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Advance Motel
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Wangaratta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 8, 2014

On a recent trip to the Victorian High Country our group of eight were most pleasantly surprised by the quality of the accommodation provided at the Advance Motel - all we needed - clean, roomy, comfortable and quiet. The breakfast was something else with the best bacon and scrambled eggs we've tasted. Many thanks to the host Michael for his help in arranging accommodation appropriate to our needs.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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takeabreaktoday, Owner at Advance Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2014

Thank you for your lovely feedback. The team at Advance Motel work hard to ensure your rooms are spotless, breakfasts scrumptious and that you enjoy a most memorable break.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

This motel has a three star rating, but what a great place. The busy main road location was a bit of a concern but unwarranted as it wasn't an issue. We had a two bedroom unit with second bedroom including the dining area. The main bedroom had its own TV, Austar, and DVD player. The unit was spotless and relaxing. The build is older style with exposed brick including internal walls which adds character. The windows are fitted with insect screens which is great for evening bugs. Air conditioning is fitted, as is tea making facilities plus a microwave. Austar is provided as is unlimited free wifi which is brilliant. A comprehensive DVD selection is available at no charge. The swimming pool is centrally located as is the spa pool which is activated on request. The motel is pet friendly so well behaved dogs are permitted on a restricted basis.
The owner an ex-policeman was fantastic, so helpful, accommodating, and very friendly. We highly recommend this accommodation. 3 Star rating. 5 Star service.

Room Tip: This motel is excellent value for money.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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takeabreaktoday, Owner at Advance Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2014

It gives us so much satisfaction to receive reviews such as this one. Owners Tiffany and Michael work hard to ensure that your stay is one of quality and value. Thank you, and we are glad you thought so highly of our establishment.

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We stayed one night at Advance Motel in their 3 bedroom unit, which is the size of a small house. There were 6 of us so this suited us very well. It has a proper kitchen & dining area, lounge room, bathroom with washing machine & trough, plus 3 bedrooms. The pool seemed very popular, although we didn't use it. Everything was clean and room service breakfast was good. It was very busy this weekend due to football and marathon both being on and guy in charge was doing it all on his own. Parking was a bit of a problem as this unit doesn't have a designated parking spot and we had 2 cars. Both of our cars sustained scratches to the bumper while in the car park overnight. We thought there would be traffic noise, but didn't notice it all and slept very well. Overall would recommend Advance Motel for a short stay.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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takeabreaktoday, Owner at Advance Motel, responded to this reviewResponded March 10, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Advance Motel. The 3 bedroom apartment is perfect for a family or group. We apologize for the inconvenience you encountered relating to car spacing. The side and rear of the motel is ideal for safe and secure off street parking for the Apartment as sometimes there are up to 4 cars requiring space for the 3 bedroom apartment. We will definitely ensure we remind guests of this option in the future. Thanks again.

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Good quality motel - room was clean, with all the necessities (flat screen TV, toaster, kettle, free tee & coffee, iron) and notably good quality beds. There is lots of parking but it can get a bit tight if you have anything larger than a car.

However, wouldn't stay here again because I felt so unwelcome & had trouble with lack of privacy and cigarette smoke.


I got stuck on the highway by road closure due to grass fires and arrived late. This should be okay because the motel boasts a 24 hour check in system. However, rather than leave my key in the automatic key machine when I failed to arrive by the time the office closed, the owner phoned and left an angry message which I received when I checked my phone on arrival.

Not the best way to welcome a visitor.

There are also problems with privacy & cigarette smoke. There are outdoor tables & chairs in front of every 2nd unit. This means if you have a unit with a table, your neighbours will use yours, placing them directly in front of the window next to your bed.

Makes it difficult to sleep and the unit stinks of cigarette smoke because it wafts under the door. I had to keep my curtains closed to have any privacy & in the mornings had to deal with an ashtray overflowing with other people's cigarettes.

This could be dealt with easily by putting tables & chairs in front of every unit, providing better sealing on the doors, or designating the walkways in front of the units as non smoking.

Overall, has the potential to be a really nice motel, but is let down by the unfriendly host and the lack of privacy.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled on business
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takeabreaktoday, Owner at Advance Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2014

Advance Motel is known for the friendly service, quality and attention to detail. It is unfortunate that on this occasion you found your experience disappointing. As the check in machine is new to many people, we like to inform new guests of its existence and how to use it. Our office hours are between 7.30 am and 9.00 pm. If a new guest hasn't arrived by 9 pm, we generally give them a courteous call to ascertain an ETA . All of our rooms are non smoking. We understand that non smokers can find smoke smell offensive. We have signs up outside that ask smokers to consider others by not smoking outside other guests windows. Due to the fires however, Wangaratta has encountered quite a lot of smoke, which unfortunately can seep into the rooms and may be a reason for a faint smoke smell. Overall, we like to welcome our guests like we would old friends or family. Thank you for your feedback, and we are glad that you enjoyed our facilities.

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

This was one of the few hotels we found that you could take a dog to. The hotel was nice and clean and the staff were so helpful. Close to the main street, it was an ideal stop over. I would recommend to stay here.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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takeabreaktoday, Owner at Advance Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2014

Thank you for staying with us. We are so glad that you ALL enjoyed your stay.

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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Stayed for an overnighter on our way to Melbourne. Exceptionally clean room with comfy bed, great shower & spotlessly clean bathroom. Quiet enough location for a restful sleep. Can recommend and would happily return.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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takeabreaktoday, Owner at Advance Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2014

Thanks so much for your review. Australia Day weekend is very busy. The age group of travellers vary from year to year. This year, we had a lot of younger ones, who were definitely enjoying the break! On these occasions, we like to have things wound up by 11 pm at the latest and guests are generally more than happy to say goodnight.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

This hotel is ok good for a one night stay. We received a breakfast voucher of $15 with our booking and considering a cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs was only $10.50 this was good value and you got a decent sized meal. There's plenty of DVDs to choose from and on the house and a very friendly puss called Emily.Only down side for us was it was very noisy between the young ones who were drinking and getting louder by the minute by the pool but did finish up at 11pm and you could hear doors banging and cars pulling up all hours of the night and this is no reflection on the motel for its service just that it was very busy and some people don't consider what hour of the night it is and that others might be trying to sleep.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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takeabreaktoday, Owner at Advance Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2014

Thank you for your review :) Australia Day weekend is always a busy weekend. The age group of guests vary from year to year. This year there were quite a few young ones who were indeed having a ball in the pool and spa. On these occasions, we like to have things wound up by 11 pm. Guests are usually more than happy to call it a night.

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Additional Information about Advance Motel

Address: 55-59 Parfitt Rd, Wangaratta, Victoria 3677, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Wangaratta
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Wangaratta
Price Range: $99 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Advance Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lovely Motel with a variety of recently updated suites. Flat screen T.V's. Free wireless internet and parking. Walking distance to bowling alley, cinema centre, park, restaurants and pubs.Scruptious breakfasts delivered to your private suite.Pets are welcome into 4 suites only upon the owners discretion.Meeting facilities for up to 20 including Projector, screen, whiteboard, fax, docking station. AVIS CAR AND TRUCK RENTALS AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP AND DROP OFF ... more   less 
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