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“What a shame” 2 of 5 stars
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Shoredrive Motel
Ranked #35 of 41 Hotels in Townsville
Ayr
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“What a shame”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Hard to find a room on the strand for Easter Sunday so decided to book into the Shoredrive.
What a disappointment.Rooms were clean but very dated, new flat screen TV's that were smaller than a laptop screen, the noisy little box air-conditioner that shook the front wall when running and the door on our room was so warped that the safety catch would not engage.Worst of all was the big , open rubbish skip full of building waste and rotting garbage located in the car park not 10 metres from our door. The owner did tell me they were new to the industry, and in my opinion they will not last long if the don't lift their game

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank jjlAyr
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Robgg
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Cairns, Australia
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Diannasaur
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Townsville, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars 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
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank v_minter
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Cairns, Australia
Level Contributor
58 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Caitlin W
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QLD
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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3 Thank MumsTheWordOk
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Queensland
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank MumTrav
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Property: Shoredrive Motel
Address: 117 The Strand, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Townsville
Amenities:
Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 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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