We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Needs competition.”

Roxby Downs Motor Inn
Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Roxby Downs Motor Inn
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Needs competition.”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

With The price that has to be paid, it is disappointing that general maintenance isn't kept up with to help with the customer getting value for money.
As it was a long weekend our room didn't get serviced but we weren't informed of this so had to chase up clean towels but the office was closed so needed to go over to the Tavern next door. We called into the office the second morning to enquire about some tourist information but the man in reception said he just came there to work and didn't really know anything! I thought a huge part of working in hospitality was knowing some of the local tourist information!
We drove out to Andamooka on the Monday (long weekend) to find the place was basically closed until lunchtime -all in all it was an experience.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Mamaneen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

31 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    1
    5
    12
    11
    2
See reviews for
1
7
1
17
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (4)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Accomodation in Roxby Downs is scarce and if you travel there for work then you have no choice but to bed down at the RMI. I have been doing this for many years and it is proof that all things are in a constant state of decay. The decor is run down with stained and torn carpets, cracked and damaged furniture and rattling old air conditioning units. The staff are in their own words " Tired " and the welcome from reception is apathetic. There is a restaurant but with much better choices in the township, it is always empty. We tried the meals and the food was OK but not to the same standard as the club or better still Chives. LIke most empty restaurants the wait staff are rarely sighted, so getting a second drink means walking up to the counter.

The rooms look out onto a pool and garden areas which has a large teepee like circus type roof. This is lit up with massive floodlights at night and inside the room it was difficult to tell if it was night or day. The curtains only just cover the window/sliding door and they are not block-out. This lighting is on well past 10 at night so don't plan on sleeping well.

I would expect to pay much less to stay here and the local caravan park cabins are considerably better value. I would say to readers that you should avoid this hotel at all costs, but until there is competition in Roxby Downs, I'm afraid you have no choice.

Room Tip: Stay on the outside rooms to avoid the glaring lights.
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Allan B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2012 via mobile

I have been staying there over the past 5 years for my work. The rooms are tired and worn out. But still charge the earth. Monopoly. Seen 4 sets of managers which shows what sort of owners have the place. I refuse to stay anymore. I would rather stay in Pt Augusta and drive to Roxby for the day. Consider the same!!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Mikeedarwin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Fourth Visit & could be the last. Tired, run down & lacking in basic maintenance. Tavern Staff at check-in most unhelpful (not busy at the time). Trouble with a monopoly situation. We were told manager had just departed & hopefully his replacement gets cracking or are the owners only interested in a quick buck???
Function that evening was excellant hence 2 star rating.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank houhoek
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2012

My husband travels for business and I often accompany him but those days are over as the thought of staying at the RDMI holds no incentive whatsoever. Over the years we have noticed the decline of the rooms and common areas to the point that it borders on depressing. Why some money isn't invested in bringing the place up to an acceptable level I'll never know - it's not like they don't charge enough! I'm not saying there needs to be a Hilton in Roxby Downs but travellers and visitors alike do deserve a comfortable, clean and modern motor inn that offers value for money.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank maria g
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2012

I travel extensively and stay at motels all over Australia. I have stayed at the Roxby Downs Motor Inn over 50 times from 1995 to 2011. The first few times were great because it is truly an oasis in the middle of nowhere. The motel has ebbed and flowed in terms of its offerings and service over the years but my last stay was the worst ever. I was kept awake all night by teenages in the adjacent room. Credit where it is due, these party goers were gone the next night after I complained (the first time I've ever complained at any motel anywhere).
The morning prior, I sat myself down in the restaurant for a continental breakfast and there was no milk. After requesting milk I found there was no bread. My request for these basics were met with indiffence and I was asked "how many slices of bread do you require to be micro-waved". Maybe good staff are hard to find in a booming mining town.

This place needs a total refurbishment and a change in attitude. More than that, it needs competition. The carpets are stained and the room comforts are minimal....a sofa or comfortable chair would be nice! The outdoor surrounds are neglected and rubbish is evident from the night before. If you are a tourist, go to Port Augusta. Comparably, their motels are 5 star....and cheaper!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
9 Thank David M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Korumburra, Australia
Level Contributor
55 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2011

It's the third time we have stayed at this place. The first couple of times it was great, but just a few weeks ago when we stayed last (mid Sept '11) we were a little disappointed. Courtyard pool dis-functional, empty and torn liner. Dead and dying plants in an unkempt garden. Litter. Drapes in rooms need attention, and the list goes on.
Now don't get me wrong, this place has been great in the past and no doubt will be again.
In our view the place needs a thorough and rapid refurbishment.
It is a unique design, and with it's central pool and courtyard area was (just a year or so ago) a really beautiful and relaxing venue on previous trips.
Before visiting again, we would have to be assured that the place had been restored to it's original condition.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
7 Thank NoelJean_11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Roxby Downs Motor Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Roxby Downs Motor Inn

Property: Roxby Downs Motor Inn
Address: Richardson Place, Roxby Downs, South Australia 5725, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Roxby Downs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Roxby Downs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Roxby Downs Motor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Hotwire, Travelocity, Orbitz, TripOnline SA, Cheap Tickets, Priceline and Booking.com so you can book your Roxby Downs Motor Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing