space for the ice bucket & champers as well. Very comfortable bed and very spacious room. What more can you want. We had a wonderful wedding anniversary celebration - thank you Island Palms

Room Tip: All rooms are comfortable. Spa rooms are very spacious
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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islandpalms, Manager at Island Palms Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you for your next anniversary.

Kind Regards
Billy & Emily
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for one night as a stopover on our way North. The hotel was a bit out of the center but a convenient drive to attractions. The pool was great. For the price the hotel was excellent. Don't go to the Lakeside tavern next door, the Chinese food is terrible reheated frozen food but there are basic beers available (tooheys new) woolworths and other shops are conveniently across the road

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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islandpalms, Manager at Island Palms Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
Thank you for your review. Sorry to hear about your meal at the lake side tavern, I will stop recommending them. At your next stay with us, you will be able to eat at our soon to be opened new restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again.

Kind Regards
Billy & Emily
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Redhead, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

Had a great stay here for three night with the kids. The room was clean and roomy. The only thing I could fault was the pool was not heated, but otherwise it was a great stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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islandpalms, Manager at Island Palms Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
Thanks for your comments and stay. I will look into getting the pool heated, maybe it will be heated by the next time you stay. We look forward to seeing you again.

Kind Regards
Billy & Emily
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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Rooms are tired and need updating to bring this motel up to the standard the modern traveller expects.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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islandpalms, Manager at Island Palms Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
Thank you for your comments and stay. Our rooms are progressively undergoing refurbishment. In the last six months we have changed to triple sheeting beds, purchased new runner, valances, cushions, lamps, replaced most TV with 32" Flatscreen, replaced carpet in 14 of our rooms and painted all of our rooms. We are currently renovating our restaurant and reopening it in the near future. I feel currently our rooms look quiet good, but we will be making more changes to them in the future as our budget dictates. Once again thank you for you comments.

Kind Regards
Billy & Emily
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Sydney, Australia
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627 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

Yes we knew it was only a Motel, but it could seriously be shown some love and care. Everything in our room, to the pool were very run down and dirty. From cockroaches, broken sliding door and broken toilet seat. Then the pool looked like it had not been cleaned in weeks, and trust me i had googles on and could see everything floating in the bottom.

Positives although not many were the fact the air con and tv worked and we did get a decet nights sleep.

Location is also out of the main part of Forster, so you will need to drive around to get anywhere every day.

Would never stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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islandpalms, Manager at Island Palms Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
I am sorry to hear about your stay, but find your comments hard to believe. I can guarantee our are rooms are always thoroughly cleaned, pest controller is always kept up to date by Amalgamated Pest Control, maintenance is always done and the pool is always cleaned daily between 7:00am & 8:00am before the pool opens. At the Island Palms Motor Inn we hold ourselves to a high standards to maintain the best possible level of customer satisfaction for our property. If your comments are accurately, I sincerely apologise and am deeply concerned. I would be happy to take on any more feedback you have, please feel free to contact us.

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Billy & Emily
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

We stayed one night at the Island Palms Motor in for a very reasonable price, Our room was very dated and would not take much to get it looking a bit nicer also the room cound have been cleaned a bit more thoroughly, there were dead bugs under the bathroom vanity. Over all we had a good stay, the bed was very comfortable and the staff were very friendly.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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islandpalms, Manager at Island Palms Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 22, 2012
Firstly I would like to thank you for your comments and stay with us. I am very sorry to hear that your feel your room was not cleaned thoroughly. I can guarantee that any & all of our rooms are cleaned to the highest standard and that we frequently spot check rooms and use mystery guest to maintain that high standard cleanliness and customer satisfaction.

Kind Regards
Billy & Emily
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Cessnock, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

We had a very enjoyable stay here, when we came for a water skiers reunion. We had stayed in another establishment in previous years and but decided to give something else a try. We were very please with the room and will now stay with here every year.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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islandpalms, Manager at Island Palms Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 19, 2011
Thank you for your review, your positive feedback is greatly appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s water skiers reunion.

Kind Regards
Billy & Emily
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Address: 115 The Lakes Way, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Forster
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Forster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Island Palms Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Island Palms Motor inn is a perfect place to start your discovery of the crystal clear waters and pristine beaches of the Great Lakes area. Set in a quiet, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, We are located adjacent Wallis Lake, Forster Stockland Shopping Centre & The Lake Side Tavern. Close to beach, clubs & restaurants. ... more   less 
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