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“Good value on the central coast” 4 of 5 stars
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The Coachman Motor Inn
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   33 Gordon Road | Long Jetty, The Entrance, New South Wales 2261, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in The Entrance
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good value on the central coast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I recently spent a night at this property and found it to be excellent value for money. My charming room overlooked the pool and it was a lovely sunny spot for breakfast in my room. The bathrooms were spotlessly clean, and the bed was very comfortable as I live in a rural area I appreciated the quietness not far from a busy main road. I do enjoy my coffee and loved the plunger and "real" coffee provided for my use. the owner Richard suggested we eat at the local Thai restaurant and the food was excellent just a short walk from the motel.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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0010ric, Owner at The Coachman Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Thank You for your Kind thoughts and review of our small Motel, we are only too happy to ensure your stay is pleasant and relaxing local knowledge is provided free of course (and sometimes it's even right). Anyway we thank you for choosing our place, Please come again soon

Ric & Hitomi
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights and found the room to be clean, and comfortable. The area is fairly quiet so our sleep was good. We had a room at the back so the breezes from the lake were nice through the night. The stairs to get up to the room were a bit narrow and had a couple of tight turns when I carried the bags up from the car, otherwise no problems.
Rick is friendly and helpful , especially with his directions to the eateries only a short walk away and to the best way to avoid a long wait at the highway for travelling north or south.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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0010ric, Owner at The Coachman Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Thank You for your kind words, We hope you enjoyed your stay. Please come back soon
Kind Regards
Ric
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Perfect choice if you are after a quiet location near The Entrance. Ask for the room at the back of the hotel as it has a view over the lake. Interior is very dated though and the bed was a bit hard for my husband. Owners very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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0010ric, Owner at The Coachman Motor Inn, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Thank you for your review. We hope you enjoyed your short stay with us and hope you arrived at your destination safely. We are constantly updating the whole motel, whilst still holding to our Retro/green as possible ethos. In the last six months we have gone even greener and now produce ALL the motel's hot water from the power of the sun as well as about 50% of our electrical usage is put back into the grid, all our external lighting is low energy usage and we have FINALLY completed the massive drainage issue and water recycling earthworks, currently we are constructing the area for a solar heated indoor spa, hot rock sauna and plunge pool to be themed on our extensive travels in Japan. Our rooms are themed on classic country style which takes a lot to maintain, anyway your comments are noted and thanks again for staying
Kindest Regards
Ric & Hitomi
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Wingham, Australia
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I rang before staying to ask if I could get in a bit early as we had to get changed for a wedding at 3pm. After the lady established I was a "WotIf" customer "Oh I see you are a Wotif Customer), I was told there would be an "Extra" charge to get in before 3pm.

I was appalled to pay "inconvenience money" for an empty room but was told the owner would have to return from lunch to let me in. Duuhh what about leaving the key in the door, I had already paid for it. So he got his ten bucks inconvenience money - cheap but insulting.

Parking is at the side and cramped, don't bring a big car. The room is very dated about 1980's, feels gloomy. Dark old chipboard cupboards with the edges peeling. The cook-top is and old cast iron plates with faded tin covers. The bed had well worn grooves from overuse and should have been replaced ages ago. The bathroom is very small and cramped. If you sit on the toilet you have to splay your legs around the vanity so fit. The old plastic kettle is stained and full of sediment, should have been replaced ages ago. The polished wood floors might be a selling point for you but they make it look older and make it cold to walk on and noisy. The steps going up to the rooms are dirty and worn, no tiles.

Air conditioner is an old dark brown 80's in the wall unit and is very noisy. It vibrates that much you would never use it if you were sleeping.

Maybe I got a special "Wotif" room. Get used to it mate that's how I book Motels all around the world along with many others.

Two stars at best!

