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“A violation to human rights- this place's existence is offensive!” 1 of 5 stars
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Ballina Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   369 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia   |  
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Ranked #17 of 18 Hotels in Ballina
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“A violation to human rights- this place's existence is offensive!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Dropped in to the Ballina Motel for a two night stay with a mate while on a trip up the coast. We wanted something cheap, yet reasonable enough and for $75 for the night we thought we had found it...how wrong we were!
On upon entering the extremely small room, the first thing we noticed was the tiled floors with two beds- both on wheels which moved everytime there was any weight put on them. Voices that weren't ours could be heard through the paper thin walls and the room smelt like a sweaty old man. The bathroom had more hair on the floor than there was visable tiles, and the toilet paper was so thin and scratchy that every time you wiped it could have been mistaken for sand paper.
Outside our room was the remnants of what could be described as grass, but had become mud patches that smelt of manure.
There were several suspicious stains on the blankets on the bed and the chairs which occupied the small room.
This place was extremely dirty, dated, and should really be shut down before someone catches an unidentified disease.
We forfeited our second night stay and strongly suggest the owners use the extra $75 to fix the place up a bit.
Absolutely APPAULING!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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South Australia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

We stayed here for three nights, it was all we could get into when Splendour in the Grass was on in Byron Bay. The room was clean with bedding and furniture that is extremely old and worn. The sink was cracked and chipped and I thought it might fall off the wall and the bathroom smelled musty.

After getting back from the music festival at 1am we found the low battery reminder was going off on the smoke alarm, a loud beep every 5 minutes or so, we couldn't sleep.

No-one answered the doorbell and the mobile number on the office door went straight to voicemail. We reported it at the desk the next morning and they removed the whole smoke alarm from the room.

It was cheap but not cheap enough (we paid $75 for one night and $95 for the other two).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This motel was the cheapest my wife and I could find for an overnight stay from Brisbane to Newcastle and we got what we paid for.

There is no opening hours for the front desk so you need to ring the mobile (which said it was disconnected) or press the bell or ring the front desk and they will come when they are ready and be upset if you are a little impatient.

As for the room it was clean, it had an air con/heater, analogue tv, coffee/tea, fridge and it had a shower, toilet and bed. The room was pretty clean for what it was but don't expect anything too much. The bed was hard and the blankets were thin but the heater compensated even if it was a little noisy. The shower was warm enough and the pressure was a little weak but did the job.

This was a cheap motel and we got what we paid for which ultimately was ok. I would probably splash out a little more next time and I would probably not stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 369 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Ballina
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Ranked #17 of 18 Hotels in Ballina
Hotel Class:2 star — Ballina Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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