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4.0 of 5 Motel   |   1 Ronan Place, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Ballina
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“Signature Photographics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Our Business travels all across Australia and it can be very difficult to find accommodation and a function room in the same location for a reasonable amount. I was recently to be extremely surprised to not only find this at the Ballina Island Motor Inn but also excellent service and such a welcoming and friendly host. We also ate at the restaurant and found the food perfect and also very reasonable, needless to say that when we come to town we will most definantly be trying the Ballina Island Motor Inn before trying anywhere else. And I must add I was very impressed with the decor.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Sydney, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Usually when we're up this way, we fly into Ballina then head straight up the coast, or stay on the highway and pass Ballina at 100kmh. This time we thought we'd stop in Ballina for a night, making our trip a little more relaxing.

The Ballina Island Motor Inn is just off the highway and only 10 minutes from the airport. So location wise it's great.

As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed like family and throughout our stay the staff did everything they could to make it enjoyable.

After an afternoon drive we chose to eat at the restaurant onsite. There's a great selection of entrees, mains and desserts. We started with a tapas plate to share, then mains were Atlantic salmon and scotch fillet, and we shared a sticky date pudding for dessert. One of the signature dishes was macadamia-encrusted barramundi (I'm not a big fish eater alas, so we didn't try that). Everything was fresh and well prepared.

The room was well appointed, clean and fresh. All you would expect from a good quality motor inn - flat screen hd tv, desk, table and chairs, comfy lounge, minibar, coffee/tea making, bath and shower, reverse cycle air conditioning etc.

The whole place looks like it has been fully refreshed so was very inviting.

All in all, a great place to stop and perhaps use as a base to explore the region.

Ballina doesn't have the energy of Byron Bay (nor the mania), but if a relaxing stay is what you're after, this place ticks all the boxes.

  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised by this hotel. Rooms were very clean, good size and quiet. Owners were friendly and helpful. Only downside is that it is a little out of the centre of town, however, we walked there for breakfast one morning which was fine. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Such a grate place frendly staff and grate facilitys plase looks amazing and grate food and good pricesthe pool is grate easy to get to and the peaple that stay are grate and good to get on with and the staff are allways up for a good old chat

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The rooms were nice & the owner was really pleasant and helpful. The only downside for us was that as we all wanted to have a drink in the evening we needed to walk, so our choice was limited. It's not far from the prawn though!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Booked 3 nights at this motel based on trip advisors reviews-did not disappoint.John was very welcoming & gave us an upgrade! Room was spacious with small bath/shower & clean.Motel on a busy road but has huge gardens,so heard no traffic noise.Handy to town-only 3-5 min drive to town.Didn't use the laundry but noticed it had the cheapest price from all the motels we had stayed in during our North Coast drive!Had 2 dinners in the restaurant-excellent steak & lambshanks.Met Tina there,very friendly & gave us a free Continental breakfast!Thank you for making this a great stay.

  • Stayed July 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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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Ballina Island Motor Inn is in a quiet location -a short drive however from restaurants and shops in the town centre but not a problem if you have a car.The motel also has a restaurant open for dinner.Beds were very comfortable and the room spacious and clean. The complimentary continental breakfast was a nice touch as were quality coffee and biscuits in the room. Loved the free WIFI .

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Ronan Place, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Ballina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Ballina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN Ballina Island Motor Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ballina Island Motor Inn is a resort style 40 room motel. 10 minutes to Lennon Head and 30 minutes to iconic Byron Bay. The grounds include a lagoon style salt water pool and spa, located within a tranquil garden setting. All rooms are located at ground level and are fully equipped with LCD TV’s, free WIFI, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, reverse cycle air conditioning, iron and ironing board and free FOXTEL. Additional free car parking is also available for larger vehicles.The property also boasts a private function room which is ideally suited for weddings, conferences and functions. Guests can also enjoy our fully licensed restaurant and bar. Open Monday to Saturday for Dinner with Breakfast being served 7 days. ... more   less 
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