Enjoy the ten bucks - you lost a customer and I will pass my thoughts onto others.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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0010ric, Owner at The Coachman Motor Inn, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
When one makes a booking for ANYTHING online, it's SIMPLY COMMON SENSE to read the entire form, before finalizing your booking, indeed with all online sites, you must tick a box stating that you have read and understood the terms and conditions, before you can proceed to payment. All Our advertisements whether online or in print clearly state check in is from 3pm until 8pm (9pm in summer), It also states Early Check in or late Check Out may be available at extra cost. YES EXTRA COST. If you rent a boat /car or any thing and want it for a longer period it's extra cost, Book an airline ticket and see what extras you get for free. A motel unit is simply another item being rented, Our costs are worked in a similar manner to anything else that is rented and priced accordingly yet we still manage to provide many extras beyond what is required, like free plunger coffee, free wifi, free 40+ cable TV channels, free soaps and shampoo and we are happy to do so, we want you to enjoy your time with us, we provide local Knowledge so you can get to your wedding/event on-time, we changed our plans to accommodate his requests and just because it's a motel he expected us to do this for free. Read all the other reviews on here before judging us and you will see "This review is here simply because the anonymous reviewer didn't read the advertised product fully". Go to any online booking site and read our advertised packages and decide for your self. We stand beside our product and our policies, if you like us we look forward to seeing you, if you don't that's OK, have a great holiday and don't get your knickers in a twist over $10. because life is simply too short
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Sydney
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed a couple of nights at the Coachman. It's a small and friendly place - the owner, Rick is a friendly guy who's happy to help out.
It's off the main highway so a very quiet location while still close to the local RSL and other amenities, the lake is a short walk away and a brief drive will get you to to The Entrance or beaches.
The rooms are well equipped with all you need - although the bathroom tends towards the small side and could possibly do with somewhere to put all your (ie the wife's) bits and bobs - but that's no big deal, the bed was nice and comfortable so we slept well and the plunger coffee is a nice touch.
All in all highly recommended, we'd not hesitate to recommend it to friends or stay there again next time we were in the area.

  • Stayed May 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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0010ric, Owner at The Coachman Motor Inn, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Thank you for your thoughts and kind words, it was truly a pleasure to meet you both, (hope the pooch was ok, 4 legs 1 tail etc) Please come again you are always welcome at the Coachman
Kindest Regards
Hitomi, Ric & jazzie
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melbourne
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Great value with this small motel off the main highway- very clean, quiet, with kitchenette and outside deck area- however small tv and small bathroom - other than that a great option if you are travelling through the area and need a bed for the night

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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0010ric, Owner at The Coachman Motor Inn, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Wow Thank you for your great review of our property. We are glad you enjoyed your short stay with us and look forward to welcoming you both, time and again.
Kindest Regards
Ric & Hitomi
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Central Coast
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We are locals who had reason to stay just one night at The Coachman, then leave early-ish to travel north. I think this this small business is a gem. The number of rooms (think it is 7) means there is a personal touch right from the minute you walk in the entry way to the informal front desk. Rick the owneris very engaging and pleasant.
We were upgraded to a double room (2 bathrooms) although only paying for a standard room at a very reasonable and super competitive price.
The room has the usual tea/coffee (plunger) facilities, fresh milk, a microwave and essential dishes and cutlery.
Only negative was that neighbours returned from a night out at 3am and chatted and smoked outside on a balcony very close to our open window. (I can't see how management is responsible for this!). We did want the window open as it was a warm summer night, and using the a/c is a last resort!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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0010ric, Owner at The Coachman Motor Inn, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Well Thank you very much for your kind words, it was a pleasure to meet you both and we hope you managed to have a nice trip away despite the weather, please come again you are more than welcome

Kindest Regards
Hitomi & Ric
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Address: 33 Gordon Road | Long Jetty, The Entrance, New South Wales 2261, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > The Entrance
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in The Entrance
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Coachman Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Coachman Motor Inn, Long Jetty. We are located just off the Central Coast highway in “quiet” Gordon Road, so no traffic noise rumbling past your room, we are proud to offer luxurious 3 ½ Star accommodation (AAA Rated) in our B & B style motel run the old fashioned way – offering warm, friendly service and hospitality with all the comforts of home.Nestled perfectly between the picturesque Tuggerah lake and the golden sands of Central Coast’s Best beaches. Set amid lovingly tended gardens with a crystal clear pool. We are a few minutes stroll from great local restaurants, or within seconds you can be at the lake's waters edge, walking or bike riding along the 12 kilometre specially built bike path.Our accommodation is comprised of 7 individually styled rooms,located on level one, serviced daily offering everything you may need for a comfortable stay, with many personal touches you will only find in a small family run establishment. Whether you are with us for one night or a week, for business or a holiday you will find The Coachman Motor Inn is the perfect spot for you.We run an honest business. ... more   less 
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