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Golden Sands Motor Inn
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Forster
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Hobart
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50 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Close to everything”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a reasonably priced motel. While there is no view of the water it is only two minutes walk to the beach and only three minutes walk to the main shopping centre. The many rules pertaining to guests were prominently displayed over the walls and were a little disconcerting. I am left wondering what sort of guests they have. However, it was clean and comfortable and very handy to all services, as well as pretty coastal walks. Also close enough to walk over the bridge to Tuncurry.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2014

An older style property in a good location with a nice looking pool - however the property itself is very old, tired and badly maintained. Our room was noisy, very dirty for example there was inches of dust on the ceiling fans, dirty carpet etc etc. The beds were old and uncomfortable. The room smelt musty and the bathroom far worse. It was so bad that we walked out and found another place to stay - not what we needed after a long drive. I'm glad we did tho as Forster is a lovely place and our new motel was clean and comfortable and about the same price! I would never go back

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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motorinn1, Manager at Golden Sands Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
As a manager I appreciate reviews as it shows us where we need to improve but I feel this one is unjust. We are an older style motel that could do with some upgrading but we are clean and comfortable. I admit there was a little bit of dust on the ceiling fan but not excessively so. The beds are AH Beard and not old. I was so impressed with them I bought my teenage sons the same ones. The carpet are cleaned regularly and I know they are clean because I work part time for the carpet cleaner and know a bit about carpet cleaning. The room I feel was clean and comfortable otherwise I would not have had it for sale. We offered the guest an upgrade to our three bedroom unit but the guest was not interested. In these financial times I believe guests who used to stay in four or four and a half star motels are trying to save a penny or two and go to three star. It is not the same. We have a four star across the road from us and next door and I will be the first to admit we are not in their league. Thankyou.
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Gold Coast
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2014

We stayed in Forster for just one night as a rest stop while travelling north.
This Motel was chosen via "Tripadvisor" for it's value aspect. As we only wanted a "bed" for the night we didn't want to pay for any "bells and whistles".
This Motel is a little "tired" as other people have said, but if you just want a clean, comfortable, affordable place to stay in a good location then look no further.
The owners are also very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Room 7 was on the ground floor towards the rear of the Motel (away from the road).
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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motorinn1, Manager at Golden Sands Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Thankyou for your positive response. We are an older style motel which could do with an upgrade and we do not try to be anything else. We live on site and do appreciate what a great location it is .I walk and kayak and it is perfect for both. Due to its great location it is a motel where if you just want a comfortable bed and a clean room we are the place. We hope to see you again. Thankyou.
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Brisbane Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2014

We looked around Forster for a motel that was within easy walking distance of shops. We found the Golden Sands Motor Inn late in the afternoon and were lucky to get a great room at a good price. Room 24 is upstairs at the back of the motel – away from the noise of the main road at the front and with a nice breeze through the windows. The room was probably larger than some as it had a double bed, a single, a small sofa, a table and 2 chairs. The motel is an older style one and the interior of the room reflects that but it was very comfortable and very clean.We used the air-conditioning as we found the night pretty humid and it was pretty quiet and effective.

The motel is just around a corner from the main shopping street of Forster and also just around a corner from Main Beach and the seawater pool. Also very close to the lake. It’s location is great.

Room Tip: The rooms away from the main road are probably quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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motorinn1, Manager at Golden Sands Motor Inn, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Thankyou for your positive review. We are an older style motel that we try to keep clean and comfortable. The larger rooms are very large we are told as well as being well insulated for noise and weather. We live in a great location and hope to see you again. Thankyou.
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Our stay was quiet and comfortable, a great central location with a 2 minute walk to the Forster main street and 5 minute walk to the beach. Property is very 1960-ish with art-deco styling. Queen-size bed was comfortable. Rooms were clean and tidy.

Room Tip: All rooms are located away from the main road, so all are reasonably quiet.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Umina Beach, Australia
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2014

Hi ,I can recommend this motel for anyone traveling to Forster ,I stayed one night and thought it a brilliant motel, and will stay there again on my way to Port Macquarie.
Excellent service the room was very good and the staff John and Dawn very helpful.
cheers
Lynne

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2014

This motel is clean, and provided us with one night accommodation however, very dated and in need of a good revamp. We stayed in a queen room that seemed it had been recently painted, but none of the decor matched. The picture print hanging on the wall was faded and the mattress was saggy, with a blanket and bedspread from the 80's. Although it was high season, I believe the room was overpriced for the quality seen in other motels for a lower price.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Golden Sands Motor Inn
Address: 6 Head St, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Forster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Forster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Sands Motor Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Golden Sands Motor Inn at Forster is the place to stay for holidays, weekends away, and business. There are 24 motel rooms varying from budget double, queen standard and twin, premium and twin premium, family, and wheelchair to two three bedroom self contained apartments. We are a minutes walk to the beach/lake and the same to shops, cafes, and restaurants as well as an on site restaurant, Blue Water Restaurant, International Cuisine. All motel rooms have Austar, airconditioning, free wireless internet, and all expected amenities.The three bedroom units are large with lock up garages.We are the friendly motel in the heart of Forster. ... more   less 
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