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Bell Motor Inn
3.5 of 5 Motel   |   2 Patterson Street, Preston, Darebin, Victoria 3072, Australia (Formerly Golden Chain Bell Motor Inn)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Preston
Devonport
1 review
“Great people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We would like to thank Rob and Beth the owners of the Bell Motor Inn for their hospitality, friendliness and compassion. We found ourselves having to go to Melbourne for a serious operation at the Austin Hospital and the Bell Motor Inn was the only place where we could go and stay for a long period the other Motels we would of had to move every other day. Rob and Kath welcomed us wholeheartly and not just for the money we paid Rob reduced our rate a couple of times and for this we were truly thankful. I have read these other reviews and I just don't agree with some of them I would recommend this Motel to anyone and when we are ever in Melbourne we will be staying there We also like to thank Chris and all the other staff that made our stay so easy. Rob Kath and Chris words cannot express how we feel about your generosity, hospitality and kindness. Thank you Thank you

Room Tip: We stayed in the detached 2 bedroom unit was roomy and quiet
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

We came here with a family member who needed a life saving operation at the Austin hospital. We have found both the owner Rob and his staff to be kind and honest in every way. We have been there two weeks and are looking at another three. thanks.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Stayed in the budget room which faced road and knew there would be some noise and so not a problem. Room was spacious and had all things needed eg hair dryer ,table and sitting chairs
The building is some years old now and probably you could say that it is reaching a time where a programme of refurbishment is just about due eg repaint to lighten everywhere,change of dated wooden furnishings, brighter carpet and new air conditioners maybe
Continental breakfast agreeable although its a long bow to say its free . Six cereals provided but one container empty - maybe could add yogurt to menu
Free internet very useful but pay for paper a bit strange ie be bold say its free
Some may say a few quirky rules adorn the premises which are probably not really needed by intelligent people
Reception lady very helpful albeit not a minute to spare with many tasks
Overall we were happy with our stay but budget room only budget if others motels of same standard were dearer ie price was top for budget

Room Tip: Non buget rooms would be quieter
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Swan Hill, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

I recently stayed in this motel for 12 nights while my wife was in hospital. I was recommended this motel by her Doctor. I found the motel to be clean and tidy. The whole motel, including the car parking was safe and secure. In defence of one of the other reviews, I stayed on Bell Street and found that once I closed the bedroom window, there was no traffic noise whatsoever.
I would like to thank Rob and Kath (the owners) and Chris (a staff member) for everything they did for me. They made me feel welcomed and at home and couldn't be more obliging. I will be booking in here again soon and as much as these are difficult times for us with my wife needing such medical attention, I know they will make my stay as easy as possible.
Thanks again.
Harry Dunstan

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Penshurst, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

The motel in Bell street is not a Golden Chain motel now - it is privately owned and the new owners have renovated the whole motel. They are very pleasant people and very helpful. I have stayed in the same motel once a month for the past 20 years and seen different people running the motel. Now Rob and Kath are very good at their jobs and run a good motel.

Room Tip: Choose a ground floor or an upstairs one
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Gold Coast, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

The motel brochure says 'the Bell Motor Inn offers true country charm' etc. BUT the proprietor has clearly watched Fawlty Towers and would give John Cleese a run for his money! DO NOT stay in the cheaper rooms backing onto Bell Street as the road traffic noise is absolutely terrible. On the plus side, the tariff includes a continental breakfast and the location is good if you are doing business in the north of Melbourne. Nearby is also the delightful Preston Markets. HOWEVER, DO NOT stay over the road at the hotel that used to be the PANCH hospital - you will seriously regret staying at such a disgraceful place.

Room Tip: Pay more for either a room in the main building on the north side (away from Bell Street) or in the...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at Bell Motor Inn, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
It is true we are on a busy road and it can be noisy. To compensate for this we offer a 30% discount for a 2 night minimum stay on the Bell St side of the motel. These are the most heavily booked rooms due to a $40 / night saving. Some people do not read the conditions or listen to the check in explanation. Want a free upgrade, we are unable to help with this and it does upset some people
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Toronto
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

We booked in for one night before our flight out the next day. The room we had was cold, dated and had a strong musty smell.
When we attempted to put the heater on it was very noisy. After making a call to the front desk they sent an individual to review the situation. After hearing the heat unit he said he would bring us a mobile oil heater.
We paid $140.00 for the night. The room was no where woth this amount. Offering this as the only solution we decided to move out. When I explained our disappointment and the details supporting our decision, the individual in the office began to get defensive and basically said suit yourself.
There was no other options presented, such as another room (the place was empty).
We decided to try accross the street at the Sleep & Go. We not only found a clean and modern room, it was $114.00/night.
We should have looked at the reviews on Tripadvisor, they speak for themself.
It is hard to believe that they are able to run an accomodation in this manner.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at Bell Motor Inn, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
This guest complained about a noisy air conditioner after he had used the room for 3 hours.
The duty manger was going to move him but wasn’t given a chance they where leaving and wanted a full refund. Threatened us with a bad review.
Guess what the noise was a stick pushed into the air conditioner
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Additional Information about Bell Motor Inn

Address: 2 Patterson Street, Preston, Darebin, Victoria 3072, Australia (Formerly Golden Chain Bell Motor Inn)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Darebin > Preston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Preston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bell Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for Melbourne accommodation in a great location?At the Bell Motor Inn, you are perfectly situated to explore and experience the delights of Melbourne. Conveniently located in Preston and only 20 minutes to Melbourne’s CBD and Tullamarine Airport, 10 minutes to the Ring Road and Eastlink and close to a direct train route to the MCG, Etihad Stadium and Melbourne’s Tennis Centre, the Bell Motor Inn is ideally situated to meet the needs of both corporate and leisure travellers. The motel is located close to the Mercy, Austin, Heidelberg Repatriation and Warringal hospitals. Direct public transport to hospitals is nearby.Family owned and operated, the Bell Motor Inn offers true country charm close to the heart of the city. The motel has 33 rooms, including spa suites, which are well appointed and provide comfortable, secure and affordable accommodation.Free continental breakfast is also included.Our conference room can seat up to 50 people and provides excellent facilities for your next business meeting. Take a dip in our outdoor solar heated pool or chill out in our landscaped BBQ area – perfect for the busy executive or weary traveller.Access to the metropolitan and western ring roads is close by and tram, rail and bus networks are only a short walk away. ... more   less 
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