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Review of Colonial Palms Motor Inn

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Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Airlie Beach
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8 reviews
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“Best value stay in town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

WYSIWYG! No false promises, down to earth and very pleasant at the quiet end of town. Everything works, the rooms are spotless and the breakfast is ample. Can't comment on restaurant as cook was crook and restaurant was shut during my 1-night stay. Will stay there again, either solo or with family.

Room Tip: Staid on the first floor and can't fault selection.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

We booked 2 Nights at Colonial Palms on way to Brisbane on our World Trip
Had to write a Review as this place is a little nugget and the Steak was the best I have eaten.
Thanks to John and the team for a great stay.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

We (4 of us) stayed at the Colonial Palms at the beginning and end of our kayak trip in the Whitsundays and recommend it highly. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable and very reasonable. It is an easy walk to town and out of the way of late night noise. The breakfast included in the tariff is superb and the management extremely helpful and accomodating. The rooms had lovely views. We highly recommend this place and would certainly stay there again . One of the main reasons we originally chose to stay at Colonial Palms was because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor - well deserved.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

Just returned from 1 month touring Australia. A gem of a find staying at this friendly and helpful motel. Very reasonable with lovely facilities not everywhere you have cockatoos on the surrounding lawns. Price included continental breakfast which was more than satisfactory we stayed 3 nights. Free wifi accessible from room plus use of a computer in reception enabled us to download our photos as we went. Not noisy and comfortable.
Top marks to a fairly priced motel situated in paradise.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

We stayed at the Colonial Palms on a recent holiday. The room was clean and welcome after a long drive. John's hospitality in the bar was excellent and we spent a few hours chewing the fat and putting the world to rights.
Food was good and service quick and courteous. Although a ten minute walk from the main town, a very comfortable and hospitable establishment.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank LondonWizard
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

Cold in Sydney so took advantage of cheap flights and went to Airlie Beach for a one week reprieve.
We booked two rooms at the Colonial Palms based on location. We wanted to be walking distance but not in the middle of town. The location was perfect. About 5 mins walk to all the shops and restaurants but lovely and quiet when we came “home”.

All management and staff were so nice and friendly, everyone from housekeeping to management greeted us with warm smiles.

Phoebe and Bernie at reception gave us lots of useful information and tips about the area and recommended a great day trip to Whitehaven. John was wonderful company at the bar for pre and after dinner drinks. We even met Bridget the chef.

Continental breakfast was great with a choice of fruit, cereal, juices, toast, muffins and my favourite small fresh rolls filled with scrambled egg and pieces of bacon.

An unexpected highlight was the great evening meals at the onsite Palms restaurant. The fish was fresh and beautifully cooked, the lamb shanks were full of flavour and melt in the mouth and the duck, oooohhh the duck, was fantastic. We actually had dinner in their restaurant 3 times. Had dinner at four different restaurants in town but thought the food at Palms was the best.

The rooms were spacious, spotless and tastefully decorated. Apparently the new owners have done a significant refurbishment over the last year. The beds were comfortable with good quality linen, fluffy towels in the bathroom, large walk in shower, sitting areas in the rooms as well as table and chairs on the balcony overlooking landscaped gardens.

There are two pools in the tropical gardens with a choice of sun lounges or tables and chairs. It was so relaxing to sit by the pool reading my book on a couple of afternoons and enjoying the company of the owners dogs Millie and Beckham (who were allowed to visit when not many guests were around).

This place was a great find and I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Joy_from_Sydney
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

I travel a lot with my work, I see a lot of good and bad accommodation, the bad only by false impressions given on online sites!, this hotel was such a pleasant surprise..........nice rooms, clean clean clean, friendly staff, great food and a very convenient location. If you travel for work your nuts to go past this hotel and if your not working bring your wife she'll love it to.

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Stayed August 2012
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Thank Malcolm M
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Additional Information about Colonial Palms Motor Inn

Property: Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Address: 2 Hermitage Dr, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Airlie Beach
#1 Best Value Hotel in Airlie Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Colonial Palms Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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Also Known As:
Best Western Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach Best Western
Colonial Palms Motor Inn Airlie Beach/Whitsunday Islands

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