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Best Western Lakesway Motor Inn
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Forster
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, Australia
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52 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Impromptu Work Stay”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This motel reminds me of the overnight holiday stays with the family when I was growing up, on our way through a town.
The Good -
As mentioned in every review, the service is terrific, the guy who runs the place is very pleasant and you can tell he enjoys his interaction with customers.
The rooms are clean and tidy, and typical of that 1980s NSW beachside holiday town motel. Cream walls, curtains, timber furniture and white bed set - with kitchenette for longer holiday stays.
The Bad -
This is not a 4-star motel as it has on the web page - 3-star at best.
There is also not a Restaurant Onsite either. Meals are standard fare - steak, seafood basket, lasagne. (Don't bother ordering how you'd like your steak done - expect it med-well) and all delivered to your room.
Central location is correct, putting it in no way close to town or the beach (although the major shopping centre is not far away) and is on the main road through town.
Would be ok for a couple of days getaway stay, not much on offer for business travellers.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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PropertyHosts, Manager at Best Western Lakesway Motor Inn, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
sorry for your disappointment
hoping to see you again

Chris Lambie
Manager
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

After a difficult journey my partner and I were searching for a place to stay after a search using iPad, we settled for best Western. And it was the best decision I ever made. Chris the operations manager was a pure delite and happy to up grade us to a executive suite at no extra cost After a brief discussion on our situation. The rooms are clean tidy and the service you get is a regional happy to help attitude. I would have no hesitation to recommend this hotel to anyone. Thank you very much higher Best Western.

  • Stayed August 2013
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PropertyHosts, Manager at Best Western Lakesway Motor Inn, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thanking You for your review was happy to see you enjoyed your stay,looking forward to your next visit.
Chris Lambie Manager
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

I have stayed at all of the Managed Apartments in Forster & this Motel is the place I will be returning to. The Manager can't do enough for you & is extremely pleasant. The rooms are well furnished & value for money very comfortable beds Thank you for a very enjoyable stay as a last minute decision on the June Long Weekend

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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PropertyHosts, Manager at Best Western Lakesway Motor Inn, responded to this review, November 14, 2013
Very Pleased to know you enjoyed your visit with us, looking forward to your next stay.
Chris Lambie Manager
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Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Decided on a different motel this visit. I was not disappointed. Was given a disability room, which gave me a lounge, easy chair, table and chairs; plus a large bathroom. Bed very comfortable too. Chris, the Manager could not have been more helpful. I asked for a late checkout which was granted at no extra cost. Dinner room service was tasty, but a bit limited. I'm told restaurant will be reopened. Thank you also Chris for yummy cheese cake. My friend joined me for lunch. She will recommend this motel to her friends who visit Forster regularly. Would suggest a microwave oven would be handy.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Stayed 3 nights in executive spa suite.
Spotlessly clean.
Very comfortable.
Friendly, affable, efficient manager.
Excellent value for money.
Surprisingly quiet--although located on a main road.
Would be more than happy to return.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

I selected this on the basis of its trip advisor rating , and unusually for me, was disappointed . The hotel has neither position or charm, and reminds me of those drive in motels in American movies. If you want somewhere to spend a night enroute and you can get it at a decent price, it would be adequate. But if you want more I suspect you can do better.

I stayed for one night just before Easter. The manager was reluctant to let me stay for one night as it was supposedly busy, and insisted I pay in advance, which I did. I wonder how many bookings he lost as my night had at best 25 % occupancy !
The motel is a couple of km out of town, so you would need a car for doing just about anything. The rooms are adequately furnished and maintained but reasonably small . There are two levels of rooms so I wonder if it gets noisy if full.
Forster itself was reasonably disappointing and I suspect its golden days were 20 years ago at least, and many of the properties look aged. Next time I will be looking to stay elsewhere in the region .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

We recently stayed here for one night. It is a fairly standard motel design, two storeys with parking outside the rooms. What really impressed us was the cleanliness of the room, and the bathroom. Staff were pleasant and efficient to deal with. Would stay again for a night or two. Any longer a stay would be better in an apartment.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Lakesway Motor Inn
Address: 26 The Lakes Way, Forster, New South Wales 2428, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Forster
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Forster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Best Western Lakesway Motor Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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