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Port Douglas Motel
Ranked #2 of 42 Hotels in Port Douglas
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Perfect place to stay in Port Douglas. Apparently the rooms are newly renovated, and you could tell. Everything was clean and well appointed. The owners were as kind and helpful as you could possibly ask for. Close to everything in Port Douglas, within walking distance for most. The shared kitchen area was great for a quick cheap breakfast, and the room had a kitchenette as well.

If I'm ever back this is where I'll stay every time - not a single complaint.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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BerniePDM, Owner at Port Douglas Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Thank you for your kind review. Yes, we work very hard to make our guests stay an enjoyable one. We look forward to seeing you when you next visit Port Douglas

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

This motel delivered exactly what I wanted; a reasonably priced place with good access to Macrossan street and the bars and restaurants. The bonus was that all the rooms had been recently renovated and there was a new owner who was very friendly and very helpful. I spent 4 nights there and was very happy to do so.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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BerniePDM, Owner at Port Douglas Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Thanks for your review. We are glad you extended your stay. It was a pleasure meeting you. See you next time you visit our lovely region.

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Reviewed December 20, 2013

The two previous reviews obviously are a farse. This little motel gem is the gift that keeps on giving. Beautifully appointed, spotlessly clean and obviously the pride of a family. We come to Port every winter all the way from Canada, and just found the newly reno'd PD motel. We were amazed by what you get for your money in terms of location and accommodation here. Thanks to John and Bernie for the amazing hospitality and fantastic facility. We will surely be back! Can't recommend this place enough!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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BerniePDM, Manager at Port Douglas Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2013

Thank-you so much for your kind review. We really strive to offer the best value for our guests. We look forward to seeing you both again next year. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Reviewed December 19, 2013

I cannot believe the previous comments on this property!!! The rooms were spotless and finished to a very high standard.... I'm a construction manager at home so know when quality finishes are are obtained. The pool area is fantastic with a wonderful well stocked barbecue facility. We went to stay one night and dragged ourselves away after 3!! In that time we never heard any vehicle movements and certainly no road noise. The staff were so friendly and went out of there way to ensure our stay was enjoyable to be on first name terms with everyone in a matter of hours was amazing!! Thanks guys and we will certainly be back!!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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BerniePDM, Owner at Port Douglas Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Thank you for your truthful review. As a family run business we strive hard to make every guest's stay enjoyable. Nothing is too much trouble for us. We could not believe the nasty review referring to our property as" no better than a backpackers". It was posted by a person who did not stay at our property. We look forward to seeing you when you next come to Port Douglas.

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

It just goes to show you should do more research when booking your holidays. I went on the reviews from Tripadvisor and must say I’m deeply disappointed. This place is more like a 2 star motel that’s had a very cheap make-over. The only thing going for it is the location and even then I believe you could do much better. The car park area is terrible and tight, like the old days when you would rock in and park under a tin veranda right outside your motel room. So if you are in a room downstairs all you hear all night is cars pulling in and out with headlights glaring thru you window. The outdoor area is just awful and very exposed with all the noise from the hotel next door. It reminded me of my younger days when staying in backpackers and seeing how many people you could fit in a room. The pool is the worst I’ve ever seen, probably 20 years old or so and squashed in between the two hotel blocks. We actually felt we were in a jail cell.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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BerniePDM, Owner at Port Douglas Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 18, 2013

What can one say when the playing field is not level! Unfair,disgusting tactics from a fellow competitor to improve their own ranking is both illegal and vicious. The person who wrote this review and another for a high ranked property knows this motel well and as a curious local visited several times during renovations . They know well the comments are lies.
We are mortified at such low tactics and would like you to reads all genuine comments to make up your own minds! We welcome inspection of our rooms at any time!
Businesses work hard at improving their status and caring for guests.
We have never had bad comments regarding lights outside rooms we have blinds and BLACKOUT curtains in every room! We are close to the main shopping,restaurants and beach but as we run perpendicular our rooms DO NOT face any road- NO NOISE at all!
We are seeking legal advice and doing our own searches to see where these have come from.
Please potential guests, read the other reviews look at our property and give us a chance to prove the person responsible for the two terrible reviews and one and the same!

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Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

We were intending for port Douglas to be a stop along the way but this great motel made us change our minds, at about Aud95 a night it was an amazing place to stay, the owners were extremely nice and amenable to our requests, the rooms were beautiful and the outdoor cooking area was really great.
Only issue was the internet which was only in the communal area outside and not in the rooms which basically meant no internet.
Still highly recommended.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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BerniePDM, Owner at Port Douglas Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2014

Your kind review is much appreciated. And you will be pleased to know the new high speed internet has been installed. It's as quick as a flash. See you next time.

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Reviewed December 10, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Port Douglas Motel for 4 nights in late October. It would seem that the word "motel" conjures up a negative impression for many people, however this place has everything you need for a perfect stay in Port Douglas. The rooms are spacious, very clean with comfortable beds and some cooking facilities (microwave, kettle, toaster) and crockery. A much larger communal kitchen is located by the pool area and has a very well equipped pantry, cooker with oven and large separate barbecue. The small swimming pool is clean and ideal for taking a dip any time of the day (or night). There are laundry facilities with a clothes line to hang out your washing and with the lovely sunny days the laundry was dry within a few hours. The motel is ideally located at the end of the main road into Port Douglas within a few minutes walk to the beach. The marina with access to all the Great Barrier Reef excursions are a 15 minute walk and the nearby Sunday market is well worth a visit. Most importantly the staff (Suzie, Leo, Lillian and the boys) went out of their way to be helpful and friendly suggesting things to do and places to eat. We would like to thank especially Suzie who went took the trouble to return by post all the way to Scotland (and at her expense) a jacket that my wife had left behind in our room. We had a wonderful stay in Port Douglas and would have no reservations in recommending staying at the Port Douglas Motel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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BerniePDM, Manager at Port Douglas Motel, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Thanks for the review. We all look forward to seeing you both next time you are in Port Douglas!

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Address: 9 Davidson St | Just 50 metre from Macrossan Street, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Port Douglas
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 42 Hotels in Port Douglas
Price Range: $78 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Port Douglas Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Port Douglas Motel is perfectly located 2 minutes to the beach and only 200 metres to shops,restaurants and bars!The motel has recently been refurbished and upgraded to a quality 4 star with everything new! We have facilities including a fully equipped guest kitchen/BBQ in the pool area and a guest laundry! We even have car hire onsite and book all your tours and trips.Although a motel we offer more than just a motel.Our facilities are excellent for long or short stay with a safe in each room!Our rooms are clean,comfortable with new ensuite, new pillow topped beds, great pillows,Plasma TV,DVD,Free movie choice,daily towel change and mid stay service for 7 days plus and use of free beach towels.We offer a great tour booking service,can arrange your transfers to and from the airport and onsite car rentals.Your stay is important to us. As owner operators,we ask Try Us We Care! ... more   less 
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