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Shoredrive Motel
Ranked #36 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
Brisbane, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Cheap accomodation”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

We only stayed one night. Whilst the room was very tired and needed a revamp we did find it clean. As they say you get what you pay for. It is on The Strand, but up the very far end. It is quiet so we had a good sleep. The bed was reasonably comfortable. We did need to have the fan on as well as the air con did not work that well.I think you could find better accomodation for the price. I don't think I would return to this motel again

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Really people.... it is well and truely time for you to update these ancient rooms....the facilities are downright unacceptable.

Yes its true some travellers want a cheap stay however, cheap should not mean that travellers should endure musty, outdated and downright unhealthy facilities. The aircon was rusty and barely cooled, the fan was also needed to cool the room and was ancient and very noisy. The mildew on the walls (and not just in the bathroom) meant the room was perpetually smelly and of questionable hygiene. Lack of coathangers, no ironing board, ancient showers that barely delivered a trickle of water that changed temp constantly, and appauling austar choices and poor tv reception were all contributors to make us vow never to return.

The only positives were that the staff were pleasant and it was conveniently located right on the strand. Overall the cheap cost does not make up for the negatives that you put up with. There are more modern rooms available also however after staying in one of these once before I dont believe they are worth the money.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

Stayed here for a week...rooms are somewhat dated but exceptionaly clean...will deffinately come back. :-)

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Cairns, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

Stayed here for one night & never again.
Pubic hair found in the master bed, bathroom was disgusting - we refused to enter without shoes. Carpet had mystery stains - I didn't want to walk barefoot across it nor put my belongings on it.
Housekeeping staff were rude & front desk staff were pleasant.

  • Stayed May 2011
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QLD
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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Reviewed July 26, 2009

After a long drive to Townsville with a child under teh age of 2yrs all you want to do when you arrive at your accommodation is relax and be comfortable. If thats what your after also, then DO NOT STAY HERE!! The bathroom had concrete cancer all through the walls with builders bog holding it together, the tap had no paint left on it there was paint flaking of the roof and walls everywhere, there was no facewasher, there where ants that attacked our towels after a shower in plague proportion. The Austar is only Sky news and channel V and the restaurant was not open. This motel is currently up for sale, all I can say is I would hate to be the poor fool who buys it. The only thing to look forward to with relation to this motel is leaving it.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Queensland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed December 20, 2008

Booked over the phone, given "special rate"...no wonder! Paid $105 for one night - everything old and worn. Cracks in walls and tiles, carpet dirty underfoot, tv from the BETA days, reception bad. Aircon is a wall unit, rattles and shakes. Yet have the nerve to charge $5 for a bag of lollies!
Not recommended for very young children.

  • Liked — Location to the strand was convenient - but a bit of a walk to the "Bucket" water play area for young children
  • Disliked — Rooms are awful and in desperate need of upgrading - a coat of paint goes a long way.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank MumTrav
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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Reviewed May 8, 2008

Paid AUD88 off a last minute website for this motel as it was for one night and we didn't have a lot of time to do research on our other choices in town. There was also no availability for other big name motel chains in town like the Best Western.

Strictly a run town motel on the far end of the Strand from the central region of the city. Although nominally clean, the room fixtures were very old. We are talking 70's era furnishings. Soiled carpets and old bathroom fixtures. One got the feeling that our large room was also used for storage of more old furnishings. TV worked and even had a remote! There was a slight mildewy smell in the room. Granted we were in the tropics but we have stayed in other hotels in the tropics without this problem.

Property was quiet with plenty of parking. Front staff were competent in that there was a system in place for late arrivals as we had unexpectedly arrived after the front desk was closed at 8:30pm.

  • Liked — Competent front office staff, quiet location
  • Disliked — Age of the property.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shoredrive Motel
Address: 117 The Strand, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Townsville
Amenities:
Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #36 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shoredrive Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 43
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