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Chaparral Motel
Pacific Hwy | 486 River Street, Ballina, New South Wales 2478, Australia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 18 hotels in Ballina
Newcastle, Australia
1 review
“Enjoyable stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This motel was excellent. The relieving management were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and well presented and big enough to fit in a portable cot. A light breakfast was a bonus especially travelling with 2 children.Traffic did not seem to be an issue. We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: If you are on a budget the standard rooms are more than adequate but they are on level 1.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 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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Traralgon, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is probably the nicest motel I have stayed in... impeccably clean and well appointed room, complemented by very friendly owners and staff.
The room is large and spacious with big bed and plenty of space to spread out.
Big flat screen wall-mounted TV has all local channels plus a selection of Foxtel.
Free WiFi is also included... and good sized fridge, microwave oven, kettle, tea / coffee etc and crockery / cutlery.
Next door is a modern pub with good dining options and other nearby alternatives include Thai, Fish & Chips... there are menus for many others who will deliver.
A small shopping strip next door to the pub includes a bakery / cafe, newsagent and supermarket, and the local fish co-op is a couple of minutes for fresh and cooked seafood.
The adjacent service station incorporates a 24 hour convenience store.
The BIG PLUS though is the motel itself.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Friendly owners, clean rooms, quiet. Room rate included wifi, breakfast (delivered night before, toaster etc provided in room) all in all a bargain!
Has ground floor and second floor rooms, you can specify when booking which you'd prefer.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

This motel is located on the west side of Ballina on the old Pacific Hwy. Its one of the old motels in Ballina, however, the rooms are fabulous and traffic noise is not a problem due to the newly opened bypass.

Freshly renovated/refurbished rooms with large LCD TV, microwave, great bed with triple sheeting, quiet and effective air conditioning and a fantastic shower. The shower has one of those "rainwater" shower heads mounted on the wall - this allows for a tremendous flow without the annoying avoiding getting your head wet.

The motel also has very fast and stable internet for free.

The room is great but the best thing about the motel would be the operators Bob & Judy. They are the friendliest people you could come across - having a chat to everyone in the morning and you get the impression they would do anything for you to make your stay enjoyable.

Price for my night (2 people) was $88.00 but obviously this may change during peak periods as per normal Ballina pricing.

Had bacon and eggs for breakfast - wow, they know how to cook breaky.

When in Ballina give the Chaparral Motel a try - you wont be disappointed.

Room Tip: Stayed in a deluxe room downstairs
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

We stayed for one night in mid May in room no 1 which is on the ground floor next to reception. We paid $88 which we thought was good value. The owners are very friendly and helpful. They suggested we eat at the tavern two doors up which we found to be very good with generous serves at a reasonable price.

This is an older motel but well maintained and clean. The room has a queen bed and a set of bunks, microwave, toaster, iron & ironing board. The bedroom is a decent size and has been lightly refurbished with new carpet, fridge, TV etc. The bed was comfortable with fresh, white linen. The bathroom is old but has a new vanity which is a bit too big for the room. It doesn't leave much space to squeeze past to the toilet.

The motel was very quiet during the night but there was some traffic noise from 6am. There are undercover carports for cars. Would stay again if passing through Ballina.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NSW Australia
Top Contributor
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59 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Full praise for the new owners of the Chaparral - was just a pleasure to stay there on a recent trip to Qld. Location for an overnight stay just perfect with the Chapparrral being just a short distance from the Ballina –Bypass.
We were more than impressed with the changes made by new owners Graeme and Diane. They have taken a former very average budget motel and worked wonders – rooms now are of a high standard with all mod cons including flat screen TV's.
Nice now not to have the Highway noise that previously could have been a problem and undercover parking another advantage which we appreciated. Didn’t get to use the pool but nice to have one available.
For true Aussie hospitality, Graeme & Dianne would be leaders of the pack, nothing was too much trouble right from our first contact when making our last minute booking travelling along the Highway to even using their personal BBQ (even though they do have a BBQ available to guests.) A continental breakfast was included in our rate which makes a stay unbeatable value for the north coast.
A top seafood centre is located next door and a tavern and small shopping centre just down the road, everything in easy walking distance so saves a trip into Ballina for meals.
We highly recommend the Chaparral, most certainly will be our preferred stop-over travelling north from now on!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Good overnight stay or a reasonable price.

Room was clean and parking convenient.

Very quiet now the Pacific Highway has moved from being right in front of the hotel.

Had to drive to the CBD to find a good restaurant late at night.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
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