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Bayside Inn
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   2 Cecilia Street, St Helens, Tasmania 7216, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in St Helens
Romsey, England
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“Way past its sell-by date”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

The good points: middle of town; upstairs rooms have good views; big TV; hot water hot!
The rest: 70's built and never modernised; decor 70's retro and worse; heavily stained carpet; stained chairs; ceiling dark-stained rough finish wood; kettle so old no auto switch-off; electric iron badly stained; mixed lighting fittings - all odds and ends and different coloured lighting; mattress not the best; sliding patio door ill-fitting. This place has never had a cent spent on it. Expensive for what it is. Restaurant: not visited.
There must be better places to stay.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Gulargambone, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Cheap rate, very outdated. Stayed in poolside room on lower floor directly opposite entrance to pub where the band plays. Parking also not very secure located directly infront of pub. Door with pool access was not very secure.

The location is great, could really do with so love and attention, to make it a great localty with great accomodation.

For now it is cheap rate, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Herts
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

This place has definitely seen better days and could do with a make over. We stayed in the poolside motel section which had an alright room. It was spacious and clean with an ok bed. Poolside was more like ghostside, with not a person to be seen. The cover remained on the pool at all times and this was probably for the best. The main downside was the noise from the traffic on the near-by main road and from the room next to us which seemed to be a live in member of staff who looked like Choppers older brother. The overall complex has a bottle shop, one armed bandit room, restaurant and bar - none of which we frequented. At the end of the day it was a cheaper than average option so don't expect the Ritz.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Luton, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

When we opened the door to our first-floor room we were greeted by a horrible musty smell, we entered our room which, although it was large, was very gloomy and old fashioned. and all three chairs had tears and holes in the upholstery,The bathroom had black mould around the shower tiles.and the view out of the window was of the road and a shops (no sign of the bay). We immediately booked out without staying. We were booked into this room as members of a party who had booked a function at the Inn, so it wasn't our choice. The only positive thing we can say is that the staff were friendly, and when we came back the following day for the function it was excellent, so eat here and drink here, but don't stay the night !!

Room Tip: Go to the Queechy Cottages up the road.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

We chose this place based on price - and got what we paid for. The hotel is centrally located in town between the main street and the harbour, which means it is walking distance to everywhere. I wasn't too thrilled at the prospect of leaving the rental car parked in a place as exposed as it was (in the carpark of the town's pub) to potential vandalism, but it managed to escape unharmed. The room we stayed in was upstairs facing the street. The room was fairly run-down with aging curtains, the balcony was not anywhere you would want to spend a great deal of time, and we decided that as far as a bed goes, it was fair. The room could have done with simple maintenance to keep it up to scratch, but had simply suffered slowly as the years had passed - certainly not a deal-breaker as we were only staying one night, and just needed the bed. With little intention of spending much time in the room we ventured downstairs, which - as mentioned - is connected to the pub, restaurant and TAB. This actually turned out to be a boon as it meant we never had to leave the premises (and the eventual stumble home later on was much shorter than normal!). The restaurant was bustling and the food was delicious.

I would be tempted to try other accommodation in town before choosing to stay here again, but could certainly stay here if push came to shove.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Brisbane
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7 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Being the Group co-ordinator of 42 persons visiting Tassie in Jan. 2012, I booked the Group into the Bayside Inn at St. Helens for 2 nights.

My decision was based on having stayed there with a Group some 5 years ago. Although nothing special 5 years ago, I re-booked it for its great location.

What a shock when we arrived!! The place has been allowed to run-down to such the extent that some rooms (esp. those in the well-positioned so-called "motel section" ) were almost of third world standard ---- torn curtains, cacked-on bird droppings on the window & ledge that had been there for some time, lifting lino, showers that bubbled up when in use instead of draining and so on.

The "upper rooms" in the main hotel complex were not as bad, and were generally reasonably sized, but, again, maintenance had been neglected. One room had a one-bladed fan, would you believe!!

Our 2-course group dinner, when it finally arrived, was quite reasonable, but, with a group of over 40, the poor staff were also attending to walk-in guests in the adjacent dining-room, with the result that our first meals took 40 minutes to arrive. But I stress that this was no fault of the chefs nor the over-worked waitresses.

While I cannot confirm this, were told that the hotel had been taken over by a group of businessmen & professionals, who took little interest in the establishment except for raking in the profits! The total lack of maintenance did seem to give weight to this concept.!

Again, I stress that the upper rooms were a big improvement on those in the so-called motel.

It is a pity that apparent greed has allowed what was once a quite reasonable 3-star establishment to deteriorate to the extent that it has, because its location is superb.
Perhaps a bomb or a fire is needed to generate a re-building programme!!.

This was the ONLY hotel/motel of the 8 that we used on our 16-day Tassie tour that we were not satisfied with (check my favourable comments about the Fox & Hounds at Port Arthur, the Commodore Regent at Launceston, the Seaview Inn at Stanley, the Cradle Mountan Wilderness Village, the Junction Motel at New Norfolk, and the MidCity at Hobart).
(I have not commented on The Silver Hills Motel at Queenstown, which was okay)

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong, China
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

AUD80/night/room. Dirt cheap and looked like a dicey option. The location was alright and indeed, everyones come here with their own wheels, so distance may not be a major concern. Our room was in the lowest category and it really told you. Still moderately clean, but stains/marks/rips were evident. We just stayed 1 night and since the price was right, we were not fussy with this. What was nightmarish was the noise..from the neighbouring room. The guests sat outside their room, drinking, chatting, smoking, laughing...as if they were at a wild camp..it was midnight! I called the management office and asked them to come over and someone did come (I could hear) and the noise died down a little bit and finally came to mid-night silence.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bayside Inn

Address: 2 Cecilia Street, St Helens, Tasmania 7216, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > St Helens
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in St Helens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bayside Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 54
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