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“A Motel that feels like a B&B...” 5 of 5 stars
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Chaparral Motel
Pacific Hwy | 486 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Ballina
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“A Motel that feels like a B&B...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

This is a motel whose owners treat you as if you were guests in their B&B. We had a car and decided the prices in Byron Bay were too expensive. We read the reviews on TripAdvisor, noticing that the latest ones were very positive (change of ownership), so we decided to give it a try and were very glad we did.

Because both room types were nice, we decided to take one of the "older" rooms, which was $5 less per night. The newer rooms had a nicer heater (ours was just fine) and some newer appointments. The "older" ones were, in our opinion, equally fine. We loved the tea kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge and new 32" TV (all rooms have been updated with these features. There is free tea/coffee and some biscuits (nice touch) and fresh milk. The bathroom was also nice with updated features. Nice touches with the sink dispensers (soap, lotion, shaving cream) and shower (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel). The queen bed was really comfy, too! Also terrific is the FREE wifi access.

Driving to Byron Bay for the 3 days we were here was about 30 mins each way. This also afforded us a nice trip to Lennox Head beaches on the way up to Byron Bay. It was easy to drive up in the AM to Byron Bay, spend the day (surfing, walking the main street, hanging out at the beach, seeing the lighthouse, etc), and drive back in the evening for a great nite's sleep.

Ballina also has a nice main (commercial) street and a Woolworth's for purchasing any food or necessity you might need. So, if you are open to more affordable room rates (we paid $75 for 3 nites, would've been $77 for 2 nites and $80 for one nite), do yourself a favor and stay at the Chaparral Motel.

Finally, I forgot my medication in the room when we departed. Diane (owner) called on our cell phone and offered to mail them to us in Sydney. They truly are great, friendly owners!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2011

Great room - everything you ned! Big comfy bed, clean/tidy room. Modern Bathroom, Microwave, 32" TV, Toaster, ipod player, FREE internet etc etc!

Owners are so friendly and helpful - will definately recommend this place!

Stayed in a Deluxe Room on bottom floor (you get parking space outside room)

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

My sister and I stayed there on a Sunday night. Could not fault the room, very clean and roomy. The owner could not do enough for us. We both recommend this motel, yes, it is close to the highway, but earplugs are supplied if needed, which we did NOT need. Would stay again if I return to Ballina. Also used the free vouchers that the owner supplied for use the next day, outstanding service, reasonable price, great beds!!

Room Tip: ask for downstairs as they have parking at front door and bonus microwave in rooms!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2011

Stayed there with young family on way to gold coast. Rooms are dark and pokey. Located on a busy (and noisy) main road where big trucks stop out the front of the motel. Air con very rattley and had to be turned on with a very long stick. Staff unhelpful and not interested in feedback. Very expensive for what you get.

Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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chaparralmotel, Owner at Chaparral Motel, responded to this review, March 1, 2011
We are the NEW owners of the Chaparral Motel! We aim to please at all times and are disappointed that your stay was not as you had wished. We have had new split system air conditioners put in the downstairs units and 32inch digital TVs in all units since our arrival a few weeks ago - and there's more to come! We wish we had been here at the Chaparral when you stayed, perhaps we would have made it a more enjoyable one for you
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

The Chaparral Motel is a charmer right on Pacific Highway in the town of West Ballina. When I arrived it was raining extremely hard (remnants of a typhoon) - I was somewhat disappointed that they offered no help in unloading the car. Parking is limited at this property - you are somewhat undercover if your auto is not too long. Outside my bath window I could see an auto salvage yard, yet if there was any activity, I never heard it.
For just a few dollars extra, the owners will cook up a breakfast for you and bring it straight to your room - well worth it!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lauren-barrie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

The chaparral motel was a great place to get away with friends, it has a great location and the staff made our holiday really easy, willing to help out with information and bus timetables etc. We were very surprised by the rooms, they were very clean and newly decorated, not what we expected to get with our budget. I would recommend this motel to all my friends and family.

Lauren, Brisbane

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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Bundergerg Qld
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

My partner and I recently stayed at the Chaparral Motel Ballina overnight on our way to Sydney. We found it to completely exceed our expectations. As we travel alot we have stayed in our fair share of dodgy (to put it politely) accomodation. The chaparral is definately not one of them. The hosts where extremly friendly and went out of their way to help us. when we needed directions or advice they where more than helpful, nothing was to much trouble. The rooms where beautifully decorated and very well kept, and my Partner loved the swimming pool.

We will definately be going back to stay!
Maggie Wilkens, Bundaberg Qld.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Chaparral Motel

Address: Pacific Hwy | 486 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Ballina
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ballina
#5 Romantic Hotel in Ballina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
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