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Forster Motor Inn
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Forster
Corrimal, Australia
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Don't believe the negative reviews!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Couldn't be more accommodating, friendly and cheerful. Dedicated REAL people on check in, cleaning and even drove us to the club because club courtesy bus was going to be late! Comfy room, bed and microwave, fridge, tea/coffee facilities. It's not the ritz and is dated - but then again... We didn't book the ritz!! Central to everything and didn't use our vehicle once for the two days. We were really concerned after negative reviews and were very pleasantly surprised. New managers as at May 2013. Enjoyed our stay with good country hospitality. Would recommend as a *cheap* and cheerful place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Wyong, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

If you're ever offered room 28, decline it and if they can't change it, go elsewhere, it's a dog box. Jo was lovely, so was Daniel (Manager). We stayed two nights only, first night in Room 28. It's small, very small and backs onto the reception area and the walls don't drown out the noise. The bathroom (a step into the shower recess requires a small ladder) was bigger than the room. The water pressure in this room was AWESOME! Tear your skin off your back, that's both good and bad. The TV is a 19inch LCD that you need binoculars to watch as it's a fair way from the only sitting place, the bed. The bed! Where do I start. We're not fat people but still took my wife 5 attempts to remove herself from the bed in the morning. There's one (1) fluorescent light for the whole room (if you don't count the light coming through the front window that even the heavy curtains fail to arrest). Tea / Coffee making facilities? Yes, but nowhere to wash your cups etc afterwards. Plates, cups, saucers, cutlery, toaster, microwave oven all crammed onto the smallest of benches. For the price, terrible! Just terrible! Oh, and don't make any noise, the owners are right above this room.

Was offered a 'free' upgrade to another room, even though we booked a 'Queen sized bedroom' and Room 28 has a 'Double sized, sponge' for a bed (woke up with a sore back, no joke! So, we accepted the 'upgrade'. At this point, we were giving serious consideration to just finding another place to stay the second night. We've made up our mind NOT to come back here. So, off to the other room (after it was cleaned). Oh, and don't use WOTIF.com to book the room, call the motel directly to ensure you don't get Room 28 as WOTIF was used as the excuse as to why we were 'given' Room 28. Do you get the idea that Room 28 was awful?

WOW, what a difference the next room was. HUGE room, a chair, a two seater lounge, 32inch LCD TV, sink, and cupboards with crockery, better bathroom layout etc (although, compared with Room 28, the water pressure was terrible). This is what we should've had for the first night. The bed was comfortable and the 'Queen size' we originally booked.

The pool was refreshing, clean and the grounds were clean and free of rubbish. There was a clothes line (or two) for drying clothes etc. Each room had their own parking spot allocated. It was very close to the main street of Forster, close to all the beaches, Club Forster (food and alcohol) and we didn't use the car whilst we were there, we walked everywhere, even across the bridge to Tuncurry.

Would I stay there again? In short, no. The facilities are dated. I know it much cost a bit to set up a motel but they've been there for many, many years and they really need to consider a complete refurbish to stay relevant. Based on the rooms, the amenities, and service (no real room service which really is only breakfast), the friendliness of the staff (Jo and Daniel were approachable but the older gentleman seemed a bit cranky and a bit too fond of a can of XXXX), this facility is over-priced.

However, this is only our experience.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 28 and then on the top floor. I would stay on the top floor as the ocean breeze ca...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank John C C
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Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

We were booked into the 'deluxe' room. It is old and tired. The fold out lounge was dirty. Dust bunnies under the desk, cockroach running across the multiple stained carpet on the morning we left, so we did not bring this up with management. Dripping shower. Person at the desk was friendly. Close to amenities. Will I stay there again? No, ridiculously overpriced and a general lack of cleanliness.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank AmzinOz
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Harrington, Australia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

The guy on the front desk stunk of Grog, the room was shabby and disgusting, the shower had two taps both marked COLD, the managers private room was next door complete with a cage bird which screeched and whistled continuously and to top it off I had to receive medical treatment for the bites I received from sleeping in the bed!

Room Tip: Don't waste your money
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Bluedog69
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Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

We recently stayed for a 4 night stay and whilst the rooms were clean and comfortable, they are definitely in need of a refurb. The water pressure in the shower, or lack thereof, really needs to be fixed. On the plus side, the motel is in a great position and everything is within close walking distance. Despite staying for 4 nights, our rooms were not serviced once which I found unacceptable. The motel suited our purpose, but I would not be staying again.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

We recently stayed at this motel. person at the desk was very rude and the service extremely poor. Motel says it has microwave and tea coffee making facilities. when we arrived there was neither. We requested the motel guy he didn't care. More than half the time in evening there was no one at the reception and was closed even though it said open till 8 pm. Stayed at plenty of motels never had this bad experience. Extremely poor value for $90.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank mtaby
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

AMAZING service! accommodated to our needs very well, very understanding of our late arrival! breakfast given to us for the next day. extremely friendly! nice rooms, clean, great location!
it was great to be greeted so nicely so late at night and again when leaving the next day!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank canadian1133
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Additional Information about Forster Motor Inn

Property: Forster Motor Inn
Address: 11 Wallis St, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Forster
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Forster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Forster Motor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Forster Motor Inn. We are a 3 1/2 star, AAA rated property. We offer 28 clean and comfortable rooms at great prices.We have pet friendly and disable friendly rooms. Forster Motor Inn is perfect for families and couples in need of a holiday, break or stopover on a budget. Located within a five minute walk to Wallis Lake, the great beach and the centre of town. Our Rooms are air-conditioned with tea/coffee making facilities, TV, microwave, small fridge, toaster, ironing board and iron, hairdryers , free access to recently renovated outdoor pool, communal BBQ, free WiFi and free car parking. Too good for the price!! ... more   less 
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